In January 2015, the company received a US$75 million investment, led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the New York Stock Exchange, USAA, and several banks.[20] Later in January, the company launched a U.S.-based bitcoin exchange for professional traders called Coinbase Exchange.[21] Coinbase began to offer services in Canada in 2015,[22] but in July 2016, Coinbase announced it would halt services in August after the closure of their Canadian online payments service provider Vogogo.[citation needed]


从广义上来看,网络交换机分为两种:广域网交换机和局域网交换机。广域网交换机主要应用于电信领域,提供通信用的基础平台。而局域网交换机则应用于局域网络,用于连接终端设备,如PC机及网络打印机等。从传输介质和传输速度上可分为以太网交换机、快速以太网交换机、千兆以太网交换机、FDDI交换机、ATM交换机和令牌环交换机等。从规模应用上又可分为企业级交换机、部门级交换机和工作组交换机等。各厂商划分的尺度并不是完全一致的,一般来讲,企业级交换机都是机架式,部门级交换机可以是机架式(插槽数较少),也可以是固定配置式,而工作组级交换机为固定配置式(功能较为简单)。另一方面,从应用的规模来看,作为骨干交换机时,支持500个信息点以上大型企业应用的交换机为企业级交换机,支持300个信息点以下中型企业的交换机为部门级交换机,而支持100个信息点以内的交换机为工作组级交换机。 [3]  


Essentially, if you are interested in trading in digital currencies but don't want to get bogged down in the underlying technology, products like Coinbase are a way to begin a foray into a new form of currency speculation and investing. You do, however, lose some of the advantages of trading in a cryptocurrency and through the blockchain. On Coinbase, you have no pseudo anonymity—your name is attached to your Coinbase account and so is your bank account, so transaction history is relatively easy to track down. And if you're not working on the blockchain, there's not much you can do to ensure that the verification of your transaction history or your account is taking place on the blockchain. You are, instead, placing trust in the intermediary, in this case, Coinbase.
In the case of Bitcoin, miners run computer programs to verify the data that creates a complete transaction history of all Bitcoin. A technology known as the blockchain, which is used to create irreversible and traceable transactions, makes the process of verification possible. Once a miner has verified the data (which comes in a block, hence, blockchain), they are rewarded with some amount of digital currency, the same currency for which they were verifying the transaction history. So mining Bitcoin, for example, would earn you Bitcoin.


With the largest variety of markets and the biggest value - having reached a peak of 18 billion USD - Bitcoin is here to stay. As with any new invention, there can be improvements or flaws in the initial model however the community and a team of dedicated developers are pushing to overcome any obstacle they come across. It is also the most traded cryptocurrency and one of the main entry points for all the other cryptocurrencies. The price is as unstable as always and it can go up or down by 10%-20% in a single day.
Coinbase was founded in June 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam.[6][7] co-founder Ben Reeves was part of the original founding team but later parted ways with Armstrong due to a difference in how the Coinbase wallet should operate.[8] The remaining founding team enrolled in the Summer 2012 Y Combinator startup incubator program. In October 2012, the company launched the services to buy and sell bitcoin through bank transfers.[9] In May 2013, the company received a US$5 million Series A investment led by Fred Wilson from the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures.[10] In December 2013, the company received a US$25 million investment, from the venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures (USV), and Ribbit Capital.[11]