Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Amazon (AMZN) Launches New Service To Build And Manage Blockchains

Amazon (AMZN) Launches New Service To Build And Manage Blockchains

The blockchain service and the new Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) were unveiled at its AWS re:Invent annual user conference.

A new program to help independent software vendors achieve a number of federal authorizations, including those from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, the Criminal Justice Information Services.

CEO Andy Jassy used his re:Invent keynote in Las Vegas yesterday to talk up the depth of its cloud products compared to its rivals and how it's targeting enterprises that want more prescriptive solutions, as well as going after an old favourite target in Oracle. The ground station as a service eliminates the need for universities and government agencies to lease ground antennas across the globe to communicate with their satellites.

"We're starting out with a pair of ground stations today, and will have 12 in operation by mid-2019".

AWS also announced its AWS Marketplace for Machine Learning, which is stocked with more than 150 algorithms and models that can be deployed directly to SageMaker. It simplifies creating and managing scalable blockchain networks using the popular, open source Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric frameworks. This covers AWS' GovCloud and Secret Regions across almost every data classification.

A lot of customers are talking about data lakes because they understand that it is useful to remove siloes and have all of their data reside in a central place where they can apply analytics and machine learning. But the reality is many larger firms are not willing to give up their beloved data centres entirely, preferring incremental changes to preserve functionality for customers and employees.

Drawing on its chip-development group, AWS also said that it has built custom chips for artificial intelligence that will be available from its cloud, following the lead of other internet companies like Google and Alibaba.

Essentially, Outposts is a fully managed service from AWS where customers get AWS configured hardware and software delivered to their on-premise data centre or co-location space to run applications in a cloud-native manner without having to run it in AWS data centres. That means developers no longer need to modify their trained models for different hardware platforms. "For cancer patients and the researchers dedicated to curing them, time is the limiting resource".

Despite the recent decrease across the entire cryptocurrency market, Amazon digital arm AWS (Amazon Web Services) revealed two new blockchain-oriented products, CNBC reports.

The cloud provider for the past several years has been making moves to make it easier for companies to run their on-premises infrastructures more closely with their AWS environments.

Once the satellite data is downlinked AWS offers clients a range of streaming, processing, analytic, and storage options. It can also replicate an immutable copy of a blockchain network activity into Amazon QLDB, allowing developers to easily analyze the network activity outside the network and gain insights into trends.

Policies will then be consistently implemented, reducing the duplicative work of manually defining and enforcing them across a customer's security, storage, analytics, and machine learning services.

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN. As aforementioned, the online retail giant recently announced the launch of its blockchain-based products. In fact, of all the online companies, it has perhaps seen the most speculation about its potential foray into the blockchain ecosystem.

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