Every day, the blockchain community continues to grow and interconnect. The entire ecosystem benefits from this increased collaboration and interoperability. In another step forward for blockchain, Microsoft has added two partners to their Azure™ Marketplace.
The Microsoft Azure Marketplace is an online market for the buying and selling of SaaS (Software as a Service) applications and premium datasets. It offers thousands of “certified, open source, and community software applications, developer services, and data—pre-configured for Microsoft Azure.” Companies utilize this marketplace for cloud-based solutions.
Microsoft has already made an Azure Quick Start template that allows the creation of a private Ethereum network, through their Ethereum Consortium Blockchain Network solution. Now, Microsoft has taken another step into Ethereum incorporation by adding two new partners to their burgeoning blockchain ecosystem in the Azure Marketplace: Ethcore and Blockstack. Those new partners, Ethcore and Blockstack, now offer Parity and Blockstack Core v14 respectively, on the Azure Marketplace. Those familiar with Ethereum should recognize Parity as one of the more popular Ethereum clients that can be integrated directly into users’ web browsers. Through Ethcore partnering with Microsoft, setting up a new Parity node in the cloud is possible with minimal configuration on the user’s end. Due to the simplified nature of Azure, it’s quick and easy to set up a private, single-node Ethereum network for development and testing.
As for Blockstack, they’re building “a decentralized web of server-less applications,” which is another way of saying they help developers create Dapps. They like the idea of users being able to control their own data and any developers who feel the same can now deploy Blockstack Core nodes on Microsoft Azure.
Aside from adding two new partners, Azure has improved deployment resiliency for their consortium network blockchain solution. They’ve released some updates that should improve overall deployment success rates, making the creation of a blockchain network even more reliable. They’re continuing to work on new features as well, which will be released in the coming months.
The easier it becomes to deploy a blockchain network, and the more blockchain enterprises cooperate, the stronger the blockchain ecosystem will become as a whole. This type of collaboration between different companies in the same tech field could lead to increased awareness and adoption of revolutionary blockchain technologies.