The combination of a blockchain-like distributed network, along with the ability to locate data at the edge will massively speed up future networks, such as those used by the internet of things (IoT), claims\u00a0Bluzelle in announcing what is says is the first decentralized data delivery network (DDN).\nDistributed DDNs will be like content delivery networks (CDNs) that now cache content around the world to speed up the web, but in this case, it will be for data, the Singapore-based company explains. Distributed key-value (blockchain) networks and edge computing built into Bluzelle's system will provide significantly faster delivery than existing caching, the company claims in a press release announcing its product.\n\u201cThe future of data delivery can only ever be de-centrally distributed,\u201d says Pavel Bains, CEO and co-founder of Bluzelle. It\u2019s because the world requires instant access to data that\u2019s being created at the edge, he argues.\n\u201cBut delivery is hampered by existing technology,\u201d he says.\n\nBluzelle says decentralized caching is the logical next step to generalized data caching, used for reducing latency. \u201cDecentralized caching expands the theory of caching,\u201d the company writes in a report (Dropbox pdf) on its website. It says the cache must be expanded from simply being located at one unique location.\n\u201cUsing a combination of distributed networks, the edge and the cloud, [it\u2019s] thereby increasing the transactional throughput of data,\u201d the company says.\nThis kind of thing is particularly important in consumer gaming now, where split-second responses from players around the world make or break a game experience, but it will likely be crucial for the IoT, higher-definition media, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality as they gain more of a role in digitization\u2014including at critical enterprise applications.\n\u201cCurrently applications are limited to data caching technologies that require complex configuration and management of 10-plus-year-old technology constrained to a few data centers,\u201d Bains says.\u00a0\u201cThese were not designed to handle the ever-increasing volumes of data.\u201d\nBains says one of the key selling points of Bluzelle's\u00a0network is that developers should be able to implement and run networks without having to also physically expand the networks manually.\n\u201cSoftware developers don\u2019t want to react to where their customers come from. Our architecture is designed to always have the data right where the customer is. This provides a superior consumer experience,\u201d he says.\nData caches are around now, but Bluzelle claims its system, written in C++ and available on Linux and Docker containers, among other platforms, is faster than others. It further says that if its system and a more traditional cache would connect to the same MySQL database in Virginia, say, their users will get the data three to 16 times faster than a traditional \u201cnon-edge-caching\u201d network. Write updates to all Bluzelle nodes around the world takes 875 milliseconds (ms), it says.\nThe company has been concentrating its efforts on gaming, and with a test setup in Virginia, it says it was able to deliver data 33 times faster\u2014at 22ms to Singapore\u2014than a normal, cloud-based data cache. That traditional cache (located near the database) took 727ms in the Bluzelle-published test. In a test to Ireland, it claims 16ms over 223ms using a traditional cache.\nAn algorithm is partly the reason for the gains, the company explains. It \u201callows the nodes to make decisions and take actions without the need for masternodes,\u201d the company says. Masternodes are the server-like parts of blockchain systems.