Microsoft is working on adding projects for middleware to block chains




Microsoft is offering a project called ‘Project Bletchley’ launched with the aim of ‘block chains as a service’. This extends Microsoft block chain technology with tools that allow users to associate certain existing services to or work with a block chain.

One would be the benefits for businesses that it is easier to set up consortia block chains for mere members of that consortium. That way consortia can quickly and easily contracts and the like capturing writes Microsoft Marley Gray on the Azure blog. Gray wrote also the white paper behind the project. With Project Bletchley Azure is the web for the respective block chain and Azure functions as a cloud platform for distributed applications can be built and delivered.

The entire project is open to different block chain protocols such as Hyper Ledger and Ethereum. Microsoft adds another increase as more are being developed. At present uses include R3 banking consortium Azure platform to experiment with block chains.

In Microsoft Project Bletchley introduces two concepts. The first block chain is middleware. It must provide the block chain middleware core services in the cloud, such as identity management in addition to certain data and information services such as analytics and machine learning, writes Gray. Use is made of the advantages offered by a chain block, such as global distribution and therefore do not change trades.

The Crypt lets see Gray as a new building block within the block chain technology. It should provide secure transactions and communication between Azure, middleware and technology of the user or customer. Sometimes additional information is needed in order to conclude a transaction or a contract. The cryptlet can then add additional information such as time and date. In this way, different techniques can be coupled to each other and still take advantage of the security that can provide a block chain.

The first pilots of the project are expected by the end of the summer. The project’s name is derived from Bletchley Park where during World War II stayed the code breakers of British Intelligence.

Bletchley architecture


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