DADI Latest article from the team en 2018 DADI+ Limited. All rights reserved. Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:33:06 +0000 2018-10-17T20:33:06+00:00 en 2018 DADI+ Limited. All rights reserved. DADI https://dadi.cloud/assets/img/dadi-logo-colour.png https://dadi.cloud New Publish editing tools https://dadi.cloud/updates/web-services/new-publish-editing-tools Image

DADI Publish has had a long life already, it’s in use with over 200 digital products including Empire magazine. The publicly available version for engineers to download and use with DADI API has been in beta development for a number of months and is very close to its first full release.

Today we pushed live the first of a series of significant UX tweaks to make the editor more user-friendly. Our simple (yet effective) markdown editor allows for the basic formatting options such bold, italics, headings, lists and links – the foundations for further tools such as inline image controls.

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We’ll also have image management tools including drag and drop for upload and cropping/editing available before we move out of beta. (When you have a tool like DADI CDN at your disposal you may as well show some muscle!)

It’s worth adding that we are midway through a broader UX review too, which will add some further polish to the interfaces and make the likes of Drupal and Wordpress feel even more like you’re editing content through your own letterbox. 😀

At the risk of stating the obvious, the first release of Publish will be exactly that. We have a long roadmap of iterative improvement for the rest of 2018 and into next year that’ll will see our content management interfaces become full-fledged writing and editing tools, well beyond everything else in market.

Stand by for more updates in the coming weeks.

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Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:15:00 +0000 5bc0827c76794e19673fb586 Paul Regan 2018-10-12T11:15:00+00:00
AMA recap: October 6th, 2018 https://dadi.cloud/knowledge/network/ama-recap-october-6th-2018 Image

Question 1:

Where are we on collaborating with virtual masternode hosting websites like WireHive or using VPS for nodes?

Joseph Denne
Efforts on this front have progressed significantly. We have a build process for all major architectures in place, and on the back of that working nodes for all of the major VPS providers. (Yes, this includes AWS, Digital Ocean et al.) We will be providing how-to articles in due course, but note that our primary focus is in the building of a network outside of the data centre environment, so this is a relatively low priority for us.

Question 2:

Please explain the procedure for POS staking of tokens. It seems like DADI will take possession of all the tokens. What steps are being taken to ensure the security of tokens and is there some insurance cover for stakers if something happens to the smart contract?

James Lambie
We’ll be asking node holders to provide an Ethereum wallet address on their account page within my.dadi.cloud. Once we have that, we will provide the address for a smart contract that will receive the PoS. A transaction history will be available to show that we have received the PoS.

As with all Ethereum smart contracts, the PoS smart contract will be publicly accessible. The contract will be audited by a third party to ensure no vulnerabilities. The immutability of the blockchain guarantees stability and availability for all published contracts so the risk of something happening to the contract is pretty low.

Question 3:

Any partnerships with IoT industry planned or in the works?

James Lambie
We have some well progressed discussions with multiple IoT providers, there will be more information on this in due course. Watch this space!

Joseph Denne
To note, because of the sensitivity of this space we really can’t talk about this in any detail, but there are several conversations open and ongoing.

Question 4:

Who won the DADI Foundation Challenge Award?

Joseph Denne
The Foundation will be announcing this themselves in the coming weeks. We’re very happy with the level and quality of the applications received - over 100 comprehensive applications from diverse set of organisations all over the world. I couldn’t be more pleased with the start that the DADI Foundation has had. Jennifer and her team are doing amazing work.

Question 5:

Will DADI consider making Gateways that the community can just buy instead of trying to build one ourselves?

James Lambie
Yes, we love this idea. We’re planning on making elements of the network backbone rentable, either on a whole or part ownership basis. The idea is still on the drawing board, but we’ll be progressing it in earnest as we move in to 2019.

Question 6:

With so many other blockchain companies going into CDN space, how does DADI intend to differentiate given that it’s not yet well known?

Joseph Denne
Well as far as I know we’re the only viable - as in live with production traffic - decentralized CDN in the world. So, there’s that. We also have market leading functionality. DADI CDN isn’t just about content distribution, it’s about media manipulation. You can use it to dynamically resize and treat your images and other assets in real time, based on the nature of request from your end user. For example, you can serve more compressed images to users on mobile connections. Want to see what it can? You can check out a live demo here: https://docs.dadi.cloud/sandbox/dadi-cdn

Finally, it’s important to state that DADI is much, much more than just a CDN. First and foremost, we’re a network. And DADI CDN is but one decentralized app running on that network. There are many more to come. (http://dadi.cloud/api,http://dadi.cloud/web,http://dadi.cloud/publishetc.)

Question 7:

Can/will you be releasing progress reports available to the community? For example, quarterly updates on events attended, partners made, advisors joined, developments achieved, things that changed in those months.

Joseph Denne
Mea culpa 😳
I started this in Q4 last year, but missed releasing an updating in Q2 and Q3 2018. I’m not sure why, but will put it down to quite how busy we’ve been! (So much good stuff being built here!) I’ll get the missed quarters written up ASAP, and will then continue to publish updates quarterly. If I miss any again, please shout in my general direction.

Question 8:

Any other advantages for network participants besides earnings that could be highlighted in future campaigns?

James Lambie
Earnings is the big one of course, but we are also looking at initiatives including a carbon offset programme for contributing devices, or partnerships which will facilitate part or full payment for new devices that connect to the network over a contracted period.

Follow up: Sorry, don’t follow. You mean the person is reimbursed for their device?

James Lambie
To be clear, the carbon offset programme will use revenue created by the network to deliver green initiatives (for example, planting trees) to offset device usage.

Question 9:

I understand that Gateways and Stargates on-boarding are not due until Q3 2019 at the earliest. What options are there for me as a holder of over 800k tokens in the immediate future besides running over 100 Hosts? What plans does the team have for people like us to discourage us from reducing stake?

