Microsoft Launches Azure Blockchain Service in India

Technology giant Microsoft has launched its Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) offering to provide blockchain solutions to customers over its Azure cloud platform.

Following its announcement today, Microsoft Azure customers can tap the software-maker’s blockchain partners’ solutions with a “single-click deployment” a press release adds.

Peter Gartenberg, general manager of enterprise and partner group at Microsoft said in a statement:

In India, the availability of Microsoft Azure BaaS from local, hyper-scale data centers will help enable blockchain adoption in regulated sectors like banking and financial services, insurance and healthcare as well as governments.

Microsoft’s current stack of blockchain partner solutions includes the likes of EthCore, the Emercoin Blockchain Engine, STRATO BlockApps, Chain, and Ether.Camp, among others.

As reported in April 2016, Ethereum’s programming language Solidity is now bundled in along with Microsoft’s Visual Studio, further simplifying the process to develop decentralized blockchain applications

The announcement comes within days of services firm KPMG’s partnership with Microsoft in India to provide blockchain solutions to the former’s clients. Another notable development in the blockchain space in India sees another technology giant in IBM partner Indian conglomerate Mahindra to deploy blockchain solutions for supply chain finance in the country.

Microsoft launched its Blockchain-as-a-service platform in November 2015 and has since added multiple partners to its blockchain toolkit platform.

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Last modified: March 4, 2021 4:52 PM

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