Flare, a Layer-1 Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) blockchain platform, has integrated its API portal onto Google Cloud Marketplace, adding significant blockchain APIs to the ecosystem. The integration of Google Cloud Marketplace provides developers with high-integrity blockchain data from Flare and connected chain nodes to power applications that execute transactions and query the latest state of a blockchain. Flare’s blockchain APIs can retrieve data from Algorand, BNB Smart Chain, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum, Flare, Litecoin, Songbird, XRP ledger, and future-supported blockchain APIs. Flare suggests that blockchain APIs are useful for building cross-chain applications that query various data sources, including major cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets using its API portal. Flare’s Vice President of Engineering, Josh Edwards, indicated that the provision of blockchain APIs to platforms like Google Cloud Marketplace will increase Web3 participation by easing the burden of hardware costs and ongoing maintenance. The EVM-based Layer-1 aims to provide data from several chains and Web2 sources to extend blockchain technology’s utility, with over 100 chains forming Flare’s oracle.
Flare’s integration comes days after Google Cloud announced a multi-year partnership with Polygon Labs. Google Cloud will offer its developer tools and frameworks to Polygon’s core protocols to foster the development of Web3 products and decentralized applications on Polygon. Google Cloud’s partnership with the ecosystem aims to advance Polygon’s zero-knowledge development. Testing of Polygon zkEVM’s zero-knowledge proofs on Google Cloud resulted in faster and cheaper transactions than existing infrastructure.