Cloudflare has introduced a new peer-to-peer file system that aims to support distributed web technologies. Called InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) Gateway, the new system doesn’t require users to install and run any special software on the computer. Typically, whenever someone visits a website from the browser, the origin server is tracked down for the website content. A request is then sent from the computer to the server for fetching the content. Cloudflare mentioned that this is a centralized approach and has a number of drawbacks. For instance, if the origin server is taken out by any natural disaster or if it gets hacked, the web content will go unavailable. The IPFS Gateway will change the centralized approach and make the web a distributed system. It will connect thousands of computers globally on a peer-to-peer network. All these computers will store files on behalf of the network. Cloudflare said that more than 5 million files have already been uploaded to the IPFS. With…
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