• The problem with pinning on Web3 is that it uses a centralized system and CDN, creating the risk of censorship and failure.
• Pinning providers are expensive to use due to cloud storage costs.
• The solution is Storage Agnostic IPFS, which allows networks to use cheaper options such as Filcoin, Arweave, etc.
What is Web3?
Web3 has gone a long way towards creating a truly decentralized ecosystem for the internet, making the world a more borderless and resilient community. While many elements of Web3 are decentralized, some of the infrastructure behind it still remains centralized through pinning providers.
The Problem with Pinning
Pinning creates a dangerous limitation for decentralization by using just one source (Cloudflare) for content delivery network out in front of the IPFS nodes. This system can be easily manipulated or fail, eliminating the benefits of having a distributed system in place. Additionally, this setup incurs significant costs due to cloud storage providers like AWS being used in order for content to be served fast enough and be useful.
Storage Agnostic IPFS
The goal is to create a decentralized system where networks do not need to adopt an entirely new protocol in order for this solution to work. Storage Agnostic IPFS allows networks to use cheaper alternatives such as Filcoin, Arweave instead of expensive cloud storage providers like AWS while still delivering content quickly enough so that it remains useful. This would help keep costs down while also ensuring that there is no central service provider controlling access or manipulating data on any given network.
Benefits of Decentralized Pinning
A decentralized pinning setup would bring numerous benefits including: less risk of censorship or failure; lower cost since there wouldn’t be reliance on expensive cloud storage; better security since there wouldn’t be one central service provider controlling access or manipulating data; and improved performance as content could be served faster without relying on only one CDN provider.
Web3 has made great strides towards becoming an increasingly decentralized ecosystem but there are still areas where improvements can be made such as with pinning services using Cloudflare or other single sources for providing content delivery networks out in front of IPFS nodes. Solutions like Storage Agnostic IPFS provide great potential for achieving true decentralization while also keeping costs down and improving performance across all platforms built upon Web3 technology