Coming Soon: CloudConnect - Empowering Users with Decentralized Infrastructure
September 22, 2023
We're gearing up for some exciting changes ahead! In a few weeks, we're looking forward to rolling out Cloud Connect. This new feature will allow users to self-host their private shard, manage Kubernetes clusters, and actively participate across various chains and workspaces. This update aligns perfectly with our mission to integrate Web3 into private chains while granting you complete control over your data .
Motivation: Why Cloud Connect?
Up until now, user-created shards/chains were hosted and owned exclusively by us, not too dissimilar to the classic SaaS platforms out there. However, our vision for a fully integrated web3 experience in private chains called for a more decentralized approach.
The goal? To empower our customers with their own independent infrastructure, enabling participation across multiple chains and workspaces.
Recognizing the intricacies of facilitating on-premise and zero cloud dependencies, we've crafted a solution that intertwines the might of AWS and GCP with the agility of Cloud Connect. Now, our users can create participation Kubernetes (k8s) clusters connected seamlessly to relevant stakeholders, all while retaining full control over their data.
CloudConnect enables you to connect your cloud resources—from AWS to GCP—to the Calimero platform. The result? Your chains execute on your infrastructure, providing you full control over your data and removing us as a potential point of failure from an operational standpoint.
With CloudConnect, you gain the following powerful features:
User-Friendly Interface: Enjoy a single, intuitive user interface for managing your shards, clusters, and workspaces.
Cloud Provider Choice: Select your preferred cloud provider and region for deploying your shards.
Complete Cluster Control: Take control of your clusters within your registered cloud accounts, giving you the autonomy to manage your infrastructure.
Flexible Workspace Setup: Choose clusters of your liking for creating new workspaces or expanding your existing chains with ease.
Gateway Access: Seamlessly access your clusters, including RPC services, through our gateway for a smooth and uninterrupted experience.
Control: You have complete ownership of your data and infra.
Flexibility: Select your preferred cloud and region.
Reliability: Decentralization ensures higher uptime and reduced points of failure.
Behind the Scenes
Our solution is anchored around the robust Crossplane framework for Kubernetes. This advanced framework facilitates the creation and sustainment of clusters, ensuring compatibility with Calimero chains. We have meticulously planned integrations with multiple providers, including but not limited to GCP, AWS, and Helm, to deliver a comprehensive solution. Included in our infrastructure suite:
GCP: Providing a scalable, robust foundation.
AWS: Catering to diverse cloud infrastructure requirements.
Kubernetes: Enabling seamless provisioning across Kubernetes clusters.
Helm: Facilitating the deployment of mission-critical Kubernetes frameworks and libraries.
Cloud Connect represents a significant step forward in our journey to empower you, our valued users, with greater control and flexibility in managing your private chains and workspaces. As we approach the launch of Cloud Connect in the coming weeks, we're excited to embark on this new chapter together. Your feedback and support have been instrumental in shaping Calimero's evolution, and we can't wait to see how this innovative feature transforms your experience.
Stay tuned for more updates, and thank you for being an essential part of our journey towards a more decentralized and empowered future.