Microsoft to Launch Ethereum on Azure

New solution is based on the Proof-of-Authority (PoA) consensus algorithm
09 August 2018   959

Developers of the cloud platform Microsoft Azure announced the launch product Ethereum on Azure, which is based on the "blockchain-as-a-service" model. It is noteworthy that the new solution is based on the Proof-of-Authority (PoA) consensus algorithm.

PoA is based on the principle of approved validators and does not require mining.

The new product is equipped with a built-in decentralized application called Governance DApp, which provides members of the consortium with the authority to manage the network and delegate their voting rights to others. Due to this, network members can pass to other nodes voting from their person, if its main nodes are not on the network.

At the same time, administrators have the right to change the validators of the network by voting.

Also, thanks to the Parity WebAssembly client, developers will be able to write smart contracts in convenient programming languages such as C, C ++ and Rust.

Oracle & Microsoft to Connect Their Clouds

This is a unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors; now users can easily migrate from one platform to another
06 June 2019   379

Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership: their cloud services will now be directly connected. Users can easily migrate from one platform to another, or run Azure services using databases stored on the Oracle cloud.

As TechCrunch notes, this is a rather unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors.

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.
 

Don Johnson

Executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

The fact is that Oracle is very small compared to AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Cooperation with Microsoft will help the company to reach a higher level and continue to develop its own services simultaneously. And Microsoft will get customers who have no place on Oracle servers.