The Brothership Pool

Who operates the pool?

I am Leandros Holleman, a DevOps engineer specializing in Kubernetes (K8S). I am currently the Head of R&D for the Kubeglue project, an enterprise solution which automates CI/CD flows for K8S enviroments using Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and helm charts, and offers a suite of open source tools for the administration of K8S clusters. I have been using Linux systems for over 10 years now and professionaly administrating them my entire career.

What is your history with the Cardano project?

During the 2017 bubble when I first realized the potential of Blockchain, I was horrified that the number 2 project (Ethereum) was so riddled with bugs. This is the livelihood and future of real people, but most crypto projects do not take it as seriously as they should — they are just trying to make a quick buck from speculators.

The Cardano project had and keeps having the correct idea. We do not need fancy functionality and big names, what the world needs is a platform where everyone and anyone can create their own subchains, smart contracts/DAPs and fully trust that the underline network will hold strong! That is Cardano's role in the word, it is to BlockChain what TCP/IP is to the Internet!

What is the setup of your pool?

We are running on bare metal. This may seem strange for a cloud engineer but I believe Cardano will be much bigger than any cloud provider, and the security of the network is enhanced by the individual security of the stakepools, so we decided to make sure that we will leave nothing to chance and trust only ourselves. This way we have the least amount of exposed systems and it becomes exponentially harder for an attacker to steal our cryptographic keys.

This is a lot harder and more expensive than just spinning up a few AWS instances, but for Cardano it is worth it! Plus we get the chance to create a bridge between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, making Cardano a lot easier to connect to and use for these regions. Currently we are running a masternode with a Ryzen 5 4-core system and a support node running on a RockPi. We have already ordered the parts for a much larger masternode with a 12-core threadripper that should allow us to serve thousands of simultaneous connections, and we are waiting for a replacement part for our second RockPi support node.

In the final configuration we hope to have 8-10 nodes spread around the world, which will allow us to have maximum stability even in catastrophic "Dooms Day" events.

What are your plans for the future of your pool?

We want our stakepool to grow into a community — it belongs to the stakers, we just manage it! That is the reasoning behind our decision to add Transparency to our motto, so you the staker have the right to know how your stake is being handled! In the long term we hope our pool will grow to the point where it is self sustaining and will allow us to expand into a DAP development firm that works exclusively with Cardano, bringing more value into the ecosystem.

Why should people delegate to your pool?

We are transparent: Yes we are for profit, but we are reasonably priced at 3% (and willing to go down, depending on how the network evolves). You can always see a live feed of our node's status with simple instuctions in the tooltips on how to read the data and confirm for yourself that we are in sync and not on a fork. We will always publicly admit any mistakes and let the community know via Twitter if we make any major change (follow us at @BrothershipPool). And if you have any concerns we are always available to answer questions (links on our website).

We are dedicated: BSP will be your "pledge once and forget" option, we are in it for the long term and we take it personally if we lose a block. We will absolutely not allow rewards to be lost, and we will not deactivate the pool as long as the protocol lives.

For more information about The Brothership Pool, go to bspool.io.