The Storj Labs Blog

Over the last few months, we’ve published a significant amount of information about the launch of the Storj V3 network. We’re all thrilled with the progress we’ve made, and the feedback from the storage node operator waitlist members joining the V3 network has been very positive. We’re now starting to get questions about the plan for the transition from the previous V2 network to the V3 network—for both storage node operators and developers.
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The Storj Explorer release, the public alpha for storage node operators, is rapidly approaching. And for waitlist members who are eagerly awaiting their chance to become storage node operators and share their excess hard drive space on the network, that day can’t come soon enough! It’s been quite a journey getting from V2 to V3, and the V2 storage node operators (who were previously called farmers) have played a critical part in making that journey possible.
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Joan Jett and William Shakespeare would have made absolutely terrible Storj V3 network storage node operators. Joan just doesn’t give a damn about her reputation, and Bill? The guy was great with words but not so good at math. But, I digress. Today on the Storj blog, we’re talking about the wholesale changes to reputation and node selection for the Storj V3 network. What’s new you ask? Everything! Overcoming the Challenges of the Previous Network Reputation and node selection are two areas where we’ve made some of the most significant changes between the V2 and V3 networks.
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With the the previous version of the Storj network, we learned from experience what it takes to scale a distributed storage network to over 100 petabytes. That experience and expertise has led to the development of the V3 network. As it turns out, the network design for petabyte scale isn’t the same as the design for exabyte scale. There are significant differences in all three peer classes in our decentralized and distributed network.
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The recent release of our white paper was a huge milestone in communicating with the community, our customers, and our partners about the direction and status of development on the new network. The white paper defines our long-term vision for Storj and lays out the foundation for the concrete implementation of the network. While the white paper includes extensive information about the network we are building, it doesn’t give any indication about when development milestones will be achieved - which brings us to the announcement of our public roadmap.

Our public roadmap includes a series of alpha releases leading up to a beta release and ultimately, the production launch of our V3 network. The composition and sequence of the releases is designed to accelerate the launch of the production network with SLAs. This blog post provides some additional information about each of the most recent and upcoming releases.  Quick disclaimer - this document contains forward-looking statements about our product direction. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at the sole discretion of Storj Labs. The information herein is not a commitment to deliver any material, code or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchase decisions.

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Suppose you want to take a unique and disruptive approach to cloud storage and launch a new product into the established market. Where do you start? Sure, you want to be half the price of the most dominant provider. You’ll also want to be just as reliable, as well as faster and much more secure. But once you’ve checked all those boxes, what’s really going to move the needle in terms of adoption? As it turns out, it’s not more differentiation. It’s compatibility. As such, compatibility was a huge priority for us as we planned the build-out of our new decentralized cloud storage network.

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