When the Bitcoin protocol was first introduced, the first and only method to get some bitcoins was to mine them, using your own computer, as the mining difficulty was very low. Then, Bitcoin mining difficulty grew, and people started using GPUs, and then FPGAs & ASICs to mine.
People started to gather into mining pools, to have more chance together to mine some bitcoins. However, and while mining pools still exists and are going strong, it’s not the ideal situation. You still need to own your own hardware, pay the electricity bill and try to sell the hardware again when your mining efficiency starts to go down.
Cloud mining proposes to solve all these problems, by allowing people to buy Bitcoin mining power from some piece of dedicated hardware that is hosted remotely. Is it a good investment vector? That’s what we are going to see in this article.