All cryptocurrencies are storage platforms. That’s because, at the very least, pretty much all cryptocurrencies store the data representing their transactions. However, a steadily rising number of platforms are emerging as dedicated storage blockchains. Rather than simply supporting the transfer of digital currencies and assets, their primary use is to store data of various kinds. We take a closer look at the most significant of these in this article on the top 3 storage cryptocurrency platforms for high returns. It covers not only the most popular storage platforms, but the best-performing.
Top 3 Storage Cryptocurrency Platforms For High Returns
1. Filecoin (FIL)
Filecoin (FIL) is the biggest storage cryptocurrency right now in terms of market cap. It has risen by just over 7% in the last 24 hours, to $85.50. This represents a rise of only 1.5% in the last week, but a larger jump of 17% in the past month.
Filecoin reached its all-time high of $236.84 on April 1. Its rise to this record high was helped by at least two key factors: 1) institutional interest, with Grayscale Investments announcing in mid-March a fund that would invest in FIL (among other coins; and 2) a 43.2% cut in FIL daily issuance planned to take effect from April 15.
For those less familiar with Filecoin, it’s a decentralised market for storage. Basically, it lets users pay miners for storage of anything from documents to NFTs. It famously held an ICO in late 2017 that raised $257 million. Its mainnet went live in November 2020, and since then it has experienced steady growth.
Most recently, the growth in the NFT sector has spurred a parallel growth in Filecoin. In May, Filecoin announced its own NFT.storage service.
https://t.co/lj7ntW3gQ5 is a brand new service built specifically for storing off-chain #NFT data. Data is stored decentralized on @IPFS and #Filecoin – plus it’s FREE! Learn more: https://t.co/6XIMwRuyaN
— Filecoin (@Filecoin) May 3, 2021
More recently, Filecoin also announced a partnership with Polygon (MATIC). This partnership sees the creation of a storage bridge between the two platforms, with any developer now able to store Polygon data on Filecoin.
½ @Filecoin is coming to Polygon!
@textileio’s Filecoin-Polygon Storage Bridge can store data from any Polygon address owner accelerating the Web3 interoperability between Polygon & Filecoin ecosystems.
Learn more: https://t.co/IN7gcXH4Wo pic.twitter.com/C6Ux0s36aD
— Polygon | $MATIC (@0xPolygon) August 20, 2021
Such launches have helped Filecoin to grow its ecosystem in recent weeks. This growth has also been helped by Filecoin’s launch of its new Web3.Storage service, which went live on August 3.
Introducing https://t.co/d1KUoiHAqL, the easiest way to store data on Filecoin https://t.co/d1KUoiHAqL gives devs an easy avenue to build apps w/ redundant, decentralized storage & secure, content addressed data. Learn more https://t.co/01l4bAS3cg
— Filecoin (@Filecoin) August 3, 2021
Basically, Filecoin is growing steadily and surely. That’s why it’s one of the top 3 storage cryptocurrency platforms for high returns active right now.
2. BitTorrent (BTT)
BitTorrent (BTT) is down today, having fallen by 1.3% over the last 24 hours. This puts it at $0.00407150, which is a very modest 0.4% rise over the last week. BTT is also down by 15% in the past month, but up by 1,000% in the last 12 months.
BitTorrent is a file-sharing application based on the Tron blockchain. It had been in operation prior to its collaboration with Tron, as a non-blockchain-based file-sharing protocol. However, it extended its protocol and incorporated its own native token (BTT) in early 2019.
Since then, BitTorrent has grown in tandem with the Tron ecosystem. It currently boasts around 1.4 million active miners throughout the world, and total revenues of 10.7 billion BTT (about $43.6 million).
#BTFS Weekly Report
Active miners exceeded 1.41M
Total contracts exceeded 54.96M
Total revenue exceeded 10.7 billion #BTT
Top 3 countries with the most miners:
Source: https://t.co/7t4I10R4dx pic.twitter.com/OlwXFYA4YM
— BitTorrent Inc.🅣 (@BitTorrent) September 15, 2021
Its ecosystem is likely to expand healthily in the coming weeks. That’s because BitTorrent is preparing for the launch of BitTorrent Chain on October 30. This is a layer-two cross-chain bridge between Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain and Tron (and by extension, BitTorrent).
As the first scalable heterogeneous cross-chain interoperability protocol, #BitTorrent Chain(#BTTC) will support #TRON, #Ethereum, and #BSC upon its release.
More public chains will be compatible in the near future to fulfill the mission of connecting all chains.#BTT pic.twitter.com/cuqky5189H
— BitTorrent Inc.🅣 (@BitTorrent) September 15, 2021
The launch of BitTorrent Chain is likely to increase adoption and usage of BitTorrent’s file-sharing protocol significantly. This is why it’s one of our top 3 storage cryptocurrency platforms for high returns.
3. Arweave (AR)
Arweave (AR) is one of the best-performing coins of the past year. Right now, its price stands at $55, which is actually a 3% fall over the last 24 hours. That said, it represents a 15% jump over the past week and an impressive 220% rise over the past month. As for its one-year performance, AR has appreciated by 1,100% in the 12 months.
As a decentralised information storage network, Arweave lets users store documents and applications in perpetuity. This might make it sound a lot like Filecoin. However, Arweave distinguishes itself via its novel architecture, using a “blockweave” instead of a blockchain. Basically, the blockweaves enables nodes to act as validators without having to possessing the network’s complete history. In theory, this enables it to be more scalable than other platforms, something also helped by the use of a proof-of-access consensus mechanism and also the use of “blockshadowing” (i.e. not sending the full block to nodes).
These technicalities aside, Arweave has gained more traction recently thanks mostly to Solana. That’s because its network underpins many of the NFTs and NFT platforms also operating on Solana. Because of this, Solana’s recent growth has led to a similar growth for Arweave.
Wild. @solana NFT apes in full force! 4x traffic increase to https://t.co/3S12ndZ16m in 12 hours.https://t.co/cXAcsN7S3I is scaling up as we speak, but remember: integrate dCDNs like @NetworkMeson and @Media_FDN to gain properly decentralised and fast access to permaweb data! pic.twitter.com/IMIpQQjQiW
— Sam Williams (@samecwilliams) August 30, 2021
It’s largely because of Arweave’s association with Solana that its transactions volumes have regularly set new records in recent weeks. Monthly transactions rose by 15.5% in August, nearly hitting 1.8 million.
August had yet another all time high transaction volume on the Arweave network! Up another 15.5% from prior peaks. pic.twitter.com/nnN8SwUnGk
— Sam Williams (@samecwilliams) September 2, 2021
More recently, Arweave rolled out a technical innovation known as bundles. As the name suggests, these involve bundling transactions together so as to increase speed and efficiency. Since they launched in early September Arweave has become one of the busiest blockchains.
We shipped Arweave bundles 6 days ago.
Pre-bundles all time high transaction count: 111,764.
Yesterday: 200,761 transactions.
Today: 403,290 transactions.
— Sam Williams (@samecwilliams) September 10, 2021
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