Google Launches Blockchain ToolKit
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Google has announced partnerships with two blockchain toolkit providers to give developers working on Google Cloud a way to build and test blockchain apps.

The announcement was made to coincide with the Google Cloud Next ’18 conference, where there's a session on the partnership with Distributed Ledger Technology giving details of how you can get started building DLT solutions on Google Cloud Platform. The other partnership was announced with BlockApps.

Blockchain is a distributed database that keeps a chronologically growing list (chain) of records (blocks) secure from tampering and revision. Cryptocurrencies make heavy use of publicly readable blockchains, but the new generation of introductions focus on private blockchains for business use.

Talking about the new partnership, Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset, said:

“We’re partnering with Google Cloud to provide developers with a full stack solution so they can unleash the potential for web-paced innovation in blockchain”

The partnership sees Digital Asset's DAML (Digital Asset Modeling Language) smart contract language made available on Google Cloud. DAML is designed for use in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) applications. It simplifies the task of writing smart contracts by treating agreements and the parties to them as native constructs and hiding ledger details from the  developer. It also contains guardrails to protect against delivering contracts that can produce unpredictable results.

The technology is now available as on Google Cloud Platform as DAML Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). This is a fully-managed solution that developers can use to test and deploy DLT applications, accessible through Google Cloud’s Orbitera application marketplace technologies. There's also an SDK that can be used to build and deploy distributed applications.

The BlockApps partnership involves BlockApps STRATO, a Blockchain-as-a-Service solution platform for enterprises that is based on the Ethereum protocol, and offers API integration,  configurable consensus algorithms, and the ability to query and report on blockchain data using a traditional SQL database.

Google's announcement of tools for blockchain developers on its cloud platform brings it into line with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, both of which have blockchain solutions in the form of  Azure Blockchain Workbench and Amazon Blockchain Templates for Ethereum. 

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