If you’re considering setting up your own Dash masternode, you may be unsure where to start or perhaps confused by the dizzying array of options. Perhaps you see advertisements for shared masternodes or VPS hosting. You may also consider colocating your own server(s) with an internet service provider. But an important option to consider is “managed masternode hosting,” also referred to as managed dedicated hosting or dedicated servers. To help you decide which option is right for you, we outline the array of hosting options and explain the tradeoffs for each.

DIY Hosting

You could buy computer hardware and manage it yourself. With a DIY masternode, you’re responsible for all the setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting when problems arise. You would follow the steps described on Dash.org for configuring the Dash masternode. Hopefully you’re a technician because it is fairly complicated. Note, your local internet service can be fragile, which presents problems with long-term health of your masternode (proof of service may be jeopardized).

Advantages Disadvantages
100% ownership Up-front investment in equipment
100% control over everything IT support responsibility
Minimal “hosting” cost Potential downtime (local internet service)


Another option, which alleviates local connectivity problems, is colocation, where you contract a data center facility to lease space for your computer hardware. Some colocation providers offer managed services, but they typically only provide data center space. You’ll have control over your hardware and software, while they monitor their network and provide general perimeter security.

Advantages Disadvantages
100% ownership Up-front investment in equipment
Uptime Shared IT support responsibility (everything but the network)
Control over the server(s) Expense for service

Managed Masternode Hosting

“Managed hosting” refers to a model where you lease the hardware — networking, servers, and storage — from a managed service provider like Zaimirai. The service provider offers hardware that is dedicated to you alone. The “managed” part means the service providers handles all the administration, management, and support of your infrastructure.

Managed hosting is a logical first step for those seeking to get started with masternode hosting since it means foregoing upfront costs and outsourcing the headaches. A managed hosting provider will configure hardware and software, offer technical support, perform patch management and system maintenance, and monitor for performance issues. Managed hosting offers you the chance to run a masternode optimized for performance and pre-configured for easy maintenance. It gives you access to state-of-the-art technology even if you’re not ready to invest or don’t have the time or knowledge to get your hands dirty. You also won’t be stuck with the responsibility of investing in costly hardware or staying ahead of system upgrades the way you would if you were handling your hosting needs using an in-house method.

Advantages Disadvantages
Rent vs. buy lowers up-front expenses No control over infrastructure
High availability & uptime Ongoing operating expense
Outsourced support & maintenance