Infura sidelined by open-source alternative, Ethercluster

Yaz Khoury, Director of Developer Relations at The Ethereum Classic blogged about unveiling Ethercluster. This development was on 01 July.

Yaz introduced Ethercluster as an open-sourced system providing salient endpoints for free. He informed that Ethercluster achieves this by using the latest cutting-edge technologies like Kubernetes, Terraform and Docker. Yaz further conveyed that Ethercluster scales seamlessly with increased demand and usage. He shared information that Ethercluster website provides details about the endpoints while the supporting documents help build from scratch.

Yaz quoted on the rationale behind building own endpoint as – 

“The main motivations behind building our own RPC endpoint infrastructure is due to not having Infura include Ethereum Classic as an option to connect to. That coupled with frustrations over wait times to actually integrate with Infura, as well as wanting to provide a reliable, scalable and open-sourced alternative to Infura for not only Ethereum Classic but also any EVM-based network was the main reason we pushed to build this.”

Yaz informed that Ethercluster serves both as a free endpoint for some systems as well as a design specification for building scalable blockchain framework for others. He clarified that users could use the endpoint provided or check out the docs to build their own blockchain infrastructure. Yaz asserted that by availing the documents available users could build their own node infrastructure in the cloud quickly.

It was further conveyed that Ethercluster scales seamlessly with increased demand and usage.

Yaz provided some insight into cloud instantiation and cluster design. He threw light on the feature to containerize. Yaz explained that while using Docker containers, it was managed with Kubernetes. He opined that this was the true power of using containers with Kubernetes. Yaz indicated that containers could be placed over a service so that nodes could communicate with each other. He also informed about the different design customizations.

In May, Yaz shared another report on quantifying immutability of blockchains. He noted that currently in the cryptocurrency community, there was a discrepancy in the understanding of immutability. Yaz indicated that there was no clear definition between strong vs weak immutability. There is only a definition of whether something is immutable or not.

Yaz wrapped up by informing on the future applications of Ethercluster. He indicated the multifold ways the solution could grow but emphasized on the ability to use command-line which would be a convenient next step. Yaz noted that by supporting more networks, making the system design more resilient and adding more customized dashboards for the state of all the nodes, these would be great target goals for the project.