Following today’s forbes article by Sarah Hansen, Microsoft announced that it is integrating tools built by the blockchain startup Truffle into its Azure cloud computing service to help developers build and manage enterprise blockchain applications.
Blockchain Startup, Truffle
Truffle tools have been downloaded more than 2.7 million times, and the new integration with Microsoft means that Azure customers, which include major companies like Adobe, HP, and the International Hotels Group as well as legions of smaller projects, will be able to build on public or private Ethereum blockchains with support from Microsoft.
“We really believe in the power of blockchain. This is not some arbitrary thing that we’re going to do because customers are forcing us,” says Marc Mercuri, principal program manager at Azure Blockchain Engineering.
“We wanted to open that up and make access to the blockchain more available to a large swath developers,” says Truffle founder and CEO Tim Coulter. Truffle officially spun off from ConsenSys this year and in May received a $3 million injection of capital from the organization to support enterprise expansion.
The Big Picture
Of course, Azure is not the only web services platform to embrace blockchain in recent months. Amazon Web Services offers its own blockchain services and has partnered with Kaleido, another ConsenSys project, on a marketplace for blockchain tools for businesses. Oracle also has its own enterprise blockchain platform, and Salesforce introduced its iteration of a blockchain developer tool last month.