Geolocation 2.0: Enhancing Accessibility with Flux.
In June, Flux announced the beta launch of its new feature, Geolocation 2.0. Three months later, Flux native token broke into CoinMarketCap’s (CMC) top 100 cryptocurrencies. FluxNodes also would cross the 14,000+ active nodes global milestone in an interesting climax. These are truly groundbreaking achievements.
In this article, we’ll explore how this increase in the strength of the Flux network of nodes impacts the accessibility of different decentralized applications running on the cloud infrastructure, especially with the rolling out of Geolocation 2.0.
What is Geolocation 2.0?
Geolocation refers to the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object (at least from the “Google map” perspective). However, geolocation refers to using redundancy and data geo-partitioning technologies to achieve high availability, latency, and resilience in the modern cloud storage and infrastructure world.
From the Flux angle, Geolocation 2.0 allows developers and business owners to choose exactly which continent, region, or country their application can be spawned according to to live data Flux Nodes Geolocation availability. It will be possible to choose up to 5 different locations where the app can be spawned on the network. In addition, the opposite will also be possible; choose up to 5 locations where your application cannot be spawned. These offer many advantages from the technology and business perspective.
Decentralized applications running on Flux cloud infrastructure have the opportunity to achieve some of the core ideals and advantages of geo-distributed cloud applications.
Resilience is a technique of planning for potential disruptions of service by replicating the data in backup resources. This ensures the application stays online and can be accessed from other sources. Flux nodes are redundant by design and distributed globally with no single point of failure.
With Flux Geolocation 2.0, developers and business owners can decide how many instances they want their applications to spawn in a selected location if only one location is selected. If one or more of the nodes operating in a chosen location experience service disruption, the application will remain available in the region, and the disrupted nodes will be replaced automatically.
Flux network of nodes worldwide is benchmarked for performance, meaning every node meets the enterprise-grade requirement. However, since these nodes are classified into different tiers (Cumulus, Nimbus, Stratus), the Flux geolocation feature lets you know which tier of nodes will power your application in the selected region.
Why is this important?
Each tier of FluxNodes offers different capabilities, and depending on the needs of your applications, you may prefer to have one tier over the other.
Therefore, when you select a location to spawn your application, the Flux Geolocation 2.0 feature alerts you of the tier of nodes available in your selected location. While this does not rule out the availability of other tier nodes in the region, Flux decides which tier provides the most robust performance suited to the region according to your application needs.
Why would you want your application to be deployed on a node closest to your users/customers in the first place? Why not just deploy your application globally and hope everyone can access it?
Two words; Time lag.
Latency is the delay interval between your client request and the cloud server response. The closer your users are to the nodes ‘supplying’ their resources, the faster their user experience. The additional milliseconds it takes for your application to fetch resources when you are using a node far from your customer location might cost you more than you can imagine. Reduced latency is critical, especially for interactive online applications like gaming, because it directly impacts users’ experience and revenue.
The Flux geolocation feature allows you to increase the accessibility of your application in geographical locations where your users are concentrated. In-built horizontal scaling and redundancy also mean you can choose to add more nodes as your users’ needs increase and your application uptime remains optimal.
Optimizing Request Routing:
Another advantage that the new geolocation feature will confer on business and application runnings on Flux cloud infrastructure is the efficient redistribution of resources. Now, you can choose to provide more computing resources to areas with a large number of users while redirecting resources from locations with fewer users. Scaling applications is now a more fine-tuned and cost-effective operation. Client requests to the applications can be easily routed to the nearest node without giving room for downtime.
This ensures organizations can get more value for their money and effectively track their spending budget.
Geolocation 2.0 allows you to meet your applications’ necessary data regulatory requirements. Different countries all around the world have their unique laws that deal with the transfer of data. In cases where restrictions stipulate data cannot leave the country (for example, in the United States), you can keep the data within the designated region with the new Flux feature. Your application data runs on the Flux network of nodes in the country or region you specify, thus enabling you to meet the regulatory requirements.
While the Flux geolocation feature is currently in the beta phase, in the future, we might be looking at new implementations that will leverage geolocation data to optimize scalability and increase accessibility, data recovery, negation, plus a host of other functionalities.
The feature also includes additional contact fields that allow application owners to specify how they can be directly contacted (public emails). This is necessary so they can keep in touch with the necessary renewals, upgrades, updates, and other information as regards their application.
Flux Cloud infrastructure enables business owners and founders to get their applications up and running in the least time possible. Our fast, highly scalable computational network of nodes is decentralized both in geography and organization, allowing businesses to maintain optimal uptimes and accessibility.
Now, you can enjoy an enterprise-grade level of performance and seamless interoperability with other blockchains, all in an affordable pricing plan.
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