This article explains to a user what a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is.
You can choose any VPS you wish to run your BlockBot or Droid.
Running a green Smart Node requires a stable internet connection and enough computing resources to run the software. Rather than having to buy a computer and dedicate it to running a Smart Node, a Smart Node owner can rent a VPS as a computer to use. A good VPS provider can provide up to 100% guaranteed uptime.
This article assumes the reader knows:
A VPS is a virtual computer that people can rent for a fixed monthly price. A VPS provider takes a large, powerful computer and splits it into smaller, less powerful virtual computers. People can customize their computer based on the needs of the node network.
It is often more cost-effective to rent a VPS rather than spending the money to buy a dedicated machine for each Green Smart Node. Pricing can vary based on the provider, but a reputable provider can offer much better uptime than hosting at home. Many providers guarantee 99% uptime, some even as much as 100% uptime. This is because there’s a large infrastructure in place to keep the servers running, even through a power outage. Some Smart Node owners may have inconsistent power or a bad internet connection, so using a VPS may be the best option for them.