Amazon Takes Giant Step into Cryptocurrency Tech with Blockchain Products

Tech giantAmazon says it will release blockchain frameworks, a major step into the technology used to back cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the e-commerce’s cloud computing arm, put forward two of its blockchain frameworks this week.

One framework is for Ethereum, while the other framework is for Hyperledger Fabric.

These frameworks will allow users to build and manage their own Blockchain-powered decentralized applications.

These applications are commonly referred to as DApps.

AWS announced back in 2016 that it would start working with blockchain startups.

The web services division of the online retail giant will offer dedicated technical support and infrastructure to all the firms involved.

“Today in financial services, distributed ledger technology is at the forefront of any discussion related to innovation,” the company said in a statement.

“AWS is working with financial institutions and blockchain providers to spur innovation and facilitate frictionless experimentation.”

In a blog post, AWS chief Jeff Barr wrote that the newly available “templates” will allow clients to “launch an Ethereum, either public or private, or Hyperledger Fabric, private, network in a matter of minutes and with just a few clicks.”

The templates create and configure all of the AWS resources needed to get you going in a robust and scalable fashion,” he wrote.

AWS is the fastest growing segment of Amazon’s business. Amazon saw its web services sales increase 55% in 2016, and 43% in 2017.

However, Amazon is not the only tech company with a cloud computing division. Microsoft’s Azure has similarly shown an interest in providing blockchain as a service.

Microsoft Azure partnered with the Ethereum startup ConsenSys in 2015. Google is also working on a blockchain solution for its cloud business.

HyperLedger and Ethereum

Users will be able to create their own Blockchain applications via the AWS Cloud Formation Templates tool. This is to to avoid the time-consuming manual setup of a blockchain network.

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Blockchain was founded in 2015. The tech firm released its first production Blockchain code, Fabric 1.0, in July 2017.

Hyperledger DLT products have become used across the board. They are commonly used by companies looking to incorporate Blockchain solutions within their platforms.

The Ethereum network was launched in 2014 by Vitalik Buterin. It has become one of the most popular Blockchain bases for building DApps among developers.

NASA has even revealed it is developing an autonomous spacecraft based upon Ethereum Blockchain technology.

Chile’s national energy commission has also announced the launch of an Ethereum Blockchain record system. The record system will provide the nation’s energy sector with security, accuracy, transparency, and accessibility to their data.

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Amazon Web Services Launches Ethereum And Hyperledger Fabric Blockchain Templates

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced blockchain templates for Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric, providing a fast and easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks with open source frameworks, the company announced on its website.

Blockchain technology makes it possible to build applications where multiple parties can record transactions without the need for a central authority to ensure transactions are secure and verified. The transactions are immutable and independently verifiable.

The AWS templates allow users to deploy Ethereum and Hyperledger frameworks with certified AWS CloudFormation templates. Users can focus on building blockchain applications rather than spending time and energy on manual setup of their blockchain network.

Both Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric offer distributed consensus algorithms, smart contract functionality and access control features.

How It Works

The AWS templates deploy the blockchain framework the user chooses as containers on an Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster, or directly on an EC2 instance running Docker.

The user creates the blockchain network in their own Amazon VPC, allowing them to use their network Access Control Lists and VPC subnets. They can assign granular permissions using AWS IAM to restrict which resources an Amazon EC2 instance or Amazon ECS cluster can access.

Users can visit the “getting started” page to begin using AWS Blockchain Templates. There is no additional charge for using the templates. The user only pays for the AWS resources they need to run their blockchain network.

Blockchain networks can be deployed in any public AWS region.

Also read: Amazon Web Services teams with DCG on blockchain endeavor

AWS Supports Blockchain Innovation

AWS has partnered with financial institutions and blockchain companies to boost innovation and support frictionless experimentation. In 2016, AWS announced a partnership with Digital Currency Group on a platform that to allow companies to experiment with blockchain technology

Additional information about AWS Templates is available at AWS Blog, AWS Blockchain Templates webpage, and AWS Blockchain Templates documentation.

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Amazon gets on the pre-built blockchain train

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This year should go down in history as the year of the blockchain. In 2017 crypto-currencies and blockchain businesses emerged. This year they literally took off. To stay up with the tech times, major companies are now investing resources into blockchain-based solutions and services.

