Proposal “dash-core-group-infrastructure-december-“ (Active)Back

Title:Dash Core Group Infrastructure (December - February)
Owner:glennaustin
Monthly amount: 266 DASH (24850 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (3 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2020-11-13 / 2021-02-10 (added on 2020-11-09)
Votes: 818 Yes / 39 No / 0 Abstain
Will be funded: Yes
External information: app.dashnexus.org/proposals/dash-core-group-infrastructure-december---february/overview
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Proposal description

Dash Core Group December 1st Funding Proposals
DCG is submitting 3 funding proposals for the December 1st budget cycle:
1) DCG Compensation: currently month 2 of 3
2) DCG Compensation Supplemental Proposal: currently month 1 of 3
3) DCG Infrastructure: $18,000 / month (Month 1 of 3) 

This Proposal
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This multi-month proposal funds Dash Core Group's ongoing infrastructure costs - including hardware and workplace application costs. These tools are critical for the DCG developers and other staff to work productively. It also includes hosting for externally-facing services including the website, forum, testnet, evonet etc. 

The last time funding was requested for the Dash Core Group’s infrastructure budget was in February 2020.  The funding lasted us the entire year of 2020.

Our current infrastructure costs average $8,000/month. This proposal, if paid out at the current exchange rate of $67 / Dash over the next 3 budget cycles, and in addition to current infrastructure reserves should provide sufficient funding for infrastructure needs through July 2021.

These funds are for the following services:
  • Cloud computing services (for hosting of testnet and Evo-net servers, insight API, etc.)
  • Software development tools and applications (continuous integration builds)
  • Security applications (password managers, VPN services and custodial wallets)
  • Google Suite (includes email hosting, calendar, document management and a number of other productivity tools)
  • Video-conferencing services
  • Collaboration tools such as Atlassian and Slack that collectively constitute the DCG “workplace”
  • Accounting and expense reimbursement software subscriptions

The expenses for cloud computing instances constitute the largest portion of our infrastructure costs.  These costs run approximately $5,000 - $6,000 per month.  We currently have a project underway to assess how we can begin lowering these costs as we move to testnet (e.g. whether we need an internal Evonet anymore) and whether we can reduce the quorum sizes on testnet now that quorums are increasingly proven and we don’t need to test quorum performance as rigorously.  We aim to ensure that we are spending network funds in a cost-conscious manner.

If you have any questions, please direct them to @kot in this Dashnexus post to ensure we are notified of your request.

Requested funding is as follows for the December, January and February 1st budget cycle:
· 264.34 Dash for core team infrastructure ($18,000 USD @ $67 per Dash)
·    1.66 Dash proposal reimbursement (5 Dash over 3 months)
Total: 266 Dash / per month

Note: Should any funding remain, we will apply it toward future infrastructure expenses and related taxes.

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0 points,16 days ago
Does this proposal include physical infrastructure (ie: the offices at SkySong) as well?
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2 points,16 days ago
This proposal does not include our offices at SkySong. The property lease budget is a separate budget and any funding for that will require a separate proposal to the network.
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0 points,16 days ago
Thanks for clarifying.
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