March 19, 2024

Acurast joins the peaqocosystem

What is happening?

Acurast, the Web3 counterpart of giants like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, joins the peaqosystem to offer DePINs building on peaq a new approach to app hosting.

Why is it important?

Acurast will help the DePINs building on peaq to further decentralize their tech stack, prompting more teams to move their projects on peaq, and will explore leveraging peaq IDs for its own cloud-hosting DePIN.

What does it mean for the community?

More DePINs building on peaq and more peaq IDs means more network activity, which amps up the value for every network stakeholder.

An entire cloud on your smartphone

Ever wondered how many websites pop up every day? More than 252,000, apparently, and they all have to live somewhere. You could host them on your own server, but that leaves you with a lot of work. You have to make sure the server is accessible 24/7, has enough bandwidth to accommodate all the people flooding in, and there’s also maintenance, electricity bills, and every other headache.  

Cloud services offer a simple workaround. Instead of running your own server, you can rent one — or an entire cluster, anything for your money, really — from their data centers. Everything’s up and running, no maintenance needed, just deploy your app or site and you’re good. There are some issues, of course, like the fact that there’s a centralized entity like AWS or Google Cloud dictating you the terms and conditions, and scalability can be a challenge, but too often, the offer is simply too good to pass on. No wonder cloud computing is such a booming market expected to climb past $1.2 trillion by 2028. 

Believe it or not, even dApps and decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePINs) often tap centralized cloud services to host some of their components. But DePINs building on peaq will now have a decentralized alternative to tap. Meet Acurast, a serverless decentralized cloud service, which is joining the peaqosystem to transform the way cloud hosting is done.

Acurast is a distributed serverless cloud service leveraging regular smartphones as part of a DePIN for distributed computation. Its mission is to enable anyone to become part of a secure, privacy-first, trustless and permissionless cloud open to Web3 and Web2 developers. As part of the integration with peaq, it will deploy its versatile oracle on peaq, offer its off-chain computing layer to peaq-native DePINs as an alternative to centralized cloud services.   

As part of the integration, Acurast will deploy its oracle, which can provide data on demand, not at set intervals, like most Web3 oracles do, on peaq. It will also open its network for DePINs building natively on peaq to enable them run their off-chain components in a decentralized, Web3 manner. Further on, it will consider outfitting the smartphones on its DePIN with peaq IDs to verify the data broadcast by these devices and enable communities to collectively purchase and own devices.

“We are thrilled to be joining the peaq ecosystem, the thriving home of DePINs. We view distributed cloud computing as a major step toward true decentralization and are looking forward to unlocking this technology for the DePINs on peaq — and tapping peaq’s Modular DePIN Functions for our own DePIN.”

— Alessandro De Carli, Co-Founder of Acurast 
“Web3 cloud computing is a vital service for making dApps and DePINs truly decentralized. We are thrilled to see Acurast join the peaq ecosystem and are certain that it will create a lot of value for the DePINs on peaq and for the community.”

— Till Wendler, co-founder of peaq

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