Amazon is moving into blockchain with a new partnership


Low cost airline Ryanair is looking to shut down "the vast majority" of its data centres over the next three years as it goes "all in" on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. This all-in-one Blockchain Business Cloud changes the economic equation of an enterprise blockchain project.

Regarding this new partnership, and set of tools, Amazon's statement said "Introducing Kaleido to AWS customers is going to help customers move faster and not worry about managing blockchain themselves".

Kaleido is a start-up from ConsenSys that is meant to be "a new Blockchain Business Cloud aimed at speeding and simplifying enterprises' journey to using the technology", which will allow groups of businesses "to launch and operate enterprise blockchain networks on Amazon Web Services (AWS) without spending months and millions of dollars writing custom code". By offering a full solution way beyond do-it-yourself scripts or templates, Kaleido significantly speeds up development and deployment cycles and dramatically lowers operating costs. These networks offer all of the benefits of the underlying blockchain technology, while still maintaining the necessary levels of robustness, security, and performance, it explained. "Additional first-of-a-kind capabilities include linking between private networks and the public Ethereum main net, integrated analytics, and support for multiple protocol options and consensus mechanisms", blockchain incubator ConsenSys said.

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Kaleido is the first platform that allows you to anchor your chain to the mainnet and indelibly store your state on the public blockchain. Anchoring can occur automatically at regular checkpoints to provide greater proof of confirmation over all transactions, as well as on demand for specific events such as a high-value trade.

"Many of today's discussions around blockchain technology remind me of the classic Shimmer Floor Wax skit".

The Kaleido blockchain cloud was piloted in a bank in the Philippines.

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"They've been looking for partners to help get blockchain into their customers' hands".

Matt Yanchyshyn, the global technical lead for AWS' partner program, told CoinDesk: "We have been following ethereum closely as it's what many of our customers have been exploring, especially for enterprise use cases".

For ConsenSys, the goal is simple: build a decentralized world by conquering the complexities of blockchain for enterprises and driving seamless adoption.

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Kaleido will run on AWS and will enable users to seamlessly connect to other AWS services like Amazon Athena, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon S3, Amazon EMR, and more.

Responding to the decision taken by Amazon, Joseph Lubin, the founder of Ethereum blockchain, called this approach a "heavy-duty" move for getting into the world of the blockchain.

"The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is a large and vibrant community", said Ron Resnick, Executive Director, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.

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