One of the most common questions I receive by private message is “ can you do a video explaining what threefold is?” , and honestly, its taken a long time for me to feel like I was ready to answer that question. But I finally feel like I am ready to present my opinion on what Threefold is and why it should matter to you. Albeit with a couple qualifiers, this is strictly my opinion and understanding of the project and the goals that have presented by the team AND the community. I am not a representative of either of these beyond my role as a fellow community member. With that being said,
Threefold is a decentralized organization spanning every corner of the world working together to develop, deploy, test, and produce a “decentralized internet”. In order to do this, independent “farmers” from around the world have brought a network of over 2700 servers in 64 countries online. At the heart of this network is a fully in-house developed operating system that allows anyone with minimal experience to add a server to the network simply buy booting to a usb drive and providing an internet connection. These servers represent the backbone of a virtual private network that spans from North America to Australia. All 2700 nodes represent a bare metal device that is fully controlled by the autonomous operating system allowing them to contribute to the computational needs of the network as needed without tampering.
This network is built to become the basis for the next generation of the digital world based on the principles of digital sovereignty and inclusivity. The goal of the threefold network is to provide the substrate network that will bring high speed internet to places where it does not exist and provide the tools to ensure all people are able to communicate, learn, and survive equally.
It can be difficult to picture what a house will look like when only its frame is standing, This is where Threefold is today,
Today, Z-net and the Planetary Network represent nothing less than a modern marvel creating a network of devices in thousands of locations, owned by thousands of people able to participate in the safe transport of data with end-to-end encryption across the world with no control by any centralized entity.
Today, Anyone Can deploy a VPS on one of the 2700 nodes with the industry standard Linux
operating system and use it for any purpose that operating system is capable of.
Today, Providers can deploy Quantum Safe File Storage Systems capable of backing up data in 64 countries with encryption unbreakable by a quantum supercomputer
Today, Anyone can create a Kubernetes cluster on Z-net with cluster members anywhere in the world creating one of the most redundant deployment solutions humanly possible.
- Today, Anyone, Anywhere can participate in building, developing, or using a network built for humanity, By humanity. The Current Threefold portfolio includes decentralized no-code hosting solutions through the playground for users of
“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
The single greatest resource of the project is the people, many of these deployments and much of what the grid is today is due to the work and input of the entire community in synergy with the developments being made by the team. With node manufacturing taking places in multiple countries, and new countries joining the grid every week. Threefold, truly is a movement of people to give them back the control of their data and ensure access to the knowledge needed to change the world.
-ParkerS/ Drew Smith