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Roger Sutton
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[Proposal]Node Forge providing easy node provisioning and hosting for the XDC community - Partnership Proposal

Proposal: Establish a partnership between Node Forge and the XDC Foundation to lower the technical barriers of being an XDC node operator. Mutual promotional marketing between Node Forge and XDC projects.
https://www.nodeforge.io

Quick Summary
Node Forge currently hosts over a dozen masternodes within the XDC ecosystem and has already helped lower the technical barriers of operating and maintaining node infrastructure for prospective XDC operators for the past couple years. Our hosting pricing for XDC masternodes is affordable and driven only by infrastructure costs and not on digital assets trends. Node Forge does not require any custody of assets. We provide guides and support for setup, and we handle all updates and maintenance of all node infrastructure.

Features and Ecosystem Benefits
Node Forge is a multi-cloud blockchain infrastructure and node hosting platform. We make deploying, scaling, and managing node-based systems effortless, with simple setup workflows, automated maintenance, and monitoring tools.

  • Node Forge is a frontend platform for the wide network of nodes we provision, maintain and monitor. We offer an intuitive web-based solution for XDC operators which simplifies setup and provides tools to manage nodes.

  • For public blockchain networks like XDC, we recognize the importance of decentralization and its implications on network security. We focus on geographical distribution and node reliability, offering node setups in over a dozen locations around the globe.

  • Node Forge operates its own dedicated data center in Irvine, California (and soon Texas) in conjunction with our other cloud provider partners whom have footprints around the world.

  • We require no custody of XDC assets; we focus solely on infrastructure. This drastically improves our security profile and company liability (as well as for our customers and clients). Given the regulatory uncertainty surrounding digital assets, remaining focused on infrastructure management gives us a strategic advantage: We are not directly exposed to regulatory scrutiny or asset price volatility, meaning we can reliably provide hosting solutions for our customers without fear of intervention or business insolvency.

  • We provide constant monitoring and alerting, so XDC node operators are aware of the status of their nodes at all times, and receive alerts via email, slack, and other platforms within minutes of a change in the status of their node. Most exceptions are handled automatically by our platform or one of our trained staff, and when an issue beyond our control arises (such as insufficient staking balance or a fork in the network), we send clear instructions and information to our customers on how best to proceed.

  • We provide reliable and responsive support through our Discord community where XDC node operators have access to the entire Node Forge team in the event of any technical difficulties.

  • We offer monthly subscription for our hosting services. Longer commitment structures are available upon request (via email).

  • We pride ourselves in working directly with engineering teams so we are most up-to-date on project details and operations.

About Us
We are a Southern California company, operated and developed by a group of digital assets professionals with backgrounds in Information Technology, Digital Security and Finance. We are passionate about the future of digital assets and blockchain technology, and strongly believe that broad adoption will bring about a revolution in numerous critical industries like finance, business, privacy and governance . Furthermore, we have faith in the inevitability of a Web 3.0 future where major facets of global digital infrastructure are not just decentralized, but trustlessly distributed. We founded Node Forge with the goal to support the growth of what we feel is the future of modern currency and digital infrastructure.

Relevant Links:
https://www.nodeforge.io/
Discord
Twitter
sales@nodeforge.io

Contact
Name: Andrew Stock (Co-Founder and Chief Architect)
Email: andrew@nodeforge.io

Name: Roger Sutton (Co-Founder and Administrator)
Email: roger@nodeforge.io

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Salomon Morales

From the initial meetings we had some time ago and the several conversations we had between you and Andrew, you guys have been very responsive and professional. Working with you guys to get the migration going from other host providers and facilitating documentation, I was very impressed with your work ethics and dedication. I love the proposal as you guys were, and still are critical...to the emphasis of the decentralization of our network.

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Roger Sutton Author

Hi Salomon! We are glad to help you with your hosting needs and greatly appreciate the positive feedback!

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s4njk4n

Hi guys. This sounds like it will be a great option for many operators. Does the XDC Foundation incur any cost in participating in this partnership?

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Roger Sutton Author

I don't think so. We've provided hosting support for XDC for just under two years now and we've received some great feedback from our operators whom we host nodes, for keep the setup and provisioning process simple and straightforward. At most it would be more of a mutual endorsement on an alternative hosting option for the XDC community that is reliable. Or simply being added to a list of other third party hosting providers within your documentation.

We would be open to direct contact (i.e. via Telegram, email, etc) with dev/eng teams on prospective roll outs on node software to test on our fleet if needed. We had some great success with this kind of relationship on other projects we support.

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s4njk4n • Edited on

I'm already aware of some node operators using your services and they've been happy. Sounds perfect and Iā€™d definitely support this proposal šŸ‘

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I am very happy with the proposal by NodeForge!

As everyone else has said, no trouble and have been entrusted with node management.

Whenever I have a question and concern, I get an appropriate response right away, and feel very comfortable.

I feel they are more reliable than some of the other node management companies I know.

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Roger Sutton Author

Thank you very much Mitsuko for the great feedback!

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Robert Aronovici

We appreciate your work and services. Our organization has been hosting with NodeForge for a year and never had any interruptions or billing issues (very competitive in pricing amongst other competitors)!

Thanks again for support and let's building together to grow the XDC Network!

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Roger Sutton Author

Appreciate the kind words Robert and your support over the year as well. We look forward to working with the XDC community.

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Brad Akers

My team and I have been working closely with Roger and Andrew for a year now. We converted our team nodes over to their hosting service. There are quick to respond, very knowledgeable, professional, and have node monitoring available. Im happy to call them not only coworkers but friends. Great team

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Roger Sutton Author

Ditto Brad! It has been great working with you and your team the past year as well.