Can anyone share info related to minimum viable Azure machine instance type to run a validator? Anyone aware of a guide out there to configure said VM properly? It’s kind of odd that this hasn’t popped up on the community forum yet, or maybe I missed it. I’ve also seen folks link to the Build.md in the project as the authoritative guide to “hardware requirements” which is interesting because the document, as far as I can tell, doesn’t include any mention of hardware requirements or recommendations for that matter, which one might conclude as indicating that there essentially aren’t any beyond access to the SGX enclave.
Anyways, I’m rambling a bit but it seems like either one can run an Azure instance for, at a minimum, $180/month or buy hardware listed here (the list of devices with out of the box support here is especially useful.)
Can anyone speak to their own experience? I’d like to figure out the cheapest way (let’s say amortized over 12 months) to be able to actually participate in the TestNet and ideally the MainNet as well (I don’t have a good mental model re expectations for ledger/block sizes and how to would impact hardware requirements for a validator node, curious if others could speak to that specifically).