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As we approach the launch of Unity in the next few weeks, we are thrilled to announce our validator launch partners! It has been a great experience working this industry-leading group of companies from around the world and seeing the Aion staking community grow exponentially over the past few months. We’d like to thank this group of dedicated validators for their feedback and contributions throughout the testnet period — it has played a tremendous part in smoothing out any bumps along the way and paved the way for newcomers to join for mainnet and beyond.
With decentralization and security as the focus, the ARRT team designed Unity to be simple, efficient, and the most accessible staking solution for all stakeholders taking part in the validation process. We were excited to see how well-received this design was by various staking pool operators and how quickly it was for them to get their pools set up. Being one of the only pseudo non-custodial solutions where the entire staking life-cycle is managed by Java smart contracts made the experience very straightforward with as little risk as possible.
We look forward to a successful launch in the coming weeks and engaging Aion holders from around the world in securing The OAN. Here is a list in alphabetical order of the launch partners providing public accepting delegation by mainnet launch:
Peak Corridor Consulting
Find out more about the launch validators in alphabetical order below:
Aion Pool Mine
AionPool.org is a community team working to keep the OAN decentralized by providing multiple validating nodes using datacenter hosted dedicated hardware servers. The team includes equ1miner from AionMine.org supporting AION since May 2018.
Aionpool.tech thrives in serving the Aion mining community and is now extending the service to both stakers and miners. Aionpool.tech has been operational for over a year and is known in the mining community for unmatched reliability, uptime, support, and community engagement.
All your blockchain node deployment needs in one place — any infrastructure, any protocol, thousands of nodes and one API that binds them all.
Chainflow provides fair & equitable staking for everyone through our highly available & secure validators. They’re backed by years of experience working on mission-critical data center and networking projects for some of the largest financial, government and telecom institutions in the world.
Chainflow feels hopeful and optimistic about a decentralized future. The Chainflow validators are our contribution toward manifesting a fairer distribution of power, wealth, and opportunity.
Enterprise-level validator node infrastructure and end-user application provider.
Figment Networks provides trusted token delegation, secure staking infrastructure, and compliance tools for long-term token holders and Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchains. Beyond staking infrastructure, Figment is dedicated to growing PoS blockchains via open-source software tool development and active governance.
Based in Canada, serving token holders worldwide and venture-funded, Figment Networks is the country’s largest blockchain infrastructure and staking provider. Figment is trusted by over 300 customers and partners worldwide with more than 35 million tokens under management across 10 PoS networks.
Forbole is an award-winning blockchain staking and technology solution provider. We provide enterprise-level infrastructure and services for various blockchain ecosystems and create open-source software and tools to achieve wide-adoption of the technology.
InfStones is a Silicon Valley based technology company that specializes in both cloud infrastructure and staking as a service for blockchains. It is Elected Super Nodes on EoS,TRON, VeChain, Ontology, Bytom, Loom, IoTeX and also active validators on Cosmos, Harmony, IRISnet, IOST, Tezos and Wanchain. InfStones is running infrastructure for 20+ PoS blockchains, managing a total of 100+ nodes which make it one of the largest infrastructure providers in the blockchain industry.
Metanyx at its core is a network of passionate Blockchain enthusiasts that collaborate and share their collective skills and knowledge to mature the ecosystem.
Mindful Staking is a Third Party staking provider exclusively for The Open Application Network. Our goal is to encourage decentralization within the OAN Ecosystem. We make it easy for anyone and everyone to get involved in the essential role of increasing the security of the Open Application Network by staking with us on Unity.
Peak Corridor Consulting
PPC provides technical and business strategy services to clients working towards a decentralize networking infrastructure as well as open application platforms. PPC operates validator nodes for clients on both Loom Network and Skale. In addition to validator work, PPC has designed and implemented BTC mining facilities over 2 MWs in size. PPC is operated by a founding member of the Aion Network.
RockX is a comprehensive digital assets platform that offers users and token holders with reliable PoS staking-as-a-service and PoW mining services. RockX’s mission is to unlock the full value of digital assets and accelerate the maturity of the blockchain industry. We see ourselves as a trusted ecosystem builder as we safeguard the PoS ecosystem and build an infrastructure where digital assets can be accepted as a viable asset class with more stability and transparency.
Stake Capital is your partner to effortlessly and trustlessly participate in emerging digital economies. We provide financial instruments and services on top of the leading DeFi and staking networks.
stake.fish is a leading validator for Proof of Stake blockchains, supporting The OAN, EOS, Cosmos, Tezos, Chainlink, Algorand, Loom Network, and IRIS Network and facilitating staking for $30M worth of assets. We are at the forefront of the staking economy expanding our infrastructure support for different projects and creating fair opportunities for everyone to stake their cryptocurrencies. On top of managing our infrastructure, we build tools to help create a seamless staking experience. We also work to build communities and educate the blockchain community on staking, co-hosting meetups with projects who share our passion to provide tech focused knowledge.
Who doesn’t want frites with their stake? Stake Frites is a grass-roots Aion community pool. If you are looking for puns, Aion memes and more stake in your life look no further.
Based in Munich, Germany, Staking Facilities is based staking service provider that is in close contact with political decision makers, academia and Munich based corporates. Staking Facilities is running highly available & secure validators for Cosmos (since 220 days) and Tezos (since 500 days) with more than $1M in customer rewards generated for over 300 delegating customers. We offer a broad range of additional services such as our Staking dashboard, providing in-depth analytics and data export for tax purposes
Wetez is the most professional team in the PoS ( Proof of Stake) field, We provide staking as service for over 12 projects ( Tezos, Cosmos, etc). For institutions, we provide the most secure and efficient node management service; For individual investors, we provide convenient delegation service and tool for rewards. At the same time, Wetez is a mobile wallet specially designed for PoS. Wetez has been working in the staking space for nearly 2 years, and we will continue to empower individual rights what PoS consensus brings in the future.
Validation Capital provides secure node infrastructure and investment capital to industry-leading crypto networks. Validation Capital’s finance team has more than 25 years of capital markets and investing experience from firms including CIBC, BMO, and Moelis. The engineering team brings expertise in cybersecurity, network architecture, and software development from Deloitte and IBM.
We are tremendously excited to be launching Unity with these partners. We highly encourage the Aion community to learn more about these amazing teams, ask questions and prepare to delegate! In advance of the Unity upgrade, the Aion Staking interface will be released, providing a seamless experience for discovering, selecting, and delegating your Aion to validators.
Over the coming weeks and months, we look forward to having more validators and mining pools join the Aion and broader OAN community.