Chapter 16: BigchainDB: Blockchain and Data Storage

by Chris Ward

Since I wrote this post, a lot has changed for BigchainDB and in the blockchain space broadly, so it seemed high time for a revisit and refresh of what effect blockchain can have on one of the more fundamental parts of the traditional computing space: data storage.

Originally built as a technology to replace the Bitcoin blockchain in the Ascribe digital artwork tracking project, BigchainDB expanded into a component of the abandoned IPDB and now as a storage layer for the bold Ocean protocol.

This change in use caused changes to the underpinnings and implementation of BigchainDB, as did the closure of RethinkDB, forcing the team to switch the storage engine to the stalwart MongoDB ...

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