Microsoft Retires Azure Blockchain
Microsoft recently announced that Azure Blockchain will be retired on September 10, 2021. Microsoft credited industry changes and declined interest in the product as the main reasons for discontinuing the marketing of Azure Blockchain. Microsoft partners with ConsenSys to offer a migration path for existing customers. ConsenSys’s Quorum Blockchain Service claims to be fully compatible with the Azure Blockchain service.
Microsoft explained its decision in the following terms:
Based on recent changes in the blockchain industry and the growing business needs of our customers, we are collaborating with ConsenSys, one of our blockchain technology providers, to offer a managed offering of their blockchain ledgers on Azure. As a result of this, combined with lowered interest in our existing offering, we are retiring Azure Blockchain Service on 10 September 2021.
Existing users will have to migrate ledger data to an alternative offering. In its migration guide, Microsoft recommends that users who already developed a blockchain solution migrate to the Quorum Blockchain Service for a managed offering, or opt to manage their blockchain stack themselves using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) VMs. To users who were still in the evaluation phase, or in the early stages of developing a blockchain solution with Azure Blockchain, Microsoft recommends evaluating either Quorum or Besu templates, both of which are available in the Azure Market Place.
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