I think it’s true that at the moment the major issue facing SNOs is the lack of customer data and (by extension) the lack of new data ingress.
Tardigrade finds it difficult to compete. There is S3, the default choice for most enterprise users looking for block storage.
… and, there is Backblaze, dropbox, etc who compete in the home-user/backup space.
I believe Storj can offer something for both markets by offering a lower cost option for home users.
At the moment Tardigrade splits a file into 80 pieces with 30 required to reconstitute the file.
Financially this equates to:
$10/Tb paid by tardigrade customers
$1.5/Tb * 80 /30 = $4 paid to SNOs
$6 profit for the satellite
I suggest the creation of a new satellite Storj Home". This would operate in a slightly different way and would require 50 pieces to reconstitute a file.
$5/Tb paid by tardigrade customers
$1/Tb * 80 /50 = $1.60 paid to SNOs
$3.40 profit for the satellite
SNOs are paid only $1 per Tb instead of $1.50.
The system is less robust of course. This could be mitigated by a few measures:
- This server could require 1000 audits instead of the usual 100.
- Audits issued more frequently to ensure uptime and issue repairs to other nodes.
- Payouts held back for a longer period (e.g. 3 months) for all payouts not just this satellite.
- Explicitely require an opt-in for SNOs.
The intention is to make this a good fit for longer term more reliable nodes and make SNOs who wish to provide this service think carefully about their engagement. Everyone will receive less money per Tb, but the increased traffic should more than make up the difference.