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Kusama Blockdaemon provides full end-to-end node management and staking support for Kusama, a testbed blockchain for Polkadot, with real economic value on the line

Why Use Blockdaemon? Blockdaemon is the Total Node Management Solution

Blockdaemon guarantees peace of mind, as you never have to worry about maintaining or upgrading your nodes ever again — we look after all of that for you. Our finger is constantly on the pulse of each blockchain we support to ensure all of our nodes remain perfectly healthy. Our extensive experience across protocols lets us expertly monitor, repair and replace nodes where protocol level errors may occur. For any protocol updates needed, we look after these in advance so you never see any disruption in service.

Enterprise Level Security

Security is our top priority here at Blockdaemon. All nodes purchased through us are 100% customer dedicated. This means your node is yours exclusively. You’ll enjoy a dedicated node which has a unique address, its own unique connection and authentication key. Furthermore, these are never reused. We ensure your node is not open and exposed to anyone on the internet. Any nodes you’d like to add on additionally can be done so quickly and easily as well!

A Trusted Partner

Blockdaemon is by your side on your blockchain journey. We are the only infrastructure platform for blockchain nodes which offer multi-cloud and multi-geographical support, with just a few clicks. Want custom configurations and branded experiences? No problem, we provide a unified, whole-org, collaborative rollout to manage a complete network. Whatever your needs, we will work closely with you to deliver the solution you need.

Kusama Key Features

Modular

Kusama is built on a multi-chain network which mirrors the functionality of Polkadot. Although parachains are still in development for Kusama, these will enable a modular approach to be taken to the blockchain, with users building out their own functionality.

Low Barrier of Entry

Kusama has a much lower barrier to entry than Polkadot in order to participate. For example, the minimum requirements needed for staking in Kusama are lower than Polkadot. There is also a lower slashing penalty for poor performing validators. There are lower bond requirements needed for validators and parachains as well.

Flexible

As a “canary network”, Kusama is designed for flexibility at a protocol and an application level. Kusama has modified governance parameters, which allows for upgrades to be added faster to the system. For example, within Kusama there are seven days for token holders to vote on referendums, while votes take 28 days on Polkadot. Kusama is poised to evolve much faster than Polkadot.

Secure Validator Nodes

All of our nodes — from our public validator node to full node deployments — follow Kusama’s recommendations to deploy with a layer of sentry nodes to prevent against DDoS attacks, keeping our nodes running and participating in network consensus.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Kusama’s Nominated Proof of Stake?

    Kusama achieves consensus through Nominated Proof of Stake (NPoS). NPoS is different from standard PoS networks as validators are nominated to mint blocks. Nominators (the token holders) do this by publishing a list of validator candidates that they trust, and putting down an amount at stake to support them. By nominating a successfully elected validator, the nominator receives a share of the rewards given to the validator for performing their work. Unlike traditional PoS systems, Kusama grants validators equal voting power in consensus. This means that no party is overrepresented or underrepresented, proportional to their stake. Everyone successfully nominated has an equal say.

  • What technology is Kusama built on?

    Kusama is built on Substrate. This is the same framework Polkadot is built on. This is designed to support multiple parachains, making it extremely easy to roll out and customize bespoke blockchains. Substrate also offers cross-language support with WebAssembly. The logic of a parachain can be written in any language that compiles to WebAssembly, such as Rust, Typescript and C++.

  • What are the rewards of Kusama?

    1% of real DOT tokens (100,000) have been reserved to incentivize Kusama participation and ownership. Nominators are rewarded for participating in the network by nominating validators. Successfully elected validators who mint blocks and obey the procol rules are rewarded with Kusama’s native token, KSM. This mirrors the incentives of DOT, with lower penalties for poor performance. This is designed to maximize participation, as Kusama is a more experimental network.

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