Created in 2017, the American start-up Filebase offers a distributed storage solution natively compatible with Amazon S3. One of its particularities is to synchronize and replicate data on decentralized networks based on the blockchain.
The Filebase start-up, based in Boston, Massachusetts, has made distributed storage its specialty. On the occasion of an IT Press Tour point, its CEO Joshua Noble gave details on its activity, its positioning as well as elements on its roadmap. The particularity of this offer is to be able to work in object mode with Amazon S3 on decentralized storage networks such as Siacoin, Storj or even Skynet based on the blockchain. The young shoot started its activity in 2017, but it took until 2019 to see its products emerge. According to the leader, more than 8,000 customers use its technology with a cumulative total of one billion objects stored on distributed storage networks. The young shoot has about ten employees.
Filebase allows developers to access their resources using the free APIs of decentralized market networks. Network changes can be easily made, without code and with a single click, by specifying a specific type of configuration. The demonstration made in an easy to understand interface appears to be a good point. The storage technique of this start-up differs from traditional P2P by its blockchain-based management system ensuring end-to-end confidentiality and security. But also an increased availability thanks to hot and instantaneous replications, as well as an access cost announced as very attractive.
Filebase has a neat and easy to access interface. (credit: Filebase)
Erasure coding at the rendezvous
Data is processed on a pool of global servers using erasure coding, a protection technique that cuts data into encrypted fragments and ensures, according to Filebase, compliance with security governance rules. “The data is synchronized hot on a distributed network making it accessible in all circumstances, for example in the event of a DNS failover problem”, explained Joshua Noble. “Our technology is comparable to a meta data storage controller”. The publisher highlights a much lower cost, for example, than AWS S3: compared to 111 dollars per month for the latter including storage and downloading of one TB of replicated data in 3 regions, Filebase is positioned at 6 dollars. The payment model is based on consumption (pay as you use).
Over the coming months, the group will evolve its offer with the addition of additional back-end networks including IPFS, Filecoin and Arweave. Performance gains are also expected, as is the ability to copy objects between different networks, not to mention the CDN, and an offline mode. Filebase raised $2 million in April 2021, but other funding rounds in the coming months cannot be ruled out. Recruitment is also underway.