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Server Program

Get access to validator-ready servers with month-to-month contracts from some of the world’s top data center providers. This optional program gives decentralized system operators access to hardware usually reserved for larger organizations.

About this program

Good servers are a key component of a network’s operations. However, getting access to new servers can sometimes be difficult for individuals. For that reason, the Solana Foundation has advocated on behalf of the Solana validator community with several data centers providers across the world in order to offer servers to the Solana ecosystem for lease with flexible, month-to-month contracts.

This optional program is designed to foster sustainable growth in the validator and RPC community, and further decentralize the Solana network.

How does the process work?

1

Sign up for the program using the “Sign up here” button above. Individuals will be prompted to complete the KYC (“Know Your Customer”) process at this point. The KYC process is necessary to participate in the program.

2

Eligible individuals will then receive a welcome email and Server Program Agreement (SPA) which will be sent to the email provided.

3

Once the SPA is signed, individuals will be connected with one of the participating data center providers in order to get access to the server(s).

Be sure to use the same email you provided during the KYC process as the providers will use this information to confirm individuals are eligible to participate.

FAQ

If I sign the Server Program agreement with the Foundation am I required to lease a server from a data center?

No. Signing the Server Program Agreement does not obligate you to lease a server from a data center.

What is the pricing for these servers?

Exact server pricing can be obtained directly from the applicable Data Center provider after signing up for the program.

Who are the Data Center partners?

The Solana Foundation has engaged with Edgevana, Equinix, Lumen, and Stackpath, and will be announcing other data center providers later this year as they come online.

What are the server specs?

All servers have been spec’d to meet the needs of the network with a long term view. These specs should be sufficient for both RPC and Validator nodes.

Equinix – w3amd.75xx24c.256.8160.x86
CPU
1 x AMD EPYC 7502P
Cores
24 cores @ 3.0 GHz
Boot
2 x 240 GB SSD
Storage
2 x 240 GB SDD + 2 x 3.8 TB NVMe
Memory
256 GB
Network
2 x 25 Gbps 64T bundled
Equinix – w3amd.7402p.256.8160.x86
CPU
1 x AMD EPYC 7402P
Cores
24 cores @ 2.8 GHz
Boot
2 x 240 GB SSD
Storage
2 x 3.84 TB NVMe
Memory
256 GB
Network
2 x 10 Gbps 64T bundled
Lumen – Solana Custom spec 1.0
CPU
Intel with AVX-512F & SHA-NI instruction sets
Cores
32 cores @ 2.9 GHz
Boot
1 x 480 GB SDD
Storage
2 x 1 TB NVMe
Memory
256 GB
Network
2 x 10 Gbps unlimited bundled
StackPath – Solana spec (coming soon)
CPU
AMD EPYC
Cores
32 cores @ 3.2 GHz
Storage
1920 GB NVMe
Memory
256 GB
Network
4 x 25 Gbps (shared with every 3 instances) with 200Mbit/sec of bundled transfer (95th percentile measured)
Edgevana – Option 1 (coming soon)
CPU
AMD Milan 7413 EPYC
Cores
24 cores @ 2.65 GHz
Boot
1 x 480 GB SSD
Storage
1 TB NVMe + 2 TB NVMe
Memory
256 GB
Network
30 Mbps bandwidth commit on 1 Gbps uplink per server
Security
DDOS Protection Included on all servers
Edgevana – Option 2 (coming soon)
CPU
AMD 7313 EPYC
Cores
16 cores @ 3.0 GHz
Boot
1 x 480 GB SSD
Storage
1 TB NVMe + 2 TB NVMe
Memory
256 GB
Network
30 Mbps bandwidth commit on 1 Gbps uplink per server
Security
DDOS Protection Included on all servers

How long does it take to sign up and get access?

Start-to-finish the process should only take a few days, though it can get done in as little as one day. The Foundation has tried to make it as simple as possible to help individuals get access to infrastructure in a timely manner.

Are there commitments?

This special infrastructure and pricing is only available with a minimum commitment of one month.

Is there a limit for how many machines I can request?

The Solana Foundation is limiting this program to two servers per validator.

How does billing & invoicing work?

When you sign up with a participating data center you will enter your credit card information and be billed monthly by them directly.

Does the Solana Foundation profit from the sales of hardware by partners in this program?

No. The Solana Foundation has committed to enabling this program through a bulk purchasing agreement. The Foundation does not receive kickbacks or profit sharing with third party data centers in any way. The Solana Foundation is a non-profit on a mission to help build the most censorship resistant network possible.

What about security? What am I responsible for?

You’re responsible for the ongoing maintenance and security of the servers you deploy with the Data Center partners. This includes securing each server, and responding to any exploits, abuses, or other behaviors that are prohibited under the Data Center partners MSA. You are also responsible for any terms and conditions required by the third party data centers.

What happens if my hardware has a problem?

Hardware can fail over time. If you detect a failure, please contact the service provider’s support to arrange for a new machine.

**All participants in the Server Program are subject to the terms and conditions of the Server Program Agreement as well as the terms and conditions required by any data center participant in the program.