Updated Details Storjcoin {SJCX} +1 PB Milestone Reached




  • Why Storjcoin X?

    We love Bitcoin; we only created Storjcoin X because we had to. We are working on implementing features like sending data to an address, key-resource, etc., and it is not possible to implement these features on Bitcoin because of the metadata size limits. By using Storjcoin X we have some flexibility in terms of implementation.

    Unlike other cryptocurrencies, we plan to reintegrate with Bitcoin should treechains or sidechains become viable via a hard fork, but we are simply are not going to wait for it.


    Features:


    End-to-End Encryption

    Distributed infrastructure

    Blazing Fast

    Peer-to-peer technology

    Higher Availability

    99.99999%


    How does it work?

    Watch this simple one-minute video explainer for Storj.



    Half the price of the competition

    Pay only for what you use. No setup fees, no minimum usage.

    Storage

    $0.015GB / month

    Bandwidth

    $0.05per GB

    Signup For Free

    https://app.storj.io/#/signup


    Free Software Cloud Platform


    We are passionate about decentralization, and we love free and open source software. Our mission is to rethink cloud storage, to provide the security, privacy, and transparency it’s missing. That's why we are building an open-source cloud platform, that aim to fundamentally change the way people and devices own data. We welcome your feedback, bug reports, and pull requests.


    Github:

    https://github.com/storj

    Get Involved:

    https://storj.io/developers.html


    Careers at Storj

    Do you want to join a team that is revolutionizing the world of cloud storage? If so, the Storj team would love to meet you!

    Open Positions

    Software Engineer

    Technical Content + Community Manager

    Growth Marketing Manager

    Developer Evangelist


    Allocation

    The coins will be created in advance in order to satisfy the demand of crowdsale participants. Any additional coins not sold in the crowdsale will be allocated to the developer pool, to be distributed to crowdsale participants through hard driving mining (also known as farming) or use in future crowdsales (decentralized Youtube, Imgur, etc. on Storj). Developers will not use these coins to dump for financial gain.

    Crowdfunding Sales - 70%
    Community Pool - 15%
    Developer Pool - 15%

    Community Pool

    Storj believes that that the devs should not rule the coin. After all, that's not decentralization, is it? We are trying something completely new by issuing a community pool equal to the developer pool. Any BTC in the community pool will be managed with Bitpay’s multi-signature Copay wallet. We will have to build a multi-signature wallet for SJCX.

    Funds will be managed by trusted community members who will listen to and act upon community proposals. This will be the first coin that allows the community to have equal power to the developers.

    Make your voice and proposals heard at http://storjtalk.org/

    Mining

    Users will not “mine” the coins in a traditional way. Instead, they will be compensated for providing their unused resources to the network via DriveMiner. This process will be simplified within the application.

    Block Explorer

    http://blockscan.com/assetInfo.aspx?q=SJCX


    Exchange:


    https://poloniex.com/exchange/btc_sjcx

    https://bittrex.com/Market/Index?MarketName=BTC-SJCX

    https://counterwallet.io/


    Product


    Quickstart

    Developers

    Community

    Give Feedback

    Rent Your Drive

    Get Paid to Write

    Social:

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  • 1 PB Milestone Reached

    Dear Supporters,

    Today we are happy to announce we have reached a major milestone for Storj with 1 PB (1,000 TB) of data stored on our network! The total supply of available storage is around 3 PB, being supplied by ~4,700 farming clients. Even more impressive: most of this data has been uploaded since October 11th on the back of the v4.0 upgrade.




    Earlier this month at Venture Atlanta 2016, we announced our first Fortune 500 client, Cox Enterprises, an Atlanta-based communications conglomerate. We are hard at work to bring more customers to our platform, both by driving API users directly and by inking channel partnerships that can facilitate millions of users, like Heroku. More clients mean more storage supply needed to satisfy demand, which in turn will help fill up our farmers’ hard drives with data and their wallets with SJCX.


    What’s New?

