Weekly update: 22nd March, 2019

As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and development in the open, we are now providing weekly updates to our community, drawn from internal all-team updates. This is third of these updates, originally posted to Telegram.

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Happy Friday one and all ☝️

I hope you’re all well. Here’s a short and sweet recap of the week…

Paul met with a leading animal welfare charity and provided them with a proposal for bringing their flagship campaign on to our technology stack.

One of our advisors introduced us to one of the world’s largest publishing associations to explore a partnership. This will see their own website move on to our platform and should provide us with significant additional exposure within the publishing world.

The DADI Foundation partnered with ADA College (https://ada.ac.uk/), and will be working with them to produce educational resources exploring tech ethics.

They also met with Newspeak House and the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology. And they attended the TIC Tech conference in Paris…

There’s a lot going on at the Foundation right now! (And much more coming besides).

Our commercial team submitted costings to the well known travel company I mentioned last week, so fingers crossed please.

We’ve started working with a leading ecology magazine to refresh their platform using our technology. It’s looking pretty fantastic, and should be launching in our stack next month.

James, Dave and Josh spent the week focused on the network explorer, which is getting very close to release. I expect the Q2 noted in our roadmap to mean early Q2.

Here’s another screen of the explorer, this time showing a node level page:

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Arthur, Adam, Meher and the network team have been moving the past three months worth of work in to the Mainnet, which is no small task 🚧

As part of this an update to Edge Agent will be pushed out on Monday. This is automatic and there’s nothing for node operators to do.

(Agent - which is short for device agent - is the underlying device manager and installer for network nodes. It’s a lightweight app that handles network connectivity, including state monitoring, device registration and the staggering of network app updates.)

Storage of network-level data is changing. We’re moving it out of Consul and in to a persisted storage solution maintained across all nodes in the network. Why? Because the new approach makes this data much more decentralized – all part of our journey to complete decentralization.

The technology for this is very exciting. We’ll be sharing a lot of detail on this front in the coming weeks.

On which, I saw a question pop up a few days back about more details relating to the network tech and whether we planned to write more about it. The answer is an emphatic yes! We’ll be starting this next week with a breakdown of the unique approach within the network to distributing files amongst nodes.

We’re really happy with where the network is right now – it’s so incredibly performant and lightweight. It’s come on leaps and bounds in terms of performance (and it was always fast), squeezing even more than we thought possible out of it.

In Arthur’s words: “It makes me very happy”.

I’m also happy to be able to let you know that it’s now possible to host static websites in the network using the Edge caching layer. This means that you can get a static site online quickly and incredibly cost effectively.

Here’s a simple example: https://thedecentralizedweb.com/

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And here’s a one page supporting site for a new TV series about classic cars, hosted directly in the network’s cache: https://thecaryears.com/

We’ll be writing more about this next week, and will be providing tools to enable its use via our site in the coming months.

In the meantime, if you have a static site that you’d like to throw at the network, please drop us a line on hello@dadi.cloud

And finally, our next AMA will be a week today, at 2pm UTC. Adam and Arthur will be joining BJay, Rick and I to field network-related questions. So get your questions ready

#ftw

+Enjoy your weekends 😀

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