Joseph Denne
You can reach out to us directly. We’re onboarding with early partners now, and intend to extend this in the coming couple of months to include larger token holders. Exactly what this looks like is TBC, but I would assume that it will take the form of buying in to a Gateway within the network backbone (through the attribution of your POS).

Question 10:

What contingencies are there for Founding Node owners if the device develops an issue or a component gets damage? Will we be able to get replacements from the market or need to contact the team?

James Lambie
The team is here to support you and we’ll do our best to assist members of our Founding Node community. It’s possible that we may have replacement components available at cost, but I guess it depends on the nature of the problem. We’ll be including a Returns address when sending out the Founding Nodes so in the worst case you could send it back to us in London and we’ll see what we can do.

Question 11:

Does DADI work with market markers for steady volume on trading exchanges? I see the volume levels have been impeccably steady over time.

Joseph Denne
Yes, we work with one of the most reputable market-making businesses to provide liquidity across key exchanges. We’d be happy to share more information on this relationship but will need to speak to our partner first, which I’ll do next week.

Follow up: Will there be any DADI OTC options in the future, maybe through this leading market maker? I know a team with significant interest.

Joseph Denne
Yes. We can facilitate this now and would be happy to make introductions.

Question 12:

What other reasons make DADI a better choice instead of Amazon AWS besides lower cost and decentralized node geolocation? Is DADI as secure and stable as Amazon AWS and how you can prove it?

Joseph Denne
Isn’t a lower price point and decentralized - thus faster - delivery enough?! Well, in addition to this DADI’s web services provide the fastest route to market for a digital product, making it the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership) of any competing stack.

I’m interested in what makes you think that AWS is inherently secure and stable… it’s not. It’s only as secure and stable as the application that you deploy to it. And yes, DADI competes on these fronts. The proof is in the pudding: use it and see for yourself.

James Lambie
Also, the usability of the interfaces provided by AWS for every single one of their products is appalling. DADI software has been designed for ease of use and happy users.

Paul Regan
Also, AWS exists to buy Mr. Bezos yachts and jets. DADI exists to share the wealth created by digital services. And it’s greener too. 😄

Question 13:

If my network runs with a VPN, is there any disadvantages/advantages to this? For example, can I VPN from Europe to US to have my node operate in another country that may see higher traffic? And would this impact the performance, or will the node be aware and act differently?

Arthur Mingard
We’d suggest adding bypassing rules to your VPN in order to connect within the correct region. The Host application is smart enough to reduce the number of hops, connecting to a nearby Gateway even when running through your VPN, but to get most out of it, it’s best to use a local VPN.

Question 14:

When will DADI begin to advertise in earnest?

Joseph Denne
TBC. Our channels strategy is focused on partnerships in the first stages: with agencies, with OEMs and with brands. Once the network reaches scale we will begin direct customer sales, which will include advertising.

Question 15:

What kind of devices are you going to start selling in the DADI Shop from January 2019?

Joseph Denne
Oh, how we’d love to answer this in detail now, but we can’t talk about it yet! Suffice to say we have a number of new devices in development with our industrial design partner Blond, each of which build on the Founding Node concept – the first should be in market during Q1 next year and be of a larger capacity. (That sound you can hear in the background is everyone telling me to stop talking! More details after Christmas. Promise.)

Question 16:

Is the mainnet still scheduled for Q4 and what percentage of existing clients have moved over to the DADI network so far, based on the upgrade agreements the team mentioned earlier?

Arthur Mingard
The mainnet is live (to be pedantic 🙂) but yes, we remain on track for ‘Constellation’ late in Q4, which is where clients will be able to start using CDN without our hand-holding. In the meantime, we are working with three existing and three new clients to onboard products to the network. We cannot be more specific out of respect to those we are working with but will be making announcements in due course.

Question 17:

Will there be a platform release at some stage that will allow contributors to connect with each other to pool resources and share in node returns?

Arthur Mingard
There are currently a few models we’re working with to allow shared ownership and thus revenue sharing, being careful to restrict the potential excessive dominance from large/irresponsible providers. In terms of resource pooling, there are no benefits to sharing hardware resources, as a single machine, even low powered IoT devices, are capable of contribution. The network will rely as much on spare computational power as dedicated resources, reducing the barrier for entry. If your computer uptime meets the minimum contribution duration, you’re good to go.

Question 18:

Is it recommended (for privacy/security reasons) to separate the founding node in/from the private home network? If so, will you instruct inexperienced people somehow how to do this (top level instruction)?

Arthur Mingard
Founding nodes will remain self-updating for all major updates, security patches and fixes. All measures are taken to ensure that there is no risk both to and from your home network to the Host application.

Question 19:

DADI Store is planned to be network-ready in Q1 2019, how soon will the community be able to test a user-ready beta version?

James Lambie
We hope to have a beta version available for testing by the wider community by the end of Q4.

Question 20:

When will the global map on dadi.cloudshow live data from the network?

Arthur Mingard
This will come shortly after constellation goes live, in line with the release of the network telemetry suite.

Question 21:

The team has been working together for about 5 years now which is commendable. With a finished product out now and network scaling commencing, where do you see DADI in the next two years in terms of the technology, the network and token value?

Joseph Denne
I’ve been working with my co-founders for 20 years, if you can believe it. Mad. I don’t like to speculate on token value as $DADI is a utility (although it’s bonkers that the token price is so low given that many top 100 tokens don’t have a working product, have little to no traction and in many cases are not even registered businesses and as a result are unbanked!), but we plan to have clients in the hundreds and contributors in the thousands. Our network will have been through many development iterations and we’ll have our full proposed suite of applications ready for client use, as per our recently updated roadmap: https://dadi.cloud/en/roadmap/. Our marketplace will be established, too, which means third party applications – including those of our partners – will be in full swing.

I also suspect there will be a number of people wondering why they didn’t sign up to contribute two years ago when they first had the chance.

Question 22:

With regard to the iOS and Android apps, how far along is development? Do they affect performance, battery life and are they invasive to the device?

