Frequently asked questions
How does Ephycent manage all organizations in a blockchain network with diverse infrastructure vendors?
Ephycent relies on Kubernetes to manage a hybrid cloud and on-premises network. The image below shows how Ephycent works:
Using Kubernetes and tons of automation scripts, Ephycent enables Hyperledger Fabric to connect all organizations in the same network as if they were in the same infrastructure.
Therefore, anything related to Hyperledger Fabric — Channels, CAs, Chaincode, etc. — is managed by Ephycent. The only thing Ephycent does not manage is the Application Layer, which is the main application interface and non-blockchain business logic.
Ephycent also provides API to connect with the external application.
Which skills do I need to install Ephycent and to manage the Hyperledger Fabric network?
To install the network:
Cloud management: Ephycent and Hyperledger Fabric require the network to be configured properly before deployment.
VM creation and management: Ephycent requires a small VM (Minimum 2vCPU, 8GB memory, 10GB HD).
To manage the network:
Hyperledger Fabric: To configure and manage your network, at least a good understanding of Hyperledger Fabric is required.
Kubernetes: Understanding of Kubernetes is required if you wish to deploy and manage your own Kubernetes cluster. If Ephycent is deploying your Kubernetes Cluster in the cloud or on-premises, only basic knowledge of Kubernetes is required.
Does one Ephycent license include all the companies in the network?
No, each company in the network must acquire its own license. Each participant organization may have different needs.
A network is started with an administrator, who in turn, will invite all the other participating organizations.
Pricing for Administrator and Organization participants are slightly different. While an Administrator pays only one amount, organizations’ pricing varies if they are using only Cloud providers or the on-premises version of Ephycent.
May I use my current Enterprise Cloud Account to deploy my peer nodes?
Yes, you can. Ephycent was built with the goal of allowing every participant in a blockchain network to choose their own infrastructure strategy.
Therefore, contrary to other providers, there are no limitations on which Cloud provider one may choose.
I am an undergraduate student. How can I get Ephycent for free?
If your Educational Institution is registered with Ephycent, or if you participate in a Blockchain Club within your university that partners with Ephycent, you may download a Starter license for free.
Follow these steps:
1. From the Enterprise Plans page, choose “Starter”
2. Use your school provided email to register and select "Student" in the field "Registration type"
3. In dropbox for Institution, select the institution or club you attend
After our verification, you will receive an email with a unique coupon to receive your free Starter License.
1. Click the link provided in the email
2. At the payments page, enter the coupon code and proceed with the purchase. The value of your Starter plan should now be zero. Your credit card information is still required for identification purposes.
3. After the payment phase, you will be redirected to your user dashboard to install and use Ephycent.
Note that your license is valid for 6 months where you will need to verify eligibility again.
Can I deploy Hyperledger Fabric on my own servers, on-premises, if I have no knowledge of Kubernetes?
Knowledge of Kubernetes is not a prerequisite to installing Hyperledger Fabric on-premises using Ephycent.
Ephycent deployed its own Kubernetes Management Solution, which handles the complexity of Kubernetes. In fact, no knowledge is required, but a basic knowledge of Kubernetes is advisable.
Does Ephycent use only core Hyperledger Fabric protocol, or does it have some proprietary tools that replace core Fabric functionalities?
Ephycent uses only native Hyperledger Fabric, which makes it easier to deploy, manage and support it. In no way will Ephycent change native Hyperledger Fabric.
What does Ephycent do?
Ephycent is a solution that automates the deployment, management and support of a production-ready Hyperledger Fabric network. All Hyperledger Fabric is native, and the deployment and management is all UI-based; therefore, no CLI is required.
In addition, Ephycent enables a multi-cloud hybrid fabric network, connecting any infrastructure, which allows for a truly decentralized network.
The way that Ephycent is able to allow for high-availability, multi-cloud and on-premises blockchain networks is via Kubernetes. No previous knowledge of Kubernetes is required, as Ephycent deploys Kubernetes clusters in any cloud and on-premises.
Why do I need to enter credit card information for the 14-day trial?
First, Ephycent needs to confirm your identity for the purchase. Second, Ephycent will start charging your credit card if you do not cancel within 14 days.
Very secure. Ephycent uses one of the most respected payment providers: Stripe. By using Stripe for payment, Ephycent does not store any payment information, Stripe does.
As per the Stripe website:
"Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, we use the best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security at Stripe."
On top of that, Ephycent uses SSL in its entire website, amongst other security tools to insure our clients’ information is always secure.
How secure is Ephycent's payment process?
Very secure. Ephycent uses one of the most respected payment providers: Stripe. By using Stripe for payment Ephycent does not store any payment information, Stripe does.
As per Stripe website:
"Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, we use the best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security at Stripe." https://stripe.com/docs/security/stripe
On top of that Ephycent uses SSL in its entire website, amongst other security tools to insure our client's information is always secure.
What is included in Ephycent 14-day trial?
At Ephycent, we want to make sure you not only make the best out of your free trial, but that you have every tool and feature at your disposal. Therefore, your Ephycent trial includes access to all Ephycent features of the plan you've chosen to trial.
This means that you can explore the full potential of our Starter and Professional plans starting on Day 1 of your free trial.
How do I create a Hyperledger Fabric Network using Ephycent?
Ephycent deploys the Hyperledger Network the traditional way, with one Administrator deploying the main network and inviting all the participating organizations.
Ephycent also supports communication between organizations and the Administrator, therefore the organization may request more peers, suggest new participating organizations, request an orderer, etc.
Besides, one of the participating organizations - or a group of them - may be the network administrator.
STEP 1: Deploy the main Hyperledger Fabric network
STEP 2: Invite participating organizations to join the network
STEP 3: When enough organizations joined the network, create Channels and upload chaincodes
STEP 4: Connect dApp to Network and integrate with Data Points
What is the cost per transaction?
There is no cost per transaction while using Ephycent, none. The only cost is the subscription.
Is the subscription per user or per company?
Ephycent's subscription is per company, therefore many users can access Ephycent without any extra cost.