Amazon Web Services (AWS) is joining forces with Kaleido, a new startup backed by Ethereum venture studio ConsenSys, in a partnership that will give Amazon customers their first shot at blockchain SaaS (software-as-a-service) solutions. The team up aims to let AWS clients dive into distributed ledger tech with speed and ease.
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AWS, the cloud-computing subsidiary of tech and retail powerhouse Amazon, has reached an agreement with ConsenSys-backed Kaleido to provide their customers with Kaleido’s streamlined blockchain SaaS platform.
The move will let companies uninitiated in the cryptoverse quickly embrace the space’s keystone tech, blockchain, with as little friction as possible.
“Companies are eager to capture the potential of blockchain but to date have struggled to move experimental projects forward into live production networks,” ConsenSys explained in their announcement release. “[Kaleido’s] a new Blockchain Business Cloud aimed at speeding and simplifying enterprises’ journey to using the technology.”
Or as Steve Cerney, a Kaleido co-founder, put it:
“By offering a full solution way beyond do-it-yourself scripts or templates, Kaleido significantly speeds up development and deployment cycles and dramatically lowers operating costs. What Salesforce did for CRMs, Kaleido will do for blockchain.”
Kaleido, which was launched today, May 15th, will feature “popular Ethereum packages Geth and Quorum.”
As such, the platform will also offer:
“[…] linking between private networks and the public Ethereum mainnet, integrated analytics, and support for multiple protocol options and consensus mechanisms. The platform runs on AWS and provides clients the ability to seamlessly connect to other popular AWS services, reducing the cost of real-world projects that often require complex integrations.”
To that end, Kaleido’s partnership with AWS comprises a larger and more general adoption milestone for the Ethereum community — AWS customers can now delve into Ethereum with more ease and nuance than ever.
“It also represents the first ‘dual mode’ use of Ethereum, enabling private, permissioned Ethereum-based systems to link with public, permissionless Ethereum, in order to achieve an element of trustworthiness that has previously been unobtainable,” Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin noted of the deal. “This may be considered the first major link forged in the internet of blockchains.”
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