Arthur Mingard
We have a proof of concept for iOS, meaning we know that Host will run in an app environment. There’s a lot of work to do here in relation to performance impact testing, but we’re off to a great start.

Question 23:

How do you intend to deliver updates safely to the nodes on the network without disrupting them or causing undue downtime?

Arthur Mingard
The update process is load balanced. When an update is deployed, the rollout process takes into account the current application load, introducing redundancy when required, before commencing a staggered blue/green deployment process.

Question 24:

Is there a possibility we’ll see ‘DADI Compatible’ labels on Philips light bulb packages in the future? Is this how DADI sees it? What would be the advantage for Philips and its customers to have a DADI compatible light bulb?

James Lambie
Setting Philips aside as the example for a moment, yes. We see a huge opportunity for partners to include DADI technology in connected devices and bring with it myriad possibilities for new revenue or customer subsidy, for example.

Question 25:

As participants in the DADI network, will node owners sign an agreement?

Joseph Denne
There will be terms & conditions attached to provision of the POS, which itself is a prerequisite to attaching a node to the network. So, in short: yes.

Question 26:

Is DADI interested in selling (anonymized) sensordata to databrokers/datahandlers like DataBrokerDAO or Streamr?

Arthur mingard
The DADI network is built to support a wide range of applications, and as we progress through the roadmap the possibilities increase exponentially. Streamr, DataBrokerDAO and other realtime data streaming applications will most certainly be deployable on the network, but we aren’t interested in selling user data. Privacy is important to us.

Question 27:

When Constellation launches at the end of the year, how many Hosts does the team expect to onboard and what will be the estimated network capacity?

Arthur Mingard
On top of the 300 Founding nodes, we’ve provisioned a distributed backbone as part of our partnerships with a number of datacenter providers. As a result, there’s a lot of flexibility in the network capacity with comfortable room for growth.

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Sat, 06 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000 5bb8e2f19327037d9013e956 Bolaji Oyewole 2018-10-06T13:00:00+00:00
A workplace that works for you https://dadi.cloud/knowledge/network/a-workplace-that-works-for-you Image

A few months ago we reimagined the home as a data center. This gave you a chance to see how your home appliances like laptops, smart speakers, record players and even lamps could eventually pay for themselves by being part of the DADI network.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Offices, workspaces and any place of business using connected devices can be used to help power our decentralised network. This means new revenue potential for businesses, who can earn DADI tokens from their existing servers, lamps and computers – devices that often have spare capacity or spend long periods of the day or night idle.

Imagine desktop computers that actively contribute to your IT budget. Or a boardroom monitor that covers the cost of your stationery. Or the opportunity to directly offset hosting fees for digital services your company provides – even relatively small devices could take a serious chunk out of running costs, and in the right circumstances could even become cost-neutral.

Digital businesses will further benefit by using DADI technology to run websites or applications. Products built using DADI are leaner, faster to market and free of the licence fees often attributed to enterprise platform solutions. Our services can also be a cost-effective replacement for day-to-day services such as file sharing.

A great starting point is DADI CDN – if your digital product uses a traditional content delivery network such as Cloudflare, Limelight or Akamai, you could save up to half by switching to DADI technology.

Making use of spare computing power in the office also reduces the carbon footprint of your business. Your office will help contribute to a network that removes the need for dedicated server farms offered by traditional cloud services corporations such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Want to know more about how your business can benefit from being DADI-connected? Contact us for a chat – or read more about the upcoming ways individual devices can be hooked up to our network to defend your bottom line.

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Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000 5bae39b303668c6bcfe064dc Paul Regan 2018-09-28T13:00:00+00:00
Instant exchange for $DADI via dadi.cloud https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/instant-exchange-for-dadi Image

If you’re getting ready to be a contributor to the DADI network (and with it earn your fair share of revenue from the internet) then you may be shopping for tokens as proof of stake.

Good news then: as of today we now have an approved exchange service via CoinSwitch integrated into dadi.cloud.

It facilitates the exchange of $DADI with 192 currencies and can be handled without leaving the pages of our website. To use it, simply head to exchange.dadi.cloud and get started.

Almost as easy as earning the tokens once you’ve connected the device to our network. Almost. :)

Questions? Find us in the usual channels. If you need to ask: Telegram, Twitter, Reddit or Discord.

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Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000 5baba08d03f7806b6f7a8df8 Paul Regan 2018-09-26T15:00:00+00:00
Founding Node: production update (part 2) https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/founding-node-production-update-part-2 Image

It’s the most-asked question on Telegram this week, so here’s a very quick update on production and delivery of the DADI Founding Nodes: TL;DR they are on their way.

The components have been manufactured in a few countries and checked for quality. As we type the final pieces of the puzzle are being readied for their journey to London, and once they arrive at the DADI studio, we simply need to assemble, test on the network and package for posting.

Despite a few delays supplier-side we remain more or less on track to receive and begin shipping the finished devices before the month ends. Just.

We’ll keep you updated though – stand by for photos of the devices as they are processed by DADI staff.

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:30:00 +0000 5baa52e69aa91e6be3fc543e Paul Regan 2018-09-25T14:30:00+00:00
AMA recap: September 21, 2018 https://dadi.cloud/knowledge/network/ama-recap-september-21-2018 Image

Question 1:

I have just been reading through the whitepaper and looking at the API service. I have a question – how is data in the database replicated between hosts to create redundancy?

James Lambie
We are using DADI Store and our FileStore data connector for API within the network. Store handles replication and edge caching. We’re also playing with an alternate API data connector which leverages OrbitDB, which is a distributed database solution built on top of IPFS.

Question 2:

Could you please compare DADI with Couldflare’s new decentralized CDN service?

James Lambie
From what we can tell, Cloudflare’s offering is simply to provide a public IPFS gateway to allow users to retrieve content from the IPFS network. In contrast to this, DADI offers a suite of products that can run any application by combining those products in different combinations. DADI CDN is a fully-fledged on-the-fly image manipulation solution with support for edge caching in the network.

