This morning one of my co-workers mentioned Riak KV and how it is also an open-source, decentralized, fault tolerant key-value store. I haven’t found any solid comparisons of Riak vs. IPFS online, so I thought I’d ask here.
Can anyone explain what the core differences are between something like Riak/DynamoDB and IPFS?
IPFS is a decentralized, content-addressable filesystem. Riak KV is a distributed key-value store.
Distributed KV stores are basically just key-value (NoSQL) databases distributed over a set of co-operating servers (usually run by a single organization).
IPFS, on the other hand, is more like bittorrent or HTTP. It provides:
- A consistent way to address files (content addressing) no matter where they’re stored.
- A protocol for transferring said files.