Flare, an EVM-based layer 1 Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) blockchain platform, has recently integrated its application programming interface (API) portal on Google Cloud Marketplace. This integration will enable developers and users of software products and services to access high-integrity blockchain data from Flare nodes and connected chain nodes.
Benefits of Blockchain APIs
Blockchain APIs offer developers the freedom to access on-chain data without running their own nodes for the respective blockchains they are interacting with. The data supplied by blockchain APIs powers applications that execute transactions and query the latest state of a blockchain. Flare highlights blockchain APIs as valuable for building cross-chain applications that query various data sources, including major cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets that use its API portal.
Impact on Web3 Participation
According to Flare’s Vice President of Engineering, Josh Edwards, the provision of blockchain APIs to platforms like Google Cloud Marketplace will play a role in increased Web3 participation. Edwards suggests that larger organizations and partners making use of Google Cloud Marketplace would potentially experiment with the secure and approved Web3 APIs. The EVM-based layer 1 aims to extend the utility of blockchain technology by providing data from various chains and Web2 sources, which could climb to over 100 chains that form Flare’s oracle.
This move comes just days after Polygon Labs and Google Cloud announced a multi-year partnership for cloud computing service providers to boost the Ethereum scaling protocol’s tools and infrastructure development. The deal sees Google Cloud’s framework and developer tools provided to Polygon’s core protocols, aimed at fostering the development of Web3 products and decentralized applications on Polygon. Testing of Polygon zkEVM’s zero-knowledge proofs on Google Cloud reportedly resulted in faster and cheaper transactions compared to the existing infrastructure available.
Overall, the integration of Flare’s blockchain APIs on Google Cloud Marketplace represents a significant step towards increasing accessibility to blockchain technology for developers and users, and promoting Web3 participation.