Joseph Denne
Also to note, you’re paid for contributing to the DADI network. Cloudflare is a private company. Where’s the incentive to contribute to their network? Actually, not sure anyone can contribute. So that’s a pretty significant point of difference.

Question 3:

In a country like China where access to some webpages (e.g., crypto exchanges) or services (e.g., Telegram) is routinely blocked, do you think it’s technically possible for the government to block the function of a DADI host? I understand that DADI network is not a sensitive website or service and there is no political reason or incentive to block a host. Nonetheless, as a layman I would like to know the possibility of some scenarios.

Adam Dean
While it would be possible to block the entire network, this would mean blocking all sites and services, and would require the blocking of all Stargates and Gateways, which as the network grows, will become increasingly difficult to do. It wouldn’t necessarily be possible to block individual domains though. In addition to this, as the network will exist within China as well as outside, blocking it with a national firewall wouldn’t be an option.

Question 4:

Hypothetically if $ETH went to mush would DADI go down with the ship or are there ‘options’?

Joseph Denne
There are always options! We use ETH for smart contracts and benefit from its scale of adoption, but we are in no way tied to it. We could run our own chain, or use another with a smart contracts layer.

Follow up: Parallel chain?

Joseph Denne
Could be, but if it came to it I think we’d break completely, run a token swap and then move forward. So more of a fork.

Question 5:

In the event a bad actor got administrator access (sudo) to a Stargate running system, what is the worst that could happen? Will the bad actor be able to manipulate DNS request/replies? Any measures to detect this bad behaving and downrate reputation? Where can I find more about Stargates engineering?

Adam Dean
Stargates monitor each other, so a single machine attack would result in the SG in question being off-lined. We take a very strict approach to security in this layer of the platform, with access only available via our secure VPN channel, and within this access is tied to named individuals by machine. In addition to this, we monitor all activity on Stargate machines, so there is no chance of anything happening without us being alerted.

Question 6:

Isn’t a distributed network more vulnerable than a single ‘centralized network’? More nodes means more doors to knock on, which in turn means increasing chances to gain unauthorized access and mess things up?

Joseph Denne
It’s a matter of perspective: a bunch of servers in a single location represents a single building/IP subset target to break in to/attack, whereas hundreds of thousands of machines in distributed locations would require:

  1. Knowing where those machines are
  2. Gaining physical access to the property
  3. Hacking into the machine

And if you manage of all this, you would find yourself with access to a fragment of a build, in an encrypted area of RAM. In short then, no. Distributed networks are inherently more secure - insanely more secure! - than centralized networks.

Question 7:

How many Stargates, Gateways and Hosts are presently running on the network?

Adam Dean
21 Stargates, with a further 21 due online in the coming month. These are non-earning and part of the backbone, providing a geographical distributed DNS layer with coverage to match and exceed any other platform in market. We have an ASN from RIPE along with a DADI owned/operated IP subnet and are utilizing BGP routing at SG level. We have a Gateway for every Stargate as it stands. And finally, we have around 120 Hosts online.

Follow up: The hosts, are they mainly raspberries or all sorts of different computers/hardware?

Joseph Denne
They’re in the backbone, and are custom spec’d and built systems.

Question 8:

If the DADI wallet is no longer going to be developed, what mechanics are going to be used for management of POS, Nodes and customer side dApp usage? Also, will the smart contract be 3rd party validated and where are the private keys?

Adam Dean
Our smart contracts are validated by a third party, including the originating contract. We use Solidified for this. Management of POS, Nodes and customer onboarding will be through my.dadi.cloud, which will provide a full set of mobile and desktop ready interfaces.

Question 9:

Will DADI’s current MRR from customers be shared with node owners after Constellation?

Joseph Denne
This one is easy. Yes.

Question 10:

How are the founding nodes delivered to international winners?

Joseph Denne
Well, having looked at teleportation we’ve ruled it out based on cost and impossibility. Instead, we’ll likely put them in a box and use air freight.

Follow up: When will you actually start delivering nodes?

Joseph Denne
As soon as the remaining components arrive! We’re beholden to our suppliers’ shipping schedules, which is frustrating. Everything else is ready to go.

Question 11:

What is your estimated timeframe for other operating systems to be able to participate as a node?
(b) Is there any particular order you will be making them available, i.e. Windows, iOS, Android, etc.?

Adam Dean
We are not far away from a significant update to our product roadmap (next week or two) which will bring this detail, but we expect that after the Founding Nodes are onboarded and users are able to connect their own dedicated devices (by end Q4 2018) we’ll look to launch applications for MacOS and Windows, followed by iOS and Android mobile applications (likely Q1/2 2019). We also have plans for partnerships and more DADI-branded devices. Read more here: https://dadi.cloud/en/knowledge/network/how-to-contribute-to-the-dadi-network/

Question 12:

How will DADI address market saturation and the possibility of the network contracting because of customers and nodes leaving the network?

Joseph Denne
Given the size of the market we are entering - our major competitors are AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure for example - we don’t see this as a likely scenario. Even half a handful of percent of the market will sustain rapid growth for our product (to the moon and back, and some). This is why we are so optimistic about the future… 🙂

Follow up: What if AWS decentralized itself like DADI?

Joseph Denne
Not sure how they could do that. To do so would be to bastardize their own revenues, and they are beholden to their shareholders. Can you see them giving away 85% of their profits? Plus, even if they did (which they won’t) it wouldn’t change the size of the market.

Question 13:

What’s the current status of the DADI network now and has it been fully tested by team? How is it working on Beta and what have been the major challenges so far?

James Lambie
It is live and running CDN (our content delivery network) for a selection of clients - in this sense it is proving itself in the real world with real traffic. We are happy to say the challenges have been minimal, not least because we had a testnet proof of concept live even before our ICO. We are now working to scale the network, initially by adding the Founding Nodes and then applications to connect other devices such as desktop and laptop machines and beyond. We are constantly testing as a part of our development process. Perhaps our biggest challenge yet to be faced is balancing the onboarding of customers and contributors as the network grows - we have significant demand from both sides of this “transaction” and want to make sure we scale effectively!

