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AWS announces its first blockchain offering through two new distributed ledger services

02 December, 2018, 06:56 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Amazon's digital arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) revealed two new blockchain-inspired products despite the current cryptocurrency bear market. The company is also releasing a minimum viable cloud framework for AWS to help clients establish foundational infrastructure.

Some of AWS' newly launched services include a blockchain service, Amazon Managed Blockchain. which can manage transactions between organizations without a central party that is responsible for overseeing the activity. These customers would like to be able to run AWS compute and storage on-premises, and also easily and seamlessly integrate these on-premises workloads with the rest of their applications in the AWS Cloud. Now, VMware and AWS are partnering to enable SDDC infrastructure as-a-service on AWS Outposts.

Customers can run automated, continuous configuration and compliance checks based on industry standards and best practices, such as the Center for Internet Security (CIS) AWS Foundations Benchmark, identifying specific accounts and resources that require attention. This announcement was made at the AWS re:Invent event in which entails were given about the service such as its ease of scalability and its speed, which reportedly is three times faster than other services available in the market.

The new service, called Outposts, lets users choose between on premises servers and storage, which they can order in quarter, half, and full rack units.

Expanding its partnership with VMware, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced launching its own datacenter hardware on premises through AWS Outposts. AWS on its website commented on its managed blockchain service informing on how it will operate.

The move by Amazon comes amid a steep market decline as November has seen the total cryptocurrency market cap shrink by $60 billion Dollars.

With Outposts, customers can now put AWS into their own datacenters using the AWS hardware. Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed service that removes guesswork from the machine learning process, now makes it easier for developers to build, train, tune, and deploy machine learning models. 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.


Amazon's new product will use two existing blockchain platforms - Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum.

"There just isn't a lot of value in that type of on-premises offering and that's why these solutions aren't getting much traction", he added.

That fact may be as important a motivator for Outposts' debut as customer demand.

The new AWS-Optimized TensorFlow offering, now generally available, allows TensorFlow jobs to be automatically scaled and balanced across multiple GPU-powered EC2 nodes.

"It's no secret that AWS wants to rule the IT world, and this is one more step in that direction", said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research.

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