Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is partnering with the ethereum design studio Consensys to make enterprise blockchains easier and faster to deploy. Announced Tuesday at Consensus 2018, the two firms’ business blockchain cloud service, Kaleido, aims to smooth the onboarding process for enterprise consortium members – a major challenge in the space – while simplifying the operation of private blockchain networks.

“We have been following ethereum closely as it’s what many of our customers have been exploring, especially for enterprise use cases,” Matt Yanchyshyn, the global technical lead for AWS’ partner program, told CoinDesk. However, he stressed that AWS is “protocol-agnostic,” noting that the company also supports Hyperledger’s Sawtooth and R3’s Corda platforms. Indeed, AWS is no stranger to the space, having announced back in 2016 that it would start working with blockchain startups, offering dedicated technical support and infrastructure for the firms involved.

More recently, in April of this year AWS unveiled a new service for launching out-of-the-box blockchain networks for the ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric protocols. Now, however, the unit of Amazon has aligned itself with one of the most influential organizations in the ethereum community. “Working with ConsenSys will allow us to further understand customer needs and help accelerate their blockchain efforts,” Yanchyshyn said.

Those who were around at Ethereum DevCon 1 back in 2015 might be reminded of ConsenSys’ first stab at offering ethereum in the cloud, via Microsoft’s Azure platform. But Kaleido aims to take the concept further. Michael Dickson, the enterprise blockchain business development lead at ConsenSys, said Microsoft’s early blockchain-as-a-service was essentially a set of scripts to enable users to quickly stand up a sandbox environment for blockchains.

“This is great when you are starting out and you are experimenting, but it will only get you so far,” he said. “What we are seeing now is enterprises really have an appetite to try to get their projects all the way to production,” which Kaleido can handle. Read more from coindesk.com…

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