Filecoin is a decentralized platform that connects people who need to store/extract data with those who provide data storage space. The purpose of Filecoin is to store data in a decentralized way. Unlike cloud-storage companies like Amazon Web Services or Cloudflare, which are prone to centralization issues, Filecoin leverages its decentralized nature to protect the integrity of data locations, helping data be easily retrieved and difficult to censor. Filecoin can also provide file storage services for other decentralized platforms.
In Filecoin’s network, there are three main groups: Clients, Storage Miners, and Retrieval Miners with the following main functions:
Filecoin Token (FIL) is a cryptocurrency created for internal transactions in the Filecoin network. Clients use FIL to pay fees to store their data. Storage Miners are paid in FIL to make data storage hardware contributions. Retrieval Miners are paid in FIL for their contribution to data retrieval.
In addition, FIL is also used as a digital asset representing the Filecoin ecosystem. Users who own Filecoin Tokens will share profits based on Filecoin’s business growth results.