Although everything is moving to the cloud, the current landscape is dominated by centralized, siloed, and vendor-dependent data solutions provided by Big Tech. These cloud solutions not only raise concerns about monopolies but also hinder the realization of AI's full potential.

As a tidal wave of data approaches, with 90% of the world's data having emerged within the past two years, the current infrastructure will not be able to support this accelerating growth. A substantial portion of global data will need to be gathered and maintained at the edge, in locations much nearer to users & businesses. Much closer than were big data centers of Google, Amazon or Microsoft can ever be.

This shift in how we store data is possible using distributed clusters that can automate processes such as encryption, decryption, filtering, labeling, analysis, and enhanced interactions with AI agents, all seamlessly integrated.

Since its launch in 2019, the Cere team has consistently anticipated the difficulties that the present systems would encounter, now highlighted by the swift advancements of AI and the accompanying surge in data. With companies using multiple vendors causing data fragmentation that complicates AI integration, Cere is presenting itself as an objective, open-source solution, with a clear vision:

All data should be decentralized. Unequivocally.

To underwrite how we always stayed true to this vision while building out the ecosystem, you can revisit our Vision papers (1.0 - 2020 and 2.0 - 2022)

How to participate in Cere’s Data Infrastructure

Very soon anyone can spin up a storage or dCDN node and become part of the Decentralized Data Cloud in just a few easy steps. By running a node you not only support a bigger and faster network, but you’ll also be rewarded $CERE tokens for the service you provide.

Joining the Decentralized Data Cloud will require only a few clicks:

  1. Choose Your Path: Select "Node Provider".
  2. Node Type: Decide on a Storage or dCDN node.
  3. Deposit: Secure your spot with a deposit.
  4. Configuration: Provide host/port and Cluster ID.
  5. Run Command: Copy and execute the Docker command.
  6. Cluster Addition: Request node inclusion.

Adding nodes to a Cluster

Adding nodes to a Cluster

Cere vs. Others

Out of the platforms listed, Cere is the most feature-rich, offering capabilities such as multi-cluster topology, default encryption of user data, easy node onboarding, mutable & immutable storage, and an integrated wallet solution.

Additionally, it's fully permissionless and has competitive storage fees. Filecoin, Storj, and Sia all offer decentralized CDN and mutable & immutable storage, with only Sia and Storj being fully permissionless and Sia providing easy node onboarding. Arweave stands out with its integrated wallet solution but lacks in decentralized CDN, mutable storage, and competitive storage fees. Only Cere and Arweave offer an integrated wallet solution.

Cere Filecoin Storj Sia Arweave
Multi-cluster topology
Fully permissionless
Decentralized CDN
Default Encrypted user data
Easy node onboarding
Mutable & immutable storage
Integrated wallet solution
Competitive storage fees

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Decentralized Data Clusters : Powering the Future of Data

Cere Decentralized Data Clusters offer a distributed data cloud, to be used by any self-organizing group of nodes. These nodes can execute various data operations, whether general or specific, across continents or localized to a particular region. The need for such adaptability arises from the distinct operations and economic factors in various industries and locations.

  1. Protocol & $CERE token: Central to this decentralized approach is the Cere Protocol and the $CERE token. They are instrumental in powering self-organizing decentralized data clusters around the world. This is achieved through advanced features like automated smart contract governance, real-time network monitoring, and strict SLA adherence. Such a design ensures a high standard of security and utility for these data clusters.
  2. Separation of Cloud Infra & Operations: The tools and services offered by Cere ensure a clean separation of cloud infrastructure & operations from the protocol. This unique separation allows specialized data to reside on the edge, while also ensuring seamless integration and interoperability through the Cere L1 Blockchain and smart contracts.
  3. New Open Data Standard: A significant advancement offered by the protocol is in establishing a new open data standard. This innovative paradigm takes various data processes such as storage, streaming, enrichment, and analysis, and decentralizes them to the edge. Such a move prepares the data ecosystem for a future dominated by autonomous data patterns.
  4. Optimization for Data Types & Regions: The flexibility of the Cere ecosystem becomes evident when looking at cluster designs. Clusters can be optimized for specific data types and regions. As an illustration, one cluster might focus on large binary objects for video streaming in Central Asia, bypassing app stores or geo-restrictions. Conversely, another might cater to rapid transactional data services via a concentrated network of low-latency nodes in New Zealand.

