AWS makes a range of DLT solutions available to users – The Block

By Colm Hebblethwaite    December 5, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made a number of distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions available to its users.

The partners announced as part of the scheme are Hyperledger Sawtooth, Corda R3, PokitDok, Quorum and Samsung NexLedger. AWS’ network of users can now use these solutions to build and deploy applications in areas ranging from finance, commerce and supply chain management to healthcare and life services.

The company says:

“AWS provides the broadest and deepest capabilities and the largest global infrastructure for building end-to-end blockchain platforms, cost efficiently and at scale. APN Technology and Consulting partners offer a rapidly growing selection of blockchain and distributed ledger solutions with support for multiple protocols.”

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Don’t expect AWS to launch a blockchain service anytime soon – TechCrunch

By Frederic Lardinois    November 29, 2017

Bitcoin may be reaching for new heights, but don’t expect AWS to launch a service that’s based on the underlying blockchain technology anytime soon. During a press conference at AWS’ annual re:Invent conference in Last Vegas, AWS CEO Andy Jassy took a question on his team’s plans for a blockchain service.

Jassy seemed anything but enthused about the prospect. In his view, there aren’t a lot of use cases of the blockchain “beyond the distributed ledger.” He also stressed that AWS doesn’t “build technology because we think it is cool.”

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Microsoft: Blockchain App Developer Tools Coming on Azure –

Microsoft is taking another step to make blockchain—the distributed ledger system that underlies transactions made with cryptocurrency—more usable by everyday business customers.

Blockchain is a type of technology enabling secure transactions using cryptocurrencies like bitcoin without a third-party intermediary controlling the action. As this requires distributed computing resources, public clouds like Microsoft (MSFT, +0.80%) Azure, which harness the power of data centers around the world, enable the use of such technology.

According to a blog post by Marley Gray, principal program manager for Microsoft Azure’s blockchain engineering group, the company has already made the basic cloud plumbing available for blockchain. Now, it’s time to make it easier for customers to build applications on top of that plumbing.

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Hybrid cloud and blockchain solutions will be the future for data backup

Migrating data backup to hybrid cloud and blockchain solutions is an evolutionary no-brainer

Civilisation is built on the ability to manipulate complex data – and on the ability to store that data securely, yet in a retrievable and usable form.

The earliest civilisations used clay tablets, tally sticks, knotted string and scrolls to keep their data safe; with the dawn of the Machine Age, the evolution of storage systems picked up pace, and society rattled through punch cards, cogs, magnetic media, Hard Disc Drives, floppy discs, optical storage systems like CD-ROMs, Laserdisc and DVDs, flash drives and the now almost ubiquitous USB sticks.

The logical next step, given improvements in telecoms and the development of WiFi, broadband, 3G, 4G and 5G services, is to migrate to hybrid cloud data storage, where vital data is kept safe by being distributed across multiple remote locations in off-site servers and can be accessed via Cloud-based platforms as and when necessary.

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Blockchain 101: How This Next Big Service Will Change The Future – Forbes CMO Network

If you thought the cloud wars were already tense, you were right. But the rise of blockchain is pushing that war to a whole new height as giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM rush to bring Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) to the cloud environment. Will BaaS become the key differentiator in the competition—or will a whole new technology race in to disrupt the digital landscape? Below, I offer some insights.

What Is Blockchain?

In case you’ve been too overwhelmed with cloud, fog computing, and other tech advancements tearing through your industry, here’s a quick overview: Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, a type of encrypted digital currency. But unlike Bitcoin, Blockchain is not a strictly financial tool. Although it is designed as a general ledger, in its simplest sense, it’s a way to move and store blocks of cryptographically validated data that users can’t corrupt. In other words, it creates a transparent paper trail that anyone can access, but no one can alter. That makes Blockchain far more than a financial tool—it makes it the latest way of sharing, validating, or otherwise endorsing almost any kind of value point, be it “money, titles, deeds, music, art, scientific discoveries, intellectual property, and even votes.”

Why Add Blockchain To The Cloud?

Setting up your own Blockchain is not easy. It requires heavy infrastructure and development capabilities that most businesses aren’t savvy enough to manage. Enter BaaS. As more companies discover the power of Blockchain and what it can do for their businesses, there will be even greater demand for making this technology more easily accessible. According to Harvard Business Review, Blockchain is the next great disruptor, even more likely to change the next decade of business than big data or artificial intelligence (AI). Says the writer, just as the internet was the first native digital medium for information, Blockchain is the first native digital medium for value. Some 65 percent of banks are expected to implement a Blockchain solution in the next few years—and that’s just on the finance side. The technology is set to see a massive explosion throughout the business landscape.

Source: Blockchain 101: How This Next Big Service Will Change The Future – Forbes CMO Network