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Myself and a partner who currently work together in IT. We're both Escalation engineers with vast amounts of knowledge in both Windows and Linux. Primarily, I'm focused in Windows and Networking whilst my Partner focuses in both Linux and Networking. Combined we have roughly 60 years knowledge. We both reside in Manchester, UK and work for a software house.
We started around 2 years ago back in December 2017, during the Bitcoin spike of the century. We researched various projects at the time and found Cardano the most interesting. It was clear that it was a huge project which was backed by so many peers. We invested some funds back in December 2017 and February 2018 and decided to keep researching and stay up to date with the project from there on.
Our pool is currently located in West Europe and is hosted in the Microsoft Azure platform. It is currently on a scale-set of DS2 v2 which translates to 2 vCPU and 8GB RAM. We have 4 premium data disks with a max IOPS of 3200. The output/input on the network pipe is unlimited. We're unsure of the network speed but it's bloody fast. Additionally, we have various monitoring, backup and disaster recovery set up, mainly for troubleshooting and researching ways we can increase the uptime of the nodes in the future.
Our plans are essentially to be non profit. We are using high performance hardware and the current tax rate of 10% is to cover the cost of this. Our main aim is to help the community thrive and to push the Cardano project further. As of writing this, we have also setup another pool with a 2% fee (FENRR). This pool is using less powerful hardware and our intention is to performance test this and compare with our primary pool, and feed this information back to the community. Our tertiary aim is to migrate RAGNA to Oslo and FENRR to Stockholm for the purpose of decentralisation.
We're honest and genuine enthusiasts of the project and what we aim to do. I'd love to say that our node will be online 100%, but these days anything can happen and it's an early testnet. We can promise that we will try our best. Since the node is hosted in the Azure platform, we can genuinely say that we put some time and research in making sure we chose the best platform for uptime, reliability and performance. As it comes a cost from our personal wallets, we like to see this as an investment from us personally as we back the project. For that, all we can say is - give us a shot! Good luck and HAPPY STAKING!
For more information about Ragnarok, go to norse-pool.com.