Sentinel and StrongBlock Partner to Increase dVPN Availability and Utility
Blockchain entrepreneur Roger Ver shares support of growing decentralized VPN network
Sentinel, a powerful protocol that enables the development of third-party and white-label decentralized Virtual Private Network (dVPN) services, is excited to announce its partnership and integration with StrongBlock, the leading Nodes-as-a-Service (NaaS) provider.
StrongBlock deploys and operates full blockchain nodes for new users to improve overall blockchain uptime and availability, rewarding them with native protocol tokens called STRONG. This collaboration sets the stage for Sentinel’s dVPN to expand in scope and utility, in addition to creating new use cases for the underlying network.
Together, Sentinel and StrongBlock will provide a truly decentralized VPN that exceeds the currently limited performance and user experience of centralized competitors such as NordVPN, TunnelBear, Mullvad, and ExpressVPN, which all suffer from single points of failure as a result of their centralized design.
Sentinel and StrongBlock Combine Forces for Greater dVPN Node Availability
Sentinel, a one-of-a-kind network layer that allows the development of third-party and white-label decentralized…
“Working with StrongBlock will strengthen the Sentinel network by increasing its bandwidth and reliability for dVPN users seeking security and decentralization,” said Srinivas Baride, CTO of Exidio, a core contributor to the Sentinel network. “StrongBlock allocates resources through more than 5,800 operators running 23,000+ nodes. The Sentinel network, which has more than 300,000 global dVPN users, will be significantly enhanced by the addition of these node operators, extending user bandwidth far beyond current capacity.”
Deploying nodes on behalf of Sentinel strengthens StrongBlock’s long-term strategy of building up the node ecosystem across blockchain protocols, while generating value for node operators within its own ecosystem. “It’s the STRONG node army at work,” said David Moss, StrongBlock CEO. “StrongBlock’s click-and-go process will allow anyone to provide a dVPN node to the Sentinel network and earn passive income.”
Proof-of-Work (PoW) miners are typically rewarded with native tokens like BTC or ETH for mining, while nodes record transactions without receiving any rewards. Now, node operators will be rewarded with $DVPN tokens to incentivize network health, uptime, and availability while running dVPN nodes via StrongBlock.
Both StrongBlock and bitcoin.com will be operating validator nodes on the Sentinel network in partnership with Pangea Blockchain Fund, backed by renowned blockchain entrepreneur Roger Ver, and the new Pangea Research project.
Highlighting why the decentralized VPN ecosystem is important, Ver said, “You can’t have just one single VPN company that can be compromised at any time, or leak all the customer data, or have all sorts of bad things happen. The more holes we can poke in the Great Firewall of China and every other piece of censorship on the internet, the better the world is for everybody. So I’m really excited about these decentralized VPN protocols enabling people to communicate more freely without any permission or being spied upon.”
“It’s a really big deal to be able to give people all over the world access to information without it being censored from them. I support any technology that empowers individuals to have more control over their own lives and access to more information,” Ver added.
The integration with Sentinel and StrongBlock will incentivize provably private node operators to share dVPN bandwidth across more and more nodes, empowering new, highly available Web3 applications to be built on top of the Sentinel network.
Sentinel, a decentralized VPN protocol, is built on Cosmos SDK-based architecture. Differing from centralized VPN companies that have been proven to log user data, Sentinel is an open-source, encrypted, peer-to-peer bandwidth marketplace accessible to anyone. Users can connect to any of the provably secure dVPN applications built on the Sentinel network. Individuals can also earn passive income by offering bandwidth to the marketplace. Live network statistics can be found at https://stats.sentinel.co.
StrongBlock, led by blockchain and enterprise software veterans CEO David Moss, CTO Brian Abramson, and CPO Corey Lederer, is the first and only cross-chain protocol to reward nodes for supporting their blockchain infrastructure.
The STRONG protocol and node reward mechanism, integrated with NFTFi tokens, lays the foundation for stronger, more secure, and economically sound blockchain networks.
STRONG enables decentralized governance of its community DeFi protocol. STRONG is not a fundraising device or investment opportunity.