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Breaking: Google Cloud becomes a Solana validator

6 Nov, 20222 min readBlockchain
Breaking: Google Cloud becomes a Solana validator

Google Cloud has announced a ground-breaking partnership with Solana. One of the world’s largest cloud service providers will become an integral part of the Solana network and bring Solana into its wide array of products and services.

The company said that it will be running a block-producing Solana validator that will enable it to participate in and validate the Solana network.

Now that we got your attention… check this out: Google Cloud is running a block-producing @solana validator to participate in and validate the network.— Google Cloud (@googlecloud) November 5, 2022

Aside from becoming a validator, Google Cloud has also been working with Solana to bring its Blockchain Node Engine to the Solana ecosystem. The Blockchain Node Engine is Google Cloud’s fully managed node-hosting service that reduces the need for complex node operations. Offering turnkey node hosting, the service was previously focused solely on Ethereum and its burgeoning developer ecosystem.

The addition of Solana to the Blockchain Node Engine will drastically reduce the time required to run a Solana node and make it accessible to more users.

The company also noted that it is currently working on indexing data from the Solana network and bringing it into BigQuery. Google Cloud’s data warehouse enables the massive database of the Solana blockchain to be queried quickly and efficiently using the processing power of Google’s massive infrastructure.

Solana’s native SOL jumped over 13% on the news, triggering a run that could continue throughout the day. At press time, SOL was trading at just under $38, a sharp jump from the $34.4 it recorded less than an hour ago.

Armed with a classical education and an eye for news, Andjela dove head deep into the crypto industry in 2018 after spending years covering politics.


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