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Support for Cosmos, announcing the Polkadot Indexer API for optimized participation, exciting ecosystem updates, and more from the Herd.

Bison Trails newsletter 012

By Mark Forscher · Mar 9 2021

Since our last update, Bison Trails announced the Polkadot Indexer API for optimized participation, added support for Cosmos to the platform, enabled customers to launch fully synced nodes in minutes with Global Blockchain Sync, and explored key contributors’ involvement building eth2 in a new interview series. Read on for more information, including ecosystem updates and news from the herd.

– Mark Forscher


Company News


Cosmos: Internet of Blockchains

1. The Bison Trails Platform now supports Cosmos, the Internet of Blockchains

  • Participate in the Cosmos ecosystem with industry leading, enterprise-grade security. Run secure, fully-managed clusters to stake tokens & earn participatory rewards. Learn more
  • Query & Transact data from Cosmos Hub to validate transactions and write transfers or smart contract interactions. Our Cosmos QT clusters are available with full nodes as well as archival and light client support. View coverage in Modern Consensus
“The interoperability enabled by Stargate will greatly accelerate the rate at which new chains form in the Cosmos ecosystem, especially in fast growing use cases like DeFi. This interoperability makes it more important than ever to have reliable infrastructure providers secure and provide access to the Cosmos multi-chain ecosystem. Bison Trails is one of the longest running Cosmos validators and I am excited to continue collaborating with them on Cosmos.”—ZAKI MANIAN, PRINCIPAL COFOUNDER OF IQLUSION AND A COSMOS DEVELOPER

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2. Announcing Polkadot Indexer, the easy way to optimize participation

The Polkadot Indexer is an API application, powered by the Bison Trails Platform, that provides efficient, reliable access to structured and queryable data and transaction information from Polkadot and Kusama.

  • Access structured and easily queryable data from a single API
  • Enable optimized participation with access to structured data
  • Save anywhere from 50-100 to upwards of a 1000 requests to a node
  • Reduce engineering time required to build and maintain indexers in-house

Read more in Cointelegraph, or learn about our other Data Indexers & APIs.



Global Blockchain Sync

3. Launch fully synced nodes in minutes with Global Blockchain Sync

Global Blockchain Sync significantly reduces the time it takes to launch fully synced nodes, enables faster recovery from potential adverse network events, and helps customers add support for new protocols with efficiency.

  • Reduce the time it takes new nodes to be production-ready by over 100x
  • Lower the cost of infrastructure for enterprises with dynamic scaling
  • Your infrastructure is distributed across cloud providers and regions and can recover from the complete failure of a cloud provider in minutes
  • Take advantage of other features of the Bison Trails Platform such as fast-failover of nodes, the ability to scale up and down infrastructure on-demand, and launch new nodes in a matter of hours

Read more in Cointelegraph.


4. Who’s who in eth2

In our new series, Protocol Specialist Elias Simos interviews key contributors from eth2’s client teams to explore their involvement in eth2, the project’s progress, and their visions for the future.

  • Raul Jordan from Prysmatic Labs discusses the team’s origin and ethos, community building, client diversity, and more
  • Ben Edgington from ConsenSys Teku shares perspective on eth2’s history, client attrition and the challenges of open source
  • Stay tuned for the rest of the series, including key eth2 contributors from Sigma Prime and Nimbus.

5. Learn

We demystify the language and key concepts of blockchain technology so that more people can participate in the growing crypto ecosystem.

Go deeper into the world of blockchain terminology.


More from the Herd

  • Protocol Specialist Elias Simos’ latest Substrate ecosystem update details a mainnet parachain deployment this year, cross-parachain transfers, technology updates, governance, grant activity, and more parachain news!
  • Learn how allowing validators to withdraw to eth1 addresses enables staking pools to become more trustless and decentralized in Protocol Specialist Viktor Bunin’s latest eth2 update.
  • Business Development Manager Mara Schmiedt participated in the Ethereum Foundation’s Secret Shared Validator (SSV) Fireside Chat. The SSV project was selected in the recent eth2 community grants round.
  • Viktor Bunin joined Luca Cosentino, Product Lead at Oasis Labs, on Charlie Shrem’s “Untold Stories” to discuss privacy preserving protocols.
  • Meet the Herd: Bison Trails’ Head of Business Operations Evan Weiss discusses founding the Proof of Stake Alliance, what it means to have an owner’s mentality, and his journey from corporate law to blockchain.
  • Anthony Sassano of EthHub expands on Viktor Bunin’s gitcoin / airdropping insight in The Daily Gwei.

Ecosystem updates

  • CodenameKEANU, the world’s first decentralized protocol merger, unites NuCypher and Keep.
  • Flow NFTs are coming to OpenSea, the largest digital collectibles marketplace in the world.
  • Cardano’s hard fork went off without a hitch. Cardano will be adding support for Babel fees, allowing Cardano transaction fees to be paid in any token supported natively by the network.
  • Celo is offering $60K in technical and non-technical bounties on Gitcoin with “The Make it Mobile Hackathon” (February 25-April 7, 2021).
  • Cosmos’ community of validators, developers, integrators, clients, end users, and $ATOM holders celebrated the Stargate upgrade—a significant milestone for Cosmos, the Tendermint ecosystem, and interoperability.
  • Now that inflation is enabled on Solana, $SOL token holders can earn rewards for participating in the network. Follow our simple delegation / staking instructions to get started delegating to our enterprise-grade validators.
  • eth2 staking rewards are coming soon to Coinbase. Learn how you may be able to put your Ethereum to work and earn up to 7.5% APR.

We’re hiring

Come work with me and the rest of the Bison Trails herd as we begin our next chapter as part of Coinbase. Visit our careers page to learn about open roles in Customer Success, Design, Engineering, Product Marketing, and Business Development.


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About Bison Trails


Pioneering Blockchain Infrastructure®

Bison Trails is a blockchain infrastructure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company based in New York City. We built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in 25 new chains effortlessly.

We also make it easy for anyone building Web 3.0 applications to connect to blockchain data from 33 protocols with Query & Transact (QT). Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.

In January, 2021, we announced Bison Trails joined Coinbase to accelerate our mission to provide easy-to-use blockchain infrastructure, now as a standalone product line. The Bison Trails platform will continue to support our customers. With Coinbase’s backing, we will enhance our infrastructure platform and make it even easier to participate in decentralized networks and build applications that connect to blockchain data.


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