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I'm trying to help out the Bitcoin network as efficiently as possible. I have access to VM's, with a $1200 monthly budget. I'm trying to figure out if a single 16 core/ 56gb RAM VM would be better than a multiple barebone dual core/3.5gb RAM VMs.

Here's the pricing list:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/

How would you set up these VM's the most efficient way with a $1200/month budget?

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There's very little value in running a Bitcoin node on Microsoft servers. The idea of nodes is not to add processing power to the network, but to increase decentralization and redundancy. Running multiple instances on servers completely controlled by Microsoft does not help that goal.

  • Ok got it, multiple lower power nodes are better than one giant VM – Mike Dec 24 '15 at 4:22
  • @Mike: That's only true if the nodes are run in independent locations. If they're all in the same datacenter, one small node = many small nodes = one big node = many big nodes. – Meni Rosenfeld Dec 24 '15 at 16:07

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