Decentralized compute protocol StackOS has become the first decentralized cloud provider for the Polygon ecosystem. The cross-chain protocol, which allows developers and users to deploy full-stack applications, decentralized apps (dApps), blockchain privatenets and mainnet nodes, will soon be interoperable with the network along with its eponymous native token.
Polygon Dead Set on DeCloud
This integration will enable Polygon-based projects to securely deploy their applications at a lower cost, since there are no steep set-up costs. There are currently over 200 apps running on StackOS’ fast-growing decentralized cloud (DeCloud), which is billed as a decentralized version of Amazon AWS.
In addition to becoming Polygon’s preferred decentralized cloud provider, StackOS will add the Polygon node app to its own App Store so that developers can launch a Polygon node with a single click. Polygon developers can use these nodes for the mainnet of their projects or alternatively, for private testing.
The announcement of this landmark partnership comes less than three months after the project’s mainnet launch on Binance Smart Chain (BSC), though multi-chain deployment support has long been a priority for the StackOS team, which aims to eliminate dependence on expensive DevOps resources. Ironically, the protocol was established by a community of global developers, many of whom have extensive DevOps experience.
StackOS compels users (known as cluster operators) to contribute compute resources in exchange for STACK tokens, which can also be staked in exchange for annual yield (APY). Enterprises, meanwhile, get to benefit from anonymous, no-code application deployment without relying on a centralized cloud provider that could shut them down at any minute.
The ambition of Stack is to be entirely community-governed, with voting power vested into the hands of both a general DAO and a Node Authority, the latter of which can vote on network issues such as the burning rate per resource purchase.
According to the StackOS litepaper, the protocol is designed to “actively engage cloud providers and data centres to contribute to StackOS’ open source technology, which will make it easier for DevSecOps engineers to run clusters on their own infrastructure and thereby increase their resource utilization.”
Previously known as Matic Network, Polygon is a layer-2 scaling solution that connects Ethereum to other blockchains. Last month the network managed to surpass the smart contract platform in terms of active users, with over 566,000 recorded by Polygonscan.
As a community-based endeavor, StackOS will be hoping that a fair number of those users eventually start contributing to its cloud network, whether through governing or provisioning compute resources.
Decentralized cloud solutions are increasingly disrupting the multi-billion-dollar cloud compute market, with a number of platforms (ICP, Ethernity Cloud, Akash) touting advantages in terms of UX, privacy, security and setup costs. By joining forces with one of the world’s fastest-growing blockchain networks, StackOS has well and truly put its name on the map.
Polygon is the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its growing suite of products offers developers easy access to all major scaling and infrastructure solutions: L2 solutions (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid solutions, stand-alone and enterprise chains, data availability solutions, and more. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 3000+ applications hosted, ~600M total transactions processed, ~60M unique user addresses, and $5B+ in assets secured.
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StackOS is a cross-chain open protocol that allows individuals and organizations to share their computing resources and collectively offer a decentralized cloud; where developers around the world can deploy any full-stack application, decentralized app, blockchain private nets, and main net nodes.
They aim to provide the world with “The Unstoppable Infrastructure Protocol”, which will allow any person across the world to deploy their application without incurring heavy cloud management costs and freely run any application they wish to run. StackOS furthermore intends to help brick and mortar businesses around the globe, to go online cost-effectively and securely with minimal technical overhead.