Our History.

Discover our journey ahead: Key milestones, upcoming features, and strategic initiatives for decentralized storage innovation.


The Start.

June 2017

In June 2017, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Saswata Basu and Tom Austin, a Computer Science Professor at San Jose State University, set out to develop the next-generation cloud storage platform. The desire was to create ultra-secure wire-speed storage with absolute privacy, user ownership, transparency, and no vendor lock-in. We also wanted to enable a private cloud with easy management, data localization, and geo-distributed resilience to prevent breaches. To top it all off, we aimed to provide an eco-friendly, sustainable platform that allows large corporations to be socially responsible with their data.


Private Token Sale.

Jan 2018

The Züs Token Sale quickly attracted a lot of interest from crypto and IT enthusiasts, data center operators, and traditional crypto miners. Because of the overwhelming interest, the team picked a mix of users from different geolocations and backgrounds so that the project has decentralized support over the years.


The First Network - Fastest finality .

August 2018

Successfully achieved the first milestone of having a private blockchain on AWS instances of 100 miners and 30 sharders running at blazing speed with the fastest block finality in the world, producing blocks in less than a half second and accommodating more than 1000 transactions in the block.

100 Miners


30 Sharders


Sub Second Finality


Global Development.

Sep 2019

The team moved out of Silicon Valley and recruited global talent during the crypto downturn to reduce cost and, in the spirit of decentralization, have a more diverse team with contributors from India, Pakistan, Israel, Australia, the U.K., Ukraine, Poland, Egypt, Portugal, Canada, Nepal, Serbia, and Yerevan.


Consumer Apps - Atlus, Bolt and Vult.


Building the ecosystem needed some basic apps to highlight the usability of blockchain storage with any Web2 applications. One re-invention idea was to design a better alternative to Google Drive and Dropbox—the Vult—offering user ownership and control of the location of their data, performance, and security, as well as easy encrypted data sharing with absolute privacy. Atlus and Bolt are typical blockchain apps that enable users to view blockchain transactions and stats, and send or stake tokens, respectively.


NFT App - Chalk.


NFT sales reached a peak in August 2021, but there were two problems: a) non-performant storage and b) absence of context. Chalk enables artists to use Züs’ high-performance storage and offers a quality image of their creation and a story to enhance it. A single NFT image can now be an ensemble, allowing creators to add value and amplify their work by adding their first sketch, first draft, and a video explainer to better connect with their collectors.

NFT Stories


Enterprise Apps - Blimp and Chimney.


With Chimney, an entrepreneur can start a storage provider business by renting or building a server from scratch, much like Uber or Airbnb, although at a much lower investment of time and money. Blimp is an enterprise data management platform that enables enterprises to use Züs as an alternative S3 storage with better security, privacy, availability, resilience, design flexibility, data integrity, performance, UI, and user experience.


MainNet Live.

Dec 24, 2023

On Christmas Eve, the Züs blockchain went live with a distributed group of miners, sharders, blobbers, validators, and authorizers. This was a momentous occasion for a next generation storage protocol with more than 25,000 GitHub developer commits over six years. Now within months it has surpassed Ethereum and Bitcoin in the number of blocks generated.


First Hard Fork - Apollo.

Jan 2024

The first hard fork was perfectly executed within a month of the launch. It fixed a few smart contracts and blockchain bugs successfully without a glitch. This is a major achievement, considering Ethereum took 11 months in comparison.


Geo-diversity, Add and Switch.

Feb 2024

Enabled geolocation diversity for a new storage allocation so that the user starts with a diverse group of servers for their storage allocation. They can later add or switch servers on the fly and conduct automatic repair of their allocation.


Add/Replace servers/providers.

Mar 2024

User can add servers or providers on the fly for better availability and content distribution. They can also replace for data localization, better performance, availability, and cost.


Brand and Permissioned Blobbers for Private Cloud.

Apr 2024

The permission protocol enables blobbers to offer more secure private cloud storage to the enterprise with more simplicity and flexibility than a public cloud. As an enterprise, you get the best of both worlds: the compute remains in the public cloud, but the data is kept safe in your private cloud. The Brand protocol enables you to select a particular brand for your storage allocation.


Secure Logins for Enterprise (Okta) and Consumers (Apple).

May 2024

Mainnet app logins started with Firebase phone-based authentications. Adding Okta helps broaden our offering to enterprise customers, and Apple integration enables a secure email login option for consumers and SMBs.


S3 Storage.

June 2024

Released an open source platform with a comprehensive data protection service for enterprises and data centers to offer their SMB customers a better backup and recovery solution.

  • Granular replication of object.

  • Zero RTO/RPO for Disaster Recovery with an Active and Archive replication setup.

  • List and Purge by date.

  • Encryption and Compression.


Kafka and Upload workers for optimization.

July 2024

Kafka is used to streamline events processing and queries. Upload workers is used to increase the speed of upload for browsers on Vult, Blimp and Chalk.


More Exciting Updates on the Horizon!.

August 2024

Stay tuned for more exciting features and updates coming your way! We are just getting started and have a lot more in store to revolutionize the future of data storage.