From what i understand a storage node going offline means data has to be repaired, so if i can only host the node for 4 months, and then have to shut it down, would it still be beneficial to the storj network? or should i just not bother?
Thats not really the idea of running a node if you can only run for 4 months your going to loose out on your own escrow so you wouldnt be getting paid the amount you would in 9 months time. You would be hurting yourself and not so much the network, If you know you can’t keep running the node I wouldn’t waste your time doing so. Less your doing it for fun. If your able to run your node 6 months you can use graceful exit and not loose out on all your escrow.
Keep in mind the time requirement for graceful exit was intended to be 15 months. It was only set to 6 months so the process could be tested by a few production nodes before the first nodes became 15 months old.
This requirement could be upped to the intended 15 months in the coming 4 months as well.