DApp (Decentralized App) Developers need a blockchain database service to achieve their full potential. Enter Bluzelle.
Even the big cloud providers are prone to downtime. Bluzelle eliminates any single point of failure.
Bluzelle operates across ‘swarms’ of computers. Distributed data is accessed intelligently on demand.
Data is sharded across many nodes, swarms and locations - then optimizes storage to maximize speed.
Bluzelle is a decentralized, on-demand, scalable database for dApps. It is for software developers who are dissatisfied with the costs, limited scalability, and complexity of existing database systems. Bluzelle is low-cost, quick to deploy, provides utmost performance, and has a solid scalability path. Bluzelle provides enterprise-grade database services at a price for all aApp developers.
Storj and Filecoin are file-based services. They decentralize the storage and access to files. They operate purely on the manipulation of files, which has a very different application. File decentralization can be used for access to website resources (images, stylesheets, html, etc) or to enable globalized scalable access to documents. Bluzelle’s data decentralization services would be consumed by software at a more intimate level, that is opaque to the end-user, replacing existing database systems.
Currently developers typically run their own database servers and manually manage all the aspects, within cloud computing environments. Some opt to use shared-database environments.
Customers with larger budgets pay for managed services cloud computing environments (ie: Rackspace, AWS, Azure, etc), or opt to run their own data centers complete with their own IT departments to manage these.
The token launch will be in Nov 2017.
We plan to release an intial version with a set of features in December 2017.
We are a Singapore company and headquartered there. Singapore is the gateway to Asia and allows us to build our business in Asia. We also have an R&D center in Vancouver, Canada. The majority of our technology team will be in Vancouver but we also plan to build a global team in many regions proficient in blockchain.
If you are a developer, come and join our community. We’re looking for early users to help test and build our network.
Picking a name is very hard given that almost every domain is taken. We decided to work on word combinations. We liked the color blue (Pavel went to UCLA). Pavel and Neeraj’s parents are from India so they thought of the Indian Gazelle. Gazelle’s are meant to be fast and agile. That’s what they wanted the technology to be. So Bluzelle was born.
There is no master node in the Bluzelle database architecture. It is decentralized and so the model has swarms of nodes.
There will be some minimum requirements to be a farmer node... as you can imagine, the farmer nodes dictate the limits of a swarm, so minimums apply to ensure the network performs well. An NAS would work. Most of the time, the NAS is configured or can be configured to use NFS or SMB/CIFS or even AFP so that processes on your farming machine can read/write to the device. So it should be fine.
We'll be using NSA grade encryption throughout the technology - user's identities, their associations to their data, and each shard of data, are just some of the items we'll be encrypting.
Yes, when you store the data it is immutable in the blockchain sense. That means you can update the data however previous versions of it still exist as per blockchain architecture.
Decentralized database brings many advantages to the table that not just dApp developers will benefit from. In fact, the wider "net" for target markets is general software developers, whether that be video games, enterprise, banking and finance, security, aviation, or almost anything else you name. Some of these will naturally take longer to adapt and accept decentralized tech. dApps are the natural and least friction target market for us.
And these others can use Bluzelle almost out the gate. But it is important to take focus on the most appropriate starting target market when Bluzelle comes out.
As a farmer, your security is pretty well protected. Our software is open-source so anyone can review. As a user of the database, your data is encrypted by default.
BLZ tokens can be spent for database (not file storage) services, but they can also be 'earned' by offering up your computing resources for our database storage - you can also cash them out later.
BigChainDB's current product is a technology where you either have to get your own nodes and run your own network but decentralized. Not a ready-to-go DB. It does not use a swarming or crypto-economic model that guarantees decentralization and instead relies on "caretakers", which are organizations that agree to share the responsibility of managing the network.
We have a few methods to build up our supply - 1) Gifting of BLZ Tokens 2)Adding resources from Channel partners like Azure & BT 3)By referral 4)Providing API keys and small amounts of tokens to developers during hackathons and events etc
We are likely to open the Alpha to developers who are actively engaged in our Slack community and open it up from there once we get to Alpha 3 or 4.
We are working on formulas where the network can create the price so it's fair to all based. We are exploring real-time pricing. These are currently being explored
The only way a swarm stops providing the service is if the entire network is down. If a decentralized network is down, then we have a whole new set of global problems. ;)
If for some reason a swarm has many nodes leave in a short amount of time, nodes from other swarms can join or swarms can come together.