How does DADI compare with decentralised storage initiatives and the traditional cloud?
"I'm interested in knowing more about how DADI compares with decentralised storage initiatives, as well as what benefits it provides over the traditional cloud."
Decentralised storage is a component a fog computing setup, the others being data, compute and application layers. We've seen storage as the front runner in blockchain services because of the complexities around extracting performance and routing requests (DNS) within a full fog deployment – it doesn't need instance-on performance and addressing objects doesn't require DNS.
DADI consists of a containerisation layer, a series of web services and a gateway layer. These sit on top of the blockchain, which is used for contract negotiation and network management. It goes far beyond storage, providing services covering the key application requirements for individuals and businesses developing and deploying connected products.
Think AWS, but decentralised, simplified and Open Source.
The key benefits over traditional cloud platforms are 1. ease of use, 2. performance, 3. redundancy and 4. cost.
Ease of use
DADI's web services are SaaS within a PaaS, as opposed to the IaaS typically found within traditional cloud environments. DADI doesn't assume prior expertise with server operating environments, streamlining setup and deployment. It provides a CLI (https://github.com/dadi/cli) for guided setup in development environments and deployment to the decentralised network, as well as a simple customer dashboard for visually led setup.
Topology in networks is critical to performance. Traditional cloud providers have access points in multiple data centres, each of which you have to setup in separately should you want a point of presence for your product within a particular region. This means that at best your product will be being delivered within the region of your customer. DADI's network is comprised of thousands of points of access, giving topological coverage far in advance of what a traditional, centralised cloud provider can achieve, significantly accelerating performance by reducing network latency.
Decentralisation doesn't just apply to the network. Products deployed on DADI are not given to one or two or three hosts, but instead to a myriad of hosts. The technology that drives performance also ensures redundancy.
DADI drives huge cost savings in development by easing the development and deployment process. Products that typically take months to build can now be tackled in weeks.
"Products built with DADI are delivered in days and weeks, not weeks and months"
Chief Technology Officer, Bauer Media
And running costs when live are a fraction of the cost of a traditional cloud setup. Typical cost savings are around the 90% mark vs. AWS.