Coinbase Cloud will lend its infrastructure as a new node operator to blockchain oracle network Chainlink in a partnership that is set to improve decentralization and smart contract reliability.
The American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s cloud service will leverage its global infrastructure and experience managing blockchain data to bolster the security and reliability of the Chainlink network.
Coinbase Cloud’s infrastructure already services a number of leading blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, Algorand and Aptos. Chainlink node operators are integral to the network, and responsible for connecting smart contracts on different blockchains to data and systems.
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Chainlink essentially creates a bridge between Web2 and Web3 by sourcing, formatting and transmitting data to smart contracts. A prime example is Chainlink’s provision of decentralized price feeds which secures an estimated $22 billion in value locked in decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, including Synthetix, Aave, Compound and dYdX.
Coinbase Cloud group product manager Kai Zhao highlighted the importance of node operators across the cryptocurrency ecosystem, ensuring security and reliability of smart contracts:
“By building decentralized Oracles, we are helping to create a more decentralized and trustworthy future for blockchain technology. We believe onchain is the next online, and we look forward to working with Chainlink to further this future.”
Chainlink Labs global head of CeFi, Sales & Strategy William Reilly added that the latest node operator would add experience and robust infrastructure to the oracle network, which will benefit a broad array of Web3 products, service and applications:
“Their involvement will undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of decentralized applications, further propelling the blockchain industry to new heights.”
Coinbase signaled its intent to become a central pillar in the wider Web3 ecosystem in 2021, with Coinbase chief product officer Surojit Chatterjee highlighting the company’s ambition to become the Amazon Web Services (AWS) of the cryptocurrency space.
Coinbase Cloud is central to this gambit and its suite of products is powering a number of services across the ecosystem. The service was born of Coinbase’s acquisition of Bison Trails, which offered blockchain infrastructure provider in early 2021.
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