Microsoft Azure adds New Partners Monero, Radium, Expanse, Influx, Algorythmix and Tendermint
Azure’s Blockchain as a Service continues to grow at a very rapid pace. In order to consolidate all of the various partner offerings and make them more easily discoverable for the most common uses, there are now going to be three main places where these assets can be found.
DevTest labs continues to be a very active place to explore the power of blockchain networks. Azure DevTest labs allows you to create a lab “sandbox” to invite your partners, competitors and supply chain participants into where they can be contributors having full control over resources they create, but no administrative permissions to others resources. It creates the perfect environment to try out collaborative use cases for blockchains in a move towards a shared ecommerce platform based on distributed ledgers. This allows you to create your own “private” consortium lab within your Azure subscription, setting up restrictions for usage, etc., but skip the whole “joint” lab setup and get to work ASAP.
The DevTest Labs Artifact library has a new home. The old location will remain, but will not be updated. If you manually added the old library to your DevTest Lab, please redirect the URL for the artifact library the new URL.
To make it REALLY easy to get started with your own “consortium” lab, we have created a Blockchain as a Service Marketplace Template. The template will automatically setup your lab with the most popular lab settings and include the library of existing Blockchain as a Service partner offerings. The library of blockchain artifacts is kept up to date, so you will know when new distributed ledger platforms, tools and services become available.
This week Microsoft welcomes: Algorythmix, Expanse, Influx, Monero, Radium and Tendermint.
— Expanse (@ExpanseOfficial) September 9, 2015
Expanse is a community-based, decentralized information, application, and smart contract platform. The Expanse project is operated by its community through a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) in which its members directly collaborate; exchange thoughts and ideas; and vote to determine the project’s future developments and management decisions. Featuring a growing collection of smart contracts, dApps and toolkits provide users and organizations of all types with intuitive access to some of the most exciting applications of blockchain technology.
The project provides tools and services that businesses, charities, and even governments can use to easily and intuitively make use of blockchain technology from creating and managing smart assets to providing digital fulfillment and distribution. Expanse is excited to be working with Microsoft to provide powerful solutions, leveraging the services of Azure with the power of the Expanse blockchain.” Check out the video below to learn or try it here.
— Riccardo Spagni (@fluffyponyza) March 24, 2016
Monero is a crypto currency that is not based on the Bitcoin codebase, and that aims to remain as private, secure, and scalable as possible. All Monero transactions are cryptographically untraceable and unlinkable, and there is no separate “clear” token. This enables end users to use Monero as a private store of value and as a medium of exchange that is impervious to blockchain analysis or miner censorship.
Developers that are building privacy-aware or privacy-centric applications will benefit from Monero’s private-by-default approach, and will appreciate the small and simple metadata storage area (tx_extra) available in every transaction. Additionally, they will benefit from the standard and uncomplicated cryptography based on Daniel J. Bernstein’s Curve25519 EC curve as well as EdDSA signatures.
Those building pegged off-chain or sidechain systems needn’t worry about on-chain limitations, as Monero’s dynamic block size algorithm grows and shrinks the block size limit based on the on-chain demand. Peg as much back to the Monero blockchain as you need!
Lastly, for those that are interested in the academic and research side of things, the Monero Research Lab have published several research bulletins and tools, which are available on the Research Lab site on the Research Lab’s GitHub repo.
— Radium (@ProjectRadon) March 24, 2016
Radium is a Proof-Of-Stake Cryptocurrency that serves as the base blockchain for the Radium SmartChain. The goal of Radium and the SmartChain is to provide a unique platform for development of decentralized blockchain services without centralized servers. The quickly growing list includes Username-Address linkage, Proof-Of-Existence, Proof-Of-Ownership, and Proof-Of-File Origin. The advanced Radium functions are embedded in the Radium block chain and accessed through the SmartChain RPC Client. File origin can be verified through the SmartChain OneClickVerify system, or online through the SmartChain verify website.