This post is about what motivates us to work on this project – our vision of a free and open cloud: what it is, how we can build it, and how it can help create a better Internet.
Practically every time you visit a website or use an app on your phone you are using services running in the cloud. We depend on them to communicate, to learn about the world, to get a job. We’ve come to accept that means entrusting our data and privacy with these opaque, proprietary services. And in turn the overwhelming majority of those services depend on just a handful of cloud providers. (In 2022, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft alone accounted for over 66% of the $217 billion cloud provider marketplace.)
What if we could build cloud applications that were transparent, democratically governed, and independent of the whims of corporations?