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?
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.
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.
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.