A few hours ago, Stellar Lumens announced on Twitter that it has completed Horizon 2.0.
Big news… we've just released Horizon 2.0! 🎉
This major release has been years in the making. It lets people deploy Horizon with fewer resources, under looser constraints, and with far more flexibility than ever before!
— Stellar (@StellarOrg) March 1, 2021
The development of this infrastructure seems to have taken several years. What’s new about Horizon is that it will allow all developers to use Stellar using “fewer resources, under looser constraints, and with far more flexibility than ever before.”, the press release explains.
In the past, it was necessary to have a Stellar Core node to deploy Horizon, which required a lot of disk space and difficult configuration.
Now, however, with Horizon 2.0, developers are able to choose the right configuration for their use case and thus be able to have a lighter or more professional version, depending on their development needs.
For the uninitiated, Horizon is the API package used to develop on the Stellar blockchain.
How to choose the configuration of Stellar Horizon
As explained in the blog post released today by Stellar, there are two types to choose from:
- The first is to become a network validator and thus improve the network and participate in consensus, vote for decisions to be made for the development of Stellar and much more;
- The second one, however, requires Horizon to have all the historical data of the Stellar blockchain, send transactions and register new events.
The latest news on Stellar
Since last November 2020, Stellar Lumens has started to capture even more attention from the crypto world and in fact started to record new period highs in terms of Google searches, reaching a real hype in the first week of February.
As is often the case, this is probably due to the price of XLM, Stellar’s crypto, which just at the end of November had started to rise in value, going from 0.07 cents to 0.20.
As the graph on Google Trends increases, so too does the price of XLM, which in February marked its annual record of 0.54 cents.
Incidentally, at the beginning of February, Stellar presented its new roadmap for 2021, which is based on improving technology, increasing partnerships and marketing.