Has Google made its shift to Web3? This is what seems to emerge from several news published this month. We learn this week that the Tech giant now offers a “Blockchain Node Engine”, which allows you to host Ethereum nodes.
Google offers a service dedicated to Ethereum nodes
According to Google’s statement, this Ethereum node hosting service aims to simplify the procedure for users:
“While self-managed nodes are difficult to deploy and require constant management, the Blockchain Node Engine is a fully managed node hosting service which makes it possible to minimize certain operations.»
Concretely, this means that the synchronization process will be greatly accelerated by the Google service. A new node can be deployed in a single operation. For now, the service is focused on the Ethereum blockchain, but it will be open to other networks in the future.
👉 To go further – What is a node in the cryptocurrency universe?
Google launches into Web3
Google recalls in its press release its “commitment to help Web3 developers build and deploy new products on blockchain-based platforms“. It is true that the giant seems to have accelerated the pace in recent weeks.
In mid-October, we learned that cryptocurrency payments would now be accepted for its cloud services. And a few days earlier, the partnership between NEAR and Google Cloud was announced, in order to support start-ups evolving in Web3.
A commitment that also weighs financially. Over the past year, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, was the company that invested the most in blockchain, with $1.5 billion. The companies Fireblocks, Dapper Labs, Voltage and Digital Currency Group were favored.
The arrival of a giant such as Google in the sector is therefore anything but trivial. Currently, Ethereum nodes are mostly hosted using AWS services, so the arrival of a new heavyweight should partially reshuffle the cards.
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