Storj Blog

After a lot of hard work, we couldn’t be happier to announce that Pioneer Beta for the V3 network has arrived. Now that V3 is here, we’re also ready to launch the beta for Tardigrade decentralized cloud object storage. So, what changes are coming with the V3 network? V3 is more scalable, performant, secure, decentralized, and economical than previous offerings. It was specifically built with the enterprise in mind, focusing on performance, availability, and reliability similar to major providers, at half the price.
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Today marks a really exciting day for Storj Labs. We launched the first beta of our V3 Storj software, and we simultaneously launched the beta for our Tardigrade Cloud Storage Service, which is (we expect) the first of many decentralized storage services built by many organizations using Storj software. This post discusses the very important qualification gateswe’ve established for each of our major milestones: Pioneer 1 (beta 1), Pioneer 2 (beta 2), and Voyager (production).
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One of the most fundamental parts of a decentralized platform is that there is no single authority or owner. In a true decentralized ecosystem, everyone who participates is a critical contributor to the network.  At production launch, the Storj network will allow anyone to operate a Satellite in addition to the Tardigrade Satellites operated by Storj Labs. Being a Satellite operator is a big commitment with very stringent uptime requirements, much more so than a storage node operator.
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We’re already approaching the end of summer, but things are still heating up here at Storj Labs! We’ve been on fire adding the final features and improvements ahead of our Pioneer 1 beta launch in the next few weeks, and iced coffee and nitro cold brew are the only two things keeping us cool. Recent development accomplishments: We finished implementing the garbage collection feature but have disabled it on storage nodes for the time being until our testing efforts finish and we are confident that there are no bugs.
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During the Storj Town Hall on July 10th, we asked our community to vote for their favorite mascot. The mascot candidates highlighted our brand attributes of simplicity, security, resiliency, and decentralization, which we covered in our blog post announcing the community vote. We also talked about why Tardigrade.io deserves nothing short of a robust, yet charming mascot to join us along for the ride to a decentralized world. Our community members voted for their favorites, told us why they love the mascot they selected and ranked their selection from one (worst mascot ever) to five (best mascot ever) with a pretty clear crowd favorite.
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As we get closer to launching Pioneer 1 (our first beta release), we’ve been burning the midnight oil finishing features and squashing bugs! We expect we’ll be launching this release in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout. From V0.14.3 to V0.15.3 releases we had over 200 PRs get merged into our V3 codebase. If you haven’t had a chance to watch our town hall from last week, please check it out, it has tons of information about where we’re headed.
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