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Storj has announce that they are launching the final beta testing of their upcoming blockchan-based distributed cloud storage service that uses dedicated crypto currency tokens as a rewards for users. The beta testers of Test Group C will test real world network conditions before the full official launch of the service later this year. The participants in the beta test will be rewarded with a total of 1,000,000 SJCX for contributing storage capacity and telemetry data to the network over the next few months.
The 1,000,000 SJCX will be rewarded to farmers based on their actual contributions to the network. Farmers will be compensated for the following: Storing data, Transferring data and Sending telemetry data. Do note that similar to previous stages of beta testing the service you are still required to have some SJCX coins in your wallet in order to be eligible for receiving full rewards. The minimum balance you need to maintain is 1000 SJCX, though if you have less than that you would apparently still get some rewards, but it could be less than the regular ones. This simply means that you would need to purchase 1000 SJCX coins if you already don’t have at lest that much in order to be able to participate and get full rewards. Do note however that participating in the beta tests of Storj so far has not been very profitable, so do not expect to make a lot of money helping in the latest test group of beta testers either. This is more for people that want to help and that are interested in the service and the idea behind it, once Storj finally launches the official network it might be more interesting for people that want to make some extra money.
Last month we have decided to give out a try of the latest Storj DriveShare GUI and to participate in the beta testing of the service. We also wanted to check out the rewards that people are getting in return for their help in testing out the network and today Storj will be distributing the next bath of rewards. We have participated in the test for about 20 days with 100 GB of space shared on the network and according to the data published our reward for helping test the network in January is a little over 12 SJCX coins with about 94% uptime for the time duration. With the current StorjCoinX exchange rate this is about 115000 satoshi or about $0.45 USD, it may not seem that much, but do not forget that these are rewards for beta testing the service. Sharing more space for longer time with better uptime should bring you more rewards, though this should give you an idea on what to expect should you decide to help with beta testing. What you should know is that helping with beta testing won’t be that much profitable, but once the service officially launches what you get back in return for sharing your free hard drive space should be more rewarding.
For the moment however the users beta testing are required to purchase at least 10000 SJCX in order to be eligible for rewards and the rewards themselves are not that big unless you share a lot of space. The people sharing 25 TB of space each for the service are apparently getting about 1500 SJCX coins as a reward. So getting into the beta testing phase and participating in the reward program is more for people that do believe in the service and as a kind of a long term investment as well. You can of course participate in the testing of the service without having 10000 SJCX in your wallet, however this way you will not be eligible for receiving rewards for your help and support. So if you are interested in checking the service out you can head on to the official DriveShare website and download the GUI version of the software.
The number of unique participants in the beta testing of the DriveShare software in January is 533 that are eligible for rewards according to the official published rewards list. The list also includes 1222 more users that do not have 10000 SJCX coins in their wallet, meaning that they are participating without receiving rewards. As a comparison in December last year there were 420 unique wallets participating with at least 10000 SJCX and receiving rewards and 711 more that were not eligible for rewards. For November the numbers were 352 and 663 respectively, for October there were 342 and 393, so there are more users joining and helping test the service. Last week the service has announced the reach of another milestone in their testing phase, passing 2 PB of total storage shared and now it is already over 3 PB of storage shared.
Storj has announced that they have achieved another milestone in their testing phase, passing 2 TB of total storage shared by over 750 users currently participating in the Test Group B running the DriveShare application and sharing free space on their hard drives. Storj still has about 400000 SJCX to distribute as rewards for Test Group B users (users are required to have at least 10000 SJCX in their wallet in order to receive rewards from the beta testing). The Test Group B will continue to run until the promised rewards are distributed and then Test Group C will be launched which will be focused on testing actual file transfers on the P2P network including latency, bandwidth, throughput and more. For the moment the software only generates dummy data on the user’s hard drive for the shared amount of storage and does not download or upload it, so the next testing step will be focused on that part of the functionality of the service.
Recently we have posted a short guide on how you can participate in the Test Group B using the latest version of the DriveShare GUI software along with our experience going through the process of creating a StorjCoin X wallet and getting more than 10000 SJCX in it in order to be eligible for the rewards in Test Group B, so we are going to keep you updated on the testing progress and future development. You can test the DriveShare GUI software even if you do not have the 10000 SJCX coins in your wallet, but then you will not be eligible for getting rewards for your efforts. With that said if you are in for the rewards you should not expect to get too much SJCX coins as a reward for your help at the end of each month for participating in the testing phase, the rewards are there more as a token of gratitude for helping in the development of the service.
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