If the title caught you off guard, there’s a reason.
We’ve come to expect that services like anti-virus protection and CDN services should cost huge sums of money, and generally only work part of the time. However, Gladius is working to change the way consumers think about DDoS protection and CDNs.
It doesn’t take too long after a hacking event, before another one breaks the news. In recent months, the massive consumer risk from Equifax, and the losses related to digital coins like Ethereum and other Cryptocurrencies have led to public fear. Consumers are tired of risk and demanding better control.
Businesses are also seeking new ways to increase client retention on their sites and one of the biggest points of contact is through faster load times. Current systems require companies to push web traffic through localized server platforms called CDN. However, the CDN model is very inefficient and costly for companies and individuals alike.
While the weaknesses in both models are clear and concerning, traditional platforms have been unwilling or unable to adapt with the changing internet usage structures. A new solution is forthcoming from blockchain technology, and Gladius is at the forefront for creating platforms to answer these issues.
Insufficient Resources for Growing Issues
One of the more common hacking events is termed a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS). This type of hack occurs when a collection of compromised systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a target platform, usually focusing on a web server or servers. The huge volume of inbound packets causes the system to crash, eventually causing server shutdown.
A number of platforms have sprung up in recent years claiming to stop or at least mitigate DDoS attacks. However, because DDoS attacks are specifically created to overwhelm a targeted system with voluminous information, the single solution is to have access to bandwidth sufficient to manage the spam data and yet still process real customer requests. This volume of bandwidth doesn’t come cheap.
CDN systems are not particularly cheap either. Because legacy models place server platforms globally, a site will load rapidly because the cached data is closer to the user geographically. These CDN models are financially taxing to many companies since they charge a /GB rate, and websites are increasingly big data driven.
All for One and One for All
Blockchain technology is being heralded as the next internet and the future of information control. And blockchain is also being used by Gladius to build a new and effective system to put a stop to DDoS attacks once and for all, while, at the same moment, providing cost-effective CDN services.
Gladius is developing a blockchain system that allows individuals to monetize their unused bandwidth through a distributed database system. This system then pools the unused, purchased bandwidth to create enough vacancy to properly stop large-scale DDoS attacks. By pooling the banked bandwidth and utilizing it at necessary times, the Gladius platform protects users completely.
The Only Rational System
DDoS attacks are on the rise globally. Current totals suggest that a stunning 300,000 DDoS attacks damaged systems in 2016, and that the number will continue to rise going forward. Every incident, according to Gladius, costs around a half million dollars to companies and users alike.
By decentralizing pools of bandwidth, Gladius is capable of processing the inundating surge of data from a DDoS attack. Users on the blockchain platform are tracking internet activity that would potentially indicate a pending DDoS in order to neutralize it quickly.
Gladius employs a user-friendly desktop application to help users monetize spare bandwidth, and gives them with Gladius tokens (GLA) in return. Tokens can be returned to the platform in order to purchase DDoS services, or can even be exchanged for fiat currency through a customary cryptocurrency exchange.
CDN A Simple Add-on
The more underutilized bandwidth Gladius collects, the simpler it will be to store caches of webpages across the distributed network to provide CDN services. These services are offered at amazing discounts compared to traditional CDN services because the bandwidth is not purchased in large block, but is pooled into the necessary size.
Blockchain solutions are looking for new ways to solve old problems and Gladius does just that. By helping users monetize bandwidth and then pooling it, the can offer transparent and fair DDoS and CDN services at highly competitive rates.
Gladius is proving to be the sort of solution that is making blockchain a huge hit. Investors who see the huge potential, or want access to better service, can join in their public coin sale. The public sale kicks off November 1 and will continue three to four weeks, depending on participation. The company plans to release their beta platform is March of 2018, with full platform release by August of 2018.