    Clients and farmers now report on file transfer performance via a system we call “exchange reports.” Reporting will help us identify inactive and poorly performing nodes quicker, which will help improve stability, performance, and reliability within our network. We are also re-architecting tunneling and data channels for our v6.0 release. This new architecture will enable a very exciting integration coming at the beginning of next year. No details yet; we don’t want to spoil the surprise!




    Stay tuned for exciting news and updates to come! Follow us on Twitter and join our Community on RocketChat at https://community.storj.io where you can meet the team, troubleshoot issues, discuss ideas, and socialize with other Storj fans!













  • Using the Storj Add-on with Heroku

    We recently announced a partnership with Heroku to make it easy for developers to use Storj’s distributed object storage. Heroku is a cloud platform that enables app developers to spend their time on application code rather than managing server infrastructure, and it’s one of the largest developer ecosystems in the world. You can find the Storj add-on in Heroku’s Elements marketplace.



    Storj’s integration on Heroku provides the following benefits to developers:
    Effortless Encryption: Files uploaded to Storj are encrypted by default, so you can rest assured that your data is safe and secure.Built-in Speed: The Storj network is designed for speed. When retrieving your files, you can download multiple pieces at the same time (similar to a torrent). This makes your downloads faster than ever!Easy Implementation: Using the Storj platform is simple and straightforward. With detailed documentation and examples, you can get started in no time.One of Storj’s developers, Barbara Liau, also created an excellent video tutorial series to help integrate the Storj add-on with the Heroku application. It covers the

    following topics:

    1. Deploying Application
    2. Adding Storj to Heroku Application
    3. Activating Account
    4. Exploring Demo Application
    5. Authentication
    6. Key Pair
    7. Buckets
    8. Uploading File
    9. Listing File
    10. Downloading File
    11. Pushing to Heroku
    12. Recap and Next Steps

    During the beta testing period, access to Storj will be free, just like in our current standalone product.We hope that Storj for Heroku makes our platform an easy choice for your next project. As always, your feedback is welcome – feel free to join the discussion and ask for technical support on our community chat.




  • Updated Storj Whitepaper + Community Hangout


    Dear Storj supporters,



    It’s been almost two years since the release of the first version of the Storj whitepaper, and the start of Storj. When it was released, Storj was only a theory, but now it’s a vibrant and robust network with over 1,500 TB of data stored and 8,500 TB of capacity and growing. The V2 whitepaper updates what worked, what didn’t work, and what will be built in the future.


    The time has come to put all of our technical knowhow into context and are very excited to announce the release of a revised Storj whitepaper on the morning of December 15th. This is exactly two years after the release of the first Storj whitepaper. We will also follow with a community hangout.

    Storj Community Hangout
    December is also the time of the year when we reflect on our achievements and set the pace for the year to come. We will be hosting a Community Hangout to discuss recent developments, as well as keeping an eye on our near future plans and beyond. Everyone is invited to join, this is a great opportunity to ask your questions directly to the team. During the event you can submit all your questions on our Community Chat in the #chat channel. Find more details below.

    When and Where

    December 15th at 4:00PM EST.


    Agenda

    • The New Storj Whitepaper
    • Test Group C Progress
    • First Storj Customers
    • General Q&A


    Location

    The Community Hangout URL will be shared before the event start. A link to the stream will also be posted on our channels:


    Have a wonderful day,
    The Storj Team








  • Latest Storj Share Release v4.0.2 is unleashed! Time to upgrade


    https://github.com/Storj/storjshare-gui/releases/t...



  • Storj Awarded Grant Funding to Help Advance Storj Technology

    We’re excited to announce that Storj is one of 20 grant recipients selected by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to help advance our technology development. The funding is part of a grant program hosted by the GOED’s Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP).

    We are extremely honored and grateful to have been accepted into the GOED’s TCIP and selected among more than 180 grant applications! From Storj’s first visit in Utah to growing our team and business in this region, we’ve received nothing but support from the State of Utah.

