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Use Akord vaults with cloud storage

Learn how to leverage Akord's cloud storage for temporary data management with end-to-end encryption, offering a secure alternative to traditional cloud services while maintaining the flexibility to delete or transition data to permanent blockchain storage.

25 Jun 2024
Clock 6 mins


Cloud storage on Akord provides temporary, flexible data management, with end-to-end encryption for added security.

Creating a vault:

  • Akord allows users to create vaults for data storage.
  • Upon logging in, users can click "Create Vault".
  • Template options are available for creating vaults on Arweave.
  • A "Customize your vault setup" option is available in three steps.

Choosing storage type:

  • Users can select cloud storage as an option.
  • Cloud storage is useful for temporary data management.
  • It allows testing workflows before committing to blockchain storage.
  • Useful for data that may need to be deleted later.

Privacy settings:

  • Users can set the vault as private with end-to-end encryption or make it public.
  • Private cloud vaults offer more security compared to services like Dropbox.
  • Akord provides end-to-end encryption where users control the keys.
  • Public cloud vaults can be used for sharing data that may need updating (e.g., brand assets).

Naming and creating the vault:

  • Users can name their vault (e.g., "my private temporary storage").
  • Description and tags can be added, more relevant for public vaults.
  • After naming, click "Create Vault" to finalise. 

Using the cloud vault:

  • The cloud vault interface is similar to permanent vaults.
  • Users can drag and drop files directly into the vault.
  • Files can be imported from Dropbox by connecting accounts.

File management in cloud vaults:

  • Files can be hidden in cloud vaults.
  • Unlike permanent storage vaults, files in cloud vaults can be permanently deleted.
  • Deleting files in cloud vaults frees up storage space.

Advantages of cloud vaults:

  • Allows flexible data management.
  • Useful for collaboration before moving data to permanent storage.
  • Helps manage storage efficiently before committing to blockchain storage.



Hello Akordians. In this video, we're looking at how to use Akord for temporary storage, specifically using Akord vaults on the cloud.

When you log into Akord and click "Create Vault," you'll see a few template options. These templates will create vaults on Arweave. However, down below, we have the option to customise your vault setup in three steps. Go ahead and click that link.

The first option is to choose the type of storage. Here, we can select cloud storage. The main value proposition of Akord is to get your data on Arweave, but we know that for many use cases, people like to manage data temporarily before committing to sending it on the blockchain. Maybe you want to test out a workflow, or maybe you like Akord for permanent data uses but would also like to use it for other kinds of data which at some point you would like to delete. Cloud and temporary storage is useful in many different contexts, and we can use that option on Akord.

Next, we get to set the vault up with a privacy setting. We can make the vault private using end-to-end encryption or make it public. I think most people would be interested in using cloud vaults that are private because the value here over using something like Dropbox is our end-to-end encryption. We have end-to-end encryption, and you control the keys. Many popular cloud storage services do not have end-to-end encryption, and you certainly don't control the keys to that encryption. Akord provides people with essentially a more secure Dropbox if you will.

Public vaults are interesting, too. For example, we use Akord public cloud vaults for sharing the brand assets for Akord with our partners. That data doesn't necessarily need to live on-chain forever. We iterate on that data, and sometimes, we change things with the brand and then want to delete that data. This makes perfect sense in that context. So you have a few options there, but often people are interested in storing data privately on the cloud with Akord. We'll leave that selected for this demo and go to the next screen.

Let's the vault a name. We'll call it "My Private Temporary Storage." We can add a description or tags to this vault, but that's more relevant for public vaults. We'll go ahead and click "Create Vault," and then we're dropped straight into the vault itself.

If you're familiar with Akord, we can use the vault the same way we do a permanent vault. We can drag and drop any file into this window. I'll open up my finder here, grab a few files, and drop them in. We can upload files this way. We can also import from Dropbox. You may have seen that option here, and from the plus button, we can go over to this import option and connect our Dropbox account to bring files over that way.

This is Akord on the cloud. It looks exactly the same as Akord on Arweave. But to illustrate the point, with vaults on Arweave, we can hide files and then clear them out of the vault. We're very particular with the language - you can't ever delete a file on a permanent storage vault. But with these cloud vaults, we can hide them. Just do some housekeeping and go over the hidden files here. In this context, on the cloud, we can permanently delete these files and get the storage back.

It's a similar context and way of working with storage that you're used to on Google Drive and Dropbox. You use up storage, then delete files, and you get storage back. Of course, that's different on permanent vaults. Once you've used up the storage, it always lives on-chain; we can't give you that storage back. That's another reason why it's interesting to use Akord on the cloud to manage data flexibly and not use up storage. Maybe collaborating with people, and then at a given point when the dataset is complete, you could move it over to a permanent storage vault.

So that's Akord's temporary storage on the cloud. Hopefully, you found this useful. If you have any questions, please drop into our Discord where you can reach myself and other members of the team. Until the next video, take care.

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