Disaster recovery, transaction processing, and accelerated development tooling can help your DeFi project achieve scalability

Digital assets have reached their mainstream moment. In 2021, the estimated increase in cryptocurrency adoption globally was 880%. The total value of the NFT market was $40 billion in 2021. The total ETH deposited in the Eth2 Beacon Chain, part of Ethereum’s forthcoming upgrade from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake known as “the Merge,” was $10 million as of March 22.

This growth is astounding to anyone, but it’s especially meaningful if you’ve launched a DeFi protocol or work for one. This growth means affirmation of your venture or the continued success of your business. It also means it’s time to scale and that requires leveling up your infrastructure to withstand the new challenges growth brings.

Scalability is the problem we are all trying to solve in order for innovations to reach their full potential. At Infura, we’re constantly evolving our platform to ensure our platform gives customers infrastructure architected to scale limitlessly. Web3 connectivity is essential for scalable ease of development and enterprise standards. The Infura API suite provides instant HTTPS and WebSocket access to Ethereum, the world’s largest public blockchain, decentralized storage layer, IPFS, and Layer 2 chains such as Polygon, Abritrum, and Optimism:

Infura’s API suite connects to Web3’s top networks

Over 400,000 developers use Infura today for diverse use cases. When it comes to DeFi, Infura offers seamless integration with wallets like MetaMask that use Infura Transactions (ITX), NFT marketplaces like the Palm Studio to deploy full nodes and scalable endpoints, and staking-as-a-service businesses like Codefi access Eth2’s Beacon Chain.

Here are three core Infura features you can leverage to help your DeFi protocol scale.

Transaction processing and gas management with Infura Transactions

Building DeFi protocols often comes with the challenges of stuck transactions, high gas fees, and hidden costs. At Infura we want to ensure you’re focused on building the next DeFi innovation and not the complexities of handling ETH. Infura Transactions (ITX) was designed to do just this.

The Infura Transactions feature provides developers the ability to send transactions with the best gas prices and no need for complex transaction management. DeFi companies can pay with FIAT currencies like the US dollar and execute ETH-based transactions without owning ETH on their balance sheets.

Sample process map from an enterprise use case

For crypto wallet providers, you can plug and play with this feature to meet the needs of your infrastructure and create a seamless experience for your end user transaction. DeFi dapps can have the same seamless experience with fast managed transactions that help users lower their fees by sending ETH to the ITX feature and using Infura’s relay service. This feature also allows for optimal gas prices for L2s and is now available on Polygon. A critical step for L2 rollups is writing their transactions back to mainnet. The ITX feature has a fee adjustment strategy to ensure the rollup block is mined at the best price. All these benefits combined mean you can scale your products and services.

Disaster recovery and backup support for exchanges and funds

For large crypto enterprises like exchanges and funds, whose businesses rely on priority Service Level Agreements with their institutional clients, it is crucial that data is never lost or that their services go offline by having backup infrastructure in place. This is the benefit of Infura’s backup support and disaster recovery feature.

Disaster recovery shows operational maturity and DeFi companies who have this in place have the peace of mind their services can run despite interruptions and that data is being archived. In addition to being a backup service, customers can also use this feature to run full nodes they diversify with Infura access points.

Sample use case of exchange using Infura as backup solution


Accelerated development with the ConsenSys tech stack

Accelerated development is a feature Infura offers by giving customers the opportunity to leverage our partner’s tools and services. Infura is part of ConsenSys, a blockchain development company founded by Ethereum’s co-founder, Joseph Lubin. Being part of ConsenSys means Infura’s customers have access to additional tooling, support, and even collaborations to accelerate their business development from other ConsenSys companies like MetaMask, Codefi, ConsenSys NFT, Quorum, and more.

In the case of DeFi, Codefi leverages Infura’s Teku Client endpoints to provide institutions with reliable 99.5% uptime to minimize slashing for staking ETH in four key areas:

An example of accelerated development for an NFT project is the Palm Network powered by Infura and Quorum. ConsenSys NFT worked with Palm NFT studio to launch a low-cost and sustainable Quorum network dedicated to NFT launches run on Infura infrastructure. You can learn more about the partnership here.

Key Takeaways

Web3 and digital assets are here to stay. As the growth of the DeFi industry continues to surpass even the most bullish predictions, businesses must be able to scale at light-speed, and these core features of Infura will help get them there.

In addition to Ethereum and IPFS, Infura supports Ethereum Layer 2s platforms  like Polygon, Arbitrum, and Optimism with a roadmap set to continue on a multi-blockchain and protocol expansion. Keep an eye out for more news about this expansion.

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