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Hi Everyone,

We’re excited to announce that we have upgraded the block producing node hardware. The block producing node is fundamental to producing blocks, getting you rewards, so no down time should be allowed. This is why it deserves an overkill on the set up, which will allow it to be future proof!

Here are the minimum requirements:

1. Minimum Stake Pool Hardware Requirements
  • Operating system: 64-bit Linux (i.e. Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS)
  • Processor: An Intel or AMD x86 processor with two or more cores, at 2GHz or faster
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM
  • Storage: 20GB of free storage
  • Internet: Broadband internet connection with speeds at least 10 Mbps.
  • Data Plan: at least 1GB per hour. 720GB per month.
  • Power: Reliable electrical power
  • ADA balance: at least 505 ADA for pool deposit and transaction fees
​2. Recommended Future-proof Stake Pool Hardware Setup
  • Operating system: 64-bit Linux (i.e. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
  • Processor: 4 core or higher CPU
  • Memory: 8GB+ of RAM
  • Storage: 256GB+ SSD
  • Internet: Broadband internet connections with speeds at least 100 Mbps
  • Data Plan: Unlimited
  • Power: Reliable electrical power with UPS

https://iohk.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/900001208966-Stake-Pool-Minimum-System-Requirements

https://www.coincashew.com/coins/overview-ada/guide-how-to-build-a-haskell-stakepool-node

3. NOW… here is our brand new server set up in comparison

  • Operating system: 64-bit Linux (i.e. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS)
  • Processor: Intel Xeon E-2174G 3.8GHz 4C/8T
  • Memory: 32GB+ of RAM (Upgradable to 128GB)
  • Storage: 1TB+ SSD (Hardware RAID1)
  • Internet: Broadband internet connections with 1GB/s speed
  • Data Plan: Unlimited
  • Power: Reliable electrical power with UPS

To summarize this for you, this is a kick ass server with an awesome server-grade processor and has a great deal of memory (which is further expandable). The 1TB SSD drives are fast and the large capacity, provides future-proof room for storing the increasing database size. And… did we mention it is running on RAID1 via a hardware controller? What this means is that there are 2 identical SSD drives that mirror each other and essentially serve as a redundant backup, in case 1 drive dies the other one will still work. To replace the dead drive is plug and play. Our internet speed is on a dedicated static IP, which is important, as you don’t want the IP to change, which will cause downtime, as you must reconfigure all the networking configurations. Our speed is 1GB/s (10X the recommended) and we have unlimited bandwidth. Finally, there is a backup electrical supply via UPS, in case of an electrical outage. 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels

https://www.dataplugs.com/en/software-raid-vs-hardware-raid-advantages-disadvantages/