Bluzelle – New R2 File Storage Solution Helps Decentralize NFT Marketplaces

  • Bluezelle – a hosting platform for files requiring high security, unmatched availability, and censorship resistance.
  • Bluezelle CEO, Pavel Bains, “solution aims to be decentrailized without sacrifising usability.”
  • Mintable CEO, Zach Burks, “permanent file storage…so in 50 years, they will still be around and valuable.”

Unstoppable Storage Solution

Decentralized database provider Bluzelle is releasing its anticipated file storage solution on mainnet, providing a simple to use and resilient solution for saving immutable files on decentralized storage. The solution is primarily targeted for NFT platforms, where the boom of digital art and media highlighted the need for a flexible and unstoppable storage solution.

The release of the file storage mainnet marks Bluzelle’s transition from a raw data storage provider to becoming a hosting platform for all types of files that require high security, unmatched availability, and censorship resistance. These features make Bluzelle the ideal platform to host content connected with NFTs, such as 3D digital art pieces or video reels of particular moments represented by the NFT.

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Previous solutions for decentralized storage carry a significant number of drawbacks related to usability and cost. This includes unnecessary requirements of holding a token, the requirement to pay separately for each new storage node in the network, and slow and expensive file retrieval. Furthermore, there are few guarantees of continued file immutability in previous systems. If the nodes that were selected by the user failed to operate, the files could be lost forever. This particular issue concerns IPFS, currently the most widespread method for storing NFTs or Web3 data. Data initially stored on IPFS is saved on just one node — replicating the file carries significant additional costs and effort.

Performance Gains for Streaming Large Files

With Bluzelle, data is stored nearly simultaneously in all network nodes — requiring just about 10 seconds to be replicated in all global nodes — and with just one request from the user. The concurrent design produces significant performance gains for streaming large files, and frees the users from having to pay for additional speed. Bluzelle uses a peer-to-peer architecture similar to torrents, which means Bluzelle users download files from all 50+ nodes at once (a number expected to grow into the thousands as the network matures).

A Great Fit for the NFT Ecosystem

The efficient and easy-to-use architecture means that Bluzelle excels at uncensorable and resilient public file storage. One of the largest markets for this specific set of requirements is the NFT art ecosystem, which needs high quality, cheap and eternal storage for each piece of media tied to an NFT. While rare, there are examples of NFTs stored on Amazon Web Services, which is completely antithetical to the promise of an NFT as an immutable and uncensorable item.

“Time and time again in crypto we see solutions that are not as decentralized, not as secure or not as advanced become the norm. Why? Because people care about usability above all, and this factor will always trump any kind of ideological or ‘nice to have’ criteria,” said Pavel Bains, CEO of Bluzelle. “This is why our file storage solution aims to be decentralized without sacrificing usability. Too many engineers get lost in designing a cool piece of tech for its own sake, few of them care about how the end-user will perceive it.”

Mintable on Board – More to Follow

The Bluzelle platform is already being used by major NFT marketplaces such as Mintable. Several others are in the testing phase and will be announced to the public in the near future. What this ultimately means is that NFT buyers on these platforms can feel confident in knowing the assets they bought will remain available forever thanks to the decentralized network of nodes built on Bluzelle’s infrastructure.

“Most people are not aware that most NFTs will disappear in a year or more once either their website is taken offline, it gets censored, or if it’s on IPFS, it will just get deleted from lack of use. With Bluzelle we have permanent file storage that is decentralized across the entire planet for your NFTs – so in 50 years, they will still be around and valuable. All without even needing to pay gas costs using gasless minting on Mintable,” said Zach Burks, Founder, and CEO of Mintable.

About Bluzelle

Bluzelle is a decentralized storage network for the creator economy. Bluzelle delivers high security, unmatched availability, and is censorship-resistant. Whether you are an artist, musician, scientist, publisher, or developer, Bluzelle protects the intellectual property of all creators. You can ensure that when you store your creation on Bluzelle, it will be available, anytime, and always worry-free.

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