MasterNode Cloud Hosting and VPS Services
Cryptocurrency investors have recently really started taking to coins that offer masternodes for various reasons, such as that they produce an additional income beyond the rise of the value of the coin itself, gaining interest while continually “minting” new coins for the owner of the node.
By staking a certain amount of coins, usually between 1000 and 50000 in the node, the owner becomes part of a community with a shared desire to maintain the network and the value of the coin. These nodes actually do work, in that they validate, secure, and grow the blockchain for the coin, and so these minted coins are payment for that.
In order to operate a masternode, you can run it on your home computer, or put your node(s) in the cloud with a VPS service.
List of VPS Hosting Services
These are standard VPS services that others have been using for their masternodes hosting. Expect customer support at these companies to know absolutely nothing about masternodes. You’ll need to get help from the Slack groups for each coin, or hack through it yourself.
Currently the BEST and CHEAPEST option:
Time4VPS – https://www.time4vps.eu – Plans starting at $1.75/month. Max 15 IPs per service. 9.99EUR ($11.65) one time charge per additional IPV4 address. Other services charge $2/mo or more for the IPs, which is $24 for a year. So at only $11.65 one time charge for the IP it’s a huge savings. Plus, the monthly rate is low and you can put many masternodes on a single service by cloning them.
AWS Amazon EC2 – https://aws.amazon.com/free – Free for first year for One Instance (t2.micro) – $3.60 per extra IP. Up to 5 IPs per Instance but can apply for more. Because it’s free, it’s a great way to start for someone who wants to try to set up their first masternode.
Digital Ocean – https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing – Single IP ONLY. No multiple IP service.
Google – https://cloud.google.com/pricing – $37/mo+ – Too expensive
Hosting4Geeks – https://host4geeks.com/unmanaged-vps#ded-plan – $3.95/mo – 20+ Static IPs Available for $2/IP per month. 251 IPs available for $300/mo in /24 block
Upcloud – https://www.upcloud.com/pricing – Only one static IP per account allowed
Vultr – https://www.vultr.com/pricing – $2.50-$5/month –
Can add up to 2 additional IPs. $2/month for each extra IP. Vultr has been popular with masternodes and there’s some good information on the internet for how to set it up, especially with CHC (ChainCoin)
List of Masternode Cloud Hosting Services
The following companies specifically host masternodes and understand better how they operate. Expect this list to grow as the whole category is extremely new.
MP-Hosting – http://www.mp-hosting.co.uk/cart.php?gid=5 – $2.95/month for masternode service such as ARC (Arctic Coin), PIVX, etc.
Nodeshare – http://nodeshare.in – $8 per month ($96/yr) per masternode. They will install, manage, and offer support for you, making it the easiest solution for beginners. They offer MN setup for various coins such as ARC, EXCL, INSN, NTRN, and SYNX