Shadow Protocol : The project providing RPC infra to Solana

Genesys Go presides over Shadow Protocol, an infrastructure provider of RPC and Validator services on the Solana network. RPC servers are essentially the anchor of the Solana blockchain, they control the traffic of the Solana validator network and every project operating on Solana uses them. Solana’s throughput requires bulky RPC servers to handle transactions and the current options aren’t viable long-term storage solutions.

## Shadow RPC

The Shadow Protocol is looking to provide the answer to Solana’s intensive RPC requirements with their decentralized, censorship-resistant RPC network that features:

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* Unlimited requests per second
* Unlimited data
* Global DNS load balancing for the lowest latency
* A network of 300+ bare metal servers

## Shadow Drive

In line with Solana’s needs for bulky RPC servers to handle its throughput, Solana also requires a storage solution optimized to maintain the integrity of the consensus reached by the Solana validator network, when storing data.

There’s a growing need for devs to gain full access to a copy of the Solana historical ledger and broad “Account State” –detailed view of every account. Currently, the Solana historical ledger — the history of confirmed transactions– is expanding at 6TB per month.

Data is stored on the Solana network in one of four ways:

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* Validators and RPCs (temporarily store about a week of ledger history)
* Google big table storage (not censorship resistant, highy centralized, and does not maintain the integrity of the consensus.)
* ArWeave (Does not have required throughput. Costly overtime)
* IPFS (Large amounts of data are becoming costly)

The Shadow Drive is designed to maintain the “integrity of Solana validator consensus” by integrating directly with the Solana validator network.

In other words, Shadow Drive is Genesys Go’s vehicle of efficiently providing access to the full state of all accounts that maintain the integrity of the consensus.

## Developer use

As an RPC network built to help the Solana network scale– intending to build into the Solana network instead of on top of it — the Shadow Network’s Shadow RPC and Shadow Drive products allow buildors to take advantage of their data and network infrastructure.

Dev’s can use the Shadow RPC to spin up instances of the Solana blockchain, and use the Shadow Drive to incorporate storage capabilities within their dApp.

Some of Solana’s top protcol’s are using The Shadow Protocol’s infrastructure to power their projects, including:

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* Raydium
* Grape Protocol
* Ratio Finance
* Drift Protocl
* Parrot
* Cypher Protocol
* Tulip Protocol

## How does it all work?

As impressive as a project Genesys GO is you might wonder how it works under the hood. The Shadow Protocol sustains their network through Shadow operators, and Shadow Nodes. A Shadow Operator is someone who contributes compute power through maintaining a Shadow Node — hardware server — in exchange for token rewards paid out in $SHDW. Shadow nodes aka RPC nodes store short term data and allow blockchains to communicate with other components of the machine. Operaters that want to set up a Shadow Node and earn $SHDW– Shadow Protocol’s utlity token– must stake $SHDW tokens.

Altogether, Shadow Operators can earn $SHDW rewards by providing $SHDW and lending hard drive space to the Shadow Drive, or compute power to the Shadow Network, or both. Investors can view the the demand for the Shadow Network as an indicator of demand for the $SHDW token.

## Shadow Drive – Consumer Use

Genesys GO built their storage solution, Shadow Drive, on two layers; the first layer being the one that maintains the “integrity of Solana’s validator consensus,” and the second layer being their consumer-level app for users in need of online–on-chain– storage. Users can carve out space in the Shadow Drive paid for by $SHDW.

Shadow Drive can be seen as the Web3 equivalent to Google Drive. As the premier decentralized storage solution, Shadow Drive allows users to subimt $SHDW to create a permanent dedicated storage unit. The accounting for storage lives on-chain via smart contract.

You can expect to pay $.009 to $.02 per GB ($10 to $23 per TB)– equivalent in $SHDW.

## Shadow Tweets

As another exmple of what’s possible with “Shadow” technology, Shadow Tweets powered by Shadow Storage, used Shadow Drive to create a dApp for saving your favorite tweets forever! A lot of the information distributed in the Crypto and Web3 community is siphured through twitter which prompts the need for a tool that allows users to properly index tweets.

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