The world of Web3 development has gone multi-chain. Users want the ability to interact across multiple ecosystems, but for developers, building these experiences is painful and potentially risky. Using the wrong infrastructure can lead to billions in losses – and new technology is always developing under their feet.
The Axelar network already connects major blockchain ecosystems, solving widespread security risks with the first generation of “bridges” and interoperability networks. Today, at Ethereum Denver’s BUIDLWeek, Axelar is announcing the next phase of secure interchain infrastructure.
Axelar Virtual Machine will allow developers to build their dApps once – whether on EVM, Cairo VM, Cosmos or another ecosystem – and run them on all chains. It’s a programmable interoperability layer that automates complex multi-chain deployment and management, so developers can span the whole of Web3, as if they were building on a single chain.
True multi-chain capability is also forward-compatible. New technologies like ZK proofs and interchain light clients are coming. Developers connecting to Axelar Virtual Machine will be able to integrate these technologies, wherever they emerge.
Starknet, zkSync, Celestia, Centrifuge, Coinbase Base, MobileCoin, NEAR, Shardeum and other partners are already collaborating and planning what developers can build via integration with Axelar Virtual Machine. The first two products that will ship for developers are:
- Interchain Amplifier: A simple, permissionless way to connect a new chain with the Axelar network and all of its interconnected chains.
- Interchain Maestro: A solution that enables developers to orchestrate multi-chain deployments for a dApp – comparable to Kubernetes for Web3.
Axelar co-founder Sergey Gorbunov said: “Building in Web3 should be simpler than in Web2, if the right building blocks are in place.
“It’s possible: blockchains have a lot to offer developers – but users need multi-chain experiences, and the infrastructure hasn’t existed to make them. We’re on track to building it and it can get there.”
StarkWare co-founder Eli Ben-Sasson said: “We are excited about this opportunity to expand Starknet to additional audiences.
“Starknet is all about bringing to the front new possibilities, reaching additional communities, allowing composability for builders and users, and Axelar’s excellent technology allows to do all that in a secure and seamless way.”
Marco Cora, head of business development at Matter Labs, said: “We’re delighted to work with Axelar to make launching multi-chain dApps even simpler. Axelar’s mission to provide full-stack interoperability is a natural fit with the potent mix of scalability, security, and low gas fees on zkSync Era. “Together, we will bring this reality to more developers in 2023.”
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