Microsoft is collaborating with web3 infrastructure firm Ankr to provide a new node service for enterprise users. Specifically, the two companies are partnering to create a node hosting solutions for customers who need access to blockchain data.
The new service will be a part of the Microsoft Azure marketplace and will come with bandwidth and memory specs created for blockchain nodes.
With this integration, Microsoft Azure customers can enable web3 apps or read/write blockchain data.
“Our partnership with Ankr will enable developers and organizations to access blockchain data in a reliable and secure way as they explore how web3 can address real-world business challenges,” confirms Rashmi Misra, Microsoft's general manager for AI and emerging technologies. “Together, we are building a robust web3 infrastructure layer.”
Developers on Azure can leverage Ankr's remote procedure call service (RPC) to develop apps for Microsoft cloud. The RPC from Ankr gives developers the ability to use cloud nodes across 19 different blockchains, including Ethereum and Avalanche.
Ankr RPC nodes allow a decentralized application to tap into a blockchain and access the data it hosts.
“This was a critical step in bringing blockchain infrastructure to a growing sector of the digital economy. The partnership, while an incredible milestone for Ankr, is also a key indicator of how far the decentralized web has come in integrating with the crucial players in every layer of web systems. The end result will be an era of extremely prolific building for blockchain-based applications from new Web3 projects as well as large enterprises entering the space.” Chandler Song, Co-Founder & CEO, Ankr
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