Microsoft Azure Blockchain Framework



INTRODUCTION


Blockchain is the stong trend hashtag, it is a revolutionary technology and all big companies are developing own technologies.

After IBM, with bluemix, now is the moment of Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench!

IT IS A FRAMEWORK


According to the chapter title, Azure Blockchain Workbench is a framework to develop a private Distributed Ledger. It help you to develop a blockchain application using it together other Azure components.

Naturally, Azure Blockchain Workbench, can be deployed using an specific template in the Azure Marketplace. The template include some functionalities like

  • blockchain stack
  • type of client application
  • support for IoT integration


Blockchain Workbench Architecture

A most important point value is the identity integration using Azure Active Directory. So the structure trasform the features into a permissioned blockchain

There are other core features:
  • Client applications
  • Gateway service API
  • Message broker for incoming message
  • Message broker for downstream consumers
  • Message consumers
  • Transaction builder and signers
  • Transaction routers and ledgers
  • DLT watcher
  • Azure SQL database
  • Azure Storage
  • Monitoring tool

Reading the official architecture documentation, the framework looks complete and the blockchain is only (little) part of a more complete picture.


NEXT COMPANIES


We are waiting the next big company project. I have 2 items into my WatchList: Cisco and AWS.

Who will come first?

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