I’ve been invested in ADA since 2017/18. I know linux, but have never been an admin or managed a server. I am building for the future and have decided I’d like to try my hand at Cardano Stake Pool Operation. I’ve bought an air-gap machine already… now the nodes…
I don’t want the noise of a server in my home and live in a place that has had power issues on occasion (1-3 epoch per year). So, for me I think it better to setup on datacenters with a Virtual Private Server. I am choosing non-Digital-Ocean; non-AWS hosting companies. I will use at least two for decentralization and plan on nodes in at least three geographic regions on at least two continents.
Now I am confronted with how to rent the VPS – managed or unmanaged? Here’s an image of the typical language I’ve seen on a few hosing sites… What do you think? Is SPO only an unmanaged type of situation? Thanks.
For the managed solution someone at your hoster has root access to the machine and, therefore, also to all the keys that are on there. Even if you follow the air-gap solution by the book that is still a risk.
Personally, if I would operate a stake pool (which I don’t), I would probably go with the cntools, but only after reading the scripts thoroughly enough to understand, what it is that they are doing (where cross-referencing with the Coincashew guide and maybe the “official” documentation might help).
I second Alex’s comments. Make sure you understand the economics of being a SPO. You’ll be paying a lot of hosting fees with VPS but if you aren’t minting blocks, you won’t have any ADA income. Just go in with your eyes wide open.
Hi sorry to be a buzz kill but before you go this route unless you have a couple hundred thousand ada to stake or know someone to stake that amount or have a large marketing budget i wouldnt start a pool. You kinda need to find a block every 2 weeks just to cover your costs for hosting. 100k ada staked means around 0.1 chance of a block per epoch. So 10 epochs to statistically to find 1 block or 50 days. Hopefully u can see the maths. U may be lucky and find 2 blocks straight away but overtime it will even out. So if u find 2 straight away u should then wait 20 epochs to find ur 3rd block. Dont want to put u off but u have to consider the costs and not angry when ur pool ends up costing you more than u hope to achieve. I love ada. Reality is b i t c h sometimes good luck man