What are alternatives to using Infura for blockchain development?

Alternative high-quality providers include Alchemy, Amazon Managed Blockchain, and IBM Blockchain Platform. Read on to learn more about the alternatives.

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What is Infura?

Infura is a suite of developer tools created by Consensys to help developers connect their apps to the Ethereum network and other decentralized platforms. Infura primarily offers an Ethereum API and an IPFS API to connect to distributed secure storage. Notably, Consensys says 13% of its requests are on Layer 2 networks, also highlighting the growth of Arbitrum, Optimism, and Polygon.

Why are people switching from Infura to Alchemy?

Infura Outages and Reliability

On November 11th, 2020, Infura had an outage that lasted for hours and sparked an outcry in the Web3 community as it took down countless dapps and protocols that expect reliability. Crypto exchanges like Binance started halting ether withdrawals as a result of the outage. That wasn’t the last outage.
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Ease of Use

Infura has restrictions on requests per day and rate limits that have limited ease of use for some developers. Archive data is an extra service available for an additional fee, which is offered for free through Alchemy and other providers that also provided enhanced APIs and more.
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Speed and Data Correctness

Several DeFi and NFT dapps have been impacted by slow transactions, degraded performance, and questions about data correctness. Having fast and data correct API responses is essential in order to provide a trusted dapp in Web3.
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Ethereum’s Infura-iating Outage Revives Decentralization Concerns"
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On November 11th, 2020, Infura for hours that sparked an outcry in the Web3 community as it took down countless dapps and protocols that expect reliability. Crypto exchanges like Binance started halting ether withdrawals as a result of the outage. That wasn’t the last outage.
Infura Outages and Reliability
On November 11th, 2020, Infura for hours that sparked an outcry in the Web3 community as it took down countless dapps and protocols that expect reliability. Crypto exchanges like Binance started halting ether withdrawals as a result of the outage. That wasn’t the last outage.
Speed and Data Correctness

Several DeFi and NFT dapps have been impacted by slow transactions, degraded performance, and questions about data correctness. This is essential in order to provide a trusted dapp in Web3.
Ease of Use
Several DeFi and NFT dapps have been impacted by slow transactions, degraded performance, and questions about data correctness. This is essential in order to provide a trusted dapp in Web3.

Extensive Impact on Dapps

Infura’s outages, which affected their mainnet API, archive data, filters, logs, websockets and more, were detected around 7AM UTC and soon forced crypto exchanges and wallets like Binance and MetaMask to temporarily suspend Ethereum and ERC20 token withdrawals, as they couldn’t get accurate price data or complete transactions. Meanwhile, distressed investors and projects were demanding to see where their ETH and ERC20 tokens had gone.
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Alchemy is the Most Scalable and Reliable Blockchain Platform

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