Google Cloud to Launch Service for Ethereum Developers
On October 27, 2022, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) announced that it will launch a crypto node hosting service called Blockchain Node Engine.
Ethereum nodes in the Google Cloud
Developers can deploy nodes in a single operation, specifying which network to run them on – for example, a test network or a main network.
Previously, they had to deploy a compute instance, install an Ethereum client such as Geth or Parity, and wait for the node to download all the data from the blockchain. This process could have taken several days. The compute instance is essentially a virtual machine hosted in the cloud. A virtual machine is a file that, when deployed, becomes a virtual computer with a separate operating system.
Google will also hide the nodes behind a virtual private cloud firewall to prevent unauthorized access. Developers can also choose to use Cloud Armor to fend off DoS attacks. This feature is critical to ensuring the node remains functional and doesn’t lose performance. Google will restart a node if a failure occurs.
Google’s steps in Web3 so far
Google is making great strides in Web3. In January 2022, Google Cloud announced plans for a digital asset team. In September 2022, the company partnered with BNB Chain to allow developers to build BNB products and services in its cloud.
Recently, it also partnered with Coinbase to host some of the company’s trading-related applications and provide the crypto exchange with data analytics. Google also hosts the transaction history of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Zcash (ZEC), and Dogecoin (DOGE), which is accessible through BigQuery which supports multiple cloud domains.