New Reference Architecture to Scale Filecoin for Commercial-Grade Loads



A multi-level erasure code architecture can provide data durability, consistency, and computational efficiency for the petabyte-scale storage systems needed for decentralized Storage Providers. With the combination of Exos CORVAULT and OpenZFS, Seagate is leading the way with cost-effective, easy-to-implement, and maintainable solutions


The Decentralized Storage Alliance (DSA) recently announced the release of a storage reference architecture for the Filecoin network that achieves significant improvements for network storage providers. This innovative architecture makes use of the Seagate Exos CORVAULT technology in conjunction with OpenZFS to reduce compute infrastructure by a factor of four or more while also increasing data integrity and network resiliency. These improvements also make it far more economically viable to onboard all current and future commercial-grade storage loads.



  1. The Zetabyte File system (ZFS) is unique in that it has a 20-year history that demonstrates the ability to scale into the 10s of petabytes efficiently range for direct- attached storage solutions.
  2. Combining the OpenZFS protocol with very large defect-free, SAN-like volumes from Exos CORVAULT presents a unique opportunity for the decentralized storage ecosystem to reduce compute infrastructure by a factor of four or more all while increasing resiliency in the process. This combination will reduce costs for storage providers in the Filecoin network and accommodate commercial-grade storage loads for existing web2 applications and future AI or web3 data loads.
  3. The reference architecture was created by a team of storage experts from Seagate, Web3Mine, and Klara Inc. and is detailed in their recently released white paper, “Scaling Filecoin for Commercial-Grade Loads: Using Seagate Exos CORVAULT technology on OpenZFS.”


Note: The reference architecture white paper is focused on a high performing storage array that is compatible with Filecoin network. It is not offering specific recommendations on the Filecoin node server infrastructure. Storage providers should implement their Filecoin node servers based on the most current state of Filecoin compute architecture as well as their specific business needs.

For more information about the reference architecture, please contact:

Rob Wilson

Paul Woods

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