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Stuff like sandstorm is a massive leap towards practical federation, but it came about 10 years late into the conversation. Not that it doesn't still hold great promise (I'm a huge fan, and 100% target demo), but that span of time has allowed us to see this same dynamic play out in enough software spaces that it's a sound observation and rationale for guiding your business or project.

When something like sandstorm can hide even the abstraction of server maintenance, and either: 1) Creating a service is background to account creation. Like say a private hosted sync point (choose your own host) is created when you install the application. 2) I can deploy via an account or "brand" I have established loyalty with, but maintain true portability.

These are new conversations, not possible before.

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