[Proposal: XX] Blast support for Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha (Q2 & Q3 2024)

Abstract - Ongoing costs for supporting Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha networks in BlastAPI (https://blastapi.io). These costs are ongoing for as long as the Moonbeam, Moonriver, Moonbase alpha ecosystems need this service and are requested on a quarterly basis. The costs requested are for Q2 & Q3 2024 (from April 1 to September 30, 2024).

Motivation - Easy, fast, and reliable access to high-performance HTTP and WSS APIs for all Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha networks through https://blastapi.io in just a few clicks. Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha builders can focus on developing their applications without worrying about running and maintaining infrastructure.

Project Overview and Team Experience - Blast is Bware Labs’ API provider platform that aims to solve Web 3 infrastructure issues related to reliability and latency, by employing geographically distributed third-party nodes.

Blast offers a multi-region architecture that, along with a series of clustering and geo-location mechanisms, ensures optimal routing of user requests to the closest point of presence relative to where a call is generated.

The development and maintenance of the Blast platform are provided by a highly technical team of engineers with proven experience in both Web3 and Web2 projects.

Rationale - We support Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha networks in Blast API platform (https://blastapi.io ) so blockchain developers that are building their dApp on can bypass all the hurdles involved in running their own infrastructure thus reducing both their outage risks and infrastructure costs.

Overall Cost - The total cost, including three regions’ support for Moonbeam, Moonriver plus Moonbase alpha (EU, US, and APAC), is $4500 per month, meaning $27000 for Q2 & Q3 2024 payable 60% in Moonbeam Network (GLMR) and 40% in Moonriver (MOVR), tokens that are calculated at an average USD price over the last 30 days. The costs for Q2 & Q3 of 2024 (from April 1 to September 30, 2024) are 40041.89 GLMR and 476.24 MOVR.

Use of Treasury Funds - The funds will be used to pay for the infrastructure and maintenance of the Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha nodes between April 1 to September 30, 2024.

These funds will be directed to cover the costs from the infrastructure providers that are used for the Blast backend like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Hetzner, OVH, Servers.com and Digital Ocean and our internal resource cost for the support provided by our engineering team to have high quality infrastructure services for Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha networks.

Specifications - On our decentralized, multichain, subscription-based, API platform, Blast we support Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha networks with the following services and specifications:

  • Expose RPC and Websockets APIs for Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha;
  • The Service availability is at least 99.9%;
  • 24/7 Monitoring and alerting for reduced downtime.
  • 24/7 On-call engineering support.
  • Developer support on Bware Labs Discord Channels.
  • The incoming traffic is Geo-load balanced over three regions: North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific, with automated traffic routing for optimal response times.
  • The Clients that use the Public API free version of Blast are limited to 100 API Calls/second.
  • 12 Million API calls/month with a throughput of 40 API calls/second offered for free to Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha users on each dedicated Blast account
  • Total traffic supported on all subscription plans and Public API: 3700 calls/second per region per network.
  • Multi-region node hosting: Moonbeam (EU, US, and APAC), Moonriver (EU, US and APAC), Moonbase alpha (EU, US and APAC)
  • Support for Debug and Trace methods
  • Support for eth_getLogs RPC method
  • Security ensured through continuous integrity monitoring coupled with a smart routing mechanism significantly reduce the risk of malicious behavior from bad actors within the ecosystem

Through Blast API decentralization third party nodes can join the protocol for Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase alpha networks, and earn rewards for their contribution. More details about this can be found here: Blast protocol - Blast Documentation 1

Public APIs:






Dedicated APIs:


Blast API Usage Report for January & February 2024:

Steps to Implement:

We’ve been supporting Moonbase alpha and Moonriver networks since June 2021 and Moonbeam network since January 2022. We will continue our support as long as the Moonbeam, Moonriver, Moonbase alpha ecosystems need this service.


Dear @Mihai_BwareLabs,

The @TreasuryCouncil would like to thank you for submitting the above RPC service provisioning proposal!
Methods and regions provided are great, as are the overall number of calls. No objections from a technical point of view and we appreciate Blast as a proven, reliable RPC service provider.
However, compared to other high quality RPC service provider proposals submitted, price-wise yours is still simply not competitive. Despite differences to your RPC services proposed, looking at your regular pricing offers at https://blastapi.io/pricing the overall costs proposed feel out of range as well, especially with regards to the price/scale ratio as this is an economy of scale.
While we are considering your proposal, would you be willing to put a more competitive price tag to your RPC service proposal for the upcoming six month period?

To stay on schedule we’d appreciate a reply in a timely manner, ideally by next Wednesday, March 13th.

Thanks & kind regards :sparkles:

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Hey @_yrn , thank you for your input!

Regarding your feedback, we’d like to clarify that the current proposal is covering the infrastructure and maintenance costs related to the Public API and the free dedicated Blast account support for Moonbeam networks.
However, it’s important to note that the proposal does not cover the infrastructure and maintenance costs for the Blast paid subscription plans (Pricing - Blast API), as it’s tailored and scaled according to the needs of our customers.

We would like to emphasize that, in contrast to proposals from other RPC providers, our proposal includes support for three regions: North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific and a Public API limit of 100 API calls/second.
The previously mentioned limit of 25 API calls/second for the Public API free version of Blast was inaccurately stated in our proposal and has been corrected. We would like to clarify that we have supported the Moonbeam networks on the Public API with an increased limit of 100 API calls/second since 2022.

Given the high-quality infrastructure services we offer and have consistently provided for Moonbeam, Moonriver, and Moonbase Alpha ecosystems, we kindly ask the Treasury Council to appreciate that maintaining the current level of quality while reducing the requested funds would present challenges.

Can you break down this $4,500 monthly costs?

Working at Dwellir I have a very good understanding of the costs involved and this doesn’t add up.