Cloud Computing Doesn’t Have to Mean Signing Away Your Privacy

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From its very inception, the Internet was about decentralization. Most directly, it decentralized nations’ telecom infrastructure, and let people interact through increasingly personalized online platforms. But in a larger sense, the Internet decentralized a huge proportion of modern life, from starting a business, to searching for flights, and even to finding a date. Pre-existing power structures were never the same.

Recently, however, the Internet veered away from this core value of decentralization.

Most obviously there is the continuing concentration of wealth, and thus power within a small number of enormous corporations––most especially in Facebook, Amazon, and Google/Alphabet. Their dominance has made it harder for small companies to find a foothold in the market, and in turn it has caused a downturn in truly innovative, consumer-facing ideas. These large corporations, oligarchs, often intentionally hold back features rather than undercut some other product they sell, and in many ways inter-brand compatibility has never been worse.

Historically, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) haven’t engaged heavily in this sort of behavior because they have been restrained by various telecommunication laws and, eventually, by Net Neutrality legislation. Now, concerted efforts by these ISPs have resulted in the near-total destruction of the Net Neutrality regime — which means that, if anything, this trend away from the decentralized Internet is set to accelerate greatly in the near future.

The only solution is to introduce another decentralizing technology, something that so fundamentally changes the relationship between the user and their data that it can restart the Internet’s initial attempt to disrupt the status quo.

Subutai is that solution. The Internet was initially supposed to be decentralized based on the fact that its servers were located all over the world, but those servers soon collected into a finite list of corporate-owned master cloud computing locations. Subutai, on the other hand, uses blockchain technology to decentralize computing resources. In essence, they break apart the traditionally centralized master cloud, and separate it into small clouds created and controlled by each user.

Subutai allows you to share unused resources on the computers you already own, but the implications stretch far beyond bang-for-your-computing-buck. When you own your own cloud, when you are your own cloud service provider, there are no limits to what you can do––no artificial control that arises more from the convenience of unaccountable corporations, than the interests of real users.

However, just letting people share and re-use their own computing power has a limited ability to democratize and decentralize cloud computing in general, since many cloud computing tasks require far more speed than one person’s devices can provide, even when combined.

It’s one of the reasons why Subutai developed the Bazaar — a blockchain-driven marketplace that takes the concept of computational bartering to its logical conclusion and acts as “the Airbnb of Cloud and IoT Computing Resources”. Subutai’s internal coupon token, called GoodWill, allows users to pay for temporary use of idle computer resources on servers around the world. It also means users can rent out their idle resources when they are not in use, using their downtime to subsidize those times when they need to purchase a little extra juice.

It’s where the Subutai Blockchain Router v2.0 also steps in to decentralize the cloud. It acts as a dedicated cryptocurrency wallet and mining device, drawing just 18 watts of power. The Subutai Blockchain Router mines cryptocurrency more efficiently than all other solutions currently available.

Acting as a holistic solution, Subutai lowers the barrier to truly powerful cloud computing, and opens the world of business to a wider swathe of people than ever before. Subutai is decentralizing one of the most powerful business communication tools available today, cloud computing, and while there is no telling exactly how users will choose to put that tool to work, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Just like the creation of the internet itself, Subutai offers a chance for people everywhere, our Horde, to show what they can do when they’re given the chance to decentralize and wrest away power from corporate oligarchs.

Join our Horde and discover new ways to manage cloud computing and crypto-mining.

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Big Changes for Subutai

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SubutaiWarDog is OptDyn CTO and Founder Alex Karasulu. 

We finally did it! Watching so many ICOs successfully complete on grandiose ideas, vaporware, or merely prototypes we decided to commit and conduct our own token distribution event for Subutai’s KHAN™.

With a sum total of over a century in Open Source, as recognized, and trusted leaders in the community, none of us wanted anything to do with an ICO at first. We are still prudent and think the SEC should apply more antibiotics to protect people. The  negative stigma kept us away. Even though we were certain to be successful, we thought it was shady, and have reputations to uphold.

We could have launched early with Subutai’s PeerOS and the Subutai Bazaar being mature and robust now in their sixth major versions. Watching Golem raise 8.4M USD in 29 minutes intrigued us. The final trigger was the completion of the Subutai Blockchain Router 2.0 design which mines Ether, and hence Ethereum Blockchain based mine-able tokens. With manufacturing underway we thought it was finally time.

The parameters of the token distribution event for Subutai’s currency, the KHAN™, is not yet available at this time. We’re working with Vanbex to quickly ramp things up. Stay tuned for the dates and all the token parameters. In preparation, we’ve organized our documentation, revamped the subutai.io website, and published our Executive Summary of the ICO whitepaper. We’re excited to get feedback from our user community (the horde!) and to make sure the token mechanics evolve through community participation.

Recent changes included a rename of the Hub to the Bazaar along with several new features and improvements across the platform. The tray application has also been renamed to the Subutai Control Center. A new convenient file transfer feature has been added as well as and Desktop-as-a-Service feature. Users can now remote desktop to containers with a desktop installed and x2go. We’ve added application blueprints for WordPress, and Mattermost.

Perhaps the most attractive application blueprint is our just released Blockchain-in-a-Box, which offers a private blockchain with a full development and test environment for Solidity Smart Contracts (available now on the Bazaar!). Over the next few releases you’ll see more new features that will make the P2P cloud irresistible.

We invite everyone to get involved. Register below for our newsletter to get advanced notice of our ICO and new features on the platform. Sign up to the Subutai Bazaar, install your own peer and participate in the P2P cloud economy. Let’s conquer the cloud together!

Keynote by Jon “maddog” Hall at Latinoware 2017: “The Grand Slam for Latin America”

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For those who are unable to watch Open Source educator/evangelist and OptDyn CEO Jon “maddog” Hall’s “The Grand Slam for Latin America” keynote at Latinoware 2017 https://youtu.be/P4GTwfg_1c4 , below is the full transcript:

I apologize that we don’t have any slides for you to see but there isn’t too much to see on the slides anyway so I will paint the picture for you to see in your mind. Sometimes that’s better anyway.

I am Jon “maddog” Hall. I am Chief Executive Officer of a company called OptDyn. I’ve been in the free software space a very long time.

Down there, aiming the camera, is my Chief Technical Officer, Alex Karasulu: “wardog@optdyn.com”

Beside being Chief Executive Officer for OptDyn, I am also the Board Chairman of the Linux Professional Institute, of which Cesar, who has been entertaining you, is the Director of Operations here in Latin America. I am also the President of Project Cauã, which is a project to help university students make money and start their own company while they are in university.

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Calling all Developers, Sysadmins, and Enthusiasts for the Subutai Blueprint Hackathon

  

OptDyn, makers of the Subutai Open Source Peer-to-Peer Cloud Computing platform, invite developers and system administrators at all levels to participate in the Subutai Blueprint Hackathon.

WHAT: The Subutai Blueprint Hackathon is an international event across the globe to develop application blueprints for the P2P Cloud Crowd, the Subutai Horde. Hackathon participants earn GoodWill, the digital asset used to exchange resources, with every Subutai Blueprint they create and share on the Subutai Bazaar.

WHAT IS A BLUEPRINT? Subutai Blueprints specify general instructions for installing, updating and maintaining P2P distributed cloud applications. The Subutai P2P Cloud combines these instructions with load and resource availability information to optimally place infrastructure resources in P2P cloud environments and run distributed applications. P2P orchestration can occur perpetually to adapt to shifting conditions to keep applications running.

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