Amazon introduces Kaleido to simplify the use of blockchain for customers

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

The technology is touted as faster and more secure by advocates.

"This announcement is remarkable from two perspectives: for one, it's the first managed blockchain on the AWS Cloud, and secondly because it's a showcase of AWS promoting and enabling its partners on a global scale", Mueller told SiliconANGLE.

Holger Mueller, principal analyst and vice president at Constellation Research Inc., said blockchain technology appeals to many enterprises because it has key capabilities that can enable a number of next-generation application use cases. We designed the Kaleido platform from scratch with new user experiences and tools to radically simplify the entire enterprise journey. "We knew we needed to design a platform from the business problems down, since that is where the enduring problems are that companies face in the blockchain space". "This may be considered the first major link forged in the internet of blockchains".

Amazon's current blockchain templates offer a choice between using Ethereum or the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric as their basis.

Figure 1 - With Kaleido, it starts with a digital representation of your business relationships.

"It will be the first blockchain software as a service (SaaS) and will be able to "[link] between private networks and the public Ethereum mainnet".

Plus, the platform offers a "state relay" between a private chain (like a chain setup by a group of enterprises) and a 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.

The platform is actually the brainchild of ConsenSys, but runs on the AWS platform and is available on the cloud provider's marketplace starting today. "The combination of Verizon's team of builders with AWS's extensive portfolio of cloud services and expertise means that Verizon's options for delighting their customers is virtually unlimited". "At this point there are tens of thousands of companies around the world that have real sophistication around this".

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is partnering with blockchain incubator ConsenSys to simplify the process of establishing enterprise blockchains, CNBC reports. This will be the first blockchain SaaS solution available on the AWS Marketplace and it is created to help them advance on their blockchain projects.

"They've been looking for partners to help get blockchain into their customers hands", Cerveny said, adding that "They're putting it in the marketplace will accelerate what their customers are going to do with it".

Enterprises have business needs driven by security, compliance, ownership, privacy, and scalability requirements, which can bring additional complexity to their blockchain projects.

In other words, Kaleido has been developed in order to lower the barrier for entry to blockchain that has so far prevented a lot of organizations from experimenting with the technology.

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