Messari: Ethereum decentralization faces great risk, as Amazon hosts 52% of all nodes in data centers
The decentralization of Ethereum and Solana is not what it seems to be, according to Messari’s report.
Messari published a report that time that out of 65% of Ethereum nodes that are located in centralized data centers, two-thirds come from three major data providers of web services.
The Hetzner, OVH and Amazon Web Services data centers host 69% of all nodes. In addition, the combined share of Amazon is 53.7%.
Messari wrote about this on Twitter:
“Crypto needs to be decentralized. Three major cloud providers are responsible for 69% of the 65% of @Ethereum nodes hosted in data centers.
Of the estimated 95% of @Solana nodes hosted in data centers, 72% are hosted by the same cloud providers as @Ethereum.”
According to the report, about 95% of all Solana nodes are hosted in data centers. Interestingly, 72% of them are also hosted by the three mentioned above. However, Solana node operators seem to prefer Hetzner, since 42% of all Solana nodes are located there. Amazon Web Services, on the other hand, hosts less than 3%.
The report raises the question of whether Amazon could manipulate Ethereum given the high concentration of hosted nodes. It would also be interesting to see if Amazon would be able to shut down most applications running on Ethereum.
It is worth noting that it is a very good time to publish such breakdowns, since Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, launched a verbal attack on XRP. He said that XRP lost their right to protection without explaining who should protect them.
If Ethereum itself has such a right to protection, then Ethereum enthusiasts do not need to worry about a seemingly excessive concentration of nodes among web service providers.