By championing these features and ensuring a clear division of roles within the ecosystem, Cere ensures that all stakeholders benefit from their contributions, be it through data validation, staking, or reward distribution.

The Decentralized Data Cloud (DDC) welcomes everyone to submit their participation proposal, and when approved by the community, empowers them to run their own storage node, CDN node, or even their own cluster. By actively engaging, contributors not only sustain the DDC ecosystem but also represent a commitment to a secure future driven by AI, with data as the medium and $CERE, facilitated by the Cere Protocol, as the catalyst.

<aside> 👩‍💻 Learn more about Cere Cluster Management on the Decentralized Data Cloud.


Exploring the Components of the Decentralized Data Cluster

The Decentralized Data Cloud (DDC) revolutionizes how data is stored and accessed, ensuring security and efficiency. By combining the power of smart contracts and innovations such as Decentralized Data Clusters and the Data Activity Capture system, Cere’s Data Cloud accelerates access through content streaming, enables seamless data sharing, and supports serverless dApp hosting. DDC is a game-changer for secure, efficient data management, powering video streaming, gaming, and more.

Learn how the Decentralized Data Cloud is using:

DDC | Cluster Management

Cluster Management is a set of user-friendly tools, to empower any self-organized group of nodes to forge an automated, decentralized data cluster fueled by the prowess of CERE tokens ($CERE) and the protocol. Anchored in robust smart contracts, these tools enable DDC Clusters to seamlessly deliver potent, automated data cloud operations for users and developers alike.

DDC | DAC Core + Validation

The Data Activity Capture (DAC) system ensures activity logs are trustworthy and accurate by constantly comparing and verifying log records. This data is then used by key components in Cere’s DDC infrastructure to ensure fair payouts for node providers, prevent dishonesty, and guarantee fairness for everyone involved.

Web3 | Smart Contracts

Cere Network features a collection of Smart Contracts that empower its ecosystem. Notable among these are the Freeport Smart Contracts, responsible for NFT operations, with two versions: the first version is used by the Marketplace, while the second, boasting improved architecture, is being integrated for future adoption.

Cere's Decentralized Data Clusters (DDC Clusters) are automated data marketplaces, powered and governed by smart contracts

These clusters, integral components of the Cere Decentralized Data Cloud, are intricately designed to serve specific industries and regions. On the supply side, node providers contribute by supplying the protocol with idle resources, aiding in the seamless upload and storage of data. Using the Freeport Creator Suite and other dedicated tooling, data is not just stored, but is also actively employed to store game sessions, interact with AI agents, and seamlessly integrate with dApps. This streamlined and secure system ensures a dynamic exchange of data within the Cere ecosystem, balancing both supply and demand efficiently.

Flexibility & Customization: While centralized systems offer generic solutions, DDC Clusters provide industry and region-specific tailoring, ensuring optimal, fit-for-purpose services.

Economic Efficiency: Every machine has underutilized resources. Cere optimizes this by allowing node providers to contribute idle resources, promoting cost savings.

Security & Privacy: DDC Clusters' decentralized nature reduces single-point failure risks. Data governance via smart contracts ensures robust privacy and security. User data is individually encrypted & anonymized

Open Ecosystem: Unlike proprietary systems of centralized platforms that may limit innovation, Cere promotes openness, powered by tools like Freeport Creator Suite, facilitating collaboration and seamless integrations.

No Vendor Lock-ins: Cere's approach grants users freedom from reliance on a single service provider, ensuring more control and flexibility in data management strategies.

DDC | DAC Core + Validation

DDC | Cluster Management