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July 22, 2018, 12:51:13 PM
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How sustainable is the IPFS concept?

I do not understand how Personal Computers around the World can hold so much IPFS data without limit. Where will the remaining data go if people begin to have their computers filled up with data and they have no incentive to increase their harddrives.

Google data centers for instance can hold so much data from YouTube, GDrive, G+, Gmail, etc because Google has incentive to hold them and keep expanding the data centers.
What incentives are there for participants in the IPFS system to keep holding more & expanding their harddrives?


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July 22, 2018, 02:19:42 PM
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What incentives are there for participants in the IPFS system to keep holding more & expanding their harddrives?
There's none. IPFS nodes only store the information they themselves are interested in.

IPFS team is currently developing a project called Filecoin, which would provide such incentives. They got $257 mil, but sadly, there has been almost zero news since their ICO. So nobody knows when they're actually gonna launch.
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July 22, 2018, 04:21:47 PM
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There is https://storj.io/ already working.
They don't have their own coins developed, but they have Ethereum based token.
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July 22, 2018, 04:41:21 PM
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How sustainable is the IPFS concept?

I do not understand how Personal Computers around the World can hold so much IPFS data without limit. Where will the remaining data go if people begin to have their computers filled up with data and they have no incentive to increase their harddrives.

Google data centers for instance can hold so much data from YouTube, GDrive, G+, Gmail, etc because Google has incentive to hold them and keep expanding the data centers.
What incentives are there for participants in the IPFS system to keep holding more & expanding their harddrives?

As other mentioned, there's none. However there shouldn't be any problem as long as the file/content is popular or really important to many people.

Besides, if majority/all nodes store all data, then the participants need expensive device to run IPFS. Also, IPFS is very similar with Freenet project, even though AFAIK Freenet has been around longer.

There is https://storj.io/ already working.
They don't have their own coins developed, but they have Ethereum based token.

Unfortunately, many people have problem when storing huge files such as no nodes would accept to store the data. Besides storj focus on personal cloud storage while IPFS focus on internet content, especially about mirroring/caching.

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July 22, 2018, 09:32:47 PM
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Interesting answers. Thanks brothers!

@ETFbitcoin, I researched Freenet after someone mentioned it here few days ago. I thought IPFS was a hybrid of Freenet. Guess the devs of IPFS got some idea from there... There isn't really much difference!

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