In an announcement on May 15, Amazon Web Services (AWS) revealed a new partnership with ConsenSys to allow AWS customers a more simplified process for launching and operating blockchain networks. The partnership is enabled by ConsenSys' blockchain platform Kaleido, which features Enterprise Ethereum.
"Customers are running into a common set of problems and pitfalls as they invest significant time and money in their blockchain projects," said Steve Cerveny, founder of the Kaleido Blockchain Business Cloud platform. "So, we assembled a team to build a platform that pulls together – in a simple, cohesive, and unified way – the right experiences and tools."
This is not the first blockchain project AWS has been involved in. In April, the Amazon subsidiary introduced blockchain templates based on Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum, to make it easier to develop decentralized applications. In March 2017, Bitcoin-based development platform Blockstack Core was made available on the AWS Marketplace.
Kaleido differs, as it is a turnkey option to create private, permissioned Ethereum sidechains hosted and managed in the AWS ecosystem. Users will be able to make design changes over this foundation, relay transactions to the Ethereum mainnet, and gain access to features like analytics and billing support. Kaleido offers a choice of Ethereum protocols – Geth and Quorum – and supports RAFT, IBFT, and POA consensus algorithms.
"Beyond scripts and templates, Kaleido is designed to accelerate the consortium's entire journey from experimentation and PoCs to pilots and production," AWS announced, per the Kaleido AWS Marketplace page. "The service provides simple onboarding, distributed and proxy operator models, and integrated block explorer and analytics."
It is unclear at this time if Kaleido can be used to underwrite altcoins. AWS and Amazon have yet to address rumors that they may be considering cryptocurrency support.
"Kaleido is built to speed enterprise adoption of blockchain," Cerveny told ETHNews. "We are already seeing a broad set of use cases running on Kaleido, such as land registry, IP rights, reservation systems, financial inclusion for the unbanked, and self-sovereign genomics, to name a few." He went on to tell us:
"We believe Kaleido can meet enterprises' needs today with private chains, but also must become a bridge to the future, where public blockchains play a vital role in our infrastructure and daily lives."