Question 14:

How far down the track do you see devices for the ‘connected living room’ being done and is there a focus on one in particular right now?

Joseph Denne
Quite a bit to say here! The quick summary is that we’re fairly advanced, but it’s important to note that we’re addressing this through a multi-channel strategy that will see is working with various OEMs to access existing and future hardware. The Founding Nodes are conceived as the first step towards realising the vision – a plug and play device to be easily set up in the home.

And of course, DADI technology will also make use of spare capacity in the machines already there (such as laptops or desktops). We’re also working to produce more dedicated devices. (More on that in the coming months.) Plus, there’s the potential to leverage capacity in businesses and offices.

Paul Regan
Here’s a useful read on this subject: https://dadi.cloud/en/knowledge/network/how-to-contribute-to-the-dadi-network/

Question 15:

Are there plans to introduce more dApps to the marketplace beyond the ones currently on the roadmap such as a VPN service routed through the DADI Network?

James Lambie
Yes, 100%. We have a (currently private) roadmap for this, and will be releasing updates as we move forward. This includes apps from new partners, and ultimately a marketplace for a broader array of third-party apps.

Question 16:

In the future when there’s token scarcity due to the network reaching larger capacity, will the surplus stake that is returned be subject to lockup or will it be available to roll into another node?

Joseph Denne
In this scenario there will be an additional weighting to earnings of +/- 20%. In the event that we found POS modifications were above this threshold, we would allow for the rolling in to another node, or for withdrawal from the network (after the standard time lock period).

Question 17:

Will the administrative things on my.dadi.cloud be available via an API to open up for third party integrations? For example, data like performance and management of nodes, current earnings, funds or whatever data might be in there.

Adam Dean
Lovely idea. While this is not currently in the roadmap, we certainly won’t rule it out.

Question 18:

Assuming the worst, how difficult would it be to migrate the DADI project to a new chain (on the spectrum of ‘relatively easy’ to ‘extremely difficult’)?

James Lambie
The work required for this leans more toward the ‘relatively easy’ end of the spectrum. While it wouldn’t be a walk in the park, we do build our products with the future in mind - and this relates not only to the chosen blockchain platform but every technology we choose. Assuming, of course, that by ‘the worst’ you don’t mean Armageddon.

Question 19:

Is it possible to plug in a USB (USB 3.+ for speed) SSD to the Founding Node or an RPi? If so, with Store, Identity and the other apps coming onto the main, what size is recommended?

Adam Dean
The Founding Nodes are self-contained units, so you won’t be able to plug in an SSD drive to them.

Question 20:

I have a personal website and blogs and would like to run it completely on DADI including the hosting. What’s the average cost for DADI to help me convert my website to CDN and Web and also host it on the DADI network?

Joseph Denne
It varies! Hit us up on hello@dadi.co and we can get in to detail.

Question 21:

I live in one country for 6 months and another for 6 months. I would need to move my host(s) between the two. As much as this is possible, would it be penalised to a point it would be better to have it hosted? Can this also be answered for the founding node too?

Adam Dean
There is no penalty to nodes switching networks. Upon joining, nodes will connect to the most topologically and geographically relevant gateway, and will host applications that the network requires.

Question 22:

Will there be opportunity to buy plug and play nodes? How much will they cost? Will they be insured, if so for how long? Are there any estimated on the yields of each node in each tier? Will all nodes in each tier be paid the same or will it be done on an access basis?

Joseph Denne
Yes. Although I’m not in a position to share any further details at this time.

Question 23:

Will there be tutorials or videos for setting up founding nodes? Will founding members have a separate communication channel Telegram/Discord? Will the Founding Nodes have the power supply and Ethernet cable?

Adam Dean
Setting up Founding Nodes will be as simple as plug and play. You’ll plug in the ethernet cable (included), plug in the power cable (included), turn on the devices, and that’s it…online! And yes, there will be social channels for founding members.

Question 24:

How has the team managed the transition from being a real-world business to adapting to the crypto world and what are your advices for other companies looking to do the same?

Joseph Denne
That’s the biggest issue with crypto right there. Why would anyone think that it’s not the real world? If we want mass adoption - which I have to assume we all do - we need “real world” applications.

That there are projects out there that are not registered as businesses in their local jurisdictions is baffling to me. Not being set up in an official capacity means that you cannot address existing businesses, which means you are doing nothing to aid adoption or the broader perception of crypto.

That there are projects that justify their market cap based solely on some imaginary future where there are no governments and no businesses is insane. Utterly bonkers. Get real or get out.

Question 25:

Has the increase for POS been determined and if so what is it?

James Lambie
We’re still working on the basis of our original PoS requirement, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be an increase. It comes down to supply and demand.

Question 26:

Philosophically, what are the advantages of having a DADI token as opposed to staking ETH for example to support the distributed network?

Joseph Denne
Philosophically it’s about identity: understanding ourselves in the world as a community of like-minded individuals committed to a cause. So:

  1. It stakes it out as a concept in its own right
  2. It enables flexibility in future should we need to move away from a commitment to a single chain
  3. It enables individuals to track performance of DADI as a distinct entity in a varied ecosystem

Question 27:

When will customers start to pay for the services with DADI tokens?

Joseph Denne
As soon as our fiat on ramp goes live, which is expect in the coming few weeks. More soon.

Question 28:

Are you still actively working with new clients to build sites for them, or have you paused your traditional side of the business to favour efforts on the network?

Joseph Denne
Our channel strategy turns down the volume on this approach in favour of partnerships, but business that comes our way will be addressed. So yes, but also no.

Question 29:

How do you ensure one group or entity does not control too many of the nodes and centralize the network too much?

James Lambie
The network is a marketplace that preferences locality for pace of delivery. Centralising by bringing a group of nodes online in a single location where there is a mismatch with audience will lead to a loss of revenue, making the running of those nodes unprofitable.

