In light of the recent introduction of our latest service, Node-as-a-Service (NaaS), and in response to a very high demand, this article will concentrate on what a solana node is and how to run a Solana node, using Crypto APIs.
Our Node-as-a-Service (NaaS) is a powerful infrastructure tailored for blockchain and crypto applications. NaaS provides globally distributed blockchain node services, allowing developers and businesses to easily connect with network chains without the complexities of hosting their own nodes. This guarantees stability, scalability, reliability, and operational efficiency for all users.
Node, on the other hand, blockchain nodes play a crucial role in the ecosystem, facilitating the creation, transmission, and reception of blockchain data. Their fundamental function involves validating, recording, obtaining data and broadcasting every transaction within the network. Nodes are essential for maintaining the proper functioning of the blockchain, possessing the capability to communicate directly with the blockchain. Additionally, they execute each blockchain's consensus mechanism, a pivotal process that blockchains adhere to in order to confirm and validate transactions.
Solana is a publicly accessible open-source blockchain network, which was designed with a primary focus on facilitating smart contract functionalities. Over time, it managed to evolve into a hub for numerous decentralized applications (dApps) and has played a pivotal role in the creation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Solana blockchain is known for being a high-speed network which has the capacity to process a throughput of up to 65,500 transactions per second. In order to reach this incredible number, Solana is relying on two consensus mechanisms - the proof of history (PoH) and proof of stake (PoS), which makes supporting Solana nodes a very difficult and expensive task for startups and SME (small and medium-sized enterprises).
Based on these facts, it is self-explanatory why Solana is among the most popular blockchain protocols, and why there is a high-demand for running аnd maintaining a Solana node.
Setting up a Solana node and running it may be relatively complicated. However, as a blockchain node provider, Crypto APIs complex NaaS infrastructure allows very significant simplification of the whole process. You can obtain access to all of the real-time blockchain data in a fraction of the time and resources that would have been required otherwise.
In order to configure your own Solana nodes you should navigate to my.cryptoapis.io and insert your login credentials - note that you need to have an active paid subscription with us in order to be able to use our services suite. Then, navigate to the Node as a Service tab in the pane on the left side of your screen. From there, you will have the options to choose between dedicated and shared nodes, which we will discuss later. Once your preferred option is selected, you should navigate to the blockchain network on which you desire to run your node.
Assuming that you are after getting access to shared Solana nodes, you will need to select the “join shared” button in the Solana blockchain-related window. Note that you can get additional information by clicking the Supported Methods text which is positioned just below the join shared button.
Next step is to create your own API key which will allow you to authorize requests to the Solana nodes and all other API requests. Once created, you will need to navigate to our technical documentation section to our Supported Methods article (see above). There you will find a URL that will allow you to access all of our supported blockchain shared nodes.
Crypto APIs infrastructure provides access to Solana RPC (remote procedure call) nodes. This means that nodes are non-voting validators which have the capability to perform all validators functions without voting on the validity of blocks.
An RPC node not only addresses inquiries regarding the network but also enables users of the RPC node to submit new transactions. Typically, clusters of RPC nodes are established to cater to a particular dApp or service, such as decentralized exchanges, facilitating user interactions with the Solana blockchain.
The Solana Shared Node offers an ideal solution for business and organizational clients facing resource constraints. Crypto APIs' shared nodes enable clients to access shared nodes, not with the general public, but with other customers in a highly efficient manner. The traffic to our shared nodes is typically much lower than that of public nodes, ensuring better connectivity for our clients.
We allow quick access and easy setup of JSON RPC methods which does not require the use of private keys. Moreover, this doesn`t affect the already introduced industry standards for effectiveness and response time.
Crypto APIs' NaaS infrastructure facilitates the deployment of dedicated Solana RPC nodes. These dedicated nodes can be obtained upon request, and by submitting individual requirements, we can customize the nodes to align with your specific needs.
As the name implies, dedicated nodes are exclusively yours, representing the key distinction from shared nodes. Similar to dedicated Virtual Private Servers (VPS) in cloud computing, dedicated nodes operate independently, handling transactions and payments. Leveraging dedicated nodes for blockchain network dApps enables the processing of an unlimited number of requests per second, making them an optimal solution for high-performance dApps, those managing substantial crypto assets, or those seeking to scale efficiently.
Begin your journey with Crypto APIs and start accessing Solana nodes without the need to create and manage a node infrastructure, and benefit your project work with our node solutions. Register with us and kickstart your development activities today, or reach our team if you need any assistance in the onboarding process.