Codescalers, an Egypt-based group working as part of the ThreeFold team, has developed a simple cloud portal called Cloud for Students, which allows users to launch a virtual machine or kubernetes cluster on top of the decentralized ThreeFold Grid.
The initiative was launched to 1. show another use case on top of the grid and 2. give back to the community. Codescalers has chosen to target local universities and students with this effort and is providing these cloud solutions for free (with their own TFT) at the current time.
Scaling the Solution
This initiative was showcased on a team call recently and I thought it made sense to bring it to the community, to show what has been worked on and to see how we may be able to work together to replicate their efforts.
Over the past four months, several students have been using the platform to run their solutions and the aim is to scale this up to a larger group in the coming semester.
But why stop there? Couldn’t we white label this solution and as a ThreeFold community reach out to universities, colleges, and other educational institutions about bringing this effort to them? These institutions can sponsor the cost of running their students’ workloads and can even buy or sponsor nodes, meaning their students can run their workloads on their own hardware, or at least hardware owned by the university.
Let’s take it even further. Today’s Internet began with a few universities using their own hardware to interconnect and share information. Can we create a 2.0 version of this moment?
These are just some initial ideas, I am curious on your thoughts.