Online retail giant Amazon is the latest to jump on the blockchain bandwagon with the launch of its own Amazon Web Services (AWS) ‘blockchain-as-a-service’ platform last week. The system will enable developers to set up their own blockchain-based projects by using pre-designed templates. The firm’s cloud computing division is going into direct competition with similar offerings from the likes of Oracle and IBM.

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Using two different platforms, AWS will enable users to access a pre-built blockchain framework upon which to expand their projects. The technology choice will be Ethereum, which currently powers the majority of new blockchain projects and initial coin offerings, and Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain development solution developed by the Linux Foundation.

Using pre-built templates gives companies an edge on rolling out blockchain projects faster. However they will still need some in-house technical expertise since it is a certainly more involved than setting up an email server or building a website. A guide to how to get started has been posted on the company blog but it is likely that most small to medium enterprises are simply not yet ready to deploy this technology for mainstream operations. Many will still be running decade-old operating systems on their office computers, so Amazon’s offerings seem, for now at least, to be another way of keeping up with the Joneses.

Crypto-currency has gone way beyond virtual money over the past year and a number of communities and companies also offer similar services on which they base the value of their digital tokens. EOS market capitalization currently sits just over $11 billion, which makes it the fifth largest altcoin. Just like Ethereum, the community provides a type of operating system upon which decentralized applications (dApps) can be built. The network is highly scalable and provides accounts, authentication, databases, asynchronous communication and the scheduling of applications across multiple computers.

Berlin-based Lisk is another blockchain development provider which uses a Javascript model to allow companies to build and deploy blockchain applications. Chinese based Neo has its own version of the development platform, Japan has Cardano, and South Korea is in there with Icon, so there is no shortage of blockchain solutions.

The list of companies flocking towards the technology in an effort to gain an edge on their competitors is growing. In China, where crypto-currency exchanges are currently banned, Huawei, Baidu and Tencent already have their own blockchain platforms and it is likely that Alibaba will not be far behind.

There are a number of advantages in using a decentralized solution over a centralized one owned by a mega-corporation. The Amazon system is free to download but the tech giant will still charge for and control cloud-based services needed to run projects built on AWS, and this seems to be where its interests lie with this offering.

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Hello everyone,

I have two remote site-A and site-B with 1MB link. I would to set up a replication partner in Site-A which will replicate the data from SEPM 14 in site-B. the sem5.db in site-B is around 20GB.

I would like to know that how much time would it take approximately for the replication to complete as I install SEPM in site-A as a replication partner???

And what do I need to make sure that the initial replication cycle should be completed sucuessfuly as the SEPM is installed in site-A

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Proxy rebooted unexpectedly

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Hi Team,

Our proxy rebooted unxpectedly twice on 19th and 20th April.  Proxy has produced minicontect file with below details. Did not find anything more from proxy logs. May i conform it is related to known bug ?

Running Version: SGOS 6.6.5.9, Release id: 201969
Produced on Friday April 20 2018 14:32:40
Size on disk is 272724992 bytes.

Minicontext produced on: 2018-04-20 14:32:40+00:00UTC
Minicontext version: 1.5
ProxySG Appliance: Version 6.6.5.9.201969
Architecture: x86_64
Kernel: Multiprocessor
System image flags: Customer, Optimized, Non-GDB, 64-bit

