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Introducing Chainstack Elastic Subgraphs: DeFi data made easy

It’s been an exciting journey in the world of decentralized finance, and today, we’re making it even more exhilarating with the release of our Elastic Subgraphs. As The Graph concludes its host service, we bring you an enhanced experience on Chainstack with our upgraded Subgraphs that are simple yet effective, providing a seamless transition for users.

This release is about offering greater access to DeFi protocols, providing efficient query data without the need for deployment or programming. Simplifying your interaction with DeFi protocols like Uniswap, Curve, and PancakeSwap has never been easier. It works just like plug-n-play!

Understanding the differences between our new Elastic and Dedicated Subgraphs is crucial, so allow us to walk you through it. From the cost-free compute of Elastic Subgraphs to the more personalized support of Dedicated Subgraphs, we aim to offer options that best suit your needs. Let’s explore!

Access major DeFi protocols with Elastic Subgraphs

As a Web3 developer, we know you are always on the lookout for streamlined ways to interact with different DeFi protocols. With the release of Chainstack Elastic Subgraphs, we’ve got just the solution for you. Our console now supports default access to 8+ major DeFi protocols—including the likes of Uniswap, Curve, PancakeSwap, and others. This massive leap forward means you can now query DeFi data more efficiently than ever before.

From getting real-time prices to analyzing liquidity pools, you no longer need to switch between multiple interfaces or write complex codes. Just a few clicks in the Chainstack platform, and you’re all set to obtain valuable data from your selected DeFi protocol with utmost ease. This is one of the many ways we’re walking the extra mile to make your blockchain development journey smoother, easier, and more productive.

Elastic and Dedicated Subgraphs comparison

Now that we’ve leveled the playing field by including support for numerous major DeFi protocols, let’s venture further into the possibilities that our Elastic and Dedicated Subgraphs open up.

On one hand, we have Elastic Subgraphs, which come available in console by default, require no added compute costs, and offer broad support for over 8+ major DeFi protocols. This gives you an out-of-the-box solution to query data using only request units (RUs), saving you the time, effort and cost associated with compute resources:

  • Available in console by default
  • Supports 8+ major DeFi protocols
  • No compute cost
  • 1 subgraph request = 20 request units (RUs)

Opposing this, we offer Dedicated Subgraphs, tailored for more advanced needs. While they require deployment and development and carry a minimal $0.1/hr compute cost, they offer the advantage of supporting over 9 networks—a boon for developers looking for versatility in their projects:

  • Requires deployment and development
  • Supports over 9 networks
  • $0.1/hr Compute cost
  • 1 subgraph request = 20 request units (RUs)

Whether you’re leaning towards the cost-efficient Elastic Subgraphs or the versatile Dedicated Subgraphs, choosing Chainstack equates to picking a solution designed with the developer in mind. Now that we’ve unraveled the features and opportunities, the power’s in your hands to make the choice that suits your developmental needs best.

Transitioning from data APIs to Subgraphs

Data APIs have been the go-to workhorse for many Web3 developers, but the transition to Subgraphs opens up an unprecedented breadth of possibilities. With the Elastic Subgraphs release, you’ll now find former data APIs in the Subgraphs section, offering a seamless transition experience.

The benefits of this move are two-fold. Firstly, Subgraphs offer a higher degree of flexibility and precision than traditional Data APIs. You will be able to conduct more specific and nuanced queries, and obtain more exact and comprehensive results.

Secondly, the shift supports a sustainable, long-term solution. Subgraphs are inherently more scalable and adaptable to emerging trends in the blockchain space, safeguarding your development projects against future changes.

The migration from Data APIs to Subgraphs is a significant step forward for us at Chainstack, and we firmly believe it will be a valuable transformation for the Web3 development community as well.

How to get started with Chainstack Subgraphs

Eager to roll up your sleeves and dive into the world of Chainstack Subgraphs? Here’s a quick guide to getting started:

  1. Start by navigating to the Subgraphs section on the Chainstack platform. Here, you’ll find all the necessary tools and resources to begin your journey.
  2. Next, select the subgraph you’re interested in from our expansive list of popular DeFi protocols. With Elastic Subgraphs, support for multiple DeFi protocols comes by default, saving you the time and effort typically required for deployment.
  3. If you’ve been using our Data APIs, you’ll find them conveniently located in the Subgraphs section.

We designed this process with simplicity in mind, ensuring you can kick-start your Subgraph exploration without any hurdles. But if, for any reason, you find yourself unsure or needing assistance, remember that our support team is always ready and eager to assist you. Your success with Web3 development on the Chainstack platform is our primary goal.

Bringing it all together

We believe that our new Elastic Subgraphs, coupled with the existing Dedicated Subgraphs, offer an unparalleled experience for Web3 developers. These tools provide robustness and flexibility, empowering you to interact with DeFi protocols like never before.

This major release is just one of the ways we’re constantly striving to make blockchain development more accessible, efficient, and seamless. As always, your feedback and success are invaluable to us. If you have any questions or need help navigating these new features, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team.

We are thankful for your continued trust in Chainstack. Together, lets keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the realm of blockchain technology.

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