Blockchain Infrastructure Made Smarter

6 min readAug 11, 2022

OnFinality’s mission is to empower all Web3 developers in the world with easy-to-use, reliable and scalable blockchain infrastructure so that you can focus on building the decentralised future faster. We are already trusted by the largest projects on Polkadot and are quickly replicating this success across parallel Layer-1 ecosystems such as Avalanche in our endeavour toward a multi-chain future.

Built by Developers for Developers

OnFinality was born from the painful experience that our team went through managing decentralised infrastructure in many different blockchain companies back in 2018. We’re developers ourselves, and we know exactly how frustrating and time consuming blockchain DevOps can be. We grew in partnership with a few key cornerstone customers (notably Acala), and this allowed us to solve key pain points and reach product market fit early.

Our Products

Network Prototyping Tools
We provide a suite of tools for network developers, including a command line tool, public API, and features in our OnFinality app are designed to turn the traditionally laborious process of deploying and bootstrapping a new test network into something that can be automated as part of a development CI/CD Pipeline. This service works in a way that it is compatible by default with any well constructed Substrate network.

One-Click Node Deployment
In only a few minutes you can have your own node deployed in our infrastructure. With our lightning sync technology, we can restore nodes from full-synced backups to allow you to catch up almost instantaneously. You can fully manage your nodes using the OnFinality app or API, including upgrading images and expanding storage and compute. Our applications allow you to monitor your nodes in one dashboard with full metrics and alerts all online.

“OnFinality makes running a Polkadex validator node so easy that users don’t need to worry about buying the necessary hardware, setting it up, or making tools to monitor it. Validators play an important role in our ecosystem by forming new blocks, validating transactions, and maintaining network efficiency. OnFinality lets future Polkadex validators focus on building out a community of nominators and maximising their validator’s profit in PDEX rewards”

— Deepansh S, Co-Founder of Polkadex

Enhanced API Service
We manage all the nodes for you and distribute them across the world (with intelligent routing) to achieve global scalability from day 1. We are continually working hard to drive down costs while providing superior infrastructure service across all three dimensions (performance, reliability, and scalability).

Our Enhanced API service has been a runaway hit with customers, and we are currently operating at a scale of over 600+ million API responses through our service each day. Of this, over 24 billion were in March alone representing a 240% growth over October 2021. At the end of 2021, Polkadot, Kusama, Karura, Moonbase Alpha, Khala, and Moonriver had each exceeded 1 billion requests through OnFinality over their lifetime.

The Customers of OnFinality

Network Developers
Before a protocol is launched as a mainnet, teams of network developers need to test their network at a smaller private scale to ensure that there aren’t any detrimental bugs or issues with the theory. In centralised platforms this is an easy process as it can be simulated on one device, however a network requires multiple nodes to communicate with each other, and therefore a network can only be tested through using multiple nodes.

We provide this service, allowing network developers like yourself, to successfully launch your network with the peace of mind that you have had an accurate simulation of the real network during testing, and have addressed potential issues before they become actualised in the mainnet.

Network developers want to have nodes that run on their platform reliably and globally as this increases the stability of their network. This allows us to run top end nodes as we work closely with protocol teams.

“Making a stable network is our highest priority now and OnFinality has already been supporting both Shiden Network and Dusty Network”

— Sota Watanabe, the Founder and Director of Astar

Additionally, network developers look to have the API connectivity to their network for their ecosystem.

“OnFinality has provided vital and scalable API services for Moonbeam team since the early days of the Moonbase Alpha TestNet through to production. We’ve worked closely with their team and have been able to rely on them for quality infrastructure and prompt response times”

— Tim Baldwin, VP of Engineering at Moonbeam

“Ultimately OnFinality’s community API service allows me to sleep at night.”

— Bryan Chen, CTO of Acala

dApp Developers
Developers of dApps such as wallets including Nova, Talisman, and Fearless use OnFinality for our API service, which allows them to connect their thousands of users to their chosen networks reliably and at scale.

Running your own nodes or building your own API connectivity is a time consuming process that restricts the ability for you to focus on the functionality of your dApp. This is why OnFinality’s API is important for developers, as it provides an easy and consistent solution to these problems.

“Visibility into the operations of blockchain networks is essential to success. From the moment when we first approached the OnFinality team with the need for secure metrics reporting on the Nodle Network through to general availability of the Metrics API endpoint, they’ve served as a reliable, trusted development partner. I can’t wait to discover how other teams put these new service endpoints to use.”

— Nicholas Young, Blockchain Operations at Nodle

We provide the opportunity to connect to a variety of networks, this flexibility is core to our offering. We believe in a multi-chain future, and in order to fully support any dApp project, we prioritise providing flexible API solutions.

dApp developers that have relatively intensive connectivity to a network may elect to dedicate an entire node to their project, which we support through the dedicated node service. We remain flexible to ensure that each project can fulfil their needs through our platform.

Smaller Teams and Individuals
OnFinality isn’t just for large network or dApp developers! Our dedicated node service is great to use for smaller teams and individuals who lack the scale to host their own nodes. We provide an easy to use platform for connecting to larger networks at the fraction of the price you would otherwise have to pay.

For example, if you are looking to index specific information off a network, you may only require a few nodes for a few minutes each day. If you were to run your own node, you would need to service this and run it constantly, whereas we allow you to use these nodes for the amount of time you need, and only pay for what you use.

In Conclusion
Ultimately, our focus is on providing an easy to scale and reliable infrastructure platform, which serves smaller teams alongside big projects, allowing all types of developers to experience the incredibly diverse projects within the Web3 movement.

Looking to deploy on Polkadot or Avalanche? Reach us at to discuss your requirements and see how our feature-rich app can help you build your next dApp or network!

Build smarter with OnFinality.

About OnFinality
OnFinality is a SaaS platform that provides infrastructure and developer tools that saves developers hours and allows teams to grow with confidence. Our mission is to help blockchain and dApp developers build the decentralised future faster.

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