Microsoft will deactivate its Azure Blockchain Enterprise Service on September 10th and will no longer accept new deployments from now onwithout an official explanation.
Large enterprise customers using Azure Blockchain include JP Morgan, GE Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Starbucks, and Xboxaccording to their website.
The announcement was made on Monday in an inconspicuous post on Microsoft’s documentation page.and informs all current clients that they would migrate to alternative services. The ConsenSys quorum blockchain service was the only suggestion, and ConsenSys founder and CEO Joseph Lubin welcomed the Azure refugees::
“By expanding our relationship with Microsoft, companies can leverage ConsenSys Quorum and Quorum customer support to provide users with an enterprise managed blockchain service that is easy to configure and deploy.”
The upcoming closure received more public attention through a post on Twitter. on May 12th by Azure Architect Tom Kerhove.
It appears that the Azure Blockchain service https://t.co/HX0aFYkU3I is no longer there
Congratulations to @ TechMike2kX to discover it.
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Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain is six years old and was developed in 2015 in collaboration with ConsenSys from a sandbox-like service on Ethereumbefore it was offered as a preview of Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS), which was fully managed in late 2019. Microsoft’s original goal for Azure was to create a certified blockchain marketplace where customers can “discover blockchain technologies and value-added services”.. “
Despite the fact that no new deployments will be added to the service, Microsoft has not yet removed the Azure page, where new users can sign up for free.
Microsoft has sent mixed messages about its stance on cryptocurrencies and blockchain;; President Brad Smith stated earlier this year that the multinational wasn’t even interested in getting into Bitcoin. However, in late March, the company released an online survey asking customers if they were likely to use Bitcoin to purchase from the Xbox Game Store.
It is one of the first blockchain business solutions to close its doorsWhile it probably won’t mark the end of commercial blockchain adoption, IBM, ConsenSys, Hyperledger, Amazon, and Huawei offer business-ready alternative solutions.