The industry's rapid reliance on centralized service providers for full-node support is a major security concern for any public blockchain. We are seeing full-node capacity on Ethereum drop and with the single-service node providers relying heavily on cloud servers such as AWS or Google as their foundation, you can argue that these single points of failure are making the space centralized.
By integrating Pocket's functionality into our Dapps and Saturn Wallet, we are safeguarding our users and future operations against the risks of full-node centralization. The idealistic scenario sees everyone who interacts with blockchain running their own full-node. However, following the adoption curve, this is something that really only works very early on.
At first, most users would run network nodes, but as the network grows beyond a certain point, it would be left more and more to specialists with server farms of specialized hardware. - Satoshi Nakamoto
Does this mean that any blockchain ecosystem will end up centralizing around full node providers? Our friends at Pocket Network don't think so. They have turned to crypto economics to incentivize those who run a full node, and in turn contribute to re-decentralization of Ethereum. As Pocket likes to put it: Enabling Truly Unstoppable Applications. Increasing full-node counts is a crucial part of any public blockchain's future success as it ensures infrastructure remains decentralized and censorship-resistant.
We will be releasing more news related to future collaborations between Saturn Network and Pocket as we complete the integration, along with tutorials on using Pocket with our Dapp Dev Kit.
Pocket Network is fully decentralized infrastructure that allows anyone to spin up a node for any blockchain project they wish. They increase full node counts by providing a direct economic incentive, while also allowing developers easy access to any blockchain by relaying requests via their decentralized API layer. You can learn more on their website: pokt.network.
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