Question 30:

Can you provide some estimates on the size and use of the DADI network within the next 6-12 months? Are you focusing on any particular niche? Could you describe your competitive edge over AWS et al in two sentences?

Joseph Denne
We’re not sharing projections at this stage and while we are not focusing on any particular niche, we have over 200 sites in the publishing space running DADI technology so this may be a natural starting point. As for the ‘two sentences’, we need only one: we are faster, more cost effective and by the nature of the network, more localized – which means we’re better for the environment. We have already received positive feedback from potential enterprise customers versus AWS, so we are confident.

Ah, that was two sentences 😂

Question 31:

What would be the best way for a contributor to contribute more than the typical if running a gateway is not possible due to hardware requirements? Will there be other ways to utilize excess tokens, say for those who have 100k+?

Joseph Denne
Totally depends on your line capacity for example, but there’s nothing to stop you running more Hosts. And gateways should be possible in this context - we’re looking at a possible rental model for backbone devices for example.

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Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:40:00 +0000 5ba61c3b3c88546b379402bc Bolaji Oyewole 2018-09-22T10:40:00+00:00
David Wilde joins DADI https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/david-wilde-joins-dadi Image

DADI is conceived as a project with community at its heart – sharing 90% of its revenue with the people and businesses that come together to provide the infrastructure that supports the network – so it’s a natural fit for scale projects in central and local government.

In pursuit of this, DADI is pleased to announce the appointment of David Wilde as an advisor. David has over 30 years in central and local government leadership spanning policy, large scale operations, strategy, technology, digital and whole service transformation. David was previously the Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and has held the role at multiple large councils, including Essex, Westminster City and Waltham Forest.

His expertise in practical application of new technologies in the sector will bring invaluable experience as DADI seeks to develop cost-effective (and in some cases cost-neutral) propositions to deliver digital services essential to modern society.

“We are delighted to have David on board,” says Joseph Denne, Founder and CEO of DADI. “Our work with the public sector is an important component in the rollout of our technology.”

“I’m delighted to be part of this venture, a radical new use of Blockchain that unlocks and repurposes latent assets to deliver truly decentralised digital services at scale,” David Wilde said.

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Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000 5ba4eec09e7f546b491f1e5a Paul Regan 2018-09-21T13:00:00+00:00
DADI joins Blockfolio Signal https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/dadi-joins-blockfolio-signal Image

If you don’t already use Blockfolio to manage your coin portfolio we highly recommend it, not least because DADI has joined Signal Beta – a direct to user news feed first with updates on our project.

Blockfolio brings you up-to-date prices from 150+ exchanges covering over 3,000 coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, DADI and others. You can watch for trends in token value and view your portfolio in more than 30 fiat currencies.

Get the app here look out for DADI updates in the Signal feed. Also, while you’re at it, make sure you follow us on your chosen social media – such as Discord (https://discord.gg/3sEvuYJ), Telegram (https://twitter.com/dadi) or Reddit (https://reddit.com/r/dadi).

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:30:00 +0000 5ba3a74903668c6bcfe064d1 Paul Regan 2018-09-20T13:30:00+00:00
Lottery part two: results https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/lottery-part-two-results Image

All good things eventually meet their end and sadly we drew the last names from the hat yesterday for our extended Founding Node lottery. Emails have been sent to winners of 50 devices we added to the production run in response to high demand in the first lottery round.

We used the same process as last time for selection: winners picked at random with a weighting given both by location and by engagement with our community. This is, as before, to help guarantee a spread of devices across the globe and to reward the greatest supporters of our product.

If yours wasn’t a name plucked for the winners’ list, fret not. We have plans for new devices for homes and businesses set for launch in the coming months – plus myriad other ways to contribute. We’ll set aside names of lottery entrants to make sure they are front of queue for further community initiatives.

As always, many thanks to everyone for your support.

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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:12:00 +0000 5ba1157a9ee7666b60394525 Paul Regan 2018-09-18T15:12:00+00:00
How to contribute to the DADI network https://dadi.cloud/knowledge/network/how-to-contribute-to-the-dadi-network Image

Beautiful, glass-enclosed Raspberry Pis are merely the start for the DADI network, chosen to prove that even tiny devices used in relatively small numbers have the muscle to power our new vision for the internet. So where do we go beyond Founding Nodes?

Our strategy for scaling the DADI network is threefold: dedicated devices we build as plug-and-play contributors (such as the Founding Node), applications we develop to connect existing domestic machines (laptops, mobile phones, games consoles) and partnerships with companies who already manufacture products with spare capacity that we use on a day to day basis.

Let’s start with the first. The Founding Node is a great example of a ‘turnkey’ product – you unbox, plug in, register and start earning DADI tokens from that moment. Although we’ll never make the founding devices available for sale, we are working on other similar products that you will be able to buy.

Next it’s desktop applications for macOS and Windows, plus apps for iOS and Android, followed by development for other devices including games consoles. Each will bring new opportunities to earn DADI tokens for devices you already own. We’ll be updating our roadmap in due course with delivery dates for each of these.

The steps required in each case will be as straightforward as possible:

1) Buy a device or download an app

2) Purchase the 5,000 $DADI proof of stake

3) Onboard via my.dadi.cloud

4) Start earning tokens

You can begin this process right away – see dadi.cloud/contribute for details of how to pre-register for contribution and where to buy tokens.

Beyond that, our planned partnerships will bring additional scale to the network. Here, as you can imagine, there is huge potential for installing DADI tech on machines ranging from connected speakers to smart TVs, to name but a couple.

We’ll be making announcements on this front in due course – but if you haven’t read it already, our article on reimagining the home as a data centre will be food for thought.

But let’s get back to the now. Our network is already live and powering our real-world client projects. Our Founding Nodes will be onboarded from the end of the month and it’s from there we’ll be looking to you for the next wave of network contributors.

Be ready, and let’s all share the wealth of the new internet.

