Why is Decentralization Key to Web3?

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In this post, we’ll take a look at Pocket Network in comparison to Alchemy, and touch on why decentralization matters in the space that they both operate in.

Pocket Network and Alchemy are both blockchain infrastructure providers. However, they offer different services, suited to different use cases.

What is Pocket Network?

Pocket Network is a decentralized infrastructure protocol. Pocket’s protocol allows decentralized applications (dApps) to have their data needs serviced by thousands of globally distributed nodes. This constant data servicing happens across dozens of supported blockchain networks.

Pocket Network's protocol decentralizes Web3 infrastructure, as opposed to centralized blockchain infrastructure providers.
Interaction between Applications, Nodes, and the Network Layer.

Pocket Network provides a decentralized API gateway. This allows dApps to access the underlying blockchain without the need for total reliance on a centralized provider. This allows dApps to interact with the blockchain in a more secure, resilient, and decentralized manner.

What is Alchemy?

Alchemy, on the other hand, is a centralized blockchain infrastructure provider. Alchemy focuses on bringing enterprise-grade tools for developers building on Ethereum and other blockchain platforms. They provide a suite of developer tools, analytics, and APIs for developers to build, test, and deploy decentralized applications. Their tools include things like analytics dashboards, API endpoints, and developer libraries.

Why Decentralization Matters for Blockchain Infrastructure Providers

Decentralization is key for Web3 because it allows for an open, trustless, and distributed digital economy. By providing a more secure and transparent way of sharing data, people can trust the integrity of the data and have confidence in the decentralized system. It also allows for more user control over data (and how it is used), which is important for privacy and security. Additionally, true decentralization helps create a more secure and efficient way to conduct transactions, as it removes reliance on a third-party intermediary and allows transactions to occur directly between users, sometimes cutting out the need for costly additional fees. Lastly, decentralization makes it easier to access financial services and opens the market to a larger variety of players, which can help to create a more competitive and fair economy.

How Pocket Network Is Leading Other Blockchain Infrastructure Providers in the Decentralization of Web3

Pocket Network brings critical infrastructure to Web3, and does so without over-reliance on a central point of control. By leveraging the power of blockchain technology and incentivizing a truly decentralized network of tens of thousands of globally distributed nodes, Pocket Network enables developers and end users to have their blockchain data needs serviced with low latency and maximum uptime, while avoiding the risk of single points of failure or censorship that can come with other blockchain infrastructure providers.

Infrastructure built with decentralization at the core helps to create a more resilient and secure web, where data is not owned by one entity but rather is shared across a network of peers. This helps to decentralize the web, allowing for more freedom and appropriate ownership of data, and providing a platform for more open and secure data sharing.