The internet transformed how enterprises do business. That’s something which is pretty clear in today’s day and age.
It is as easy now as for enterprises to acquire a customer from across the street as it is for them to acquire one from across the Pacific ocean. Employees no longer have to be tied to their desks but instead can access and complete their work from anywhere around the world. Finally, businesses have the ability to connect with millions of customers simultaneously. This is because the internet has become a pillar that supports every aspect of the business.
However, what most people do not realize is that the foundation of the internet in old and outdated. The design of Ethernet, which is the base layer of the internet used to transmit information, has not really changed much in the last 30 years. Of course, there have been improvements in terms of bandwidth, but several limitations that lie at its core technology, have not been solved yet.
Ethernet’s way of transporting information (which relies on hardware) is non-programmable and unencrypted. This causes enterprises that are using this technology to constantly play expensive catch up when adapting their networks to the changing business. It also protects them from the constant threat of attackers. All the applications, cloud services, and networks we use and rely on every day continue to get built on this fragile foundation that is insecure, difficult to manage, and centrally controlled.
But now through the use of blockchain, projects like Marconi, these are giving the internet a much-needed renovation in the areas of Infrastructure Scalability, Security and Privacy.
Our world is running on hyperspeed and to survive, enterprises need to adapt quickly and efficiently. Whether that is preparing for a sudden growth, connecting a new office, or installing new software to optimize existing processes, enterprises are constantly slammed with the headache of trying to maintain, customize and scale their infrastructure to the endlessly changing business landscape.
The core network infrastructure in most companies is mostly made up of hardware which makes it incredibly hard to adapt even in seemingly harmless situations of businesses implementing a minor change in their processes or growing a little bit above their expected growth.
Of course, enterprises are evolving and embracing practices like implementing cloud or multi-cloud strategy but this comes with its own issues as well. Platforms in the cloud often cannot see each other let alone communicate. This leads to siloed platforms that are a nightmare for enterprises to maintain a unified standard for best practices or guarantee the integrity of information.
Marconi aims to make infrastructure flexible. By implementing a virtual network overlay, it adds flexibility to both local and cloud-based commodity hardware, enhancing the ability to be connected, managed, and scaled. Instead of being bogged down with reconfiguring inflexible hardware appliances, enterprises can now quickly adjust their network infrastructure according to the changing requirements of the enterprise. Also by operating at a very low level in the network stack, it creates a unified base that connects different platforms which previously had individual rules and processes. Using the protocol, different platforms can now communicate seamlessly regardless of whether they’re a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud.
Security & Privacy
The Internet has changed. When it was originally designed, the sole focus was on connectivity. Enterprises weren’t facing constant threats such as hackers trying to monitor or steal proprietary information because the world wasn’t connected like it is now.
Now the internet is a warzone bombarded with new cases of enterprises leaking personal data, losing money and botching operations. This can often lead to not only a loss in revenue but more critically damages such as loss in consumer trust which can often be irreparable.
Despite all this, the underlying technology that most network related platforms are built upon, is still the outdated technology that neglects the new danger that lurks our online world today. The information still flows in exposed raw network packets, allowing attackers to not only monitor but easily insert malicious data to hack the system. People have tried to apply bandages to this issue via SSL/TLS, but this only addresses part of the problem and is only available from websites which have gone to the trouble of enabling them. Therefore a vast amount of user traffic remains unprotected, without anyone realizing it. And while companies try to protect themselves with firewalls and VPNs, this quickly becomes expensive and time-consuming to manage.
Marconi aims to tackle this problem at its core. The protocol has built in a mutating encryption scheme to provide security and privacy by default. In contrast to the existing network setup where a VPN or firewall will need to be constantly configured and maintained, the protocol doesn’t require anything to be added to secure the network. Marconi works as an overlay on top of existing infrastructure so organizations can still use the same hardware and infrastructure as before, but with a new and improved foundation for the internet.
Another security benefit is that Marconi can protect user privacy by hiding user IP addresses. This is accomplished through Marconi’s decentralized routing protocol which sends user traffic through multiple hops before reaching its final destination so that the original sender cannot be identified. Companies that deal with sensitive information like financial or health data can now ensure that their network activity isn’t easily tracked or targeted for attack.
The online world we live in now is vastly different from the world 30 years ago when the internet first came out. The hyper-connectivity of today’s world demands enterprises and businesses be globally connected and scaled at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, the 30-year-old foundation which everything is built upon is becoming more obsolete by the day and is leading to additional costs, headaches and security concerns for every platform that it is built upon. By utilizing blockchain technology, solutions like Marconi aim to improve the foundation of the internet so that businesses can grow on top of it for another 30 years to come.