AWS Launches Blockchain Templates For Developers


Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of its blockchain templates, which will make it easier for developers to create blockchain-based projects.

“AWS Blockchain Templates provide a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks using open source frameworks,” the company said in a press release. “Blockchain is a technology that makes it possible to build applications where multiple parties can record transactions without the need for a trusted, central authority to ensure that transactions are verified and secure.”

The product gives users pre-set blockchain frameworks that support two versions of the technology: Ethereum and the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric.

AWS Blockchain Templates use their chosen blockchain framework as containers on an Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster, or directly on an EC2 instance running Docker.

“Your blockchain network is created in your own Amazon VPC, allowing you to use your VPC subnets and network Access Control Lists,” the company added. “You can assign granular permissions using AWS IAM to restrict which resources an Amazon ECS cluster or Amazon EC2 instance can access.”

There is no extra fee to use the templates. Instead, developers pay only for the AWS resources needed to run their blockchain network.

This is just Amazon’s latest move into blockchain. Last month, the company announced a new partnership with Luxoft Holding.

Luxoft and five other consulting firms are joining together to roll out their blockchain solutions that can operate on AWS.

“Blockchain is about removing data silos, improving trust and operational efficiencies,” said Luxoft’s vice president of technology strategy, Vasiliy Suvorov. “By using AWS to deploy and integrate DLTs into day-to-day processes, businesses can revolutionize how they operate.”

Also last month,  a survey by LendEDU found that more than half of Amazon users said they would consider using an Amazon-built cryptocurrency around the site – and Amazon Prime members were even more eager, with 58.27 percent in favor and only 21.9 percent opposed.