The Skynet and Stacks communities share long-standing commitments to decentralization. With this ethos in mind, both teams understand the importance of persistent data storage and accessibility as well as giving developers more seamless ways to build new decentralized applications.
Skynet is excited to expand upon the principles behind Stacks’ Gaia, a decentralized storage architecture for off-chain data: “Storing data off of the blockchain ensures that Stacks applications can provide users with high performance and high availability for data reads and writes without introducing central trust parties.”
With Skynet, Stacks and Clarity developers can reliably access data from anywhere and across applications. Storing these large amounts of data also won’t break the bank: storage on Skynet costs 10x less than centralized providers and bandwidth costs are 100x lower — without sacrificing performance.
These qualities make Skynet and Stacks natural complements in the growing dapp developer ecosystem. Now, Stacks apps can rely on Skynet’s storage foundation for data that is too large to be stored on-chain. When writing Clarity smart contracts, Stacks developers can also include Skylinks, immutable links to content uploaded to Skynet as well as pointers to SkyDB, a key-value store for mutable content.