Sun May 16 2021
Current users of Azure Blockchain have four months to find an alternative before Microsoft withdraw the product
As of the 10th September this year, Microsoft will be withdrawing its Azure Blockchain service, leaving current users around four months to find an alternative that will suit their needs.
On September 10, 2021, Azure Blockchain will be retired. Please migrate ledger data from Azure Blockchain Service to an alternative offering based on your development status in production or evaluation.
As of yet, Microsoft haven’t stated why the service was being discontinued, although in the past products or services have been withdrawn from the market for a variety of reasons, including a lack of interest in the product/service, over reliance on old infrastructure that Microsoft don’t want to replace or maintain or a combination of the two (although we’re obviously speculating here…it could be for a completely different reason).
The announcement has come with some advice as to what to do next though:
The first step when planning a migration is to evaluate alternative offerings. Evaluate the following alternatives based on your development status of being in production or evaluation.
The statement of withdrawal goes on to recommend a service called Quorum Blockchain Service from ConsemSys as it uses the GoQuorum Ledger tech that Microsft’s Azure Blockchain also uses.
The added benefit of that solution is that Quorum was designed to operate in Azure so it should be a simple switch.
As always though, if you need advice, guidance or help making the switch to new Blockchain technology then feel free to get in touch to speak to one of our experts.
Sun May 16 2021