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Totally agree - and bandwidth rates on cloud are crazy expensive [1]. The more common use-case for Supernodes are on colocated servers where you have excess capacity already - or for when you need to just deploy additional capacity for a moment (Black Friday etc), or when you have private links that are uncorrelated to the common CDN backbones (e.g. areas in Asia and Africa)[2]. If setting up Geo DNS with healthchecks is a bit much to get going - this is a self bootstrapping option that doesn't require other changes. That being said we run Geo DNS as well :)

[1] https://blog.edgemesh.com/its-time-to-change-the-web-and-sto... [2] https://blog.edgemesh.com/understanding-diversification-netw...

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