IBM has announced to initiate the IBM Blockchain Platform “anywhere” strategy as something a wide range of clients can implement, whether on the IBM Cloud, on another preferred cloud environment such as AWS, or locally using on-premises data centers.
Blockchain technology can mean many things to many people, but one key tenet of the technology is that it is dependent on the network effect. The larger, more open, diverse and distributed a network, the stronger its trust mechanisms and the greater its value to members across a network.
The IBM Blockchain Platform is designed to accelerate the creation of enterprise blockchain solutions. It’s powered by Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain framework from The Linux Foundation, and provides an end-to-end solution for production enterprise blockchain network development, governance and operation. The requirements for this offering were based on feedback from more than 500 client engagements with IBM Blockchain Services.
Different industries and networks require diverse infrastructure configurations. IBM has been working to help clients and their developers enable blockchain solutions to be deployed across multiple IT environments. The top three reasons are:
- Data residency and privacy: Enabling customers to store a copy of their ledger in their own infrastructure, behind their firewall, without leaving the country
- Infrastructure without lock-in: Enabling organizations to work with their infrastructure of choice without being locked into a single vendor
- Recruitment and consortium growth: Attracting members to a network or consortium by offering flexible deployment options
IBM is already seeing a wide range of scenarios and use cases embrace what they are calling the power of “anywhere,” and released two offerings to help facilitate the growth of distributed networks.
IBM Blockchain Platform for AWS is designed to enable clients to deploy distributed peers (ledgers) on the AWS Cloud, which leverages the connection profile, Hyperledger Fabric certificate authorities (CAs) and ordering service of an existing network on IBM Blockchain Platform to process transactions. The offering includes Quick Start templates to enable the set up and deployment of peers on AWS.
The IBM Blockchain Platform for IBM Cloud Private is built on Kubernetes-based container-orchestration and is designed to help organizations modernize their operations while mitigating security and data loss risks. Users can have a copy of the ledger on their own infrastructure within country borders, and can leverage more control, while at the same time enriching Hyperledger Fabric use with additional operational, development and governance tools and 24x7x365 support from IBM.
As clients evaluate enterprise-grade blockchains, they can protect their sensitive data with LinuxONE and IBM Z® highly secured servers, which offer the highest levels of encryption commercially available for sensitive data on a blockchain network.
With IBM’s new Multicloud Manager, users will be able to manage and integrate their blockchain workloads across clouds from different providers from IBM to AWS, Red Hat and Microsoft.
These offerings help break down infrastructure barriers and can allow organizations to access the IBM Blockchain Platform in the environment of their choosing.
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