Eris Industries, Factom and CoinPrism Join Microsoft Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service

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Marley Gray the Director of Technology Strategy for Financial Services at Microsoft has revealed in a recent blog post that three new members that will join Microsoft’s blockchain service. – CoinPrism, Eris and Factom. 

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In addition to having some awesome partners like ConsenSys and Ripple in the BaaS ecosystem, we have some great new members too, like Eris, CoinPrism (OpenChain) and Factom. Here is an update on the activities of our existing and new partners in BaaS.

  • ConsenSys: Ethereum in all flavors
    • Ethereum C++
  • Eris Industries: A leading platform for industrial applications of smart contract technology. Eris:db blockchains are permissionable, logic optimized blockchains which run EVM compatible blockchains within a permissioned blockchain network. The following templates are in the pipeline:
    • Single validator eris:db blockchain client for rapid prototyping
    • Seven validator eris:db blockchain network for stable demonstration chains spread across user selected Azure data centers
    • Azure clients will be able to upload the details of their permissioning requirements for the blockchain network in question as part of the instantiation process
  • CoinPrism: OpenChain is an open source distributed ledger technology. It is suited for organizations wishing to issue and manage digital assets in a robust, secure and scalable way. The following is in the pipeline:
    • Single-node OpenChain test and development environment
    • In Q1 2016: Production use harnessing Azure’s infrastructure to achieve high availability making it possible to scale up as needed to achieve thousands of transactions per second. Also, a template that will deploy an OpenChain instance will be configured as a pegged sidechain.
  • Factom: Simplify records management, record business processes, and address security and compliance issues. The following are in the pipeline:
    • Deploy a factomd service exposing the Factom APIs – Q1 2016
    • Bitcoin data service of prices from different exchanges recorded on Factom’s Blockchain – Q1 2016

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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