Amazon is the latest competitor in “blockchain-as-a-service”
Amazon Web Services has unveiled its Blockchain Templates service, which promises a pay-as-you-go implementation of blockchain network distributions utilizing open source frameworks.
A blog post by Amazon's Jeff Barr explains how to get started with using AWS Blockchain Templates, giving a step-by-step guide with screenshots detailing the process from creating to deploying a network stat, as well as how to review statistical output.
That same blog post also details the versatility of blockchain technology and how it can apply to different needs for businesses and individuals. Barr writes:
"Some of the people that I talk to see blockchains as the foundation of a new monetary system and a way to facilitate international payments. Others see blockchains as a distributed ledger and immutable data source that can be applied to logistics, supply chain, land registration, crowdfunding, and other use cases. Either way, it is clear that there are a lot of intriguing possibilities and we are working to help our customers use this technology more effectively."
Amazon, as well as Oracle and IBM, all utilize The Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Fabric framework for their blockchain services.