Hardware exception code: 0x0
Software exception code: 0x11
Page fault linear address: 0x0
Process group: “”
Process: “” in “kernel.exe” at .text+0x1249cca
Register context:
      RIP              RSP              RBP              RDI
0000000001249CCA 0000000000000011 0000000001D08DA0 0000000000000011 
      RSI              RDX              RCX              RBX
000000000000041D 0000000000000000 0000000000000007 0000000001ACEA00 
      RAX              R8               R9               R10
0000000001ACE980 0000000000000008 0000000000000007 0000000000000000 
      R11              R12              R13              R14
0000000001C7B4E0 0000000000000011 00000000013A07C7 0000000001AD6760 
      R15             RFLAGS       CS   SS
000059FB455928B9 0000000001ACEA00 1D08DA0 FFFFFFFF 
Call Stack:
System data:
0000  23 20 57 61 74 63 68 64 6F 67 20 68 61 73 20 6E   # Watchdog has n
0010  6F 74 20 62 65 65 6E 20 72 65 73 65 74 20 6F 6E   ot been reset on
0020  20 70 72 6F 63 65 73 73 6F 72 20 30 2E 0A 23 20    processor 0..# 
0030  41 63 74 75 61 6C 20 4C 65 6E 67 74 68 20 6F 66   Actual Length of
0040  20 77 64 20 69 6E 74 65 72 76 61 6C 20 33 30 20    wd interval 30 
0050  73 65 63 6F 6E 64 73 2E 0A 23 20 45 78 70 65 63   seconds..# Expec
0060  74 65 64 20 4C 65 6E 67 74 68 20 6F 66 20 77 64   ted Length of wd
0070  20 69 6E 74 65 72 76 61 6C 20 33 30 20 73 65 63    interval 30 sec
0080  6F 6E 64 73 0A 23 20 50 72 6F 63 65 73 73 6F 72   onds.# Processor
0090  20 30 20 73 61 77 20 33 30 30 30 20 74 69 63 6B    0 saw 3000 tick
00A0  73 20 64 75 72 69 6E 67 20 77 64 20 69 6E 74 65   s during wd inte
00B0  72 76 61 6C 20 65 78 70 65 63 74 65 64 20 33 30   rval expected 30
00C0  30 30 2E 0A                                       00..
Core Header:

Running Version: SGOS 6.6.5.9, Release id: 201969
Produced on Thursday April 19 2018 11:02:00
Size on disk is 272205312 bytes.

Minicontext produced on: 2018-04-19 11:02:00+00:00UTC
Minicontext version: 1.5
ProxySG Appliance: Version 6.6.5.9.201969
Architecture: x86_64
Kernel: Multiprocessor
System image flags: Customer, Optimized, Non-GDB, 64-bit

Hardware exception code: 0x0
Software exception code: 0x11
Page fault linear address: 0x0
Process group: “”
Process: “” in “kernel.exe” at .text+0x1249cca
Register context:
      RIP              RSP              RBP              RDI
0000000001249CCA 0000000000000011 0000000001D08DA0 0000000000000011 
      RSI              RDX              RCX              RBX
000000000000041D 0000000000000000 0000000000000007 0000000001ACEA00 
      RAX              R8               R9               R10
0000000001ACE980 0000000000000008 0000000000000007 0000000000000000 
      R11              R12              R13              R14
0000000001C7B4E0 0000000000000011 00000000013A07C7 0000000001AD6760 
      R15             RFLAGS       CS   SS
004468FEF7B56597 0000000001ACEA00 1D08DA0 FFFFFFFF 
Call Stack:
System data:
0000  23 20 57 61 74 63 68 64 6F 67 20 68 61 73 20 6E   # Watchdog has n
0010  6F 74 20 62 65 65 6E 20 72 65 73 65 74 20 6F 6E   ot been reset on
0020  20 70 72 6F 63 65 73 73 6F 72 20 30 2E 0A 23 20    processor 0..# 
0030  41 63 74 75 61 6C 20 4C 65 6E 67 74 68 20 6F 66   Actual Length of
0040  20 77 64 20 69 6E 74 65 72 76 61 6C 20 33 30 20    wd interval 30 
0050  73 65 63 6F 6E 64 73 2E 0A 23 20 45 78 70 65 63   seconds..# Expec
0060  74 65 64 20 4C 65 6E 67 74 68 20 6F 66 20 77 64   ted Length of wd
0070  20 69 6E 74 65 72 76 61 6C 20 33 30 20 73 65 63    interval 30 sec
0080  6F 6E 64 73 0A 23 20 50 72 6F 63 65 73 73 6F 72   onds.# Processor
0090  20 30 20 73 61 77 20 33 30 30 30 20 74 69 63 6B    0 saw 3000 tick
00A0  73 20 64 75 72 69 6E 67 20 77 64 20 69 6E 74 65   s during wd inte
00B0  72 76 61 6C 20 65 78 70 65 63 74 65 64 20 33 30   rval expected 30
00C0  30 30 2E 0A                                       00..

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Why blockchain has the power to disrupt the financial services industry

Few new technologies are hotter than blockchain right now. Many industries are exploring its benefits and testing its limitations, including banks and financial services, with an eye on windfalls from efficiencies and reduced costs. Research and advisory firm Gartner projects the “business value-add” from the technology to grow to $176 billion (Rs 11.7 trillion) by 2025.

