Amazon, ConsenSys Partner To Simplify Enterprise Blockchain Adoptionbr>
Amazon Web Services (AWS), in collaboration with New York-based blockchain specialist ConsenSys, has announced a new cloud service aimed at speeding and simplifying enterprises’ journey to using blockchain technology.
Called Kaleido, the new blockchain cloud is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) that runs on AWS. It provides clients the ability to seamlessly connect to other AWS services, reducing the cost of real-world projects that often require complex integrations. It is the first SaaS available in the AWS marketplace and is accessible across multiple AWS regions around the world.
The platform streamlines the process of standing up secure, permissioned blockchain networks without sacrificing the ability to customize the environment. It offers the ability to switch between configurations of the underlying ethereum protocol. Clients can choose between ethereum protocol packages Geth and Quorum as well as consensus algorithms such as RAFT, IBFT, and POA.
Kaleido Founder Steve Cerveny said they designed the Kaleido platform from scratch with new user experiences and tools to radically simplify the entire enterprise journey.
“If blockchain doesn’t become dramatically easier to use, then companies will have to walk back their investments and our society will be far too slow in realizing blockchain’s significant promise,” Cerveny said. “This all-in-one Blockchain Business Cloud changes the economic equation of an enterprise blockchain project. By offering a full solution way beyond do-it-yourself scripts or templates, Kaleido significantly speeds up development and deployment cycles and dramatically lowers operating costs. What Salesforce did for CRMs, Kaleido will do for blockchain.”
Joseph Lubin, co-founder of ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, said that we are now entering a new era of simple and inclusive access to blockchain technology that cuts through the hype to advance stronger, more collaborative, business relationships previously out of reach.
“Since the inception of ConsenSys in 2014, we have been on a mission to accelerate the adoption of ethereum and all the benefits that decentralization can bring to business and societies around the world,” said Lubin. “We believe Kaleido will become a de-facto standard and a global blockchain platform for business, providing an underlying foundation that until today was missing from the enterprise toolkit.”
Kaleido has already been piloted by several companies. Justo Ortiz, chairman of the Board for UnionBank, said they used the platform to expand its reach farther into the rural communities of the Philippines.
“Many people are still financially excluded and we’re looking to change that,” said Ortiz. “In partnership with ConsenSys and running on the Kaleido platform, we successfully accelerated Project i2i into active pilot without the complexity and cost of starting from scratch.”