Google and New York City-based blockchain startup Digital Asset announced a new partnership meant to bring the latter's digital ledger technologies to the Internet juggernaut's cloud services. Digital Asset's developer tools and blockchain offerings have hence been integrated into the Google Cloud Platform and are already available to third-party developers, allowing them to create, test, and deploy a broad range of distributed digital ledger apps in an efficient, i.e. highly scalable manner. The main advantage of using Digital Asset's technologies over developing blockchain applications with the Google Cloud Platform using other means is that the newly introduced system doesn't require developers to tinker with the technological fundamentals of blockchain solutions.
As part of the newly announced collaboration, Google Cloud became a member of Digital Asset's developer program that's presently in a closed beta phase of development. Google's select software vendors, financial institutions, and technology partners will consequently be able to access the startup's software development kit for the Digital Asset Modeling Language that's also presently in an experimental phase of development but is expected to hit the stable channel in the near future. Digital Asset representatives will also be speaking at a number of Google Cloud Next and Leadership Circle events taking place later today in San Francisco, California.
The partnership isn't the first occasion wherein Google signaled it's prepared to experiment with blockchain in a more proactive manner but its leadership doesn't shy away from the fact that the company was slow to embrace the digital ledger technology that's now promising to reshape a broad range of industries by changing the manner in which information is stored, managed, shared, and verified. Google Cloud has been particularly dedicated to developing its own blockchain technologies for some time now, industry sources claimed this spring. Facebook is another Silicon Valley giant that failed to jump on the blockchain bandwagon in a timely manner but has recently established a standalone unit focused on exploring that technology, having appointed former Messenger chief David Marcus as its head.