If you stumbled upon this post searching for blockchain node hosting services, you likely already know what a node is. If you need a refresher, read this first.
Running blockchain nodes isn't for everyone. The operational overhead of keeping nodes active and up-to-date at all times can take valuable time away from your core business. But, if you need the ability to verify the integrity of the blockchain data without relying on intermediaries, your best bet is to run and query your own node. As a healthy side benefit, running nodes is also good for increasing the security and decentralization of the blockchain network. Broadly speaking, you have the following deployment options available:
- Run a node manually on the cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, DigitalOcean etc).
- Run a dedicated node using the managed service providers listed below.
- Use a shared node or access the blockchain data via API instead of running a dedicated node.
Of course, your decision depends on the extent to which decentralization matters for your project vs ease of operations but, if you choose the latter, here's a handy list of the most popular node hosting services available today.
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