Blockdaemon October 2020 News

Katie DiMento
Editorial

We Know Nodes.

“With Blockdaemon, we help companies and developers connect to blockchain networks in minutes with high-availability nodes on-premise or in a cloud they choose.” – Konstantin Richter, CEO, and Founder of Blockdaemon

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Protocol Releases & Platform Updates

Ubiquity v2.0 Pilot Program is Open!

At Blockdaemon, we understand that the need to communicate across multiple blockchain networks is pivotal for many network users and developers. That’s why we launched Ubiquity, an API that provides a unified syntax for communicating across many different protocols. Ubiquity eliminates the need for users of multiple networks to always switch contexts and learn a new set of commands and APIs. You can inspect blocks, transactions, and get information about addresses. Additionally, we support websocket connections. You can read more about our v2.0 evolution of Ubiquity in the latest Hackernoon piece: The Return of the API: Analyzing the Latest Developments in Ubiquity. If you’re interested in participating in the pilot program and supplying feedback, we’d love to have you aboard – just reach out to customer support!

Solana is designed for decentralized applications that demand high throughput. Its architecture enables transactions to be ordered as they enter the network, rather than by block. Blockdaemon is operating validators on the Solana network and currently has white-label validators available. Contact us if you are interested in participating on the Solana network!

Blockdaemon is proud to be the #1 Node Operator on the Algorand Network. We are continuing to improve our offering by adding full archive Algorand machines with the indexing service to our deployable nodes. Full archive nodes carry all the historic data of the chain, and Algorand’s indexer service provides highly performant access to that data. If you want to review historical transactions for record-keeping or for informing predictive models, Algorand index nodes are great for you. Inquire today about Algorand the varies different optoins of relay or participation nodes that are right for you!

Stellar is entering a period of growth with a number of significant protocol upgrades well underway. Blockdaemon has a longstanding relationship with Stellar, as one of the first protocols we supported back in 2018. Blockdaemon is keeping pace with the latest Stellar upgrades for Core – Version 15 is rolling out this week to all nodes. We continue to be excited and enthusiastically support Stellar with additional self-serve features coming in November. Contact us if you are interested in accessing a Stellar shared node with a free trial or if you need additional configurations, try out our dedicated node offerings.

Blockdaemon is proud to support SKALE and is accepting delegations when SKALE enters its next epoch. Send us a note if you would like to stake with us! We are launching dozens of nodes to optimize return for all investors. Our nodes are instrumented with comprehensive monitoring and have alerting to ensure that we maintain uptime, just like every other protocol we support. Read the latest in how Blockdaemon supports Web3 platform SKALE Network.

Additionally, our nodes leverage our experience with SGX technology to provide maximum performance. Contact us if you have a large balance to stake (>20M SKALE), or simply want to delegate and we will help you participate!

Platform Updates: Node Status & Invoicing

Behind the scenes, we’ve been making substantial updates to our platform to make it easier for users to navigate various areas within their accounts. One area involves payment history – Invoice details have been expanded and improved. To see details on any prior payment you’ve made, you can click the “Details” link on any receipt in your personal or organization billing.

Another area is an improved node status: We’re making a lot of upgrades to node cards in the coming month. Now, your node card will give you a clearer, more understandable state of the node.

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News and Events

With 80 speakers over 3 days packed with hours of blockchain discussion and keynote speeches, the Crypto Assets Conference was a great event. Day 1 focused on Digital Assets, Securities, and Infrastructure​, Day 2 focused on Crypto and Custody, and Day 3 focused on Digital Euro and Stablecoins. Our business development manager, Stefan Schmitt, discussed The Fundamentals of Blockchain Infrastructure. The recording will be sent out in the following newsletter if you missed it!

Dublin Tech Summit 2020 brought together global leaders in innovation, technology and business to shape the future of global trends. Our CEO, Konstantin Richter, joined Muneeb Ali, CEO and Founder of Blockstack, Ethan Buchman, CEO of Informal Systems, and David Wachsman, CEO of Wachsman in a panel discussion on Breaking the Chains. If you missed the discussion, you can listen to the recording here!

For NEM’s first webinar series, we were happy to participate in the Hybrid Blockchain: Making blockchain work for the real world that took place on October 15 at 13:00 CEST. To view the recording, you can see it here!
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Interesting Reading & Listening

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.