Ankr, one of the industry’s fastest RPC providers and web3 developer toolsets, has announced that it will become a remote procedure call provider for Optimism.
Optimism is an open-source layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum that focuses on speed and efficient transactions across the network. It has caught the eyes of many in recent months, including Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin.
This is a great example of why I'm so proud of @optimismPBC for adding non-token governance (the Citizen House).— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) June 3, 2022
Optimism explicitly has goals *other* than just "make OP go up", and the only way to do that long-term is with explicit representation of non-token-holder interests. pic.twitter.com/vofVVx53mC
Ankr has assisted many industry leaders such as Solana and Avalanche by running their blockchains faster, allowing for better Web3 experiences across the globe. Matthew Slipper, head of engineering of OP Labs, stated:
“Adding Ankr as an infrastructure provider helped fulfill the desires of our community members who want to build with robust and reliable services. Apps and integrations choose to build in our ecosystem because they feel aligned with our values and appreciate the breadth of tooling and technical options available to them.”
This partnership will allow decentalized application (DApp) developers from all parts of the world access to Optimism’s public and premium RPCs. “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, chief marketing officer of Ankr.
Ankr also said that it will incentivize independent Optimism node operators to add their nodes to the load balancer in return for ANKR tokens.
Back in November 2021, Ankr Network co-founder and CEO Chandler Song wrote about multichain technology as a necessity for the future of decentralized finance (DeFi) products. At the time, he said that projects that support multiple chains gain larger audiences and increase their liquidity:
“This means that at a minimum, your DeFi product needs to support Ethereum and a “niche” blockchain — there are established leaders for trading, staking, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and more. And the more chains with which you can interact, the better.”