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Microsoft Azure Gets Better With Additional Blockchain Protocols

June 16, 2017
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Microsoft Azure Gets Better With Additional Blockchain Protocols
Microsoft has announced support for additional Blockchain protocols in Azure. Announcing the development on the sidelines of the Coindesk Consensus 2017 conference, the Redmond-based company revealed that it provides support for complex blockchain and distributed ledger network deployments. It includes Quorum, R3 Corda, BlockApps, Chain Core, and HyperLedger Fabric.

According to Christine Avanessians, a senior program manager at Microsoft, the company targeted dev/test topologies in association with Chain, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, BlockApps, and R3. The main aim is to deliver deployment of several protocols. Based on the feedback, the company has provided support for complex topologies and the customers are able to work on advanced scenarios.

Microsoft has decided to categorize deployment of Blockchain protocols into three topologies such as Dev/Test, Single, and Multi-member. The Dev/Test helps developers to quickly work with blockchain application development from within a single node or VM running out of Azure. You can make use of Corda, Quorum, Syscoin, BlockApps, Chain, and Parity.

As the name indicates, a single member topology enables companies to test and simulate production workloads for multiple divisions. However, the multi-member topology signifies that multiple companies can test and simulate production workloads. You should note that the workloads are configured across multiple regions, Azure Active Directory tenants, and Azure subscriptions.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is gearing up to push single member topologies such as HyperLedger Fabric, R3 Corda, Chain, Quorum, and BlockApps. The HyperLedger Fabric features a membership services, a node that is capable of running the ordering service including multiple Fabric peer nodes. The R3 Corda includes a single node with network map, a notary service, and multiple member nodes. On the other hands, the Quorum features a block maker node, and multiple voters and observers. 

While Chain topology features a single block generator node, multiple signers, and participants, the BlockApps feature a single block maker node, and multiple validators and participants.

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