I was chatting with @cjremus yesterday and data centers came up in conversation. I know there is a general interest in the community of owning your own hardware and, more importantly, securing your private key somewhere other than the cloud. For many validators, a data center just isn’t an option due to the high cost and extra expertise needed.
My company, Consensus Networks, is located in Indiana and we have access to low-cost data center space. Guys on our team have a background in building data centers and we recently helped the team at Solana build their data center infrastructure. We also host nodes in two physical locations in Indiana (Indianapolis and South Bend).
I’m interested in starting a conversation to figure out what validators are interested in data center space, what some of the key pain points are, and how we can figure out a way to set up co-location to provide secure infrastructure at a reasonable and cloud competitive rate! All things are possible (location variety, bandwidth, firewall/switch configuration, VMs, etc)