Validator Feature Series

Austin Virts
Mar 19 · 5 min read

Every week we will be highlighting a new validator that is helping to grow the Solana network.

Bison Trails

Two years ago Solana didn’t exist. We simply had an idea for a trustless clock and a desire to build something big in rust; from that, Proof of History was born. We worked — day after day, week after week, month after month — and rebuilt blockchain from the ground up for scale. We’ve been able to prove the performance of the network in real-world conditions and our launch is imminent.

Getting to this point was not only due to our tremendous engineering team but also to our validator community. Those teams who have spent their resources, time, and effort working with us to identify issues and stress-test our network. This week we’re highlighting one team who has been critical to our success: Bison Trails.

Solana’s scaling solution for blockchain capitalizes on improvements in hardware and bandwidth. Because of our unique approach, the upfront and on-going resources required to participate as a validator in the Solana network can be more demanding than other protocols. Bison Trails’ enterprise-grade infrastructure is up to the task. And while the infrastructure is complex, the process is not. Bison Trails has built a platform focused on allowing anyone to easily spin up a secure, enterprise-grade validator. Our teams’ connection, however, goes beyond infrastructure. We are both determined to do everything we can to expand the blockchain ecosystem as a whole. We’re engaged in opportunities such as the Libra Association, where Bison Trails is one of the founding members, and Solana is one of the first teams to integrate Libra’s Move VM.

If you’re a Solana token holder, you can run your own validators or delegate to the Bison Trails validator at mainnet launch. As additional features like archiver clients and storage rent come online, Bison Trails customers will be able to run additional infrastructure to secure the network and earn participatory rewards.

Bison Trails has worked with Solana for over a year, from running one of the first nodes in all testnets and incentivized testnets to deploying infrastructure on both physical hardware and in the cloud. Bison Trails is thrilled to provide a platform that runs enterprise-grade infrastructure and is uniquely positioned to support Solana’s token holders and network participants in running nodes.

“The Solana team has been ruthlessly executing against their roadmap over the past few months and it’s truly impressive! We’re looking forward to the high transaction chain and new products and services it will unlock for the future of blockchain technology” — JoeLallouz, CEO of Bison Trails

Bison Trails is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, based in New York City, specifically focused on blockchain participation. They built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in new chains effortlessly without having to invest time and resources into developing any of the engineering, protocol, dev ops, or security competencies in-house. Bison Trails’ goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.

Contact Bison Trails to learn more about their enterprise-grade blockchain infrastructure or running Solana Nodes on the Bison Trails platform.


Figment Networks

Two years ago Solana didn’t exist. We simply had an idea for a trust-less clock and our founders had a desire to build something big in rust, and so Proof of History was born. We assembled, and day after day, week after week, month after month, rebuilt blockchain from the ground up for scale. Now, we’re at a point where we’ve been able to prove the performance of the network in real-world conditions and are imminently ready to launch. However, the credit for being able to get to where we are sits not only with our engineering team, but also our validator community. They have spent their resources, time and effort working with us tirelessly to help us identify issues and stress-test our network. This week we’d love to highlight one of the teams who have been critical to our success — Figment Networks.

Figment Networks is now a household name in the validator ecosystem, having been actively involved within the Cosmos ecosystem, rapidly expanding to support a large swath of other protocols, and most recently being the recipient of a grant from the Web3 Foundation. We’re humbled to have had them actively participate in the Solana network over the past several months. Their involvement has enabled us to quickly iterate on the protocol and simulate real-world conditions post-launch. They also bring to the table:

  • Their experience in governance in various other protocols and passion for decentralization which we believe will help steer the Solana community during its critical phases post-launch
  • Their expertise and knowledge in developing tooling and infrastructure for validators, token holders and developers alike, exemplified through the success of the Hubble.

If you’d like to learn more, we were recently hosted by their team to conduct an AMA together with our CEO Anatoly Yakovenko here.

About Figment Networks

Figment Networks provides infrastructure, software, and governance solutions for Proof of Stake Networks. Co-founders Matt Harrop, Lorien Gabel, and Andrew Cronk have 25+ years of experience building and scaling internet infrastructure. Figment Networks currently provides enterprise-grade delegation services on 12 live networks and is actively participating in a variety of testnets, including Solana.

“We’ve been impressed with Solana’s ability to tackle hard problems and bounce back when facing previously unforeseen challenges. The design and results of Solana’s adversarial testnet has enabled the Solana team to methodically ramp up the quality and security of their upcoming mainnet.”

Yannick Folla, Business Development Manager at Figment Networks

Figment Networks is also a leader in software development for Proof of Stake protocols. Their staking platform, Hubble, is utilized by a multitude of networks, including Tezos, Cosmos, and Kava.

Figment Networks also understands the importance of governance within these networks. They launched the Cosmos Governance Working Group in December and will be leading a governance community education campaign with Livepeer.

Figment Networks exists within the entire lifecycle of Proof of Stake networks. They help in the testing process, they secure networks via their infrastructure, they build software tools to increase adoption and usability of networks, and they are active participants in network governance.

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