How Infura is progressively decentralized

Infura is an important interface to the Ethernet Network API, and developers can achieve one-click access to Ethereum through Infura. Both Infura and MetaMask were launched by Ethereum infrastructure company ConsenSys. Since its development in 2016, Infura has become the backbone of Ethereum, IPFS core infrastructure.

At the same time, Infura is also the first synchronous node service provider for the upgrade of the Ethereum network from PoW to PoS. After the Ethereum upgrade, Infura continues to maintain the stability and security of the Ethereum network interface. In addition to the Ethereum network, Infura is also actively deploying interfaces to other networks. On September 21, Infura announced support for the StarkNet Network API, which further enriched Infura’s ecosystem and built the foundation for decentralized Web3.

Recently, Infura announced the upcoming Decentralized Infrastructure Network, which will make it easier for developers to link dApps and the Ethereum network based on the decentralized protocol. The emergence of decentralized protocols is expected to solve the problem of Infura’s previous centralized products, which is an important step for Infura to gradually realize decentralization. As a result, the decentralization protocol has aroused great concern among developers and the community, and has caused the industry to discuss Infura.

In response to some recent adjustments and upgrades of Infura, PANews interviewed E.G. Galano, co-founder of Infura, to deeply explain the layout and thinking behind Infura. E.G. Galano was the director of KEYPR, a Los Angeles hotel software startup and an early employee of Gaikai, a cloud gaming company acquired by Sony in 2012, and is now the co-founder and chief infrastructure development engineer at Infura.

In this interview, E.G. Galano disclosed from the Infura product that there are currently more than 400,000 registered developers in Infura, who are in a normal state 99.99% of the time and can handle more than 8.5 billion blockchain network requests per day. It also details why the decentralized infrastructure network was introduced and why it is an important addition to Infura, but its centralized services will continue to be available. Speaking about whether there will be a community incentive program, E.G. Galano said that there are currently no airdrop programs, but ways to improve the data growth of our agreement and increase the use of the protocol will be taken into account.

Here are a selection of the interview:

PANews: Although Infura and MetaMask are both operated by ConsenSys, unlike MetaMask that can be used for C-end users, Infura is mainly for developers, which is relatively unfamiliar to many Web3 users.

E.G. Galano: Infura provides developers with immediate, extensible access to Web3 tools and infrastructure. The technology of Ethereum and other blockchain protocols differs from the Internet of Web2 that we have today. Access to the Ethereum network does not require a “www” URL, unlike Facebook which requires access to to log in. In fact, most public chains, including the Ethereum network, have built an API application programming interface that helps programmers query data on-chain and record data requirements on the chain. However, implementing data interaction and storage on these APIs can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and costly. Infura solves this problem by providing a port for the Ethereum API.

Infura’s unique advantage is that it provides developers with the underlying infrastructure that allows developers to build any applications on Ethereum without running a back-end infrastructure. In addition, in addition to providing on-chain API services, Infura can also provide distributed storage for developers through IPFS APIs to meet developers’ transaction management, GAS processing, NFT APIs and other needs.

PANews: At the recent EthBerlin hackers, Infura announced that it will launch the Decentralized Infrastructure Network in the first half of 2023. Can you elaborate on which products are decentralized in the upcoming decentralized infrastructure network? How will they be decentralized?

E.G. Galano: A decentralized infrastructure network will make up for the existing Infura offering, giving users more options to build applications accordingly. Decentralized infrastructure networks will focus on decentralizing lower-level infrastructure layers in order to have more interoperability between operators requesting services for these types of networks.

Infura’s goal is to gradually decentralize, and to eliminate the high barrier to entry into the ecosystem, we will initially prioritize the user level. The Infura ecosystem is ready and we have more quality infrastructure providers. We believe it’s time to deliver on Web3’s promise to give users the option of decentralized services with 100% uptime and no single point of failure.

Infura’s centralized services never go away, but we give developers more options to help them accomplish their build goals. At the same time, the entire Infura ecosystem will be enhanced. If the decentralized infrastructure network is successful, it will mean that Infura fulfills its commitment to decentralization, openness, standards, and improves ecosystem interoperability. Of course, we will not do this ourselves, but will call on more infrastructure operators to join the early access program and help us build test networks and protocols.

PANews: We learned that Infura was free in the early days, but starting in July 2019, Infura upgraded its free product and started charging for some services. Current service prices range from $50 to $1,000. As Infura products continue to mature, will there be any adjustments to the charging area? Will Infura’s token be considered for charges in the future?

E.G. Galano: We are committed to technology-centric user growth and access strategies to provide optimal support for developers at different stages. Our core layer gives developers everything they need to get started, and it’s completely free.

Our paid plans will refine the content of our services, such as allowing for increased daily usage, customized service levels, enhanced customer support and improved response times. Infura is built for developers, and our goal is to make their work easier and increase their productivity exponentially.

