1. Create Your Environment
A collator deploys its node on a remote server. You can choose your preferred provider for dedicated servers and operating system. Generally speaking, we recommand you to select a provider/server in your region, this will increase decentralization of the network. You can choose your preferred operating system, though we highly recommend Linux.
Shibuya is the perfect network to test out your knowledge about running nodes in the Astar ecosystem. To join the collator set on Shibuya you need to apply for a 32k SBY fund.
If you never operated a collator node, we strongly encourage you to spin up a Shibuya collator node to start before thinking about the mainnet.