The Google Cloud Platform Has Recently Been Accredited as a Solana Validator

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Last Updated on November 6, 2022 by Bitfinsider

Google Cloud, Google’s cloud computing subsidiary, stated on Saturday that it is currently operating a validator on the Solana blockchain and will shortly add features aimed at attracting Solana developers and node operators.

At the time of publication, Solana (SOL) was trading for approximately $36.80, up 12% on the news.

Google Cloud announced in a Twitter thread that, in addition to operating a Solana validator “to participate in and validate the network,” it plans to bring its Blockchain Node Engine to the Solana chain in 2023. The Blockchain Node Engine is a “fully managed node hosting service” that already supports the Ethereum blockchain.

“We want to make it possible to run a Solana node cost-effectively with a single click,” stated Google Web3 product manager Nalin Mittal at the Breakpoint conference for Solana in Lisbon.

Google Cloud also announced that it is indexing Solana data and adding it to its BigQuery data warehouse, a move that would “make it easier for the Solana developer ecosystem to access historical data,” according to Mittal.

Mittal noted that Google Cloud is extending its credits program to “chosen entrepreneurs in the Solana ecosystem,” with candidates eligible to receive up to $100,000 in Cloud Credits.

Onstage at Breakpoint, Solana founder Anatoly Yakovenko praised Google’s addition of Solana to BigQuery as a “very significant boost.”

When asked how Google might help with “hard engineering difficulties,” Yakovenko mentioned establishing better SDKs to speed up application development and tackling the “unsolved problem” of storing seed phrases.

“There has been a lot of study on efficiently keeping secrets such that Google doesn’t even know the secrets, and you have partial recovery of the keys between the user and a service provider like Google that can authenticate your identity,” he explained.

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