first of all, please excuse my English, since I am not a native speaker.
I already did the introduction to our new pool today in the German channel and now I would like to present it here to the international community.
We discovered Cardano (ADA) in 2017. From this moment on, we were fascinated of the project and the team developing it. We possess a professional technical background ourselves and participated in early ITN from time to time (jormungandr). Now we decided to support the decentralization with our own stake pool, which I would like to introduce to you.
Name: Cardano Stake Pool Germany
Pool ID: 599b872f42ab78df0429d1aebfe2d0a81676e50ba23097a532912b46
Stakepool Fee: 2% (until November 1st only 0% - as promo)
Pledge: 250.000 ADA
We firmly believe that it is advantageous for decentralization to have as many different pool operators as possible and not just a few that run in total many dozen pools. Because of this we decided to only run 1 pool with our pledge instead of splitting it up on 2 or even 10 pools.
For our relays we are utilizing cloud servers from Amazon as well as from a second provider. This is ensuring the required redundancy in case one provider is experiencing issues.
The block producer itself is running on our own hardware, protected by a commercial grade firewall. The only connection to the outside world is to our relays. It’s currently running on a server equipped with Intel Xeon cpu, 4 cores, 8 GB ECC DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of disc space.
The pool will be donating a part of its net income for charity projects. We will be presenting those projects on our website (see projects). As a first (smaller) project we are considering to sponsor a child of SOS Kinderdorf. Since Cardano is aiming to provide economic identity to the billions of people that do not have one today, it makes sense for us to support children getting food, education etc. everything they need to become financially independent one day. We already asked SOS Kinderdorf for their feedback.
Our servers managed the epoch transition (213 -> 214) yesterday very smoothly. This makes us confident to open up the pool for all delegators today.
Here is a grafana screenshot of the last 24 hours:
So the pool should be fit for the task to produce blocks due to the best of our knowledge. We would very much appreciate new delegations since compared to the big pools we do have too little live stake now of course.
Thanks for your time and support!