Arweave is a software that seeks to store files permanently across a distributed network of computers. Its goal is to build something not unlike the fabled Library of Alexandria: a digital archive that persists in perpetuity. Arweave is a novel data storage blockchain protocol enabling a permanent serverless web - it uberizes the traditional web hosting environment, connecting people with spare hard drive space with people that need to store data. It offers unparalleled levels of data replication and security for users, as well as financial incentives for participants in the network, all while cutting out the middleman. Arweave has set the new standard of highly reliable, lightning fast web application hosting at a fraction of the cost of traditional centralised providers: It’s the web you can own and run.
https://arweave.gateway.name is a hosted Arweave gateway maintained by The Media Foundation and served using Media Network's community-powered CDN) view an example →
Media Network + Arweave
Arweave integrates easily with Media Network. Arweave is an excellent protocol to index and host content (like NFTs, live video, or even simple websites) in a decentralized way. Still, it lacks a critical component: a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to ultimately serve these files to end-users using a regular web browser. This section will show how to integrate Arweave and Media Network step by step, first by installing an Arweave gateway from scratch, configuring it, and then adding it as a resource to the CDN.