Edge, a company leveraging blockchain technology to offer a cloud computing service, has announced the ability to onboard multiple device. This is a major change for the service, which pays users for their computing power and then sells it on to compete with the likes of Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Web Services.
Previous to this update, Edge only allowed people to join its network with one computing device, that meant that those with a lot of spare computing power were limited when it came to how much they could make being part of the Edge network. Now, there’s no limit on how many devices are added, giving Edge the potential to expand its existing 300 hosting nodes in 51 countries exponentially.
“Allowing people to add multiple devices to our edge computing network means that we will be able to expedite the growth of Edge’s reach and scale globally,” noted Edge CEO and co-founder, Joseph Denne.
“Our existing community has been asking for the ability to add multiple devices in order to earn even more from their spare computing capacity, evidencing the community’s confidence and belief in our technology. This development will lead to more people joining the network, allowing them to monetise under utilised computing power, which in turn will help to drive down the cost of cloud computing as edge computing becomes further adopted.”
Edge has always maintained that there are huge benefits available to companies that want to leverage its blockchain approach, most notably the fact that it can offer the technology at a fraction of the cost of the likes of Microsoft and Amazon. The company has also boasted about its ability to protect user data, as no individual device has access to all the information due to its distributed nature, thus making it more secure.
It’s hoped that this expansion of Edge will help it add more nodes in more countries and help the company better compete with the established players in the cloud computing market who have built out dedicated data centres.