Amazon Web Services wants to help its customers leverage blockchain, and it is partnering with blockchain startup Kaleido to this end. The partnership aims to make it easy to build companies on blockchain technology.
Kaleido is the first blockchain SaaS solution on the AWS marketplace. It was born from a blockchain incubator called ConsenSys, with the goal of simplifying management of blockchain initiatives. Kaleido provides what it calls an all-in-one Blockchain business cloud, rather than do-it-yourself scripts and templates.
“If blockchain doesn’t become dramatically easier to use, then companies will have to walk back their investments and our society will be far too slow in realizing blockchain’s significant promise,” said Steve Cerveny, Kaleido Founder, in a release. Cerveny also said Kaleido will do for blockchain what Salesforce did for CRMs (customer relationship management). That’s quite the big promise.
We recently examined—gushed—about Blockchain’s widespread potential. Without diving in too much, blockchain is distributed ledger technology most famous for enabling Bitcoin to be a thing. The technology’s applications go beyond Bitcoin, though implementing it remains complex. Microsoft, IBM and Facebook are all exploring use cases; The roster of corporate names doing the same is too long to include here.
Blockchain adoption is still in the nascent stage for uses beyond Bitcoin. Remember the endless “What Is Cloud Computing?” speeches circa 2007? We’re currently at the “What is Blockchain?” stage of the adoption cycle. Use cases are largely in the experimental stages. The partnership wants to help companies move beyond experimenting. It’s a push towards enabling ready for prime-time production environments. Amazon made cloud dead simple to use, and it hopes this partnership will do the same for blockchain initiatives.
AWS first announced it was looking to work with blockchain startups in 2016. It’ll continue to flesh out its offerings and capabilities around enabling blockchain, as will the other major cloud providers.