Can we store files in the blockchain?


#1

Hi @ucefkh

It’s probably easier for me to answer your questions here rather than during the meeting.

We previously had a browser/core storage driver that worked on s3 but changed our driver model in a way such that driver component sits behind a gaia hub and provides a consistent interface to clients for storage. This why that issue was never implemented

Blockchains aren’t for storing files. They definitely don’t offer unlimited space. Bitcoin’s OP_RETURN only allows for storage of 80 bytes of data per transaction. Blockchains are a very expensive and slow storage tool. Check out this video for more about misconceptions about blockchains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXNhwFXwmR8&index=6&list=PLXS8JJHIn4nEv_LcXIaklH_QAZaDEVD8q


2018-02-01 Engineering Meeting
#2

Good reply. Thanks. And good video too. I mentioned this comment on YouTube: don’t outfits like BigChainDB and Storj.io and others tout blockchain as great for distributed storage? I know that’s more than blockchain, but blockchain is a key ingredient.