Google Cloud, a branch of Google recently stated that it is currently operating a validator on the Solana blockchain and that it will soon introduce features aimed at welcoming Solana developers and node runners.
In a discussion on Twitter, Google Cloud revealed that in addition to running a Solana validator “to participate in and validate the network,” it is also planning to bring its Blockchain Node Engine to the Solana chain in 2023. The provider’s “fully-managed node hosting solution,” called the Blockchain Node Engine, already works with the Ethereum blockchain.
At Solana’s Breakpoint conference in Lisbon, Google Web3 product manager Nalin Mittal stated, “We want to make it one-click to run a Solana node cost-effectively.”
Additionally, Google Cloud announced that it has begun indexing Solana data and adding it to its BigQuery data warehouse, a move that “will simplify access to historical data for the Solana developer ecosystem.” According to Mittal, the function would debut in the first quarter of 2023.
A Huge Boost From Google
Anatoly Yakovenko, the founder of Solana hailed the “pretty big lift from Google” in integrating Solana with BigQuery on stage at Breakpoint.
Yakovenko also added assisting SDKs to speed up the creation of applications and tackling the “unsolved difficulty” of storing seed phrases when asked how Google can help with “hard engineering problems.”
“There’s been a bunch of research done on effectively keeping secrets in a way that Google doesn’t even know. Like the partial recovery of the keys between the user and a service provider like Google that can authenticate your identity, he said.
Blockchain Node Engine for Web3 Development
The Blockchain Node Engine is designed to help Web3 developers build and deploy on blockchain-based platforms, the new managed service monitors the nodes and restarts them during outages.
“For Web3 businesses that need dedicated nodes, Google Cloud compute and network infrastructure provides the dependability, performance, and security needed to relay transactions, deploy smart contracts, and read or write blockchain data.” stated James Thromans, Director of Cloud Web3.
According to the cloud provider, the main benefits for Web3 organizations will be simplified provisioning, managed operations, and secure development, including positioning nodes behind a Virtual Private Cloud firewall and integrating with Cloud Armor as a protection against DDoS attacks.
The Google Cloud node-hosting service sparked heated discussions on Twitter and Reddit, with some users enthusiastic about the new option and others wondering if cloud providers will uphold the decentralization promise.
Learn more about Blockchain Node Engine.