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Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000 5b9bd7172d18cd6c17977a92 Paul Regan 2018-09-14T15:00:00+00:00
AMA recap: September 7 2018 https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/ama-recap-september-7-2018 Image

Question 1:

Elaborate on the possible second round of founding node lottery. What is the reason behind it? Is there a need for a quick controlled growth of the DADI network due to high load? Or simply to satisfy the unlucky ones from first round?

Joseph Denne:
This is mainly about the large volume of applicants versus the initial number of devices we had allocated to give away. At sign off of the pre-production units we had an opportunity to extend the production run a little, so we took it – and that gives us more devices to give to our (hugely supportive and very lovely) community. Plus, of course, the more devices connected to the network, the better.

Question 2:

Does DADI Store spread out files to hosts? Does that mean that it would be beneficial to have a lot of disk space on my hosts?

James Lambie:
In the first iteration of Store, when files are added they will be spread out amongst a selection of trusted nodes and then when requested by a consumer they will be transferred from the closest of those nodes that has the data, potentially passing through a series of closer nodes where the data will be cached along the way. The amount of storage space on a node given over to the capacity requirements of Store will be configurable.

Question 3:

Is it likely that the minimum specs for Hosts/Gateway/Stargates might become higher in the future? Context: for those of us looking to acquire hardware.

Arthur Mingard:
In the long term, specs will naturally increase in line with more demanding dApps. If you’re looking to support the network with spare computational capacity with a personal laptop or desktop, it’s more likely that you’ll upgrade the machine long before there’s a significant reduction in earning potential.

Question 4:

The global distribution plan gives me hope. Will you be giving a breakdown of how many nodes allocated per region? I am particularly interested in Middle East.

Paul Regan:
Yes, a full explorer is being built into the platform. But for now, you can see an indication of spread for Founding Nodes applications here: https://dadi.cloud/en/updates/announcements/founding-node-lottery-update/ – it gives a promising insight into how well distributed interest is for our project. TL;DR we are super-optimistic. 🙂

Question 5:

Is there a plan to launch branded hardware which can be loaded with DADI tokens to act as Nodes or specialized devices to do advanced processing?

Joseph Denne:
Yes. We’re pretty advanced in our planning on this front, both in terms of design and in terms of processing approach. I’ll go as far as saying that we are working with an OEM for the production of custom boards, and that we have a test bed for our next device in hand.

Question 6:

Will Store be available on various devices (Windows, MacOS, iPhone, Android) so one can access his/her files from everywhere? Similar to Microsoft OneDrive?

James Lambie:
Yes, this is the intention. Timing is still TBC, but we’re working on the basis of this happening in 2019.

Question 7:

Please also explain your plan for security of data on DADI Store. Thanks.

James Lambie:
Store’s first iteration is much like a Dropbox alternative. Your data is chunked and stored and put back together when you request it. A future iteration may allow you to give others access to view the data. In terms of security of the data on the Hosts themselves, the same is true for Store as it is for the other dApps running in the network - data is encrypted, with relevant security keys stored in allocate private regions, or secure enclaves.

Question 8:

Can I use DADI Store as a Dropbox alternative? Will my data be safe and private? What about pricing?

James Lambie:
For the first part, see previous question! Pricing information for using Store will be released in due course, but will vary based on whether it is used as a standalone service or in conjunction with other dApps.

Question 9:

Will GPUs be used in nodes? If so, only in hosts or other nodes as well?

Arthur Mingard:
Yes, depending on the applications that have been deployed to the Host machine. dApps that require more GPU power will prioritize distribution to machines that meet their requirements.

Question 10:

What are your estimates for node numbers, (Stargate, Gateways and Hosts) during the controlled onboarding Beta phase?

Arthur Mingard:
21 Stargates in the backbone, 21 Gateways, 250 staking Hosts and 300 non-staking.

Question 11:

Lots of SaaS vendors don’t allow integration with premise applications. Will DADI help bridge the gap and allow integration and make this easier?

Adam Dean:
This depends on the third-party software. Apps running on DADI will appear the same as apps running on another provider such as Heroku. If you can integrate with these via the web, then you will be able to integrate with them on the DADI network.

Question 12:

Are there any plans for DADI technology to be used as a game server? Would it even work with a decentralized model?

Arthur Mingard:
Game servers are a great example of a decentralized network use-case. An increased availability of geographically distributed points-of-presence is key in latency reduction and resilient failover.

Paul Regan:
Plus… we are in active discussion with an online multiplayer VR startup. 🙂

Question 13:

Do you plan to have funding to incentivize developers that want to build more apps on top of the Network?

Joseph Denne:
We’re actively exploring this, but it will be tied to the availability of the marketplace, enabling new dApps to be launched and monetized by third parties. For the time being we are working with partners to build out new dApps, supporting the work through commitments of time and co-marketing.

Question 14:

How is it going with building up the sales team? Status, progress, new partners? How can we as token holders help to invite businesses and website owners to move to DADI services?

Joseph Denne:
Very well! Definition around our channel strategy is complete and we are well advanced in spinning up our supporting functions. Referral programmes for the crypto, developer and agency communities will be coming online soon. This is in support of both customer and contributor referrals.

Question 15:

Why are we sending tokens to the smart contract and not using private wallets on the DADI network instead where we can retain control over our tokens even though we are staking?

James Lambie:
The DADI network needs a level of commitment above “traditional” POS networks. Nodes need to be online for a significant amount of time to ensure performance. To help with this we are locking tokens, meaning that once you have staked, you cannot withdraw them for a period of time. We can only lock your tokens in a wallet that you don’t have direct control over.

The process of staking sends staked tokens back to the originating contract. This has the effect of reducing circulating supply - updated on CoinMarketCap and elsewhere. And reduction in available supply is a central pillar of the tokenomics of the platform.

Question 16:

Please elaborate on how DADI is powered by blockchain technology. It is clear that payments, rewards and staking is done with the DADI ERC-20 token but what else is there? Is the DADI mainnet having some kind of blockchain internally?

James Lambie:
The core to the platform is the creation of a marketplace that enables a radically localised network, built using spare capacity on commodity devices. Without the blockchain there would be no network: the technology is at the heart of DADI. We are also using the blockchain for specific functionality in the delivery and tracking of content in the network.

