Google Cloud has announced that it will allow certain users to pay for cloud computing services through integration with Coinbase.
Google Cloud Integrates With Coinbase
Google Cloud will support crypto payments.
Google announced its agreement with Coinbase at its Cloud Next conference on October 11. Amit Zavery, VP and general manager and head of platform at Google Cloud, provided further details in a CNBC interview as well.
Starting in 2023, select Google Cloud users will be able to pay for cloud computing services through Coinbase Commerce. Over time, the option will be extended to various other customers, according to Zavery.
Google Cloud will presumably accept payments in the cryptocurrencies currently supported by Coinbase Commerce. Those assets include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin, Litecoin, USDCoin, Tether’s USDT, Shiba Inu, and DAI.
Google Cloud is also exploring the possibility of using Coinbase Prime—a service that combines Coinbase’s custody services with fast access to trading.
According to Zavery, Google Cloud briefly considered integration with other companies including PayPal, which introduced crypto payments in late 2020. However, Google Cloud was ultimately chosen due to its capabilities.
The partnership will be mutually beneficial, as Coinbase will move some of its data-related applications to Google Cloud. Coinbase currently relies on Amazon’s competing Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host those applications.
A press release also indicates that Coinbase will use Google Cloud to provide crypto insights and process blockchain data. Plus, Coinbase will use Google Cloud’s fiber-optic network to extend the reach of its crypto services globally.
General Users Can’t Pay In Crypto Yet
Integration with Coinbase is just the latest of Google’s blockchain efforts. Google Cloud has previously partnered with several other blockchain projects in the past, including Ontology, Theta Network, and Binance’s BNB Chain.
Google has also invested in various blockchain startups. This summer, the blockchain research firm Blockdata found that Google and Alphabet participated in some of the largest crypto industry fundraising rounds of the past year.
In 2021, the company began to loosen its restrictions on crypto-related advertising, further expressing its apparent openness to cryptocurrency and blockchain.
There is no indication that Google has plans to support cryptocurrency for general consumer payments—either on Google Pay, the Google Play Store, or YouTube. Still, integration with a major company such as Coinbase means that allowing crypto payments on popular services would be a logical next step for Google.