Amazon reveals its own blockchain platform

Sheri Evans
December 2, 2018

Yet another popular open-source project is now available as a managed service from Amazon Web Services with the addition of Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka, announced Thursday at re:Invent 2018.

Now customers can find more than 180 curated and trusted containers in AWS Marketplace and the Amazon Elastic Container Services (ECS) console.

Running AWS infrastructure on-premises via AWS Outposts will be a truly consistent hybrid experience for the customers.

The new Outposts hardware will come with some of the most popular AWS computing offerings and storage software, while a separate option will package virtualization technology from VMware.

"Building a scalable blockchain network with existing technologies is just too hard today, and that's why customers pay expensive consultants to help them", said Rahul Pathak, General Manager, Amazon Blockchain at AWS. It leverages the same software stack, control plane, API's, and managed service as VMware Cloud on AWS and will be sold, provisioned, operated, and supported by VMware or one of its partners. Others may have certain workloads that need to be on-premises, especially latency sensitive workloads. It removes the need to build complex audit functionality into a relational database or rely on the ledger capabilities of a blockchain framework. "That speed can only be achieved with custom hardware, and Inferentia is AWS's first step to get in to this game", Mueller told TechCrunch. Alert Logic's integration is created to allow AWS Security Hub customers to incorporate verified security incidents from Alert Logic's 24x7 Security Operations Center (SOC) team.

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The first offering, QLDB, is created to provide transparent, immutable, and a cryptographically secured record of transactions, which is overseen by a central trusted authority, in other words a private blockchain. "With AWS Outposts, we are delivering a seamless, integrated hybrid experience".

It is said that the new platform is a brand aspect of Amazon Web Services, a cloud unit of Amazon.

Outposts will behave just like AWS proper, and that match has the cloud colossus' CEO Andy Jassy criticising rivals he says have only "a stunted version of a cloud on-premises". VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts will support virtual machine-, container-, and Kubernetes-based applications across the hybrid cloud.

Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, who joined Jassy on stage at re:Invent said, "VWware Cloud on AWS broke the barriers between the datacentre and the cloud by combining the best of the private cloud and public cloud in the AWS cloud". Natively built for all EC2 workloads, VMware Cloud Foundation for EC2 will help unify critical areas of networking, security, cloud management, data protection and application development across EC2 environments, and enable customers leverage proven data center technologies as they move native AWS environments to on-premises data center.

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