Question 17:

Is there any specific reason for the order in which the DADI dApps are being released?

Joseph Denne:
We factor a diverse range of factors in our roadmap planning, from market entry ease (CDN is an easier market to enter than APIs for example), to technology complexity to existing customer demand.

Question 18:

What type of hardware would be needed to support AI computation in the network in the future when a partner like Agorai launches its marketplace on the network? I assume a Raspberry Pi wouldn’t be the most optimal choice.

Arthur Mingard:
It depends on the specific use case. In general, deep learning requires high specification GPU resource. As more complex and resource intensive applications are deployed into the network we’ll be introducing benchmarking tools to identify the optimum purpose of service hardware. As requirements evolve, so too will the incentive to contribute computational power in support of them.

Question 19:

If DADI changes the staking requirements in the future due to token price increase or supply issues, will excess POS be unlocked for withdraw by existing node holders?

James Lambie:
Yes, this is a likely scenario.

Question 20:

It’s been several months now since DADI listed on a new exchange. Is there any update with LBX? Why aren’t we applying for the Binance community vote?

James Lambie:
The bottom line here is that of you want to purchase DADI, there are channels through which you can do so. So, there’s no rush to new exchanges. However, we do have an exchange relationship manager and we do have a number of channels of communication open.

Question 21:

Is DADI Store still on track for release by the end of this quarter? Do you have any clients lined up to use it once it goes live?

James Lambie:
Yes. Store works with other DADI dApps, meaning that it will be supporting CDN early in its lifecycle. We have customers in place for this production use case.

Question 22:

How is DADI planning to compete against the economy of scale that AWS and Azure have that makes them so cheap? How are we certain that DADI is going to be cheaper, with price being a true selling proposition?

Arthur Mingard:
Whenever possible, the DADI network swaps dedicated hardware for redundancy. Spare computational power has a negligible cost, so rather than paying for infrastructure in expensive and often remote locations, we’re challenging the traditional cloud model with a much smarter appropriation of resources, with better reach, availability and resilience.

It’s also important to remember that DADI radically localizes the Cloud - it’s really not directly comparable with AWS form a network perspective. AWS doesn’t have a single point of presence in Africa for example, whereas we already do.

Question 23:

I would like to know if the winners of the Founding Nodes also receive the software which you can use to deploy on VPS or others – just to make sure that we have fallback nodes.

Arthur Mingard:
The Founding Nodes come pre-installed with everything you need and will update automatically. We will therefore not be providing this software separately, however we will be providing the software installer ahead of public rollout.

Question 24:

What is the status of the Agorai implementation? And what will the difference be comparing to other AI projects such as SONM?

Joseph Denne:
Well, Agorai is an advanced AI business with significant funding and the backing of public bodies, including the UK government. They are a very serious business, something that sets them apart from just about everyone else purporting to be working on AI in crypto. Their work is ongoing and they will be reporting to market to their own schedule, but from what I’ve seen, they are making great strides.

Question 25:

May we ask financial standing on DADI? What happened to funds raised in ICO, are they still in ETH or converted to fiat? If converted, how much %?

Joseph Denne:
I’m ideologically aligned with CZ on this one (read: https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1036896571764293632). The vast majority of our funds are in crypto. We convert OTC for the payment of items that we have to pay in fiat as and when we need to.

Question 26:

Do Founding Nodes come with enough storage? Or do we need to add an additional hard drive?

Adam Dean:
Yes, they come with everything they need on board. You won’t need to install anything. Plug & play.

Question 27:

Would an occasional change in IP address of my host node be a problem? Will using pfSense firewall create issues for hosts? Do you recommend connecting directly to the internet?

Adam Dean:
For Host nodes, a dynamic IP address will not present any issues. So long as your firewall is configured to allow outbound connections, and your machine has access to the internet, there should be no problems.

Question 28:

How many host nodes can one household/individual run at a time?

Arthur Mingard:
There are no strict limitations, however a higher latency or lower performing node will lead to a drop in perceived value so it’s important to get the right balance. We’ll be introducing tools to help make this sort of decision.

Question 29

Node earnings are calculated as return on stake. Is this the key factor in pricing for Customers? Why and how does pricing for Customers change?

James Lambie:
Customer pricing is pegged to USD and benchmarked against the wider marketplace.

Question 30:

Where are we on collaborating with virtual masternode hosting websites like WireHive or using VPS for nodes?

James Lambie:
Efforts on this front are ongoing. We have working nodes for all of the major VPS providers and will be providing how-to articles in due course.

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Sat, 08 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000 5b943ff4c69cd3365e352d44 Bolaji Oyewole 2018-09-08T13:00:00+00:00
Founding Node lottery: second chance! https://dadi.cloud/updates/announcements/founding-node-lottery-second-chance! Image

Missed out first time around in our Founding Node Lottery? You are not alone – we had applications from 589 cities in 87 countries around the world and only 100 devices to give away.

Having signed off the pre-production version this week we decided to redress this situation by adding at least 50 new devices to our production run and running a second chance draw.

Applications are open from today. To enter you simply need to register at my.dadi.cloud and make sure you opt-in to the lottery on your account page. New and existing users will find a link to the account pages in the main navigation of this site.

The closing date for this new round will be next Thursday 13th September at 12pm UTC (don’t worry, we’ll remind you). We will make the draw in the days that follow and announce winners on Monday 17th September.

Previous entrants are free to try again, but do check your account page to make sure you are in the draw. Winners of the first round will be excluded, because that’s only fair.

Questions? Join our AMA with the senior engineering team tomorrow (Friday 7th September) at 2pm UTC simultaneously across Telegram, Discord and Reddit. We’ll be chatting about the Founding Node, onboarding process and anything else network-related the community chooses to ask.

Otherwise, good luck!

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Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0000 5b91253d47eaec3bcc1be877 Paul Regan 2018-09-06T11:00:00+00:00