This article is contributed by NOWNodes team

We’re thrilled to announce a partnership between Binance Smart Chain and NOWNodes — the blockchain API provider. From now on, any developer or project on Binance Smart Chain, regardless of experience, can use NOWNodes instead of running full nodes on their own, saving money on infrastructure, node maintenance, and so on.

What is NOWNodes

NOWNodes is a blockchain-as-a-service company powered by ChangeNOW. NOWNodes provides access to full nodes and explorers of 40+ blockchain networks, and the company has recently added support to Binance Smart Chain.

Binance Smart Chain is the next frontier for the decentralized finance economy. It works in parallel with the main Binance Chain network, but it is completely autonomous and compatible with the Ethereum virtual machine. In contrast to the core network, a complete working environment is available here for releasing decentralized applications while maintaining high throughput and reliability.

Partnering with Binance Smart Chain, NOWNodes is eager to provide a turnkey solution that allows anyone to connect to the full node and focus on product development. In this regard, the service is the perfect match for those projects which don’t have time, money, or energy to run and maintain their own nodes.

Why should one use NOWNodes?

For starters, NOWNodes enables developers to easily migrate their blockchain application from testing to scale-out development through various tools and a robust infrastructure. This is possible with simple and reliable access to Binance Smart Chain.

With NOWNodes, blockchain developers will find solutions to many of their problems. Some of the major problems that NOWNodes can solve for the blockchain developers are:

  • Blockchain applications require peer-to-peer connections, which results in long initialization times. It can take a significant and valuable time to sync a node with Binance Smart Chain. Additionally, the process will likely use more bandwidth and storage than you intended.
  • The process of storing a complete Binance Smart Chain is quite costly. On top of that, the expense keeps multiplying as more nodes are added to expand the infrastructure. With the increasing complexity of your infrastructure, you will have to hire in-house site reliability engineers and DevOps teams to maintain it.

NOWNodes addresses all of these challenges by providing the developers with the requisite infrastructure and tools to enable them to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively connect to the Binance Smart Chain and start building amazing decentralized apps. No need for synchronization, and no complicated settings are involved. With NOWNodes, you can get your decentralized app on Binance Smart Chain live and running right away.

Advantages over running own BSC nodes

Are you interested in developing on the Binance Smart Chain? For that, the first thing that you will need is your own node. This is something that you must have already thought about. We are sure that you will create something amazing on Binance Smart Chain — either it could be a decentralized exchange or perhaps, a lending service.

In time, you will add new features to empower your users and this will lead to an increase in the user base of your application. But you will have to provide a stable and uninterrupted user experience regardless of the increase in the number of users. Now, this will require trouble-proof infrastructure support and it must also be flexible enough to accommodate a sudden influx of new users.

There are two ways to scale your infrastructure:

  • Do it yourself. If you have the resources to build a development team and hire full-time site reliability engineers, you can scale your own infrastructure by deploying and maintaining more BSC nodes in-house — but that requires time and resources.
  • Use NOWNodes — a cloud node service provider to connect to BSC through the API and get SLA, 24/7 support, and a great connection at 1 GB/sec — the service you can rely on any time.

Here's where NOWNodes makes a difference and adds value. With NOWNodes by your

side, you don't have to worry about scaling your infrastructure to accommodate the increase in the number of users and requests volume. Instead, you would be able to focus your valuable time and experience on delivering a truly wonderful experience for your users.

How to set it up?

To request an API key, BSC projects can fill out this form, and the NOWNodes team will get back to them shortly.

Once you get an API key, you can start making requests to the BSC node like this:

curl --location --request POST 'https://bsc.nownodes.io/{your_api_key}' --header 'Content-Type: application/json' --data-raw '{
"jsonrpc":"2.0",
"method":"bsc_getBalance",
"params":[
"{your_wallet}",
"latest"
],
"id":1
}'

If you’re interested to start working with Binance Smart Chain nodes, submit a request for a free API key on the official website. You can reach the Binance Smart Chain team on the Binance Chain Developer Telegram Group and the NOWNodes team on NOWNodes.io.