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SAAS Introduction

Sealing as a Service in the Filecoin Ecosystem

Sealing as a Service (SaaS) introduces a novel approach within the Filecoin network, revolutionizing data storage and management by allowing storage providers to delegate the sealing process to dedicated sealers. This enhances efficiency, flexibility, and scalability in the Filecoin ecosystem. We are actively working alongside the community to further refine and optimize this model.

SaaS breaks down the traditionally lengthy and resource-heavy sealing process into more manageable steps, allowing for improved modularity and process optimization.

How does it work?

Interested in how does the sealing-as-a-service works under the hood? There is a dedicated chapter about that!

Understanding the Multiple Parties in Sealing as a Service

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In the Filecoin Sealing as a Service (SAAS) model, there are two key roles: sealers, who perform the computationally intensive sealing tasks, and storage providers, who store the data on the Filecoin network.

In the Filecoin Sealing as a Service (SAAS) model, it's essential to understand the distinction between the old model and the new model. In the old model (before sealing as a service is introduced), participants in the Filecoin network were known as miners, who took on the responsibility of both storing the data and preparing it for onboarding to the chain through the sealing process. This was the sole role in the original Filecoin ecosystem.

However, the new model introduces two separate roles: sealers and storage providers. This change brings about increased efficiency and scalability in the Filecoin ecosystem. In the SAAS model, storage providers (SPs) can outsource the sealing process to independent sealing providers(compute providers doing data sealing), who specialize in performing the computationally intensive tasks associated with sealing. This division of responsibilities allows each party to focus on their respective tasks, leading to a more robust and efficient network overall.