Cloudflare is an Internet security provider, which has introduced a new product to help users more easily access the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), the decentralized storage protocol developed by Protocol Labs. It is an easy way to access content from the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) that doesn’t require installing and running any IPFS special software on your computer.
IPFS is a peer-to-peer file system composed of thousands of computers around the world, each of which stores files on behalf of the network. The peer-to-peer nature of IPFS provides a number of redundancies for users trying to access a specific website or piece of data. The users can request data using hash values, rather than IP addresses, which acts as a method of ensuring the data received is what was requested, according to the post.
In traditional web system, when you access a website from your browser, your browser tracks down the origin server for the website content. It then sends a request from your computer to that origin server, wherever it is in the world, and that server sends the content back to your computer. But, there is some problem with this system. Centralization makes it impossible to keep content online any longer than the origin servers that host it. If that origin server is hacked or taken out by a natural disaster, the content is unavailable. If the site owner decides to take it down, the content is gone. The IPFS provide the solution for this problem.
There are two ways to access the content that’s been stored in the IPFS network. The first way is to download IPFS onto your computer and the second is IPFS gateways are third-party nodes that fetch content from the IPFS network and serve it to you over Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) the dominant protocol used to transfer data.
The unique thing about IPFS is that you tell the network what to look for and the network figures out where to look.