Solana What's Next For This Ethereum Competitor
By now there are many Ethereum Competitors and so called "killers" but not have come as close as Solana in offering up the highest market cap of them all.
Solana now holding a massive nearly 60 billion dollar market cap puts it the closest to really compete with Ethereum which market cap stands at half a trillion dollars. The next would be Cardano coming in at 50 billion dollar market cap.
Solana or (SOL) was one of the fastest growing cryptos of 2021 sparking a huge rally of 12,000% over the 11 month period.
What Solana Offers
Solana offers many core aspects that Ethereum does which is why we can do this side by side comparison. The biggest Soloana offers up smart contracts, these smart contracts are collections of code that carry instructions on the blockchain. They are critical for things such as DeFi and NFTs.
These are the two core aspects that are currently in high demand and currently being explored.
Where Solana Beats Ethereum
At its core Solana greatly beats Ethereum in terms of global scale in that it offers up tens of thousands of transactions per second while Ethereum can only support roughly 13 transactions per second.
*Just a side note here, who the hell when building Ethereum didn't think a low transaction per second was going to be an issue
This in turn of course offers up much lower fees and faster transactions. Of course MANY blockchains currently do this but their market caps really haven't moved. Basing your marketing and survivability on a lower transaction is not going to get you far for very long IMO.
Power costs is another one hitting the headlines as of late. Ethereum is yes power hungry but I still don't feel it's cause of alarm and they will be moving to a PoS modal here in the next year. This is going to maybe help with transaction fees but it's for sure going to help with power consumption of the blockchain.
The question for Solana next is how fast they can start rolling out applications and use cases for the chain. Their marketcap will help to bring in some developers and build but overall the network needs to grow rapidly in order for it to truly start to compete with Ethereum.
One of the most critical areas I feel Solana needs to gain a solid foothold in would be the NFT marketplace. Right now most people want it on Ethereum as the "value" in price is there over all of Ethereums Competitors and that speaks a lot when it comes to artwork and trading.
We are seeing Solana star entering more into spaces such as play 2 earn gaming but even that I feel more people are going to start building on top of other platforms such as Hive that offer no fees and just resources to run the project. To me it just doesn't make sense to charge the players to have resources and fees on every transaction and instead the company/game would be paying those fees. It feels like faster adoption of player base would happen this way and make more sense.
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