With the price of storage decreasing at a much more rapid pace than network bandwidth/speed, there is a huge opportunity to leverage this cheap storage to increase page load times. With IPFS, we can reduce the impact that conglomerates have on the CDN market and empower the people to use their storage space as a CDN to earn passive income. The cheaper storage gets, the more attractive and lucrative a decentralized CDN becomes. Planetflare is a platform that creates this retrieval marketplace by enabling anyone with a computer to serve assets as a CDN and get paid for it. Content publishers (e.g. Netflix) can host their assets on Planetflare and bid for CDN availability by specifying pricing This open market drives the cost of content distribution down. This also enables CDNs to be more globally distributed as we are no longer limited by data centres. If you want to request a piece of content from Botswana, a provider 2 blocks down could already be caching content for you. As a publisher, hosting content using Planetflare is as easy as uploading your assets on the Publisher dashboard to a Textile Bucket. A bid (or bounty) in our ERC20 token, PlanetFlare Coin (or PFC), is specified for the distribution of that content and committed to the chain. Integrating Planetflare into your website is seamless; it's as easy as injecting a custom script into your frontend code! The custom script also handles rewarding the Provider that served your cached assets. Anyone can serve as a Planetflare Provider by downloading and running the Planetflare Provider node. This low barrier to entry encourages strong competition. The Provider can choose to either query the chain for the most lucrative bounties or choose to listen in on incoming requests from peers. The Provider node allows customization of strategies so that the nodes with the best strategies will most likely be the ones getting rewarded by Publishers. Strategies can become as complex as setting up a machine learning model on AWS that the Provider node can query to decide on their caching strategy! Credits to Michelle Liang for the amazing Planetflare logo designs!
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