Cloud mining

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Cloud Mining is the process of bitcoin mining utilizing a remote datacenter with shared processing power.[1][2] This type of cloud mining enables users to mine bitcoins or alternative cryptocurrencies without managing the hardware.[3] The mining rigs are housed and maintained in a facility owned by mining company and the customer simply needs to register and purchase mining contracts or shares.[4] Since Cloud Mining is provided as a service there is generally some cost and this can result in lower returns for the miner.

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Users of hosted Mining equipment can either lease a physical mining server or a Virtual private server and install mining software on the machine. Instead of leasing a dedicated server, some services offer hashing power hosted in data centers for sale denominated in Gigahash/seconds (GH/s); Users either select a desired amount of hashing power and a period for the contract or in some cases can trade their hashing power.

A mining farm located in Iceland. The picture shows scrypt miners.

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