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Alibaba Cloud and Elastos have entered into a partnership that will see both organizations build and deploy next generation solutions for a more inclusive and secure internet–including innovations like Elastic Consensus that brings together proof of work, proof of stake and proof of integrity mechanisms, as well as Elastos’ open-sourced Digital Rights Management technology.

The partnership with Alibaba will include the development of one-click tools that allow users to seamlessly launch validator nodes on Elastos’ blockchain platforms, including the Elastos Mainchain, one of the most secure blockchains in Web3 powered by the BTC hashrate, the Ethereum-compatible Elastos Smart Chain (ESC) and the unique Elastos Identity Chain (EID), which is the only public blockchain dedicated to secure, interoperable, self-sovereign identities and credentials.

This integration will not only allow Elastos developers to use Alibaba Cloud’s node-as-a-service offering, but will also allow Alibaba Cloud to offer its customers one-click deployment solutions and a backend AppStore using Elastos’ open-source Web3 technologies, including identity (DID), storage (Hive) and peer-to-peer communications solutions (Carrier).

“We’re excited to be partnering with Elastos to provide a more safe and secure web experience. We share Elastos’ values to further spur the adoption of open-source technologies and create new web experiences that give users the ability to manage their own data and privacy. Elastos has an impressive Web3 tech stack and through this partnership, it will be easier for Alibaba Cloud customers to expand their products and services in the decentralized web, while ensuring the security and flexibility of their data that they’ve come to expect from Alibaba Cloud solutions.” – Michel Cui, Head of Web3 Business of Singapore, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Together, Elastos and Alibaba Cloud are working to create a new digital landscape that is secure, scalable, and user-centric. By combining the power of blockchain with the cloud capabilities of Alibaba, Elastos is paving the way for a more innovative and user-centric future. 

This partnership aims to create a more secure digital space while addressing challenges of scalability and interoperability. Innovation is at the core of both companies’ work, and bridging the gap between our industries is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can achieve. Though collaboration between a Web2 cloud computing leader and a Web3 innovator may seem counterintuitive, a hybrid approach to storage can provide the best of both worlds, allowing Elastos to maintain control over its data while also benefiting from the advantages of Alibaba Cloud’s robust infrastructure.

Below, we will explore the potential of this partnership and examine how it could revolutionize the way we think about digital assets, data security, and the future of web3.

Combining Cloud with Decentralization

While decentralization and cloud storage offers different benefits and drawbacks, this partnership has raised questions on whether it is possible to use a cloud storage provider without sacrificing decentralization. Concerns about decentralization are a common issue among a number of blockchains, especially those that partner with large, centralized companies.

Decentralized vs. Cloud 

Decentralized storage offers a distributed network of nodes that store data, providing increased security and privacy over data. With no central point of failure, decentralized storage, such as is offered by Elastos through it’s Hive solution, can be more resilient to cyber-attacks and data breaches, and it is not owned or controlled by a single entity. It also allows for greater accessibility, as users can access their data from any node in the network, eliminating the need for a centralized server or storage device. 

On the other hand, cloud storage uses remote servers and centers to store data, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Cloud storage offers scalability and cost-effectiveness by allowing users to pay for only the storage they need and easily scale up or down as their data needs change. However, because of its centralized nature, cloud storage can be vulnerable to attacks if not properly secured. Additionally, data stored in the cloud can be subject to data privacy regulations and may be subject to government surveillance or other forms of monitoring.

Meeting in the Middle

A hybrid approach must be taken to achieve decentralization while also leveraging the benefits of cold storage. By using a decentralized network to store and manage data while utilizing cloud storage for backup or additional capacity, Elastos can maintain the benefits of a decentralized approach and tap into Alibaba Cloud’s resources simultaneously.

Ultimately, a hybrid approach provides the best of both worlds, allowing Elastos to maintain control and privacy over its data while also benefiting from the advantages of cloud storage.

What Alibaba Means to Elastos

Alibaba Cloud and Elastos have entered into a partnership to improve scalability, security, and innovation, enabling Elastos to access the computing resources required to run its network. Without sacrificing decentralization, this collaboration marks an important time in both web3 and Elastos’ history by forging an alliance with one of the top cloud providers in the world to expand the mission. 

Scalability

By partnering with Alibaba Cloud, Elastos can access the computing resources needed to run its network, reducing the load on individual nodes and increasing the processing speed of transactions. It can also provide a more reliable and efficient network that can handle a high volume of transactions, making it easier for businesses and individuals to adopt.

Moreover, the partnership could lead to the development of new products and services that can leverage this newfound scalability. For example, the work could enable the creation of new Web3 applications (dApps) that require high processing power and computing resources. This partnership opens up  new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs to build their own decentralized applications on the Elastos network, leveraging the scalability and reliability of the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure.

Security

Partnering with Alibaba Cloud can improve security for Elastos in several ways:

Innovation

This partnership opens up the door for new chances to innovate in the web3 space in a number of opportunities:

“We’re proud to be partnering with Asia’s largest cloud provider. For five years, Elastos has been quietly building the foundations of Web3 and a more modern internet. With a full suite of open source, decentralized technologies for identity, security, communication, data storage and commerce, the Elastos ecosystem is fostering the next generation of GameFi, NFTs, and other assets and records onchain. With this strategic partnership, Elastos will be able to grow its ability to advance people’s right to forge and control their digital destiny.” – Fakhul Miah, Elastos Growth Lead

Conclusion

The partnership between Alibaba Cloud and Elastos represents a significant step forward in the quest for a more secure, scalable, and user-centric digital ecosystem. By combining the strengths of blockchain and cloud computing, this partnership offers a hybrid approach that allows Elastos to maintain control over data while benefiting from the advantages of cloud storage.

The collaboration creates new opportunities to expand the mission of decentralization. With Alibaba Cloud’s expertise and Elastos’ vision, this partnership has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about digital assets, data sovereignty, paving the way for a brighter future for all.


The article and graphics were created by the Elavation Team.

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