April 20, 2022, 3:02PM EDT
• 10 min read

A look at blockchains as a service

Quick Take

  • As blockchains see increased adoption, there are more and more unique requirements from applications 
  • General-purpose blockchains have great utility but they often face trade-offs when it comes to optimizing for a specific application
  • Application-specific blockchains can circumvent this by allowing the deployers to have greater control over what a specific blockchain optimizes for
  • Numerous solutions have sprung up to target this problem, for example, Polkadot and Kusama parachains, Avalanche subnets, and now, Cosmos’ Sagan
  • While these solutions typically trade-off decentralization for customizability, the interest in them indicates that they are likely to be integral for the future of blockchains

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