Blockdaemon February 2019 News

Katie DiMento
Editorial,Technology

What have we loved seeing in February?
6,000+ Blockdaemon users!

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February Product Launches

Ethereum Parity for private networks is live.
Ethereum Parity is a great option for private networks that want efficiency. We use the Proof of Authority consensus model without the costly POW machine effort. With a single validator and multiple watchers supported, we provide the flexibility needed for your configuration.

Hosting table updates & Node types 
Along with the Parity launch, we’ve revised the node table to include information about a node’s type (e.g. validator, watcher, relayer, etc.) and condensed the hosting information. You’ll be able to see at a glance where your nodes are hosted and can click to get more information.

Organization permissions
Organizations may customize the minimum access level necessary to perform operations. Network and node creation, node addition, and user management can all be controlled. More permissions will be coming soon — you can also contact support if you’d like us to consider additional configuration options.

Invitation improvements
We’ve improved the recipient experience for invitations — you’ll now only receive one invitation to an organization. If you’re a Blockdaemon user, the email will know that; new users will be prompted to sign up first. We’ve made additional improvements behind the scenes to improve performance and reduce friction so you can collaborate even more easily with a team.

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Constantinople Ethereum hard fork

What happened? The Constantinople Ethereum hard fork, which is the 2nd phase of the Metropolis project, is planned to improve efficiency and performance. This is undertaken as a step to transit from Proof of Work (PoW) protocol to Proof of Stake (PoS) protocol and is expected to make the ETH network faster and less costly to operate.

What you need to know: Blockdaemon is ready for the fork and users do not need to do anything differently for their nodes when the fork happens (scheduled this week). We applied the recommended security patch and our Geth nodes are now using v.1.8.21. Continued monitoring is in place and we’ll be ready for the fork when it happens.

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Ethereum Parity Documentation 

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Customer Updates

Aion customer logo

We’ve been running Aion’s Rust client in production and will be switching more nodes over to it in the next couple weeks to further improve performance. Recently, those nodes were upgraded to the Java 0.3.2.1 kernel for improved performance. We continue to work closely with the Aion team, monitoring and helping to optimize their geo-balanced nodes that supply default connections for their wallets.

Stay up to date on what the Aion Rust Kernel does, and what you can do with it in their documentation.

Blockdaemon is officially an approved node hosting service on the Algorand network and will be running a relay node to demonstrate this capability and contribute to the network. More updates in the coming weeks!

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Interesting Reading & Upcoming Events

As always, get the latest on new releases and product updates: Check the Blockdaemon Blog, follow the discussion on Twitter and Linkedin, and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have at hello@blockdaemon.com.

Stay tuned,

The Blockdaemons