Interview | How’s it like to join the Incubation Center?
The Storage Provider Incubation Center has been in operation for exactly one month since launched on July 26. At present, storage providers from North America, Asia, and Europe are running stably with Venus. At this moment, we interviewed representatives from North America and Asia.
Q1：Hello, tell us more about yourself and your team.
Satee Penke： Hi, I am Satee Penke, co-founder of Zeethio and head of a small team of engineers located in Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay area). At Zeethio we are developing Blockchain integrated video content distribution and payment platform. The team’s expertise includes Blockchain Dapp development, Video compression, data mining, and network streaming technologies.
Yizhuo： Hi, we are Red Star Erguotou (a well-known wine brand in China) team from Beijing, China. I am mainly responsible for asset management, and another partner is mainly responsible for engineering. At present, we have joined the Filecoin network. We are new in the field of distributed storage.
We have used Venus and joined the Filecoin Storage Provider Incubation Center for nearly a month. In this month, we have successfully produced two Wincounts through technical improvement. Our practice has proved that small storage providers can also benefit from the network with solid technical support.
Q2：What are you working on with Filecoin?
Satee Penke： We are very excited to see the enormous growth of Filecoin’s decentralized storage in recent months.
Our platform requires moving files in the order of terabytes (8K High-Quality movie content). We would like to deploy our Filecoin storage nodes at Edge Data centers that support the eMBB(enhanced Mobile Broadband) of 5G. Filecoin provides a unique framework where we can extend and scale our platform very cost-efficiently by leveraging storage offerings from a huge decentralized network with a global presence.
Yizhuo： Because our team currently works part-time and maintains only one node, we will consider doing some technical exploration based on IPFS & Filecoin in the future. It is also our first time to devote ourselves to the fields of IPFS and Filecoin, and we are trying to learn more about Filecoin.
Distributed storage is a project aligned with the trend of the future. In the Filecoin program, we can learn some Filecoin knowledge, and distributed storage can also reduce our business costs. We can provide the community with the configuration and experience of the current node, and we are trying to expand other places where distributed storage can be used.
Q3: When did you first learn about Filecoin? What made your team choose to join the Filecoin Storage Provider Incubation Center?
Satee Penke： We have been following Filecoin since its inception as it is a very popular and unique blockchain. However, we started building our applications around Filecoin very recently (a few weeks back).
We can build our prototypes very quickly due to the availability of utilities such as Textile Hub. We want to deploy our storage nodes and started using Lotus and lotus-miner. We came across Venus which is ideal for storage nodes that are targeted to run in the Edge. The shared module of Venus provides a very stable operating environment for our nodes.
Yizhuo： We first learned about Filecoin at the beginning of this year. Because distributed storage is a major direction of infrastructure and has a good future, we have been paying attention to Filecoin since January. After months of understanding Filecoin and recognizing the future of IPFS, we decided to become a storage provider.
We saw the storage provider Incubation Center program announcements during the initial technical research. After investigating the relevant architecture, the team partners think that Venus’s architecture can save a lot of trouble when getting started, so we resolutely signed up.
Q4: How do you feel when you participated in the Incubation Center？
Satee Penke： Filecoin storage node deployment is a complex task. Filecoin Storage Incubation center provides a unique environment to share and leverage the know-how gained by the participants in deploying the storage nodes.
Yizhuo： During this time in the incubation center, we think the partners in the incubation center are very enthusiastic and will give a lot of help when there are some abnormalities in our node. Our stable growth of storage power is inseparable from the support of the Venus team.
Secondly, the atmosphere of the Venus community is really good. Compared with some communities without maintenance, communication in the Venus community can solve our technical problems.
Q5：In your opinion, what is the value of the Incubation Center Program for small storage providers?
Satee Penke： The chain services and shared modules provided by the readily available Venus deployment by the incubation center help small storage node deployers like us tremendously. It reduces the upfront setup costs as well as helps set up stable storage nodes quickly.
Yizhuo： There are two main points here:
Technical structure: it practically reduces the entry threshold for small storage providers. Most solo storage providers can only afford a limited number of machines. The Venus modules provided by the incubation center directly save the technical troubles and maintenance costs related to the network.
Relative tutorial docs and materials: at the beginning of our joining, Venus didn’t have much readability of documents, but only one month later, the Venus team has gradually provided many tutorials and manuals for users. These documents are worth reading many times. I believe that the venus docs and materials will be richer after the community gradually matures.
Of course, the incentive provided by the incubation center(supported by Filecoin Foundation) may be the only income for most small and medium-sized storage providers in the initial stage, and it can also be regarded as an important supply in the development period.
Q6：Would you please share some suggestions or experiences with other participants or applicants in the Incubation Center?
Satee Penke： The mentoring provided by the incubation center and slack channels of Incubation centers are great to help anyone starting fresh with Filecoin.
There is a wealth of information in these community channels whether it is related to choosing the right configuration or setup issues. The community members are very friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to help and answer any issue whether it is trivial or complex.
Yizhuo： Read more documents and ask more questions: it is necessary to read documents in open source programs. Many operations can be performed according to documents to directly solve problems. It is easier to get answers in the community by asking questions with practical questions and reference documents.
Try more but don’t be stubborn: technical people know how the mechanism works only when they know how to try. It’s difficult to improve without testing and trial.
Share more, for open source programs, there is no need to hide some information. Only when more and more people follow the same path as you do, your technical solution thus could become more mature and the problems become easier to solve.
The Storage Provider Incubation Center brings together the resources of the Filecoin Foundation and the Venus Team to provide funding and technical support to small and medium-sized storage providers. The idea is to make it simple and convenient for small miners to join the network by lowering the barrier to entry.
Want to join the center? Click here to apply.