Posted 2 years ago | by Ben Armstrong
Microsoft Azure Integrates Lition Blockchain into Cloud Marketplace
Earlier this week Lition announced that Microsoft has officially integrated its commercial blockchain into the Microsoft Azure cloud marketplace to provide blockchain as a service (BaaS) solutions for businesses everywhere.
This makes Lition one of the few public/private blockchains currently supported by major cloud provider Microsoft. Many businesses need some help to get into using blockchain, and the additional of Lition's platform by Microsoft will help grow the blockchain space.
Enterprises worldwide will likely benefit from the integration of the Lition blockchain into the Azure marketplace as this will allow Microsoft Azure’s clients to easily develop, test and deploy Lition side chains and applications on the cloud platform, according to the announcement.
Dr. Richard Lohwasser, Lition’s CEO, added that:
“Lition is committed to providing an accessible onramp to blockchain for all organizations. We believe that making integration as seamless as possible is vital to bridging the gap to adoption. Azure will be a tremendous asset to our customers. We are excited to bring Lition to their marketplace and show people just how easy it is to put blockchain to work for their business.”
Microsoft is Bringing Blockchain to Businesses
Microsoft also became the first major cloud hosting provider to bring blockchain into the cloud last year and the addition of Lition demonstrates its dedication to supporting blockchain adoption.
Saranya Sriram, the Head Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft Azure, described Azure’s blockchain services as the ‘core team’ in an recent interview.
“They’ve come up with about two or three layers. The way I like to unpack it is that you can build blockchain solutions by setting up your nodes and create virtual machines as well. That’s the infrastructure as a service, and we have Ethereum private blockchain available as well.”
Loads of Potential Applications
Sriram stated that Microsoft is seeing more requests for developer API access services, such as authentication and identity, which seems to be very critical in many industries.
Microsoft Azure’s DevOps toolchain can be used on Windows and Linux operating systems, and also as an open-source for Dotnet developers.
According to Sriram, there has been a lot of interest from Fortune 500 companies in blockchain. Many companies want to to start using the technology, but face development challenges. Azure currently supports JP Morgan Quorum and R3 Corda as well.
As more blockchain platforms evolve, there will likely be a push to adopt blockchain platforms on an even greater scale.