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AWS now supports Ethereum blockchain

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by Joseph Stone

Amazon Web Services blockchain services now support Ethereum. AWS clients can therefore provide Ethereum nodes, connect to the public Ethereum blockchain and to test networks.

The public blockchain is not reserved for cryptocurrencies such as Ether, or DeFi’s crypto-actives. However, private companies still prefer, to date, permitted blockchains such as HyperLedger.

This may change in the future. Amazon intends, in any case, to occupy a central place in these blockchain uses. Its subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS) thus announces the availability of Ethereum on its platform.

This launch was confirmed last May. Its technological director, Stephan Hadinger, specified that AWS would propose the public Ethereum blockchain during 2020. A new stage is crossed with the general availability.

Amazon Managed Blockchain can now provide Ethereum nodes “in minutes”. The service also includes the connection to the main public Ethereum network and test networks (Rinkeby, Ropsten…).

The “customers benefit from a secure network, encryption at rest and in transit, secure access to the network via standard open-source Ethereum APIs”, AWS details in its press release.

Amazon Blockchain also guarantees “fast and reliable synchronization with the Ethereum blockchain and durable elastic storage for registry data. “But who is this cloud service for?

Decentralized finance applications, in particular. But not only that. According to AWS, this managed blockchain offering also meets the needs of analytical product developers. And that also includes tracking smart contracts and fraud detection.

In the area of blockchain, AWS’ objective is to simplify experiments and projects in order to drive the adoption of these technologies.

“Within minutes, you have a functional blockchain network. The idea is to remove technological barriers. A customer who wants to make Hyperledger Fabric doesn’t need to learn how to configure it. He can start directly on his use cases,” said Stephan Hadinger.