What does Attestant do?
Attestant provides managed Ethereum 2 validators as a service. You stake the Ether, we supply the hardware, software and know-how to allow your Ether to validate.
What is the difference between staking and validating?
Staking is the process of depositing Ether in to a contract, where it is locked. Validating is the process of attesting to the state of the Ethereum 2 blockchain, and earning rewards against that stake by attesting properly.
What is a managed validator service?
A managed validator service provides the hardware, software, operations, monitoring, reporting and all of the other features required to successfully validate on Ethereum 2.
What are the benefits of Attestant over running my own infrastructure?
Attestant validators run on powerful servers with high levels of hardware redundancy, ensuring the highest levels of validator uptime and hence returns on your staked Ether. This allows them to run multiple validators on each server, sharing the cost between multiple validators.
Attestant carries out a number of time-consuming activities each month, including:
- keeping the servers’ operating systems up-to-date; maintaining security of the server with suitable patches
- keeping the Ethereum 1 node, beacon node and validator software up-to-date
- tracking multiple beacon node providers (Prysm, Trinity, Lighthouse etc.) to understand their comparative performance and stability
- monitoring the performance of the infrastructure, optimizing and upgrading where appropriate
- generating daily or weekly performance summaries
- generating reports of validator income and costs
- tracking validator performance against network averages
Can I trust you with my funds?
Although Attestant manages your validator service it does not have any access to your funds. These are protected by a “withdrawal key”, which you generate when you start using the validator and should keep secret and safe.
Can I stake less than 32 Ether?
No. A validator requires 32 Ether to start; because you retain full control over the funds in the validator it is not possible to combine funds from multiple parties to a single validator.
Can I stake more than 32 Ether?
You can stake any multiple of 32 Ether; each 32 Ether requires a separate validator.
I have lots of Ether, how best can I use your service?
If you have over 1,000 Ether to stake please contact us for details on bulk staking.
How do I know my validator is working?
Attestant provides a monitor for your validators so you can see how they are performing in real-time. You can also receive daily or weekly emails with details of your validators’ performance compared to the average performance of all validators. Finally, you can receive text alerts whenever your validators are undergoing maintenance or otherwise unavailable to validate.
What happens to my rewards?
Rewards from proper attestations are added to the balance of the validator.
I don’t want to hold my own keys
We are actively working with partners to find ways of allowing customers to secure their withdrawal keys without holding them. Watch this space!
Where are the validators located?
Validators are located in multiple data centers around the planet.
What happens if my managed validators are down?
Attestant provides an uptime guarantee: if your validator is not active for at least 95% in any given calendar month Attestant will refund your downtime as a service credit based on the total percentage of inactive time. For example, if your validator was active for 92% of the calendar month you would receive 8% of that month’s charge as a service credit.
Does Attestant provide a white label/OEM service?
Attestant’s managed validator service is available to partners and OEMs, please contact us for details.