The Near Foundation has announced a new partnership between Google Cloud and Near Protocol, to provide the infrastructure for Near’s Web3 startup platform, Pagoda.
According to the October 4 announcement, this partnership will allow Google Cloud to provide “technical support” to nearby beneficiaries by providing the infrastructure to Pagoda’s Near RPC node provider.
Near Protocol is a decentralized application platform (DApp) that focuses on ease of use between developers and users. It uses hashing technology to achieve scalability, and as a competitor to Ethereum, it is also capable of smart contract and blockchain proof of ownership.
Launched in February 2022, Pagoda is a startup platform that provides Web3 developers building on Near with a full-stack toolkit to build, run, and maintain their own Web3 projects or DApps on the blockchain.
In a statement, Google Cloud’s director of digital assets, Carlos Arena, said Google’s infrastructure would give nearby developers a way to “build and scale,” and said the company would continue to support “new products and services on blockchain-based platforms.”
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In September, Google Cloud entered into a similar partnership with Binance’s smart contract blockchain platform, BNB Chain, so that startups building products and services on the BNB blockchain can also build on Google’s scalable, secure and open source cloud infrastructure.
Google Cloud launched a new digital asset team in January to support the development and evolution of the blockchain ecosystem. The Digital Asset team is focused on helping Google Cloud customers create and trade store value and launch new products on blockchain-based platforms.