Ankr Is Now the Premier Node Operator for Eigen Layer AVS Protocols

Kevin Dwyer

Kevin Dwyer

April 2, 2024

4 min read

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Since 2017, Ankr has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable node operators in the blockchain industry across nearly every major network. Reliable node operation is the bedrock of secure and trustworthy blockchain ecosystems, and Ankr has emerged as a leader in this space by providing robust, global node infrastructure enabling higher performance. This fosters a more secure and scalable blockchain environment, which is vital for the continued growth and adoption of the Web3 industry.

Our reputation for node operations was a key factor in Ankr’s recent inclusion in the Eigen Layer ecosystem. This article explains the role Ankr is currently playing in providing infrastructure for the protocols building on Eigen Layer, known as Actively Validated Services or AVSs.

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What Are Actively Validated Services (AVS) On Eigen Layer?

Actively Validated Services (AVS) encompass a broad spectrum of systems that require unique validation services for their verification processes. This includes, but is not limited to, sidechains, data availability layers, new virtual machines, keeper networks, oracle networks, bridges, threshold cryptography schemes, and trusted execution environments. AVS represents the cutting edge of blockchain scalability, security, and functionality, requiring specialized, active participation from node operators to maintain the integrity and efficiency of these services.

What Role Does Ankr Perform As An AVS Node Provider?

By opting in as a node operator, Ankr commits to providing a range of essential services to various AVSs. This includes operating validators for each of the AVSs we support, participating in distributed validation processes, enhancing network security, and contributing to the overall functionality of the AVS ecosystems we support. Our active involvement ensures that these advanced services can operate smoothly, securely, and in a more decentralized manner.

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Ankr Is Becoming the Node Operator of Choice for AVS Projects

Due to the strength of our node operations, a large variety of AVS protocols have already chosen Ankr as a node provider:

  • Aethos: A policy engine for smarter contracts; abstracting away pre-transaction computation while maintaining decentralization.
  • EigenDA: EigenDA, the first AVS on EigenLayer, empowers rollups with cost-efficient, hyperscale-throughput data availability, with shared cryptoeconomic security provided by EigenLayer restakers.
  • Espresso: Decentralized sequencing using restaking for Ethereum alignment and strong economic security.
  • Hyperlane: Using EigenLayer to enable interchain app developers to secure messages using restaked economic security.
  • Lagrange: Lagrange State Committees use restaking to build a secure and extensible light client for optimistic rollups.
  • Near: Building a fast finality layer to improve composability and liquidity within the Ethereum rollup ecosystem.
  • Omni: Low latency interoperability network that connects all Ethereum rollups securely through the use of restaking.
  • Witness Chain: Watchtower network using restaking for Proof of Diligence and ensuring rollup security, as well as for Proof of Location.

Why Ankr’s Node Infrastructure Is the Top Choice for Web3 Protocols

High Performance

Ankr consistently performs at the highest standards of participation and success rates for validator node operators.

Global Distribution

Ankr’s node infrastructure is distributed across independent data centers worldwide. Ankr has been installing nodes for years in 30 of the various cloud regions in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

Track Record of Reliability

Ankr consistently performs at the highest standards of uptime for providers. We have the added benefit of being more resistant to outages that occasionally affect less distributed providers.

Benefits of Partnering with Ankr

AVSs on Eigen Layer can leverage Ankr's extensive experience as a node operator to gain a reliable, scalable, and high-performance infrastructure for their applications. Additionally, Ankr provides infrastructure for every step of the development process and helps AVS projects get up and running many times faster with a suite of products and services to help developers build. Ankr’s Scaling Services (Rollups and Sidechains as a Service) offer an easy path forward in creating new modular layer 2 blockchains with the ability to integrate with the various data availability layers, oracle networks, bridges, and other protocols operating as Eigen Layer AVSs.

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In short, by choosing Ankr as their node operator, AVSs can focus on development and innovation, leaving the critical infrastructure tasks to a trusted and experienced partner. This paves the way for a more secure, scalable, and performant Eigen Layer ecosystem.

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