Google Cloud is set to become one of the decentralized validators for Polygon’s Proof-of-Stake (PoS) network, marking a significant development for the Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution. In an announcement made on September 29, Google Cloud’s participation as a validator underscores its commitment to the blockchain ecosystem.
Polygon, known for its Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution, will benefit from Google Cloud’s extensive experience in providing secure and reliable services. Google Cloud’s reputation, which includes powering platforms like Gmail and YouTube, is expected to enhance user confidence in the Polygon protocol’s security.
Google Cloud Singapore officially confirmed this development via a tweet, stating that they are “now serving as a validator on the Polygon PoS network, contributing to the network’s collective security, governance, and decentralization alongside 100+ other validators.”
As a validator on Polygon’s PoS network, Google Cloud will play a crucial role in network governance, operate nodes, and stake the MATIC token, actively participating in ensuring the security and stability of the network.
This month, @GoogleCloud became part of the decentralized validator set for Polygon PoS.
With 100+ validators securing the Polygon PoS…
— Polygon (Labs) (@0xPolygonLabs) September 29, 2023
This move is part of Google’s broader strategy to engage with the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. In April, Google announced support for Polygon’s zkEVM scaling solution and committed to providing cloud services for app chains. Additionally, they offered a $200,000 Google Cloud credit fund to support startups backed by Polygon.
Google Cloud’s collaboration with various blockchain networks extends beyond Polygon. They have formed partnerships with Tezos, Solana, Ronin Network, and others. Recently, Google Cloud expanded its blockchain services on BigQuery by adding support for 11 new networks, aiming to provide developers with faster access to public data across multiple blockchains.
Polygon, with its Polygon 2.0 upgrade, is positioning itself as a leading solution for blockchain scalability. This upgrade supports multiple chains, facilitates cross-chain transactions, and enhances network security and scalability. Polygon envisions creating the foundation for the value layer of the internet by offering a unified network of ZK-powered L2 chains.
As Google Cloud’s involvement strengthens the security and credibility of the Polygon network, it could further accelerate the adoption of Polygon’s protocols and contribute to the growth of the broader blockchain ecosystem.