Through the novel use of hardware security modules in conjunction with a communication module, a collaboration between Bluzelle and Equinix will significantly reduce the barriers preventing the equal distribution of opportunities for potential proof-of-stake (PoS) node validators.
Lower Cloud Hosting Barriers Transform The Validator Landscape
The gradual transition to proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithms has tackled some of the most urgent problems facing greater blockchain adoption, like scalability and energy consumption. Despite these enormous benefits over the more traditional proof-of-work (PoW) blockchains, staking accessibility has been a high hurdle for prospective node validators.
For an industry bent on leveling the playing field for all stakeholders and participants, the costs for running a validator node are notoriously high due to the accompanying hosting and security requirements. These costs involve running a robust and highly performant private infrastructure, which precludes most individuals from participating.
Accordingly, only companies with the capital to finance private hosting infrastructure and enterprise-grade security protocols can participate in staking, effectively denying access to small and medium-sized validators.
Concurrently, even though cloud hosting architecture is super accessible for ordinary individuals and can effectively match private server infrastructure in terms of speed, performance, and uptime, securing information in a cloud network has proven to be a formidable
With the latest hardware security module (HSM) solution delivered for cloud environments, the infrastructure stranglehold on validator nodes can no longer prevail.
Migrating Into The Cloud Hosting Environment
One of the primary reasons why node validators do not work on cloud infrastructure is security conditions that could expose a validator’s private keys. Validator nodes must be highly performant to maintain the…