A Journey through the Decentralization and Blockchain Space – Part One: Dfinity

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About the DFINITY Foundation

The DFINITY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, founded in October 2016 by Dominic Williams and headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland. With a team of more than 200 people, Dfinity is developing the technology for the Internet Computer blockchain. It seeks to free the Internet from big tech and monopolization and return to the Internet’s open roots by offering a public blockchain on which systems and dApps can be rebuilt in a secure and scalable way.

How Dfinity compares to ThreeFold

  • Dfinity’s architecture is blockchain-based and offers a platform for dApps, while ThreeFold is based on its own operating system, Zero-OS, and is an open-source peer-to-peer Internet infrastructure for network, storage & compute capacity
  • ThreeFold’s Zero-OS was created from scratch & its low-level design allows it to achieve unparalleled levels of security and decentralization, whereas Dfinity runs on servers using the traditional IT stack
  • Dfinity requires their own SDK to be used to build on their platform, whereas ThreeFold is highly compatible with industry standard protocols and workloads (e.g. Linux-based workloads, S3, Docker containers, Kubernetes), allowing for easy migrations
  • Dfinity is more about creating an ecosystem of independent data centers, whereas ThreeFold turns the data center model upside down by enabling anyone to get a 3Node and join, making the ThreeFold more inclusive
  • Dfinity can scale millions of nodes, ThreeFold can scale to an unlimited number of nodes
  • ThreeFold’s model is also capable of edge computing which is difficult for Dfinity to achieve with its current data center structure
  • With Dfinity, nodes and data centers have to be maintained and monitored as opposed to ThreeFold’s self-healing, autonomous tech
  • With VM, Kubernetes, next-gen container environment, and the Quantum Safe File System, ThreeFold has much more to offer than providing a platform for dApps

A potential collaboration, however, could be beneficial for Dfinity. By hosting their offerings on the ThreeFold Grid, Dfinity could benefit from a fully decentralized and autonomous infrastructure that is self-healing.

What are your opinions on how ThreeFold and Dfinity compare?


Btw… EconoTimes published a great article on Dfinity, ThreeFold, and the decentralization movement today, check it out here :slight_smile:


Well-written, @hannahcordes! I agree (obviously) that we take a different approach and what we bring is more comprehensive (we are the substrate for #DeCloud). Actually, I loved the way the author put it in this article. It really paints a picture. :joy:

But also just wanted to give big credit to Dfinity for being a leading name in this space and being responsible for bringing a lot of visibility and awareness around the importance of liberating the Internet from big tech. :clap:t4: