Distributed Storage Solutions (DSS) Case Study

By utilising Fluid, DSS deployed its new footprint ready for scaling whilst taking advantage of advanced data centre networking concepts.

Distributed Storage Solutions





Distributed Storage Solutions


Distributed Storage Solutions (DSS) are a client of service provider ASE. DSS is involved with cryptocurrency, backed by decentralised storage environments.

DSS is dedicated to sustainable and robust data storage infrastructure in the Filecoin Network developed on the IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) protocol.

Decentralised storage platforms break apart the users’ files and distribute them across multiple nodes on their network, resulting in no single point of failure. Filecoin is a decentralised storage blockchain developed by Protocol Labs on the IPFS protocol. Data is stored and retrieved via a series of cryptographic proofs by the storage user and the storage provider.


DSS was looking to scale out a proof-of-concept lab environment into a production enterprise-scale Filecoin deployment. This larger deployment required significantly more bandwidth between the computational and storage components of the solution.

There was also a requirement to ensure new computational hosts and storage capacity could be deployed simply and without significant human resources, whilst maintaining a 100% uptime state for the environment during change that resulted from scale.


Apply the Fluid network operating system across not only the new, 100 gigabit infrastructure, but also across on-premise server hardware, where ASE had transitioned DSS into an Equinix Data Center.


ASE installed Fluid, completing the networking component of DSS’s project in just one day. This networking project would usually take one to two weeks.

By utilising Fluid, DSS deployed its new footprint ready for scaling whilst taking advantage of advanced data centre networking concepts such as routing on host (ROH), BGP, Equal Cost MultiPath (ECMP) balancing as well as achieving the most possible bandwidth from their storage architecture. This has allowed for an increase in the production of proven storage capacity and consequently an increase in the amount of FIL (Filecoin) generated for the business.

Fluid makes networking simple and allows a high throughput data to flow from DSS’s servers to their storage infrastructure. The ability to maintain 100 gigabits and more across the entire network was a core element as networking is critical. Integrating Fluid into the solution improved DSS’s network performance considerably and provided them with increased productivity.