Blockchain infrastructure platform Coinbase Cloud announced the launch of Solana archival nodes yesterday, a tool to help developers build products and services that run on the network.
Previously, Coinbase Cloud launched dedicated standard Solana nodes to enable builders to access and verify transaction data from the blockchain. Expanding into Solana archival nodes provides developers with access to all historical data back to the Solana genesis block, with Coinbase Cloud doing the heavy lifting.
Many projects building on the blockchain, such as analytics and data providers, need secure, easy-to-use and reliable infrastructure beyond access to the most recent 128 blocks that a standard Solana node provides.
While Solana's high-throughput design makes it well-suited for use cases like trading, it makes managing archival nodes technically challenging. Solana currently processes over 3,000 transactions per second and requires approximately 100 terabytes of storage for historical data, meaning archival nodes are time-consuming and expensive to maintain.
Coinbase Cloud is one of the largest infrastructure platforms to offer the service, continuing its support for the Solana blockchain since it first began operating validators on the network. The news also represents further industry expansion for Solana’s blockchain infrastructure following a similar move by QuickNode and Jump Crypto’s validator client announcement last month.
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