I can’t stop thinking that Storj can have a better environmental footprint than centralised cloud storage. Yet I don’t see Storj making any communication around this so maybe I got a bit excited…
My initial hope when I started to follow this project back in 2014 was that this could really act as something similar to Airbnb or Blablacar for cloud storage, with the same underlying objective to decouple growth from the use of resources. However this is not the direction - in apparence - this project seems to take.
Indeed, most of SNOs (myself included I must admit) use dedicated storage hardware, or even dedicated servers, to run a storage node. Sometimes there are discussions on the energy efficiency of the hardware, but with dedicated hardware we will never reach the same level of energy efficiency measures that can be implemented in a traditional data center.
I would like to better understand if people are running - successfully - a storage node on some existing hardware that would run anyway and on which you have not made any hardware upgrade dedicated to Storj.
Also, I would like to know if Storj can be compatible with the use of a simple, 1-hdd NAS, occasionally used to store docs, cat pictures and holiday movies (what ordinary people have at home basically).
If the answer to my two questions above is yes, this will start to reconcile my initial expectations with the real-world use cases of Storj.