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Developers Accuse Infura Of Extreme Centralization

10:19 06/12/2018

The Infura project, which supports the Ethereum network, was criticized by blockchain experts due to fears that the system might be too centralized, CoinDesk reports.

 

Infura provides an opportunity for developers to access Ethereum without the need to launch a full node. This service is able to process up to 13 billion code requests per day. Meanwhile, it is officially known that it is managed by only one provider which is ConsenSys, the laboratory based on the Ethereum blockchain. In addition, the technology depends on the cloud servers, all of which are hosted by Amazon. These facts raise concerns that Infura may act as a single point of failure for the whole system.

According to Michael Wuehler, Infura co-founder, “If every single dapp in the world is pointed to Infura, and we decided to turn that off, then we could, and the dapps would stop working.” 

 

Most developers recognize the importance of Infura for the Ethereum network, but urge the community to look for alternative solutions. Some of the startups, aimed at decreasing the dependence on the project, receive funding for the development of necessary solutions. For example, Turbo Geth and VIP node are supported by Infura, and ConsenSys invests in the startup called Incubator. In addition, according to Wuehler, the developers of the centralized technology are seeking ways to increase the number of cloud providers to avoid the Amazon monopoly.

As previously reported,  a developer Afri Schoedon from Parity announced the postponement of the Constantinople code launch in the Ethereum mainnet due to problems with consensus.

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