Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a SoHo Node Server?

SoHo stands for Small Office/Home Office. These machines are a fully installed and tested ThreeFold Grid server specced to allow you to start providing ThreeFold Grid edge capacity at home or in your office. They come pre-installed with Zero OS and are ready to Plug and Farm. The SN model is designed to be installed in your Small Office or Home Office – hence SoHo. The range starts with the SN1 as a ‘starter kit’ to allow you to have a very strong base for farming tokens.

 

What is a Datacentre Node Server?

These servers are a fully installed and tested ThreeFold Grid servers specced to allow you to start providing ThreeFold Grid edge capacity at home or in your office. They come pre-installed with Zero OS and are ready to Plug and Farm. The DN model is designed to be installed in racks in your datacentre, office server room, or anywhere else you have a standard server rack. The range starts with the DN1 which is the same chassis, power supply and configuration as the larger servers so you have a smooth upgrade path.

 

What is the ThreeFold Grid?

Good question…and one which it is important for you to know before you buy one of these servers! Essentially, the ThreeFold Grid is a way of providing a new, neutral and green internet. Currently, by buying one of these servers, you are adding capacity to the Grid (which currently has more than 28,ooo compute cores and 72,000 TB of registered capacity). Think of it as getting satellites in the air ready to provide a global service. In the next few months, you will be able to register your capacity for sale to generate more income in TFT. The best thing to do is to head to the ThreeFold website to read more. Don’t forget to come back here when you are done!

 

What is included in the price?

All SoHO servers include shipping to anywhere in the EU. You will have to pay VAT at the rate liable to you or your business as appropriate to local regulations. If you purchase any server with a bundle including 25% of the value of the server in TFT you get online free support for 5 years.

 

What is the price range and ROI?

SoHo servers range rom €1,525 to €5,425 with an ROI of between 1.4 and 8.6 depending on the exit price of the token at the end of the 5yr investment period. Look in the shop for precise figures or call us.

Datacentre servers range from €5,590 to €24,460 with an ROI of between 3.1 and 9.2 depending on the exit price of the token at the end of the 5yr investment period. Call us for assistance.

 

What is that in terms of tokens?

The amount of tokens, assuming your server is online consistently across the 5 years, is projected to be between 5,400 for the SN1 ‘starter kit’ and 53,750 for the SN5 for the farmed tokens. In other words, the tokens you get just for having the server online.

The amount of tokens, for Datacentre Node Servers, assuming your server is online consistently across the 5 years, is projected to be between 41,549 for the DN1 and 184,825 for the DN5 for the farmed tokens. In other words, the tokens you get just for having the server online.

 

What assumptions are in the ROI you mention above?

The ROI assumes a $0.1 TFT price at connection and a range of $0.2-0.5 per TFT at exit. The estimated ROI range includes:

  • 60% capacity sales on the directory from 2019
  • the cost of power consumption
  • cost of bandwidth at your office
  • 20% price erosion over the 5 years
  • all commissions and all fees for installation of Zero OS and configuration

For further discussion of these details, please get in touch via the chat icon below.

 

Do we have to purchase 25% TFT as well?

To help promote the success of the the ThreeFold Grid and the ThreeFold Token, all purchases of ThreeFold Certified Hardware from us recommend including 25% of the value of the server as TheeFold Tokens at the current market rate. These TFT are saleable after 1 year. In return, the servers come with free online support for 5 years from date of purchase. Of course, you still have the tokens which you can resell after a year if you wish, and we will still provide support for the full 5 years. The TFT will be purchased at the market rate shown on radar.threefold.me at the time when the tokens are transferred to the customer wallet.

 

Why a 1 year delay till we can sell these TFT?

Because we want to support the ThreeFold Token and ensure that we have more TFT out there in the world. Therefore, we want people to hold onto the value for at least a year of their 5 year support package.

 

Why buy now?

When you buy a ThreeFold Node Server today, you are doing so because you want to build the initial growth of the ThreeFold Grid. You will, of course, gain Farmed ThreeFold Tokens for registering the Node Server on the Grid – and because you are buying now you get the benefit of Farming tokens at a very low price – even if the price of the token goes up, you still Farm tokens at that initial price.

 

Can I access the simulator to work out my potential ROI?

