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Swarm, IPFS and BigchainDB: Comparing Data Storage and Decentralization. Data storage and content management are two of the main capabilities in many real-world business applications, such as information portals, Wikipedia, and ecommerce and social media applications. Swarm is a decentralized storage platform, a native base layer service of the Ethereum web 3 stack. IPFS is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that was designed to store and share the content across a decentralized network.