VMware has introduced a new service that will provide permissioned blockchain for enterprise consortiums, which it claims “intrinsically more secure than public blockchains.”
VMware, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, provides cloud computing and platform virtualization software and services. It was one of first commercially successful companies to virtualize the x86 architecture, a family of backward-compatible instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 CPU and its Intel 8088 variant.
The new service, called VMware Blockchain, will provide the foundation for decentralized trust while delivering enterprise-grade scalability, reliability, security and manageability. It will be integrated into existing VMware tools to help protect the network and compute functions that underlie a true enterprise blockchain.
The service will be designed to solve challenges in three key areas, including true decentralized trust, robust day-two operations, and developer-friendly offerings. VMware Blockchain will have the ability to deploy nodes across multiple different cloud environments including on-premises managed nodes. It will also include tooling for smart contract CI/CD, developer guides, API documentation and sample code, and an open source foundation in Project Concord, a highly scalable and energy-efficient distributed trust infrastructure for consensus and smart contract execution.
To develop VMware Blockchain, VMware will be partnering with Dell Technologies, Deloitte and WWT. The company will also be working with IBM to help migrate and extend VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud. The IBM partnership will also support VMware Blockchain.
“VMware Blockchain will be a platform that’s focused on moving enterprise blockchain consortiums from conception into full-scale production,” VMware said.
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