Is it really that useful?
This way I see more providers to come, including myself.
If someone is running a validator he should be somehow connected to akash and should also show that he is serious with being an akash provider.
I don’t think this is the idea of the Akash Network.
I believe it’s the AirBnb of the cloud providers where everyone can make the use of his HW sitting around.
Buying/renting good HW cost money anyway.
Couldn’t even unserious providers flood the ‘marketplace’ with bids since the entry barrier is much lower?
If that would be a protection, then we would have to keep increasing the barrier as the malicious actors get richer.
(Personal opinion on that: The malicious actors would likely be the competitors with heavy money bags anyway)
That sounds like security by obscurity to me which can’t be sustained.
The best thing would be to give this decision in the hands of the clients where they can leverage signedBy attribute in their deployments as @colin.lowenberg mentioned.
Serious clients will definitely leverage this as they will naturally build the trust for the group of providers they see perform the best.
Serious providers are going to build their trust with time by providing good service. As well as the providers web page / video/forum/chat support channels / etc.
(Hey, isn’t this getting into some sort of a Proof-of-Good-Service - PoGS? Imagine having this sort of Automated Autonomous Providers Rating System - AAPRS from 0 to 5 stars just like the Hotels have, but based on the QoS of the provider measured by the Akash agent container running on the Provider or just by Akash provider SW itself as it has the K8s access anyway as well as the ability to write (report) into the blockchain itself (though, that might be insecure and this should rather be monitored by a trusted 3rd party or let be ranked by AKT holders)? Might be worthy of opening a feature request discussion topic, WDYT @colin.lowenberg ? )
Akash providers actually have the ability to set
--bid-deposit to any higher value than
BidMinDeposit they want.
I guess the clients can filter the providers based on that.