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Developer API vs Full Node

Developer API

API Node Services are an enhanced service with the following features:
  • Improved scalability,
  • Ultra reliable performance.
  • INSTANT launching of nodes on demand.
Use Cases
API Nodes are useful for building dApps requiring higher throughputs and when full syncing to the highest block is a requirement.
  • PROS
    • Enterprise-grade connectivity to create and configure smart contracts, send and receive transactions, and request data from the blockchain.
    • Super fast, smooth, error-free connectivity to node clusters with RPC
    • Freedom from node management pain
    • Solves sync delays, reliability issues and high accuracy requirements.
  • CONS
    • Rate Limiting
    • Access currently limited to specific blockchains.

Full Node

BE AWARE! The Full Node deployment service for a chain will CEASE once Ankr launches a Developer API service for it. Current full nodes running will have 30 days to move the service over to the API. For most users, this represents a performance improvement at a cost savings.
Full Node Deployment gives you the ability to launch nodes to 45+ chains in minutes on-demand.
This service deploys nodes in containers to bare metal servers.

Use Cases

Full Nodes are useful for building dApps without high performance requirements.
  • PROS
    • Instant deployment and nodes on demand
    • Connect your application to the blockchain without complicated configuration
    • Freedom from node management pain
    • Add nodes on demand
  • CONS
    • Sync delays with blockchain after initialization. Syncing can take hours, days, and for archive modes, even weeks.
    • Individual nodes aren't optimized for sudden variations in traffic. This can lead to bottlenecks and/or errors.
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