Google Cloud Just Became a Solana Validator

Google Cloud announce that they’re also bringing their Blockchain Node Engine to Solana in 2023.

On Saturday, Google announced that it is now running a validator on the Solana blockchain and will soon release features to help Solana developers and node runners.

At time of publication, Solana ( SOL) traded at around $36.80.

Twitter was excited to see the news. In a tweet, Google Cloud explains that besides validating the Blockchain itself, it is also planning to bring its Blockchain Node Engine onto the Solana chain in 2023. The Node Engine is a fully-managed node hosting service that Google will be running, which already supports the Ethereum blockchain.

Nalin Mittal, product manager for Google Web3, said “We want to make it one-click to run a Solana node in a cost-effective way” at Solana’s Breakpoint conference in Lisbon.

You probably already know that Google is pretty invested in Solana. It recently announced that it runs a Solana validator “to participate in and validate the network.” Additionally, the consensus node hosting service that Google Cloud has created for Ethereum is now available for use by other blockchain users.

“One-click to run a Solana node,” said Google Web3 product manager at Solana’s Breakpoint conference in Lisbon.

Google Cloud recently announced its plan to start indexing Solana data and adding it to its BigQuery data warehouse with the intention of making it easier for the Solana developer ecosystem to access historical data. The service will launch in Q1 2023.

According to Mr. Mittal, Google Cloud is bringing its credits program to “select startups in the Solana ecosystem” with up to $100,000 of Cloud Credits available for applicants. That’s pretty big news considering how excited they are about adding Solana!

Here is a question that might help you understand how Google can help with “hard engineering problems”: What are the steps to building better SDKs to reduce development time and help address the unsolved problem of storing seed phrases?

Secrets are kept by encrypting them with a pseudonymous online identity, which you can verify with Google. This way, your secrets can’t be stored in the same login credentials used for other verification accounts.

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