Microsoft has announced a big addition to its blockchain offerings: it has revealed that it will soon begin offering fully managed blockchains as part of its Azure services. Quorum will be the first blockchain on offer, and the end result will make blockchain tech more readily available to businesses that rely on Microsoft for their cloud computing needs.
What Is Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud service that is nearly a decade old. Microsoft actually has several interrelated blockchain efforts in the works, but Azure is one of the most significant of those initiatives. Most recently, Microsoft launched the Azure Blockchain Workbench in 2018. Azure also offers blockchain platforms like Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric through its marketplace.
Basically, Azure allows businesses to set up blockchains in a quick and simple manner. The Azure Blockchain Workbench is primarily meant to be used as a test environment for blockchain apps, while the Azure Marketplace offers full-featured third-party blockchains. This makes setup easier,…