Decentralization helps to keep data forever

Simply put, data decentralization is a concept where many people help to store and share copies of the same data on their own servers (computers).

Today, your emails in your Gmail account are stored by Google on their servers. If one dark day Google shuts down their Gmail service, all our emails will go up in smoke. Kaput! That is the very sense of centralization where one single entity stores all our data, something that we’re trying to avoid.

With decentralization, copies of our data are stored across different servers owned by different people in various countries, not by a single person (or a single company like Google). So, if one person’s server disappears, someone else’s server will continue to store the data ensuring that the data shall persist.

Blockchain networks store data in a decentralized way across many servers that are interconnected across the world. These servers are owned by different individuals and companies, including us. Each of us works together to keep the network and data alive.

Decentralized data storage network diagram

Below is an example of the data of John Ritter (actor) stored in our decentralized data storage facility.

John Ritter IPFS data

This is the very reason why we use blockchain with its decentralized data storage networks to store data permanently and persistently for hundreds of years to come.

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