    In addition to the financial grant, Storj will now have access to mentorship opportunities and entrepreneurial curriculum that helps further our business. You can find more information on the TCIP grant program and learn about the other grant recipients in an announcement made by the GOED today.

    This is an exciting way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to what the rest of the year has to offer.

    Be the cloud!

    Shawn Wilkinson CEO/CTO of Storj Labs Inc.



  • Storj Payout Transparency

    Dear Storj supporters, 

    We
    have updated the Payout Formula we use to reward all our awesome
    farmers that are helping us out by sharing their excess storage space.
    The new formula can be found on our GitHub. We want the process to be transparent for everyone to see.

    Some things to note are:

    • There are no rewards for storing less than 1 GB for the month.
    • However, if a user has telemetry reports, exchange reports, or downloads they may still receive a reward.
    • There are no rewards if a user has not been seen in the past week.

    Each component (gigabyte hours, telemetry reports, and downloaded bytes) is scaled so that each metric ends up being a measurement of how far away users are from the mean. Those values are multiplied by certain weights and summed to arrive at a final value. We hope this will make rewards better, transparent, and more fair for a larger number of our supporters. We will continue to streamline the formula as we progress and more farmers join the Storj network. If you have any queries or feedback you are welcome to join the discussion on our community chat at https://community.storj.io.

    Be the cloud! The Storj Team



  • Storj Labs Raises $3 Million in Seed Funding

    Dear Storj supporters, 

    Today we are excited to celebrate an important milestone that supports future innovation for Storj. Storj Labs, the company that develops the open-source network software and provides easy to use tools for the Storj network, has raised $3 million in seed funding. Angel investors from venture capital firms Google Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and Techstars, as well as industry leaders in the technology security space, including Cockroach Labs, Ionic Security, and Pindrop Security, are among the early backers.

    Data centers serve as cloud storage hubs for web service giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. But data centers come with a high price tag for developers, providers and users, with an even higher cost associated with data failures and security breaches. From physical servers and networking equipment to other infrastructure demands like electricity, cloud service providers spend billions of dollars every quarter just to maintain or grow their service offerings.

    Storj Labs aims to disrupt traditional cloud storage by offering faster speeds, heightened security, better performance, and a more cost effective storage solution. Storj Labs provides easy to use tools so that any developer can use the Storj network, without having to be an expert in distributed networking or encryption. Ease of use allows us to get the Storj network into as many hands as possible without compromising the distributed and decentralized nature of the network. 

    We have surpassed 15,000 API users who leverage the Storj network for secure and decentralized data storage. We are thankful for the continued support of the community, and can’t wait to show off all the new features we have been working on, made possible by this financing. 

    You can read today’s announcement here. Interested in earning money for your extra hard drive space? Become a Storj farmer! For developers looking to join our technical community, we have resources and documentation to help you start contributing. We hope you’ll join us! 

    Cheers,
    The Storj Team



  • S3 Failure Highlights the Need for Decentralized Services like Storj

    Amazon S3, the world’s largest cloud storage platform, went offline last
    week, taking down a large percentage of internet services with it.
    Trello, Quora, Heroku, and Slack are just a handful of the many services
    that were affected. It was also reported
    that even IoT connected thermostats and lightbulbs stopped working. We
    now know the cause of the outage to be a mistyped command during routine
    server maintenance. My heart goes out to the engineer that committed
    that error (as an engineer I’ve definitely made mistakes like this), but
    this unfortunate outcome simply should not have been possible.

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    As the world becomes more and more connected, and we become more
    reliant on platforms like S3, we will face increasingly negative impacts
    in our lives when they fail. What might be a minor inconvenience today,
    like not being able to change the temperature on your Nest, might be
    your connected self driving car slamming into a highway construction barrier
    because it lost access to a data feed tomorrow. While these types of
    terrible failures may be far in the future, that is clearly the
    direction we are headed, and the impact that these kinds of service
    failures have today is very real. No one would build a piece of critical
    infrastructure like a bridge, only held together with a single bolt
    whose failure could bring the whole structure tumbling down. And we
    shouldn’t build internet infrastructure with single points of failure
    either.

