Arc provides better, cheaper cloud services.
Currently, Arc offers two cloud services: object storage and content distribution (CDN). In short, you can store and serve files with Arc.
As a network of distributed devices, Arc provides a different kind of object store and CDN. Instead of serving files from distant datacenters, uploaded files are securely sprinkled across and served from devices near you.
The combination is potent: storage and distribution is both faster and cheaper. Normal CDNs degrade the more users they have; Arc's gets better.
Saving money with Arc is easy.
Update your website's tags to Arc's peer-to-peer-enhanced tags. For example, an image tag would be updated from
<img width="400" height="250" src="https://example.com/images/cat.jpg">
<iframe width="400" height="250" src="https://inlay.arc.io/bucket/images/cat.jpg"></iframe>
<iframe>, the asset is
streamed from Arc's peer-to-peer network and rendered
inline. The cost to retrieve assets hosted and served by Arc's
peer-to-peer network is significantly cheaper than standard
content distribution prices: only $0.005 per
Alternatively, assets uploaded to Arc can also be loaded directly from Arc's HTTP REST API.
<img width="400" height="250" src="https://storage.arc.io/bucket/images/cat.jpg">
Assets loaded directly via Arc's HTTP REST API can't take advantage of Arc's peer-to-peer network and are thus metered at a nominal bandwidth price: $0.01 per GB1.
Arc is currently alpha software.
Encryption on end user devices hasn't been implemented yet. As such, all files and assets uploaded to Arc should contain only information considered public. Arc isn't yet appropriate for private information, like private photos, private videos, or bank account info.
Proper protection for private data with encryption is forthcoming.
Until Arc's distributed storage reaches maturity, all files uploaded to Arc are redundantly uploaded to, and backed up with, Google Cloud Storage.
As such, every file you upload to Arc is stored reliably and won't be lost. Even in alpha.