Despite the definitely higher costs, we decided to run the stake pools on high-end dedicated servers hosted in 2 different state-of-the-art datacenters in Europe: this ensures that we can guarantee high availability to reach 100% uptime.
Here the full servers specifications:
Intel Xeon-D 2141I – 8 core / 16 thread – 2.2 GHz / 3 GHz
64GB DDR4 ECC 2666MHz
Full SSD storage in RAID1 (2 x 480 GB) + 2 x 4 tb HD
Private LAN for maximum security communication between our Core Nodes and Relays
Guaranteed 1 Gbps low-latency fiber connection for high speed connectivity and lowest latency
We’re currently running 2 dedicated servers (one for the core nodes and another for the relays), hosted in 2 different datacenters in Europe but still within about 2 ms lag time to ensure the fastest block propagation. Also, our Core Nodes are connected to the Relay Nodes with a private LAN and not through normal internet to ensure maximum security and fastest block propagation.
Beside the 2 european relays, we’re currently running another relay in USA (NY area) on a different provider, and we’ll add another one soon located in Asia, probably Singapore.
Our servers run Proxmox VE Hypervisor, a Debian based virtualization platform that allows us to quickly deploy and use virtual machines and LXC containers. The servers are also clustered, so we can also migrate VMs from a server to another in case of need.
With this setup we can take system snapshots before every update and be sure to go back in case of any problem. If needed we can also spin up a new server , upload the snapshot and deploy a new node in just few minutes!
We also have a separate backup space where we regularly backup the VM snapshots, so in case of any problems we can be back in game in few minutes!
We’re of course big believers in Cardano’s philosophy and principles, that’s why we’re here today! We strongly believe that the crypto world needs higher standards and we think that Cardano is the project that will set the future standards for all the entire space.
Beside that, our main focus at RIOT Pools is privacy and security. In future, we plan to post contents about Internet security with tips and suggestions.
If we’ll manage to attract enough stake, we’ll also start with regular donations to organizations like EFF or The TOR Project that support digital privacy, freedom of speech and fight tracking and surveillance.
We think that’s a great way to contribute to our freedom while at the same time enjoying stake rewards!