Do you know what the cost of running a full Classic node on "their" datacentre would be?There seems to be a story behind the big spike in Classic nodes. The amount of nodes has reduced again - still at a very high (high enough, I'd say) level.
The spike is said to have been caused by a yet-to-be-released service that spins op Classic nodes on Amazon's AWS for anyone who will pay for them. So there is a donation address to support AWS nodes in a number of datacenters. When you pay (or enough people pay), another node is launched. When funds run out, the node is taken down again.
It allows anyone, without any technical expertise, to support a full node professionally run in a datacenter.
This spike was a test, apparently. When they (whoever "they" are) launch - the nodes will be more permanent.
I welcome this idea. It levels the playing field where anyone who wants to support bitcoin CAN, regardless of their tech background. All it takes is being able to send a bitcoin payment.
Amazon's datacenters are very well designed. They are hardly ever offline - although service outages have happened it has never happened that all datacenters are offline. They have insane bandwidth, so much that it is not possible to DDoS Amazon. So they contribute to the stability of the network.
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