    We built Storj because we wanted to create a more robust, distributed system for object storage. After all, the cloud is just someone else’s computer, so why does it have to be Amazon´s? Though there are still some problems to solve to improve security, privacy, durability, and easy of use, Storj is now fully functional: We have resolved all the fundamental problems, while continually optimizing the code to find the best solutions.

    Because Storj doesn’t host
    infrastructure, but instead uses a distributed and decentralized network
    of devices, we offer a very special value proposition that no other
    traditional storage network can offer. Should our object storage service fail completely, users would still be able to retrieve their data.
    This is possible today as long as the application keeps copies of
    network locations and authorization keys. We are working on building
    this into our various tools and libraries by default, so every
    application will have this functionality without requiring any
    additional developer/user effort. For extra safety, the encrypted shards
    of data are distributed redundantly on different types of hardware and
    networks which are located in many different countries, keeping crazy singular failure events from disrupting functionality.

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    The future is bright with innovation, but let’s make sure we build those innovations on platforms that really can’t fail, rather than those that just promise not to. Let´s provide services that don’t cease to function due to a single error, but keep functioning perfectly even when the entire system has failed. This is the promise of decentralized, distributed, and crowd-sourced platforms and one we are turning into reality here at Storj.

    Shawn Wilkinson CEO/CTO of Storj Labs Inc.



  • Storj Comes Out of Beta


    We’re excited to announce that Storj is officially out of beta! Our platform has been completely free of charge as we stabilized our technology and optimized
     performance. To start, every registered user can use up 25 GB storage and 25 GB bandwidth (every month!) free for 12 months.



    What happens when I go over the limit?
    If you go over the
    free allowance and you have payment information on file, you will only
    be billed for your usage above the free allowance. Currently, that’s 25
    GB storage and 25GB bandwidth every month. If you do not have payment
    information on file, you may be rate limited until you submit your
    payment information.

    How much does it cost? Storage is $0.015 per GB per month, and bandwidth is $0.05 per GB. This is about half the cost of competing services, and a large percentage goes directly into the pockets of our farmers.

    Can I keep using Storj for free? Great question! We just launched our referral program, so you can invite your friends to Storj and get an additional 50GB of storage and 50GB of bandwidth once they join and spend $10. There’s no limit, so invite away! Log in and head to the referrals page.

    Can I pay in BTC or SJCX? Currently, we don’t have automatic billing options for using cryptocurrencies, but we plan on adding them in the near future. In the meantime, we will manually accept BTC and SJCX payments for large users. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

    Thanks as always for your continued support, and for making the open source and distributed web possible!

    INVITE FRIENDS

    Cheers, The Storj Team




  • Migration from Counterparty to Ethereum

    Over the past couple of months I have been discussing the Counterparty platform with the Storj team and community. A consistent theme of these conversations is discontent with the functionality and usability of the platform:

    1. The official Counterparty wallet software, Counterwallet, has had no major updates in over two years, and provides a confusing interface for new users.
    2. Last year, multisig ceased functioning because Bitcoin made raw multisig transactions non-standard. Tokens in multisig wallets were rendered inaccessible. There is still no concrete migration path for multisig wallets without direct miner intervention. This makes us worried that other features will cease to function in the future.
    3. Because Counterparty uses the Bitcoin blockchain for transactions, which is currently having issues with transaction backlog, our users have experienced extremely long transaction times (hours to days).
    4. Because Counterparty transactions create small inputs and are heavier than normal BTC transactions, users have experienced extremely high fees for transactions. For the February farmer payout we paid over $1,600 in transaction fees, or about 13% of total payouts. This is not sustainable or scalable.
    5. Our work on micropayment channels for Counterparty offers promising routes to addressing the problems above but is unlikely to be broadly useful. Micropayment networks require broad adoption to be effective and secure. It is unclear whether the Counterparty ecosystem can support a robust layer 2 network.
    6. The Counterparty ecosystem is small. Very few other organizations are using it at scale. To create our micropayment tools, we’ve had to fund large upgrades to the Counterparty protocol. It’s not sustainable to finance protocol upgrades while also developing our network and products.

