In a recent blog post dated September 21, Google Cloud unveiled a significant expansion of its BigQuery service, encompassing 11 blockchain networks. This development underscores Google’s commitment to facilitating advanced data analytics and insights within the blockchain and web3 sphere.
Diverse Blockchain Inclusions
The latest enhancements to BigQuery encompass a diverse array of blockchain networks. These newly incorporated networks include Avalanche, Arbitrum, Cronos, Ethereum’s Görli testnet, Fantom, Near, Optimism, Polkadot, Polygon’s mainnet, Polygon’s Mumbai testnet, and Tron.
This comprehensive inclusion expands the range of data accessible to users, opening up exciting possibilities for research and analysis.
BigQuery, Google’s robust data warehouse service, serves as a pivotal resource for enterprises seeking to store, manage, and query their data efficiently. Notably, it also offers access to various public data sets that can be queried. These include Google Trends, American Community Service demographic information, and Google Analytics, alongside blockchain data.
A History of Blockchain Integration
Google’s journey into blockchain integration commenced in 2018. This was with the introduction of a Bitcoin data set, followed by Ethereum later that year. Subsequent expansions in February 2019 encompassed Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Dogecoin, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, and Zcash.
BigQuery now boasts data coverage from an impressive total of 19 blockchain networks. This is with the recent addition of 11 blockchain networks.
Simplifying Blockchain Queries
Recognizing the intricacies of blockchain data, Google has introduced a new feature designed to streamline blockchain queries. User-defined functions have been implemented to address the challenge of handling long-form decimal results commonly encountered within blockchain transactions.
Google further asserts that these functions will empower customers by providing access to extended decimal digits for their blockchain data, ultimately reducing errors in computational processes.
Google Cloud’s Evolving Interest in Blockchain
2023 has witnessed Google Cloud’s deepening involvement in blockchain technology. Notably, on July 7, Google Cloud formed a strategic partnership with Voltage, a Lightning Network infrastructure provider. Subsequently, on September 14, Google Cloud joined forces with Web3 startup Orderly Network to contribute off-chain components to the decentralized finance ecosystem.