11-06-2022 icon

Google Cloud is now a Solana validator

By Lucy Adegbe

Google Cloud, Google’s cloud computing division has announced that it is now running a validator on the Solana blockchain, and will soon add features that Solana developers and node runners will find interesting.

In response to the development, Solana ( SOL) rose 12%, changing hands at around $36.05 at the time of writing.

In a Twitter thread, Google Cloud revealed that as well as running a Solana validator “to participate in and validate the network,” it is planning to bring its Blockchain Node Engine to the Solana chain in 2023. The Blockchain Node Engine is a “fully-managed node hosting service” run by the provider, which already supports the Ethereum blockchain.

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

According to Google Cloud, it is now indexing Solana data and adding it to its BigQuery data warehouse, a move that will “make it easier for the Solana developer ecosystem to access historical data.” The feature will launch in the first quarter of 2023, Mittal said.

Mittal added that Google Cloud is bringing its credits program to “select startups in the Solana ecosystem” with up to $100,000 in Cloud Credits available for applicants.