Sia, the decentralized CDN and file sharing platform secured on it's own blockchain, has shipped an awesome product, that makes decentralized hosting incredibly easy.
It is indeed fair to say this is a big deal, and even though most will not be aware of it right now, we are dealing with an incredibly powerful, resistant and free file hosting solution.
For five years the team has been plugging away, and this is certainly the most accessible release that means anyone can interact with the blockchain for hosting files.
Skynet makes it possible for content and applications to be deployed to a decentralized network in just seconds, and be immediately available to everyone across the world. Importantly, end-users can directly access files on Skynet without needing to run full nodes or deal with cryptocurrencies.
Any type of data can be uploaded to Skynet, and can then be shared with others with downloads that start in under 500 milliseconds and can stream at rates as high as 1 gigabit per second.
You can give it whirl here: https://siasky.net/
Here's something I uploaded to test it out: https://siasky.net/7AAScrBpZ4vN8hr5riFCMFXhpmLTNzILc17B-zmxaOkIaQ
The whole process takes seconds - it's incredibly slick! In an ideal world I would like to have some admin panel to track the links I have uploaded, but this is something that can be built on top of the solution. For now, I'd recommend dropping all your links in a spreadsheet to keep track of them!
It's also very interesting to learn that support for encryption is currently in development. Users will be able to create their own encryption groups and publish files on Skynet which are available only within that group. Someone can be added to the group by sending them an encryption key link.
You can read all about Skynet in more details in a blog post from the Sia team: https://blog.sia.tech/skynet-bdf0209d6d34
You can also learn more about the Sia blockchain here: https://sia.tech/
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it is as significant as I do? What will you host on the blockchain?