Blockchain nodes usually require time, effort and resources. Running your own Polkadot infrastructure is no exception. The set-up, administration and maintenance of Polkadot nodes can be prohibitive, especially if it’s not your core business.

That being said, there are many reasons why you might want to run Polkadot nodes. In fact, if you are developing substrate-based dapps, running your own is practically essential.

It’s fortunate then, that managed Polkadot nodes make running your own infrastructure a piece of cake.

With Blockdaemon, you can spin up your own fully-managed Polkadot node in under 60 seconds.

What is Polkadot?

Polkadot is a Nominated Proof of Stake protocol with a focus on interoperability through innovative parachains. It is built with the goal of supporting a constellation of blockchains, allowing anyone to deploy a blockchain with its own custom logic but with all of the rigorous security assurances of the Polkadot network. 

Why Do You Need A Polkadot Node?

Substrate, Polkadot’s underlying technology, allows anyone to build their own blockchain to be interoperable with other blockchains built on Polkadot. These individual blockchains are known as parachain.

All Substrate parachains are natively compatible with Polkadot, allowing data and value to be transferred seamlessly between blockchains. These chains can also link with external networks such as Ethereum and Bitcoin through bridges.

Because of their cross-chain nature, substrate dapps are very powerful. 

If you are developing your own Polkadot, Kusama or parachain dapps, or if you need rapid and frequent access to chain data, then running your own node is highly recommended.

The Challenges of Hosting Your Own Node

Running a blockchain node is a complicated process. Polkadot is an open-source protocol, it’s not like running an off-the-shelf piece of software. Polkadot, Kusama and parachain nodes require more attention than your average consumer product. There are several factors that contribute to the complexity, including but not limited to:

  • You need a high level of technical expertise
  • You need to apply frequent updates
  • You need to maintain high levels of uptime
  • You don’t have any formal support facility 

The Easy Way to Run a Polkadot Node

Managed nodes offer a convenient way of running your own node. They provide all of the benefits and none of the drawbacks. 

When you use a blockchain infrastructure provider, you outsource node creation, administration and maintenance.

For a small monthly fee, your hosting partner will give you the endpoints and keys to your own node.

While your infrastructure provider will supply you with the details, you will be the sole owner of your node. With the right supplier, your infrastructure will be more secure than if you were to host it yourself.

By outsourcing your node, you reduce the effort demands placed on you and your team. With fully-managed nodes, you get valuable time back to focus on your own core business and developing rock-solid dapps.

Why Self-Service Nodes Are Your Best Option

Of course, there are different types of hosting partners, with varying solutions and levels of service.

A lot of infrastructure partners still require complex onboarding and setup procedures, often dragging on for days at a time. This flies against the dynamic nature of blockchain technology.

When selecting a hosting partner, you should look for a self-service option. This way, you can spin up a new node easily, quickly and without any input from a third party.  

How to Launch Your Own Polkadot Node in 5 Simple Steps

Blockdaemon is the leading independent blockchain infrastructure provider. We connect businesses to blockchains. We have been tightly involved with Polkadot since the beginning and we’ve made it easy for you to run your own Polkadot node.

Blockdaemon Polkadot nodes are fully-managed, self-service and best-in-class. With Blockdaemon, you can launch a Polkadot node in under 60 seconds.

  1. Signup/Login to the Free Blockdaemon App
  2. Select Deploy a Node
  3. Choose Polkadot from the Self-service list

  4. Select your preferences and click Proceed to checkout

  5. Enter your card details and click Subscribe

Congratulations! You now have your own self-service Polkdadot node. It really is that simple.

As with all blockchain nodes, your Polkdaot self-service will need to sync with the blockchain once launched. This will take the standard amount of time.

How to Connect to Your Polkadot Node

Once you’ve launched your Polkadot node, you can easily connect by a number of different methods including:

  • HTTP RPC
  • Websockets
  • Sidecar API

Check out How to Connect to Blockdaemon Polkadot Infrastructure for a step-by-step guide.