Google To Bring Blockchain Technology To Its Cloud Service
Google announced its partnership with Digital Assets, a New York-based startup that makes tools for blockchain-based applications. Google made this announcement through a blog post and wrote that its cloud customers can now explore ways in which they can use Distributed Ledger Technology frameworks through Digital Assets and BlockApps.
This partnership adds to Google’s partnership with BlockApps, another startup that helps people and organisations make decentralised apps(dapps). While the details of how exactly customers will be able to access this technology remain unclear, it is expected that Google will release further information at the Google Next’18 Event this week.
Google further added that it would introduce open-source integration for the apps built with blockchain based platforms of Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric in the Google Cloud Product Marketplace later this year.
Blythe Masters, the CEO of Digital Assets made a statement regarding this partnership. He said,
It would provide developers with a full stack solution so they can unleash the potential for web-paced innovation in blockchain.
Google is getting an early access to the Digital Assets software which is scheduled to release in 2019 for others. Digital Assets commented on what they were getting in return from Google for providing this early access. They said,
Google Cloud is helping Digital Asset reach a wider audience of developers across different industry segments that we couldn’t reach ourselves due to our size.
Digital Assets also confirmed that Google is not paying for this early access. Google’s move into blockchain technology shows that it wants to gain an edge over its competitors such as Amazon Web Services. This partnership with Digital Assets gives Google programmers access to a proprietary programming language for smart contracts. Using this, Google will be able to build blockchain based apps and then eventually license those apps to other companies or give customers access to those apps.
Google has been exploring the blockchain world with increasing enthusiasm and this is just another step towards understanding and implementing it in their operations.
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