ScPrime Storage Provider Overview
SCP Corp have designed a very robust and reliable, dedicated storage provider which is truly plug and play, needing little to no technical knowledge to setup and run. There are 2 options to purchase currently, a 16TB model and a 64TB model. The Xa-Miners require very little power, typical power draw being 40-50W.
The setup, configuration and stats visibility are all done through a simple WebGUI which works on both PC/laptop/Mac’s and mobile. The Xa-Miner only requires power and a wired internet connection with the ability to forward ports to the Miner (CG-NAT based ISP services, either fixed line or mobile based are not suitable for running a storage provider). The Xa-Miners automatically set their pricing as well as auto-updating their software, requiring no interaction by the owner.
Another important aspect of the Xa-Miners is they come with 3 years hardware warranty along with the option of buying an extended warranty to add an additional 2 years.
Xa-Miners not only are licensed to receive contracts and incentives from SCP Corp, they also include a Basic License to run a DIY provider as well, upgradeable to a Full License to give the same Xa-Miner GUI experience.
The upfront price of the Xa-Miners include rebates, 37.5% for the 16TB model and 42% for the 64TB model, paid back in SCP over the course of the first 12 months based on a rebate schedule. These rebate payments cover the initial collateral required to start accepting contracts as well as helps to provide a return on the initial investment in the first year while the Xa-Miner is building up an amount of stored data and the storage earnings start to increase.
The only prerequisite to receiving these rebates is the Xa-Miner needs to be kept up and online with an uptime > 95%.
The alternative option available currently is running a DIY provider. The ScPrime software is available for Windows, Linux, and OSX based PC’s as well as NAS’s via Docker. As a DIY Provider, you will need to install, configure and maintain all aspects of the provider from adding new storage, updating storage settings and upgrading software to new versions. Also OS related issues like Windows Defender and Firewall, OS updates etc. are the responsibility of the user to address.
Building an equivalent DIY provider to a similar spec to an Xa-Miner plus Full License will work out to a similar or greater cost to purchasing an Xa-Miner once rebates are taken into account on the Xa-Miner.
Another important aspect of choosing to be a DIY provider is licensing. While it’s possible to run a DIY provider without a license, an unlicensed provider will not receive contracts or incentives from SCP Corp. Two levels of licenses are available, Basic and Full. More details can be found on the licensing FAQ.
Once a DIY Provider is setup, you will need to purchase some SCP coins to announce the provider to the network (costs a small fraction of an SCP) and also to cover collateral.
Any issues which a DIY Provider faces after setting up will be the responsibility of the user to troubleshoot and fix. Hardware issues will need to be taken up with the manufacturer or retailer they were purchased from, configuration mistakes can lead to loss of data and revenue, software upgrades need to be performed by the user etc. Small mistakes can lead to a large loss in revenue once a DIY provider has accrued a significant amount of data.
The following table should help you in deciding which choice of provider is best for you.