Crypto Opinions & News Australian medical organization switches to decentralized storage

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Jan 8, 2011
The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, an Australian medical organization with over 230 scientists and 23 laboratories, has selected Filecoin as its preferred method to store its massive volume of research.

Nearly thirty years later, that same institute has parked roughly 137 terabytes of cardiac research data with the Distributed Storage Solutions (DSS), a top storage provider on the Filecoin network, according to a statement shared with Blockworks.

Todd Ryman, the institute’s IT director, said that the move over to Filecoin officially began in September 2022. Published public data started getting ported over in November 2022.

Ryman said the reason the institute ditched “on-premises storage systems” and cloud-based solutions was because Filecoin offered cost savings.

The institute is no longer “charged excessive fees from cloud providers if we need to restore any of this data,” Ryman said.

And as previously mentioned, there is a lot of data.

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute isn’t the only respected body to use Filecoin. Other clients include the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Utah, and known Web3 players such as Solana and OpenSea.

With its nearly 1700 clients, Filecoin has onboarded 1.5 EiB of data.

To put that in perspective, that 1.5 EiB equals 1.7 billion gigabytes. That’s roughly equivalent to the storage capacity of 13.5 million base model iPhones.

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