The service will be available through KPN. In the partnership, unchain.io provides its Blockchain Gateway, an enterprise-level blockchain integration platform that can connect any blockchain technology to any application. The collaboration delivers a ready-to-use tech stack on which blockchain projects can be both built and deployed in an expedited manner.
unchain.io made the announcement of the partnership on June 10 via a press release.
The service is based on Microsoft’s Azure Stack while KPN delivers a cloud environment, the latter of which is grounded in its Netherlands-based data centres. The service is a part of KPN’s InternedServices and Hybrid Cloud Services.
KPN is making the move to offering blockchain-as-a-service because they are, according to Robin Scholten, director of InternedServices at KPN, “seeing that customers are increasingly looking to blockchain technology as an alternative for conducting secure transactions in an online environment”. Additionally, the company including blockchain-as-a-service enriches its cloud offerings, an addition that will assist companies in running proofs of concepts with the technology.
Berit Fuss, unchain.io’s director of ecosystem of development, talks about the partnership in the context of the blockchain industry’s need to, “take defined use-cases into proof[s]-of-concept in an easy, cost-effective manner,” with the just-announced service making this a reality. The service fills this gap, according to Fuss, “by offering a user-friendly, trusted environment” which supports the “ability to grow successful PoC [ed: proof-of-concept] initiatives into pilot and production environments”.
Natalie Mackevicius, director of Azure Stack at Microsoft, spoke on the partnership thusly: “We’re proud that KPN looks to Microsoft Azure Stack as their trusted hybrid cloud foundation for their initiative with unchain.io, applying our cloud-based services into value-added solutions to meet their customer needs.”
unchain.io started in 2016 out of the need to actualise blockchain’s potential though creating a secure, easy, and open integration platform – what became it’s Blockchain Gateway. It took the company 1.5 years to develop the Gateway, with the company making a public launch in March 2018. The organisation seeks to work with consortia, enterprise clients, system integrators, application vendors, and cloud-service providers.