OnFinality Customer Case Study: Nodle

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In this Customer Case Study series we’ll hone in on how one team uses OnFinality to elevate and enhance their project via hosting and API services.

Summary

Nodle, a wireless network that connects “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, uses OnFinality to ensure they have a scalable API service alongside an easy to use node management platform without having to dedicate their own developers time and resources to build out this infrastructure. Nodle found that OnFinality provided a more cost-efficient and automated setup, allowing them to allocate more resources elsewhere.

“We divided by about 5x times our infrastructure cost while running more nodes. I would estimate that we have saved at least a dozen hours a month in simply maintaining our nodes. We probably saved a lot more if you consider the autonomy gained by the team.”

— Eliott Teissonniere, Chief Technology Officer of Nodle

The Problem Facing Nodle

Nodle is a decentralized IoT (Internet of Things) network on Polkadot providing secure, low-cost connectivity, and data liquidity to connect billions of IoT devices worldwide. The Nodle network is powered by millions of Bluetooth-enabled smartphones that earn Nodle Cash (NODL). Nodle provides insights for consumer electronics manufacturers, enterprises, smart cities, the finance industry and more. Since its creation in 2017, Nodle has become one of the world’s largest wireless networks by number of base stations.

Nodle was faced with the need for a secure metrics reporting on their network and was in a dilemma of deciding whether to build their own endpoint infrastructure which would come with a significant time and resource expenditure, reducing the amount of focus on building the actual network and the directly relevant features.

Nodle had existing node infrastructure, but this had to be manually maintained, draining more resources. Rather than continuing to build upon this system, they elected to move to OnFinality’s setup, allowing them to build on infrastructure that was more cost-effective and automated.

How OnFinality Helped Nodle

Nodle had been using docker containers to package and ship their nodes internally. Switching from their existing workflow to OnFinality was rather seamless due to the product being built around a similar docker based workflow.

“OnFinality’s Substrate-focused operations platform helps accelerate the launch and monitoring of production networks. A very welcome offering in the rapidly moving world of blockchain engineering.”

— Nicholas Young, Blockchain Operations at Nodle

OnFinality provided a quick and easy option for Nodle to successfully transition their node management infrastructure without having to go through cumbersome server setup or maintenance. This was a suitable option for Nodle as OnFinality could provide automated systems alongside clear metrics through the API endpoint.

“We have been using the API Service to maintain a load-balanced public node infrastructure serving over 20–30 million daily requests with no overhead from our side. As of now, we have fully switched both our testing and production node infrastructure to OnFinality and managed to reduce our maintenance cost while increasing our team’s productivity.”

— Eliott Teissonniere, Chief Technology Officer of Nodle

“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

The Results

Implementing OnFinality’s node management platform and Enhanced API service allows Nodle to focus on what they do best. Continuing to build upon their existing infrastructure for IoT devices.

“OnFinality’s solution made the Nodle team more autonomous and helped us improve our efficiency by taking the pain of managing 20+ nodes away from us. Thanks to this, we can focus on protocol-centric development instead of infrastructure maintenance.”

— Eliott Teissonniere, Chief Technology Officer of Nodle

OnFinality saved Nodle countless hours of DevOps work, increased Nodle’s node’s performances while reducing their cost, and helped increase team efficiency. Nodle’s team members can now autonomously set up their own nodes and networks for testing purposes, without having to handle server setups, which not only saves them time but also helps them empower non-DevOps-minded team members.

“Anybody will be able to set up a Nodle node in a matter of minutes (including synchronization time in most cases) and start participating in the Nodle Parachain’s block production activities. At the same time, we are able to ship better protocol updates faster!”

— Eliott Teissonniere, Chief Technology Officer of Nodle

“The team at OnFinality are really enjoying our close relationship with the team at Nodle. They’ve been an excellent and highly technical team to work with and we’ll continue to scale our service to help them achieve their goal of connecting the world faster”

— James Bayly, Chief Operating Officer of OnFinality

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About Nodle
Nodle is a decentralized network on Polkadot that provides secure, low-cost connectivity and data liquidity to connect billions of devices worldwide. The Nodle network is powered by millions of Bluetooth-enabled smartphones that earn Nodle (NODL) for providing network coverage. Nodle’s powerful stack connects and secures physical assets, tracks lost or valuable items, captures sensor data, authenticates security certificates and more. Nodle provides insights for consumer electronics manufacturers, enterprises, smart cities, the finance industry and beyond. Since its creation in 2017, Nodle has become one of the world’s largest wireless networks by number of base stations.

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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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