Yesterday, June 2nd, the Solana network was down for 4 hours. Basically, a bug altered blockchain production, thus forcing devs to restart the network. This is the second time Solana stopped unexpectedly for hours. Therefore, some NFT community members start looking into Cardano instead.
Why did the Solana network go down again?
Unfortunately, Solana was down yesterday in another outage episode. According to the official Solana Twitter account, the network stopped working at 1 pm ET. It took the devs about 4 hours to fix the issue, as the platform started working again at 5 pm ET.
Accordingly, the reason was a bug within the durable nonces feature. As NFT collector @aeyakovenko explained, the bug caused the network to believe the block is invalid. Therefore, the validators had to restart in order to fix the issue.
At the beginning of April, Solana experienced another outage. Back then, though, it took the devs 7 hours to make the platform functional again.
Solana is undoubtedly one of the biggest competitors to Ethereum. Its native currency, SOL, skyrocketed at the end of 2021. However, it has been decreasing gradually in recent months.
Is Cardano a better alternative?
Solana’s network problems and the high Ethereum costs make the NFT community look for alternatives. Recently, more and more users are turning to Cardano.
Although the blockchain initially had its ups and downs, today Cardano boasts over 2,000 smart contracts. Meanwhile, the value of its cryptocurrency $ADA is still unstable. However, this is the case with most currencies this month.
All in all, Cardano has become a serious competitor to Solana. Following its 4-hour downtime, the network users are worried their digital items might be affected by such errors.