No problem! If you would like to use the simple web simulator to calculate the approximate return on investment for the farmed portion ONLY, please access it here. We would be very happy to help you to work out the Cultivated token return and we would certainly recommend you contact us to discuss this as we can help you think through the process. Please contact us using this form to let us know what you need, or just ping us on the chat system.

 

When can I start selling capacity and generating cultivated tokens yet?

Cultivated tokens come from the use of your capacity via the ThreeFold Directory which will be online from early 2019 onwards.

 

What is the best way to get a good token return?

If you want to increase your token return aim to have good amount of HDD in your server.

 

What is the SoHo server hardware based on?

The SN range is based on a ThreeFold certified server class chassis that can be installed anywhere safe in your home office or small office. It is super-quiet and small enough that it can just sit in a corner quietly generating tokens for you. The hardware is tested, burnt in and assessed before being sent to you to plug in and farm. The hardware has a 3 year return to base warranty. If it fails, send it to us and we will replace it. Simple.

 

What is the Datacentre server hardware based on?

The DN range is based on a ThreeFold certified server class 2u rackmountable chassis that can be installed in any standard rack. The hardware is tested, burnt in and assessed before being sent to you to plug in and farm. The hardware has a 3 year return to base warranty. If it fails, return it to us and we will replace it. Simple.

 

What is the maximum HDD capacity of the SoHo Node Servers?

You can put in up to 4 HDD in the SN server. and But please note that you will want to make sure you have a good internet connection if you load up all the hard disks to the max so that when the directory comes online your server will be functioning as well as it can.

 

What is the maximum compute, storage and RAM capacity of the Datacentre Node servers?

You can put in up to 12 HDD, 2 CPU and, in theory, up to 2TB of RAM in the DN server. However, we currently recommend no more than 12 HDD, 1 CPU and 384GB of RAM to optimise token return. If you wish to go above this for a specific future application, just get in touch using this form to let us know what you need, or just ping us on the chat system.

 

Are the servers all pre-installed with Zero OS?

Absolutely. When you buy from us, you will have a server which comes setup, assembled, HDDs installed, burnt in and fault tested for all components before shipping. Then on top, Zero OS is installed by us and configured ready to use.

 

Can we buy colocation from you and you just install the server, plug it in and register it for me?

Sure. We have a series of edge locations and data center partners where we can do this for you. Call us to discuss.

 

General Specifications of the SoHo Node Server

  • Cores: 4 or 16 logical cores –  1 x AMD Ryzen 3 2200 or 2700 CPU
  • RAM: 16 or 32 GB Dimm Non ECC
  • HDD: 1 – 4 12 TB SATA server grade
  • SSD: 0.25, 0.5 or 1TB NVMe
  • TFT: 25% of cost ( €210 – €940 )
  • ThreeFold Certified hardware, guaranteed to work with Zero-OS.
  • Three year hardware return to base and replace warranty.
  • Storage max 4 HDD
  • Setup, assembly, HDD installation, burn in and fault testing of all components completed before shipping.
  • The server comes with Zero-OS ready to go to start farming immediately.
  • Shipping included to anywhere in the EU.
  • Free online support for 5 years.

 

 

General Specifications of the Datacentre Node Servers

  • Cores: 16, 28 or 56 logical cores –  1 or 2 x Intel Xeon CPU
  • RAM: 64 to 384 GB Dimm ECC
  • HDD: 2 – 12 12 TB SATA server grade
  • SSD: 1 or 2 TB NVMe
  • TFT: 25% of cost ( €1,100 – €4,180 )
  • Rackmountable 2U chassis
  • ThreeFold Certified hardware, guaranteed to work with Zero-OS.
  • Three year hardware return to base and replace warranty.
  • Storage max 12 HDD
  • Setup, assembly, HDD installation, burn in and fault testing of all components completed before shipping.
  • The server comes with Zero-OS ready to go to start farming immediately.
  • Free online support for 5 years.

 

If you cannot find the answer your are looking for here, please use either the chat button below or this enquiry form to talk to us.

 

To buy servers, just click the chat icon below and talk to us. Or you can buy the SoHo SN Node Servers directly in the shop.

We will happily help you online, or give you a call to discuss.