Blockchain Templates Launched By Amazon Web Services

Announcements, Blockchain | April 23, 2018 By:

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon.com’s cloud services platform, has introduced new blockchain templates to enable users to create and launch their own blockchain networks.

Called AWS Blockchain Templates, it allows users to deploy ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric frameworks using managed and certified AWS CloudFormation templates. It will enable users to focus on building their blockchain applications instead of spending time and energy on manual setup of their blockchain network.

“These templates will let you launch an ethereum (either public or private) or Hyperledger Fabric (private) network in a matter of minutes and with just a few clicks,” said AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr. “The templates create and configure all of the AWS resources needed to get you going in a robust and scalable fashion.”

The ethereum template offers two launch options. The ecs option creates an Amazon ECS cluster within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and launches a set of Docker images in the cluster. The docker-local option also runs within a VPC, and launches the Docker images on EC2 instances. The template supports ethereum mining, the EthStats and EthExplorer status pages, and a set of nodes that implement and respond to the ethereum RPC protocol. Both options create and make use of a DynamoDB table for service discovery, along with Application Load Balancers for the status pages.

The blockchain template for Hyperledger Fabric creates an EC2 instance with Docker and launches a Hyperledger Fabric network using containers on that instance. The network includes one order service and three organizations, each with one peer service.

Amazon isn’t the first to market with this kind of blockchain product. In March 2017, IBM launched a public cloud service that customers can use to build secure blockchain networks. In October 2017, Oracle released a platform designed to help businesses use blockchain technology for supply chain management and smart contracts.