Infura, Ethereum Service Provider, Suffers another Outage

Infura goes down

ConsenSys’s critical Ethereum service provider Infura has experienced another outage.

On Friday afternoon, Ethereum users reported difficulties accessing their apps. Infura took to Twitter to report on the issue, saying its team was “all-hands-on-deck working to resolve the incident.” MetaMask, the ConsenSys-built Web3 wallet that leverages Infura, also acknowledged the issue, advising users to switch to another node if they were encountering issues.

Infura confirmed the first time that it was investigating this issue at 13:43 UTC. It added that the full service was restored at 16:27 UTC.

When news broke of the outage,Crypto Briefing Uniswap and OpenSea transactions were not possible. Etherscan also reported that gas fees fell to an average of 17 gwei.

Data from Ethereum Nodes revealed that many other nodes were also affected, including AVADO and Moralis.

Infura has suffered outages in the past, leading to occasional criticism of Ethereum’s reliance on the infrastructure. As many Ethereum enthusiasts pointed out amid the outage, one solution to Infura issues is to run one’s own full Ethereum node. Alternatively, it’s also possible to switch to an alternative node such as Alchemy via MetaMask’s settings.

Some projects have attempted to create decentralized infrastructure solutions after experiencing outages in the centrally-run infrastructure that is supposed to support decentralized applications. Pocket Network is an example of a project that reaches node infrastructure through multiple blockchains in order to allow users to access Web3 from anywhere without relying upon centralized services. The company raised $10 million earlier this year to expand its operations.

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