Ankr becomes an RPC provider to Ethereum L2 scaling solution Optimism
Just last month, we covered Ankr after the Web3 infrastructure provider announced a partnership with Pocket Network in a major push to achieve a fully decentralized infrastructure for the Web3 ecosystem. Since then, the Ankr team has been working behind the scene developing scalable solutions for the blockchain ecosystem.
Today, Ankr announced it has become an RPC (Remote Procedure Call) provider to Optimism, a blazing-fast and low-cost Layer-2 scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain. Following this partnership, Ankr is now an RPC provider to 17 blockchains including Ethereum, BNB Chain, Solana, and Avalanche. An RPC enables various applications to interact with the blockchain.
Ankr Protocol serves an average of six billion blockchain requests per day across more than 50 networks. Ankr delivers time-tested and high-performance RPC node infrastructure to handle any request load, massively expanding Optimism’s public RPC resources.
“Apps and integrations choose to build in the Optimism ecosystem because they feel aligned with our values and culture and appreciate the tooling and technical options available to them,” said Matthew Slipper, Head of Engineering at OP Labs. “In response to requests from our community, we’re excited to offer Ankr as an additional Optimism RPC provider.”
Optimism uses optimistic rollups to bring scalability to Ethereum. By submitting the transaction data to Ethereum while performing transaction processing off-chain, Optimism can significantly reduce fees and increase throughput while inheriting Ethereum’s security properties. Optimism has saved users more than a billion dollars in gas fees since its inception.
“We love what Optimism is building for the future of Ethereum. Ankr is happy to do our part to provide a fast and reliable RPC service for their users,” said Greg Gopman, the Chief Marketing Officer at Ankr.
This partnership is also a major boost to dApp developers looking for additional Optimism RPC endpoints. Developers can access Optimism Public and Premium RPCs, make request calls, and query on-chain information that mirrors the results of running a self-hosted Optimism full node.
To strengthen the global Optimism network, Ankr is providing a geo-distributed and decentralized Optimism RPC composed of many independent blockchain nodes running worldwide for low-latency and reliable connections. Ankr will incentivize independent and enterprise Optimism node operators to add their nodes to the load balancer in return for ANKR tokens.
Optimism is a leading open-source Ethereum Layer 2 scaling solution. Its Optimistic Rollup network is designed to utilize the strong security guarantees of Ethereum while allowing apps to achieve faster and cheaper transactions. Optimism has saved users more than a billion dollars in gas fees since its inception. It boasts over $800 million in total value locked across apps like Synthetix, Uniswap, Perpetual Protocol, Curve, and Aave.
Launched in 2021, Ankr helps blockchain companies run their blockchains faster, enabling them to offer users the best Web3 experiences. The Ankr Protocol serves 200 billion RPC requests a month across 50 blockchain networks. In 2022, Ankr added the Web3 gaming SDK, multi-chain liquid staking tools, and App Chains to its developer product suite.