Hello Storage Node Operators!
Important: This includes an announcement that we will be shutting down two satellites: europe-north-1, and us2. See below for details.
First of all thank you all so much for your engagement on the forum. The discussions up to now about SNO payouts and infrastructure costs have been productive and have given us insight into your perspective, which has strongly influenced the path we are following.
To continue down this path we have decided to sunset two of our non-production test satellites, us2 and europe-north1, over the coming months, and pay out all owed held amount from these satellites to node operators.
As you know, we are in the middle of testing new SNO payout pricing on our non-production satellites, but we have decided that we will soon extend the test to our production satellites (more on this in a subsequent announcement) and that we will no longer need all three non-production satellites.
In addition, there are several reasons why we have decided to shut down these two satellites. From an infrastructure perspective, having multiple test satellites doesn’t provide us with much incremental value. We believe that having a single test satellite on the public network will suffice for our needs, and shutting down the two additional satellites will alleviate some meaningful infrastructure and maintenance costs. Additionally, we have seen in the forum a desire expressed by some to be able to more quickly gracefully exit satellites and while this change doesn’t impact all satellites, we hope that it will address this desire to some extent.
At this point we just wanted to make the community aware of this planned change. We are still working through the exact decommissioning process and do not require any action from SNOs at this point. We will be in touch with a more detailed explanation of the process and will let you all know what if any actions need to be taken.
As always we look forward to your feedback and questions regarding this change.
The Storj Team