Operation costs
Although technical requirements are not mandatory, it's highly recommended that your infrastructure meets at least the minimum requirements detailed below. In fact, if your Delegate profile makes it into the block producers pool but is not ready or not powerful enough, it will be penalized by the network for 6 blockchain epochs and you will not earn the respective block rewards.

Hardware specifications

RAM
STORAGE
CPU
Network
8 GB
100 GB (local SSD)
2 Cores, 2.4 Ghz, 64 bit
100 Mb/s

Software specifications

OS
Compilers
Tools
Software
Debian Stretch Linux
Go-Lang > 1.11.5
Monitoring & Alerting
Docker

Estimated hardware costs

The estimated hardware costs for one server is 600$/year (appr.)(*)
IoTeX Delegates may use their own HW or a Cloud provider. The estimated hardware costs for one server is 600$/year (appr.)(*)
(*) based on an AWS T3.Large + EBS gp2 storage configuration

Operations

  • 99.99% server uptime
  • Failover and data backup across geolocations
  • Preventive measures for security
  • Support periodic node software updates

Redundancy

One main server and one (or more) backup server, all running behind a firewall, is the suggested configuration to provide continuous operation of your node. This is especially convenient when upgrading your node software.