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0x vs. Polygon: All about Ethereum Layer 2 solutions

Yayın RAIN EDITORIAL TEAM - Apr 28, 7:00 PM

Ethereum is the most popular decentralized ecosystem for smart-contract based applications, crypto tokens, and everything in between. Despite that, it has its limitations, namely in terms of scalability, and cost-efficiency. Fortunately, Layer 2 solutions like 0x and Polygon manage to massively improve those aspects, but in different ways—this article showcases how they compare, and all you need to know about them.

Why are Layer 2 solutions needed

Ethereum features a multitude of revolutionary functions and capabilities, but as the network was becoming more and more popular, it really started to reach its limitations that its current form just hasn’t been able to overcome ever since. Having recognized this, some top experts of the industry came up with the concept of Layer 2 solution that later went on to reinvent the way the crypto world regarded those limitations. Today, there are numerous of those in existence, however, today’s comparison will be between two of the most popular ones out there, specifically 0x and Polygon.

Polygon Pros: Fast, Affordable, Vast

Let’s start by looking at Polygon, and all it has going for, namely transaction throughput, affordable fees, and a widespread ecosystem. When analyzing Polygon’s transaction per second (TPS) capabilities, we will see one of the highest numbers of this kind in the entire industry, clocking in at a staggering 65,000. To put this into perspective, Visa’s equivalent value is the same. Moving on to affordability, Polygon offers its users highly competitive fees ranging from $0.1 to $0.5, making it one of the most cost-efficient solutions out there. Finally, we have to mention the advantage of Polygon’s wide adoption, which allows new and existing members to easily connect with a high number of fellow participants.

Polygon Cons: Slow reaction time

Because of its size and number of applications, Polygon may find it hard to pivot and react to the newest technological advancements. This can be particularly annoying in such a fast-paced environment as the crypto world, and can result in Polygon being left behind by novel competitors.

0x Pros: Enterprise-friendly, DAO governed, Competitive

0x is an interesting one, as it is one of the more business-friendly Layer 2 solutions out there that is also governed by a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), and is competitive at the same time. 0x’s ecosystem allows for the efficient deployment of decentralized exchanges and thereby marketplaces, which allow it to gain an edge over its counterparts.

0x Cons: Lagging in fees and scalability

When it comes to fees and scalability, 0x does well, but lags behind the leaders of the charts. Because of this, it might not be the best option for individuals who seek to conduct high volumes of transactions on an individual basis.

Overall, both scaling solutions make Ethereum a more usable and more efficient network, in terms of fees and scalability alike. If you’d like to be as effective as possible and be exposed to the most opportunities out there, Polygon might be the optimal choice. However, if you’re representing a business, and would like to engage on behalf of an enterprise, 0x could be the best solution to opt for. 

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