Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service

This sounds so cool.

Many of you know Bitcoin. Underlying bitcoin is the blockchain, which allows complete strangers to transfer money based on cryptography providing the trust factor. The blockchain is a public ledger of who owns what, and once I transfer my bitcoin to you, that gets written to the public record and everyone knows I don’t own it any more.

Now imagine that as a private, members-only blockchain. Microsoft has Blockchain-as-a-Service in Azure. Very cool.

Project Bletchley is a vision for Microsoft to deliver Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) that is open and flexible for all platforms, partners and customers. We’re thrilled to be on this journey with the blockchain community, and are looking forward to helping transform the way we think about and do business today.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bletchley-blockchain/

 

Microsoft open sources its next-gen cloud hardware design | TechCrunch

 

Microsoft today open sourced its next-gen hyperscale cloud hardware design and contributed it to the Open Compute Project (OCP). Microsoft joined the OCP, which also includes Facebook, Google, Intel, IBM, Rackspace and many other cloud vendors, back in 2014. Over the last two years, it already contributed a number of server, networking and data center designs.

Source: Microsoft open sources its next-gen cloud hardware design | TechCrunch

Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud | PCWorld

 

SQL Server Analysis Services, one of the key features of Microsoft’s relational database enterprise offering, is going to the cloud. The company announced Tuesday that it’s launching the public beta of Azure Analysis Services, which gives users access to semantic data modeling tools in the cloud.

Source: Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud | PCWorld

5 Design Patterns for AI in the Cloud – Microsoft Video

“We are still in the first minutes of the first day of the Intelligence revolution. In this keynote, Dr. Joseph Sirosh will present 5 solutions (and their implementations) that the intelligent cloud delivers. Join us in this keynote to learn how these solutions can help any organization, from a startup to an enterprise, better handle uncertainty, reduce risks, build intelligent applications that deliver better services faster, grow customer loyalty, help businesses become more proactive with respect to customer needs and differentiate themselves from intensifying competition.”

Source: Video: Azure – the Cloud Supercomputer for AI – insideHPC

Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch collaborate to transform trade finance transacting with Azure Blockchain as a Service | News Center

Interesting news today about how Azure is becoming a platform for financial institutions using Blockchain technology. Blockchain is the concept underlying Bitcoin, that allows secure transfer of digital value.

Also an interesting fact buried in the article:

More than 80 percent of the world’s largest banks are Azure customers.

Source: Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch collaborate to transform trade finance transacting with Azure Blockchain as a Service | News Center

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