On the 6th of October, Block.one announced the partnership between Google Cloud and its EOS network.
As a hyperscale cloud and infrastructure provider, Google Cloud seeks to join the EOS network as a block producer. It is also pertinent to note that the EOS network is built on the EOSIO blockchain protocol, which was created by Block.one.
About block producers
The EOS blockchain makes use of a peculiar semi-decentralization mechanism. This mechanism is also a network that consists of 21 block producers. Each of these 21 block producers are nodes on EOS that must be selected by current EOS holders through voting. This is unlike some other networks (Bitcoin, for example) that allow an unlimited amount of nodes to verify transactions.
In the EOS blockchain, back-up block producers are also available. These back-ups can serve as substitutes if any of the first 21 block producers fail to perform effectively.
Notably, various crypto exchanges run the current largest block producers. Such exchanges include Huobi, Binance, and OKEX. Other block producers include data centers that the EOS community has created.
Google to become a block producer
As the first-ever giant in Silicon Valley that has shown interest in becoming an EOS block producer, Google Cloud will work closely with Block.one to provide solutions. Such solutions will include new means through which Google’s open-source community of developers will build and develop applications on the EOS blockchain.
According to Google’s official statement, “Google Cloud’s highly provisioned, low-latency global fiber-optic network provides stability. As well as, reliability, security, and extensive global infrastructure coverage for Block.one’s public blockchain efforts and development.”
Block.one CEO Brendan Blumer adds, “The Google Cloud team understands the thriving EOS community and the highly performant EOSIO technology on which it builds create the best entry point into the blockchain industry. We welcome Google Cloud to the EOS community and are excited for their contributions to the EOS network.”
In the EOS network, block producers play a crucial role. It is a milestone for the EOS network to attract a hyperspace cloud provider like Google Cloud to become a block producer for the network. Being a world leader in technological advancement, Google Cloud’s partnership with EOS shows how essential blockchain technology has become in today’s world.
EOS token voters will vote on whether Google Cloud will become a block producer for the EOS network. If the election for Google Cloud is successful, then it will create a microsite that will highlight its operations as an elected block producer in the EOS network.
Before now, Ontology (ONT) announced its acceptance as a Google Cloud partner. Therefore, the Ontology (ONT) team will leverage the Google ecosystem and have access to top-notch tools and technology.