When you think of data in today’s Internet environment, what often comes to mind are data breaches, the lack of ownership of your information, and the ever-growing cost and resources needed for storing and managing data. These challenges are especially glaring when it comes to video gaming and streaming platforms. Bluzelle offers a solution to these problems with its distributed database platform.
The problems with centralized data storage
Think of your favorite video game and all the data that is involved each time you play. Sometimes, maybe in the wee hours of the morning, there are only a few hundred people playing worldwide. Other times, say at prime time, many thousands of people are playing at once. Some may even be tuned in to their favorite gamer on Twitch while they play. Every move they make, and every potential move they make, constitutes data that needs storage on a database.
No matter how many players are involved at a given moment, or what time the game is being played, whoever owns that game is paying a centralized data storage service for maximum upload capabilities 24/7. Why is that problematic?
- It’s not cost-effective. Gaming platforms often end up overspending to cover maximum possible data demands at all times, even during low playing hours.
- As platforms continue to grow, their expenses for storage and management also grow.
- Because of the draw of video games and their competitive market, latency is often an issue. This can cause lag times and sub-optimal gaming experiences for users.
- The sheer amount of data being stored by one centralized network poses a security issue.
The inherent threats
In the gaming industry, consistent performance is necessary to remain competitive. This constant level of high performance must also be provided on a global basis in real-time. Otherwise, game creators will lose customers to the next new game.
It’s easy to see how a data breach or the breakdown of one network server can cause irreparable harm to a gaming company. So they are willing to pay the highest price for centralized storage. They need a data maintenance platform that can handle a high level of data volume. Especially since there have been very few if any, alternatives.
Bluzelle creates an alternative with its distributed database
To solve the problems inherent with centralized data management, Bluzelle takes decentralized technologies and applies them to its improved system of data caching. In centralized gaming platforms, data is often managed and stored on a company’s network of regional servers. Data is cached, meaning that data which is frequently or previously used sits on the edge of the database, so as not to overburden a network’s capacity.
With Bluzelle, a system of blockchain-based nodes are implemented. Because of the nature of distributed ledgers, these nodes enable gaming and streaming companies, for example, to scale quickly and cost-efficiently to hundreds of global locations.
This is all made possible by allowing users to rent out their excess computing resources to the developers building blockchain-based applications. Bluzelle’s BLZ token is used within the ecosystem as payment for such services.
What is a distributed database? Definition:
A distributed database is a database that stores data in multiple computers. These computers are not connected to one common processor and do not share any physical components. The distributed computers storing the data may be spread out over a network of computers that connect to each other.
Benefits of distributed data storage
As with centralized servers, the distributed data is where it needs to be, localized and available. But unlike centralized data storage, games and applications built on Bluzelle have access to a scalable data storage solution that provides a myriad of benefits:
- Continuous, localized latency that has no problem scaling.
- Fewer chances of data breaches and network or performance problems. A distributed database provides more robust security.
- Significantly reduced resources (time and money).
- Requires less DevOps and localized server maintenance to ensure high performance.
- An incentivization model is built-in using the Ethereum based BLZ token, adding to the value and security of the platform.
- As with other blockchain applications, games and apps built on Bluzelle won’t suffer from lack of data availability when one localized node is down for some reason.
The nodes in Bluzelle’s distributed database system each have equal power but, importantly, are expendable. This not only discourages attempts to attack nodes, it also in effect rejects attempts to tamper with data.
Markets for Bluzelle’s data solution
Many different industries can benefit from distributed database storage. Blockchain developers, for instance, can build out decentralized applications using Bluzelle nodes to store off-chain data. Other types of businesses that Bluzelle caters to include:
- Gaming companies that want to improve latency, security and their bottom line.
- Streaming services that want to reduce costs and ensure data availability.
- Marketplaces that want better security for their customers’ data.
- Ethereum developers who need a cost-efficient and secure data storage solution that is not dependant on a centralized company.
What Bluzelle has created is a market for “serverless applications,” which are instantly scalable. Their system provides far better regional support, ensuring continuous high performance.
Use case: Live streaming platform
In the case of Twitch, one of the most popular streaming services, we have a perfect example of how Bluzelle’s distributed database could effectively improve not only the company’s bottom line but also its capacity to grow its audience. Centralized databases were never meant to handle the volume of data needed for streaming online games.
In fact, millions of people across the globe may be watching popular gaming streams at any given moment. When this happens, so many requests for the same exact data can overwhelm a network’s database, which has to search and retrieve that data thousand times over. By having this frequently requested data residing on edge cache nodes, the data can quickly and dependably reach its destination.
The decentralized Internet
The idea of building out a decentralized Internet began in earnest with bitcoin, which imbued the true meaning of distributed data, incentivization, and data security. Companies like Unstoppable Domains (blockchain domains) and Brave (incentivized privacy browser) have begun building bridges to a decentralized version of the Internet as we know it. What Bluzelle is creating is another necessary bridge – distributed data storage – to help bring us all closer to realizing a truly decentralized internet.
“Bluzelle is working on what I think is the most practical approach to decentralized data storage, building a vital component for the future decentralized internet. ” – Dr. Michael Egorov, Encryption Expert/CTO at Nucypher
Bluzelle is creating this distributed database system so that it’s completely auto managed and easy for developers to deploy. By providing a distributed solution to the data management problem, they’ve helped solve the problems faced by platforms requiring heavy data use.
Just recently, they rolled out solidity support with their Provable set of APIs, which helps applications integrate with smart contracts. In the future, they plan to take their database platform to even higher levels. This includes optimizing IoT capabilities and utilizing the Ethereum Blockchain decentralized swarm discovery. Their ultimate goal is to enable self-running databases that do not depend on centralized networks, and which enjoy all the security and efficiencies of blockchains.