This week marks the 2nd birthday of Filebase. Our original public launch was on May 17th, 2019 and was primarily posted on Reddit. The feedback we received back then was truly amazing, and it continues to flow in every day. Little did we know, that early feedback would also help us to shape the future of our platform and company.
We first launched with support for the Sia network. As our platform began to gain traction and user-base, it was clear that we had many engineering challenges ahead. The entire experience of using decentralized storage had to be simplified and streamlined across the board - from account sign up, to bucket creation, to uploading data - it all had to be intuitive and "just work". We were thrilled that we accomplished our goal of becoming the first object storage platform to be powered by a decentralized storage network. But - we continued to set our goals and ambitions high, to see how far we could take things.
As we continued to iterate and work out the kinks, building out support for our 2nd network integration became a top priority. About a year later, we finally launched support for the Storj network in December of 2020. This new integration finally made another one of our goals a true reality: becoming the first object storage platform to be powered by multiple decentralized storage networks.
Just over a month ago, in April of 2021, we launched supported for our 3rd network integration: Skynet.
Why does Filebase exist?
Decentralized storage takes the entire centralized data center model and completely turns it upside down. This is done by leveraging unused and underutilized storage capacity and bandwidth from around the world, often consisting of commodity hardware. And it's this last detail that is typically glossed over - commodity hardware allows hosts on these networks to offer a lower pricing point, simply because they don't have to pay the hefty enterprise tax.
However there is still a big problem: Nearly every single decentralized storage network features their own unique API, and there is zero standardization across the board. This can make it challenging for enthusiast developers who are already involved within the decentralized ecosystem. However it makes it nearly impossible for non-enthusiast developers or enterprises who just simply want access to cost-effective and geo-redundant storage.
So, where does Filebase fit into all of this? It's simple: we remove and abstract away all of the complexity and technical friction that comes with using decentralized storage directly.
But most notably, Filebase brings the most important tool to the table: an S3 compatible API. It is this feature-set alone that allows us to connect users of decentralized storage to thousands of SDKs, application frameworks, backup tools, and more. The S3 API is the defacto gold-standard of cloud object storage today. Everything "just works" out of the box and we can't think of a popular cloud-native application or tool that doesn't support S3 today.
So here we are - 2 years in, and we just closed our initial seed round of funding. Our team is currently in the process of tripling our head count and we're hiring aggressively. If you're interested in working with us, take a look at our open positions. Don't see something that you like? Drop us an email with how you think you can help, we're open to that too.
The future looks bright - heres to another year of breaking new ground and unifying people from around the world.
PS: Want to celebrate with us? Try out Filebase today! We give everyone 5 GB of free storage to start.
In celebration of our 2 years, we're giving away 2 TB free for one month. Simply use promo code HAPPYBIRTHDAY when upgrading.
-The Filebase Team