    Many community members and thought leaders have suggested migrating SJCX from Counterparty to the Ethereum ERC20 token standard. ERC20 tokens have been issued by a number of prominent projects including Augur and Golem, and have wide support in the Ethereum development community. Use of an Ethereum-based token offers clear solutions to the problems listed above:

    1. Development is extremely active. Features are added regularly and bugs are dealt with quickly.
    2. Ethereum transactions are usually confirmed in seconds to minutes.
    3. Ethereum fees are currently negligible.
    4. Future layer 2 solutions like Raiden are promising, and explicitly support ERC20 tokens.

    Furthermore, the Ethereum platform provides many additional benefits: 

    1. The ERC20 standard provides out-of-the-box interoperability with a wide variety of wallets and tools.
    2. Ethereum’s smart contract platform can be leveraged to build a more robust and decentralized storage system.
    3. Future integration with Ethereum opens exciting opportunities to provide data services to smart contracts and Dapps.
    4. We will participate in a larger community of protocol maintainers, sharing the burden of upgrades with many other engaged organizations. 

    In a nutshell, we believe that a simple 1:1 conversion of Counterparty-based SJCX to ERC20 SJCX solves the quality of service issues and allows us to participate in a more active and robust development community. As a result, we will be migrating SJCX to a new Ethereum-based ERC20 token that we feel better serves the Storj ecosystem and its stakeholders.

    Over the next few weeks I will be working with the community, the team, and the thought leaders to prepare a clear migration plan. As always, the process will be transparent and public. We understand that there will be lots of questions, so please keep an eye on our announcements for drafts and community hangouts to discuss the process and answer questions directly.  

    We believe the technical migration process will be straight-forward. Farmers will use a simple tool to convert their tokens from the old to the new protocol, and then change their payment address in the Storj Share application. We welcome feedback, collaboration, and ideas as we go through this transition. 

    Sidenote

    Back in 2014, when the ecosystem was smaller and Storj couldn’t even afford a plane ticket, I drove up to Blacksburg, Virginia with Bo Shen, now founder of VC firm Fenbushi Capital, for a dev retreat. I got the chance to spend a lot of time with Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, and chat about our crazy idealistic decentralized platforms and where they might lead. A couple of interesting ideas came out of that meeting.

    First, on the sage advice of Bo Shen, we both participated in each other’s crowdsales. Considering the growth of both tokens, that was a pretty good move. Second, Vitalik wrote a very insightful post about how one might build decentralized storage called Secret Sharing and Erasure Coding: A Guide for the Aspiring Dropbox Decentralizer M of N which I highly recommend reading. Now that we plan on native Ethereum integration, that post is having a lot of impact. Third, I’ve never been that great at statistics, so Vitalik really helped us in the early days with some math that not only showed that decentralized storage is viable, but also that it could be even more durable than traditional centralized cloud storage platforms. Lastly, he left me with a sense that Ethereum was going to be a really strong and useful platform for Storj. Unfortunately, the Ethereum genesis block was created a year after we had a token and the ERC20 standard didn’t exist until late 2015, so there just wasn’t an opportunity to integrate from the start. But we have been watching Ethereum as it grew, successfully overcame The DAO hack, and launched the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance. Ethereum has clearly solidified itself as a great token platform, as well as highlighted some of the awesome advanced features that the blockchain can offer. We are excited for the future, and even more excited for our future with Ethereum. To Vitalik, a personal thanks. To the whole Ethereum ecosystem: it’s time, let’s go and decentralize the data and the world!

    Shawn Wilkinson
    CEO/CTO Storj Labs Inc.


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