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AWS announces blockchain templates

Amazon Web Services is now offering blockchain templates by providing options to easily and quickly launch a public or private Ethereum network or private Hyperledger Fabric network.

"Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third-party interference," the AWS site says.

"Hyperledger Fabric is a blockchain framework implementation and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation," its site says. "Intended as a foundation for developing applications or solutions with a modular architecture, Hyperledger Fabric allows components, such as consensus and membership services, to be plug-and-play."

Ethereum Network templates are available in three U.S. regions, providing two launch options.

"The ecs option creates an Amazon ECS cluster within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and launches a set of Docker images in the cluster. The docker-local option also runs within a VPC, and launches the Docker images on EC2 instances. The template supports Ethereum mining, the EthStats and EthExplorer status pages, and a set of nodes that implement and respond to the Ethereum RPC protocol. Both options create and make use of a DynamoDB table for service discovery, along with Application Load Balancers for the status pages," said AWS spokesperson Jeff Barr, who goes on to detail setting up a network in a recent blog post.

Whatever blockchain networks are used for,  the company plans to add new versions of the frameworks as they become available.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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