PANews: On September 15, ETH underwent a comprehensive upgrade to move from PoW to PoS. Infura is an important API interface for ETH, how will this upgrade affect Infura? What adjustments have been made accordingly?

E.G. Galano: Infura prepared detailed documentation for developers prior to the merger, conducted weekly workshops related to The Merge before the merger, synchronized the merged knowledge base for developers, and more to ensure that the merge process was foolproof.

From a Dapps perspective, they shouldn’t notice the merge happening, and we’re mostly letting the stakers run their own nodes. In addition, we are providing a new API suite for Beacon Chain to ensure proper functioning of the network before and after the merge.

After the Ethereum merge, Infura’s Ethereum API works as smoothly as it did before the merge. We are constantly working to ensure that the Infura Ethereum API remains the best choice for developers building and scaling Dapps on the Ethernet. In addition, Infura was one of the first node service providers to synchronize Ethernet upgrades and be ready.

PANews: Infura is the most commonly used tool for Ethereum developers, and the stability of the network is crucial. What are Infura’s optimization measures for downtime? What are the considerations for developers when using Infura?

E.G. Galano: Downtime is very rare, and Infura’s decentralized infrastructure network is motivated by allowing all node vendors to work together and strive for 100% uptime.

Since its inception, Infura has been up and running 99.99% of the time. This is thanks to our robust infrastructure and policies to ensure we minimize the possibility of downtime. We also distribute nodes across the Ethereum network in various regions to reduce any unforeseen risks.

At the same time, we also provide developers with a large number of documents and resources to optimize operational techniques and so on, so as to minimize downtime.

PANews: Can you share with us further the number of customers and developers currently working with Infura? What representative collaborative projects can be shared?

E.G. Galano: Infura was officially launched in 2016 at the DevCon2 conference, and our mission is to make it easier for developers to build Web3. As of now, Infura is used by more than 400,000 registered developers, is up and running 99.99% of the time, and has more than 8.5 billion blockchain network requests sent every day. In 2021, there are already more than 26,300 ETH traded through the Infura APIs.

Infura’s node infrastructure powers some of the top projects, and our partners include Coinbase, Compound Protocol, MakerDAO, and more. You can read our case studies to see how well-known projects including Aragon DAO, Uniswap, and PoolTogether are using Infura to optimize their blockchain infrastructure.

PANews Note: In the case of Uniswap, the Uniswap team created two different ways to link their application: one using Infura’s wallet, and the other linking users’ arbitrary wallets. Uniswap can query for information by using Infura when the user is not already connected to the wallet, or when they are not already connected to the client, mainly by creating another provider root for the web3-react library. First the Infura is paired with web3-react, and then the web3-react framework can connect directly to Infura and extract useful information for Uniswap, which in turn can obtain relevant data such as the Token exchange rate, Token balance, and other information.

PANews: There are so many infrastructure providers in the Web3 space right now, in your opinion, what is the key to Infura’s success?

E.G. Galano: The biggest highlight of Infura is the ability to provide optimal choice performance and network reliability, and Infura is firmly committed to network reliability, scalability, multi-chaining, and security.

Developers building Dapps on Infura rely on the reliability of the network, and our proven architecture delivers exceptional uptime, with response times up to 10 times faster than other nodes. Our suite of Web3 APIs enables developers to connect to more than nine blockchains, and we’re adding support for new chains.

In addition to the blockchain API, Infura provides decentralized storage for developers through a variety of features and products. Building Dapps on Infura means you have access to ConsenSys’ suite of products, which include several industry-leading tools such as Truffle and MetaMask.

As a crypto-native company, Infura has extensive experience in successfully helping developers build, launch, and manage Web3 applications, and we will continue to work around this core.

PANews: Can you reveal a roadmap for the Decentralized Infrastructure Network? What can we look forward to?

E.G. Galano: The vision of a decentralized infrastructure ecosystem is a decentralized and robust network of infrastructure providers that can service blockchain APIs with high throughput and performance without a single point of failure. This ensures that global users can seamlessly access the information and services they need without the need for outages and downtime because there are no single points of failure.

We are currently in the research and design phase and are actively recruiting protocol engineers and network participants to join the Early Access program. The expected launch date of the Decentralized Infrastructure Ecosystem is in 2023, but the exact date is to be determined.

PANews: What are the opportunities for general users to participate in the launch of the Decentralized Infrastructure Network? Will there be an airdrop program?

E.G. Galano: There is a threshold for the use of blockchain, and with or without Infura, browsing blockchain networks requires expertise that belongs to the Web3 infrastructure vendor domain.

We think anyone with passion and patience with blockchain can learn how to use it. At Infura, we have a full set of resources to get you started. However, most decentralized infrastructure networks at this stage are currently only open to existing Web3 infrastructure vendors, but we want to contribute to the next development of blockchain infrastructure, which is block networks owned and run by the community.

We are currently in the research and design phase and there are no airdrop plans at this stage, but any method that benefits our users, benefits the data growth of our protocol and increases the utilization of the protocol will be taken into account.

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