Microsoft has been involved in Bitcoin and other digital currencies for quite some time now, although the company has kept relatively quiet on its efforts so far. That situation has come to change, as there are plans to roll out an Ethereum Toolkit for Business Users. This gives enterprise users the option to build applications and services on top of the Ethereum protocol.
Azure Service Gets Ethereum Sandbox Initiative
The Ethereum collective – called ConsenSys – will give Microsoft Business Users direct access to the Ethereum Blockchain. However, the functionality integrated into Azure Services will use the Ethereum Blockchain “as-a-service”, creating a sandbox environment for aspiring developers.
Even though this sandbox initiative has been announced already, it will be officially unveiled during Ethereum’s DEVCON1 conference in London on November 10. Bringing this type of functionality to the widely used Microsoft Azure service is a great way to get blockchain technology into the hands of business users.
Unlike what most people might expect, this integration gives enterprise clients the tools to deploy private and semi-private blockchain networks. Additionally, they can launch public Ethereum nodes with just a single click within the Azure environment. More details will be announced during the DEVCON1 event.
“We’ve found Azure to be an efﬁcient and powerful cloud to deploy our offerings and are looking forward to further collaboration with Microsoft. The initial offerings of BlockApps Strato and Ether.Camp will serve as foundational protocols and tools for developers to create blockchain applications immediately.” – ConsenSys director of enterprise business development Andrew Keys stated in a press release.
Blockchain technology allows for great innovation and Microsoft has acknowledged this fact since 2014. That being said, the company is not too keen on the aspect of digital currencies itself, which is why Ethereum seems to be an interesting choice. Even though there is the Ether currency on top of this blockchain, the concept is advertised as a way to develop decentralized applications.
Building applications on top of the Ethereum blockchain through Azure will be quite interesting. Enterprise users will be given access to BlockApps, Strato, and Ether.Camp, all of which are powerful tools waiting to be explored. In particular, BlockApps is of interest, as this is a full stack app and blockchain builder rolled into one.
The main goal of this integration between Ethereum and Microsoft Azure is to increase understanding and awareness of blockchain technology. Once more enterprises see the potential offered by this technological innovation, more and more blockchain-based business models will start popping up in the near future.
DEVCON1 Conference in London
Between November 9 and 13, the Ethereum Developer Conference – called DEVCON1 – will take place in Gibson Hall, London, United Kingdom. The main goal of this conference is to focus on research & core protocols, DApp development and industry & social implications. Five full days of discussions, panels and conversations regarding Ethereum await.
Tickets to this conference are still available right now, and prices range from GBP250 (for one day) to GBP750 for a full five-day conference pass. All tickets include coffee breaks, lunch, access to the exhibit hall, and all sessions. Payments can be made through fiat currency, Bitcoin, and Ethereum.
Source: Press Release via Email
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