Ankr partners Microsoft to Offer Enterprise-Grade Blockchain Node Hosting Service
Ankr Inc., a Web3 infrastructure company, announced a partnership with Microsoft Corp. today to offer enterprise-level blockchain node hosting facility through the Microsoft Azure cloud service for coders and creators of decentralized applications. Ankr will contribute its expertise in blockchain infrastructure, while Microsoft will provide the service via the Azure Marketplace with simple-to-buy solutions. Similar to other cloud facilities, clients will be able to purchase blockchain node hosting framework.
Web3, also referred to as the decentralized web, enables the users to construct financial systems that avoid intermediaries and centralized finance including banks, as well as construct nontraditional systems such as decentralized gambling and retail. The architecture of Web3’s network is based on the blockchain, which is dependent on nodes.
Nodes based on the blockchain are a fundamental element of Web3 networks. They retain copies of the decentralized blockchain ledger, serve as communications centres, and check the validity of newly added network transaction data. A node’s primary responsibility is to validate the authenticity of each fresh “block” of activities uploaded to the blockchain.
By operating a node, Web3 programmers obtain low-latency connectivity to blockchains to read and write activities and monitor performance metrics in near real time. This improves the security of decentralized applications (dapps) for business units and tends to make them simpler to access, upgrade, and rectify in the event of an issue.
“This was a crucial step in introducing blockchain infrastructure to a burgeoning sector of the digital economy,” said Chandler Song, co-founder and CEO of Ankr. “The partnership, in addition to being an extraordinary achievement for Ankr, is a key indicator of how far the decentralized web has gone in integrating with the key actors at each stratum of web systems.”
By employing the Microsoft Azure cloud and Ankr’s architecture, developers will be able to establish completely administered enterprise-level blockchain nodes with adjustable memory and bandwidth needs in any region of the globe, according to their specific needs. Advanced telemetry will encourage customers to optimize for quickness and dependability and track the activity of nodes throughout a significant number of blockchains.
Ankr handles more than 38 blockchains at present, including Ethereum, BNB Smart Chain, Polkadot, Near, Fantom, Polygon, and Celo. Rashmi Misra, Microsoft’s general manager of AI and emerging technologies, stated, “Several programmers and organizations are investigating how Web3 can actually fix real-world business issues, and our collaboration with Ankr will empower them to unlock blockchain data in a dependable, scalable, and safe manner.”
Infura, Alchemy, and Blockdaemon are well-known service providers that offer enterprise-grade node hosting infrastructure on their own clouds. Node Engine is also available on Google Cloud, but it only supports Ethereum blockchain nodes. In September, the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase introduced Node as a component of Coinbase Cloud, which offers enterprise-grade managed node hosting for developers.
With this collaboration, Ankr and Microsoft aim to introduce a new enterprise node hosting service that provides programmers with more chances to create blockchain-powered applications without having to think about the core infrastructure. Regarding the collaboration, Song stated, “The end outcome will be a period of exceedingly robust development of blockchain-powered applications by novel Web3 initiatives and significant businesses that join the market.”