"Our partnership with Alchemy has greatly accelerated our development because our engineering team can now focus solely on Augur-specific development."
- Augur CTO Alex Chapman
Before launching in 2018, Augur had spent years on active development, protocol design, and testing smart contracts. Hours after launch, they were surprised to receive complaints that Augur wasn't working. This happens to many developers; they deploy a well-designed protocol only to find out it doesn't behave as expected.
The problems arose because Augur had launched with a free third-party node service that was slow, unreliable, and frequently provided incorrect blockchain data. Even though the Augur application was working, the infrastructure powering the application wasn't. Quality infrastructure is one of the most important factors for great user experiences, real-world adoption, and developer productivity.
Alchemy utilizes a sophisticated distributed architecture and an innovative system to guarantee consistency at scale.
Augur ultimately switched to Alchemy for quality blockchain infrastructure. Now Augur works like it was meant to! Alchemy enabled Augur to work for their users and continue to work as Augur scaled, and here's how:
Alchemy entirely resolved consistency issues and delivered the best user experience, reducing user complaints by over 100x and supercharging Augur's adoption. Their previous infrastructure provider delivered a buggy experience that spurned 95% of early users and set them months behind in growth. Alchemy utilizes a sophisticated distributed architecture and an innovative system to guarantee consistency at scale.
Infrastructure should be reliable, fast, and scalable. Augur took over eight hours to sync on their first third-party infrastructure service. On Alchemy, a user's application syncs over 3x faster. Uptime is crucial; users won't use an application that even occasionally breaks. Teams could invest significant resources into building infrastructure systems or partner with an expert like Augur did.
Successful teams focus on their core competencies instead of reinventing the wheel. Augur's engineering team wasted almost 3 months patching up the worst of the issues caused by unreliable infrastructure. Now, Augur dedicates all development efforts towards Augur V2.
Ethereum infrastructure requires continuous investment because of network forks, maintenance upgrades, and unpredictable live Ethereum network conditions. Alchemy has experience handling these issues and helps Augur deal with them, saving significant amounts of time.