Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Amazon Unveils Quantum Ledger Database and Managed Blockchain Services

Amazon Unveils Quantum Ledger Database and Managed Blockchain Services

"The service, called AWS Ground Station, works in much the same way as Amazon's well-established business for tapping computing capacity via the cloud", reports MIT Technology Review.

For some companies, there are regulatory concerns or privacy issues that limit their ability to use public cloud, while other businesses just aren't ready to abandon their own equipment and facilities.

Some of AWS' newly launched services include a blockchain service, Amazon Managed Blockchain. which can manage transactions between organizations without a central party that is responsible for overseeing the activity. This will allow customers to run compute and storage on premises and easily connect to the AWS cloud capabilities.

Amongst a slew of announcements at AWS re:Invent this week, one that has caught the attention of channel partners, technology partners and enterprises alike is the evolution of AWS Marketplace.

For those unfamiliar with reinforcement learning, it's a subset of machine learning, which is a field that AWS has been investing in heavily over the past year, along with announcing several new services aimed specifically at this segment of the industry. "So, today we're offering an immutable, transparent, and cryptographically verifiable ledger, based on the same one that AWS teams have been using for years at scale, as a fully managed service". Amazon Managed Blockchain takes care of the rest, creating a blockchain network that can span multiple AWS accounts with multiple nodes per member, and configuring software, security, and network settings.

Amazon, which is starting with its own hardware, will deliver and install Outposts at customers' facilities and then provide maintenance, fix the hardware and automatically update the software.

The idea with Outposts is that customers can use the same programming interface, same APIs, same console and CLI they use on the AWS cloud for on-premises applications, develop and maintain a single code base and use the same deployment tools in the AWS cloud and on-premises, AWS wrote. "The integration with support for AWS Security Hub makes it even easier for our shared customers to access and act on their cloud security insights".

The new approach will require Amazon to hire people focused on selling and servicing hardware. It leverages the same software stack, control plane, API's, and managed service as VMware Cloud on AWS and will be sold, provisioned, operated, and supported by VMware or one of its partners. From there, Splunk can monitor and identify potential threats across AWS Security products like Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Inspector, and Amazon Macie directly in the Splunk platform.

That fact may be as important a motivator for Outposts' debut as customer demand. In case of a permissioned network, it secures and manages blockchain network certificates with AWS Key Management Service, eliminating the need for customers to set up their own secure key storage. VMware also announced its new integrated offering - VMware Cloud Foundation for EC2.

For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform.

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