Microsoft quietly shuts down Azure blockchain in September

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2021-05-15 03:31:54

Microsoft is closing its Azure Blockchain Service, giving existing customers just 4 months to switch to new service providers.

Microsoft quietly shuts down Azure blockchain in September

Microsoft will be shutting down the company’s Azure Blockchain Service on September 10th and will not accept any new implementations effective immediately without any formal explanation.

Large enterprise customers using Azure Blockchain include JP Morgan, GE Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Starbucks and Xbox according to its website.

The announcement was made in an important post on Microsoft’s documentation website on Monday, informing all existing customers to switch to alternative services. ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain Service was the only suggestion, and ConsenSys founder and CEO Joseph Lubin welcomed those leaving Azure:

“The expansion of our relationship with Microsoft helps organizations leverage ConsenSys Quorum and Quorum customer support to provide users with an enterprise-grade managed blockchain service that can be easily set up and maintained. deployment.”

The impending closure gained more public attention through a May 12 Twitter post by Azure architect Tom Kerhove.

Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain is 6 years old and was developed from a sandbox service in 2015 on Ethereum in partnership with ConsenSys, before it was made available as a fully managed Blockchain preview, or BaaS, late 2019. Microsoft’s initial goal for Azure was to create a certified blockchain marketplace that gives customers “the ability to explore blockchain technologies and value-added services.”

Despite claiming no new implementations have been accepted on the service, Microsoft has yet to remove the site Azure offers new users to sign up for free.

Microsoft has sent mixed messages around its stance on cryptocurrencies and blockchain, with president Brad Smith stating earlier this year that the multinational is not even interested in Bitcoin mining. However, at the end of March, the company released an online poll asking customers how likely they would be to use Bitcoin to make purchases in the Xbox Games Store.

It was one of the first major enterprise blockchain solutions to close, however it is unlikely to mark the end of commercial blockchain adoption with IBM, ConsenSys, Hyperledger, Amazon and Huawei all providing provide enterprise-ready alternatives.

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