# IPFS and the problems it solves
IPFS seeks to address problems with the current web and existing data representation / routing / transfer protocols like
- Link rot
- Data sovereignty and ownership
- Off-chain storage
- Local-first software
- Vendor lock-in
In this guide, you'll learn about each of the problems that IPFS solves.
This guide is part 2 of a 3-part introduction to the basic concepts of IPFS. The third part, How IPFS Works, covers the different subsystems that IPFS is composed of and how each one functions.
IPFS has no single point of failure, and users do not need to trust each other. In other words, the failure of a single or even multiple nodes in the network does not affect the functioning of the entire network, and an IPFS node can fetch data from the network as long as at least one other node in the network has that data, regardless of its location.
IPFS is an open, distributed and participatory network that reduces data silos from centralized servers, making IPFS more resilient than traditional systems. No single entity or person controls, manages or owns IPFS; rather, it is a community-maintained project with multiple implementations of the protocol, multiple tools and apps leveraging that protocol, and multiple users and organizations contributing to it's design and development.
IPFS provides faster access to data by enabling it to be replicated to and retrieved from multiple locations, and allowing users to access data from the nearest location using content addressing instead of
# Link rot
IPFS eliminates the problem of
# Data sovereignty
# Off-chain storage
IPFS enables verifiable
# Local-first software
# Vendor lock-in
# Further reading
- New to IPFS and wanting to dive deeper into the different subsystems that IPFS is composed of and how each one works? See part 3, How IPFS Works, of the introduction to the basic concepts of IPFS
- Are you looking for a list of implementations of the IPFS protocol, as well as more information on each implementation? See the IPFS Implementations page.
- Do you want to learn how IPFS is used by storage networks and other applications, or looking for inspiration for your own IPFS application? See the usage ideas and examples.
- Are you interested in comparing IPFS to other similar technologies? See the IPFS Comparisons page.