Google Crash Raises ”Decentralization” Debate
A few days ago, there was an outage on the platforms we use constantly. While Google, Gmail, YouTube are experiencing outages, it is debated whether the time has come for a decentralized solution.
Another day, another blackout. Google’s latest service outage yesterday had a high impact on most people. Tens of thousands of users, not only accessing their emails, could not watch videos on Youtube or even look at their calendars. The Google App Engine experienced several outages in 2020, with outages ranging from 45 minutes to about two hours. In fact, the current outage is the ninth time users have been harmed in this way.
Internet services have occasionally failed for a variety of reasons, including server errors and improperly installed maintenance routines. Google’s most recent major outage occurred in November 2020 when several Google Apps Apps were shut down for more than an hour. It’s interesting to speculate about Google’s future in light of such events. In fact, it would be ignorant to ignore the possibility of decentralized file storage because even the future of money seems decentralized.
The idea of decentralization in an ecosystem host like Google is not new. In fact, something close enough to decentralized Google already exists in the form of Blockscan and Presearch.
Does Filecoin satisfy the need?
However, Filecoin also has a vision of creating a decentralized and solid basis for storing data. Filecoin is also referred to as “Airbnb for cloud storage” because of its decentralized structure. Although not as popular as Brave Browser, Filecoin had attracted mainstream media attention in 2017 when the project raised $ 258 million through an ICO and venture fund efforts.
Within a month of its release, Filecoin fulfilled what was expected of a decentralized file storage network. Given the outages that have hit Google almost every month since the FileCoin network exceeded 1 EIB (exbibyte), or 1.1 million TB (terabytes), it is clear that Filecoin meets an obvious need. To put this in context, FileCoin was able to store 4,500 copies of Wikipedia within a month of its launch. This can equate to more than 600000 years of video calls or more than 250 million HD movies.
While Filecoin is not the only project to take over Web 3.0, decentralization may soon become a requirement for Google. Filecoin or not, decentralization is an important need of future workplaces and the internet.