Wietse Wind Sees XRP Dataset Charges of €7000 from Google Cloud, Gets Refund, Shocking the Ripple Community


Twitter User TheCryptoFuturist recently praised Forbes contributor and analyst Thomas Silkjaer for the use of the Big Query protocol on Google. The contributor used the ledger to create a major analysis of data, which included multiple scams that needed to be stopped. While all of these benefits have been helpful to the community, the index creator, Wietse Wind, hasn’t been having the easiest time with keeping this index active

He replied to the post with comments of his own Big Query dataset notification. According to the post, it looked as though Google Cloud was seeking to bill €7000 for the “xrpledgerdata.fullhistory” dataset for each month it is active.

However, he pointed to multiple Twitter accounts that “are using the data for research,” like Twitter users Galgitron and TheCryptoFuturist, along with Forbes.

Wind posted a follow-up comment, asking if Google Cloud was “willing to help out,” considering that he does not make any money on the work that he does. While he noted that the hosting of the XRP ledger index on Google was his preference, the affordability of keeping it there just was not a possibility.

Soon after the problem arose, Wind stated that he had received a message that there was in issue with the billing, saying that his account had not been charged in nearly 8 months at this point, which is why they posted it all at the same time.

Clearly, this concern expanded to include much more than just Wind. XRPoet, a Twitter user that creates poetry online that is inspired by Ripple’s XRP token, added onto Wind’s request, urging Google Cloud to come through. Noting that it is “not for profit dataset,” he made not that this is more than just for Wind, but for the whole of the cryptocurrency community.

Since the original request for help, Wind chimed in that Google Cloud came through with a solution. According to his most recent tweet, the platform managed to refund Wind for the difficulties and added $100,000 in credit that will be dedicated to the projects of XRPL Labs.

The entire XRP community was thrilled to hear the news, as XRPoet added a comment that the actions were

“amazing.”

Others chimed in to praise Google as well, including Nik Bougalis of the C++ Ripple Team and Galgitron. Galgitron even called the ability that Wind had to regain the funds “the Midas touch.”

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