Currently, almost all banks are exploring various permissioned (private) blockchains within their innovation centres. Plus, they have also joined consortiums like R3 and Hyperledger. Moreover, as interest grows across the board, various viable implementations are being explored. In this article, we look at both the long-term potential of this technology and how it can impact the financial services industry.

Identity management

Self-sovereign identity is a concept that has taken root in recent times. It’s based on the premise that users could generate their own identity and facilitate the three functions of establishing identity — claim, proof and attestation. Basically, there will be a digital wallet in which user identity information related to those three functions are stored. Claim-related and proof-related documents are stored by the user directly. Based on the service in question (like passport, bank passbook, tax-identification number, etc.), the attestation could be obtained by the relevant authority upon submission of relevant claims and proofs.

Though the self-sovereign identity itself is not directly a blockchain solution, the moment you have generated one, it’s ideally put across a distributed ledger orchestration across different entities. A bank that wants to verify the date of birth of the customer could now easily check the attestation provided by the relevant government department. Banks could make use of this to make customers’ lives easier, and gain better trust of their customers.

Loyalty programmes

Loyalty programmes are a no-brainer for blockchain implementation. Putting the reward points on blockchain helps in creating a transparent and real-time loyalty solution that customers would love.

Payments

Blockchain’s main advantage is in its ability to ensure error-free processes where everything is connected to independent users instead of one central place, which is hugely useful in international payments. Currently, these are expensive and error-prone as transactions in different currencies require different intermediaries. Banks have now started piloting permissioned blockchain through hyperledger for payments. Adopting such a blockchain process to execute real-time transactions will significantly reduce settlement time.

Private equity

Banks can also use blockchain in private equity areas, which are usually labour-intensive and document-intensive, to offer enhanced trade security as well as a shorter settlement process. Transactions and documents are recorded, and centralised access to fund managers is provided.

Cybersecurity

Interestingly, blockchain has also emerged as one of the top contenders to resolve a wide variety of cybersecurity issues facing the banking sector today. The end-to-end security encryption and distributed features of the blockchain technology make digital transactions impenetrable to attacks. Blockchain protects sensitive records and authenticates user identities while verifying the integrity of the transactions. As a matter of fact, the merits of the blockchain suite extend well beyond just protecting sensitive online records. They can also help create an entire trust-based ecosystem with robust applications that suit the banking sector. For example, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), alongside competitor Westpac, tied up with IBM and shopping centres to successfully digitise their guarantee process. This increases efficiency, reduces chances of fraud, eliminates the need for documents and systematically reduces challenges in the reporting of guarantee status through multiple changes.

Blockchain will rev up Digital India

As the government marches on with its Digital India vision, adoption of blockchain will open up enormous opportunities by digitising all physical assets in a trust-based environment. The government’s interest in blockchain was clearly seen in the Union Budget of 2018. Initiatives such as the linking of Aadhaar with financial portfolios and Jan Dhan Yojana (Scheme for People’s Wealth); demonetisation of high-value notes and the simultaneous push for digital payments with the building of Unified Payments Interface and digital lockers are all backed by Digital India vision. As the country strengthens its position as a digital-first economy, deployment of blockchain will further speed up digital financial inclusion in the country with an augmented cybersecurity mechanism.

Challenges to overcome

However, there are several key challenges that still remain as hurdles to commercialisation of blockchain.

The main problem is that the technology itself is quite nascent, and there is still a lack of governance models and standards that would form the foundation of a functioning ecosystem. Much work needs to be done towards understanding how to integrate and coordinate several blockchain platforms within a single value chain. Also, there is a shortage of blockchain skillsets, with 18% of chief information officers (CIOs) saying that blockchain skills are the most difficult to find, according to the 2018 Gartner CIO Survey.

Another key challenge is scalability of the technology. This has always been a challenge — across many crypto-currencies and various blockchain platforms. But in the past couple of years, attempts are being made to overcome it with different approaches. For example, in the crypto world, we have Lightning, which is an off-chain solution, that is, it doesn’t depend on the main blockchain network. With Lightning, it is possible to conduct unlimited transactions off chain, which could then be settled on the main blockchain network.

Road ahead

While blockchain may still not be “enterprise-ready”, this certainly does not absolve banks from their responsibility to identify how it will disrupt the financial world of tomorrow. The hype around blockchain may well be similar to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s and early 2000s: While a lot of companies went bust during that time, a few gems did emerge. This time around, the ones that emerge would have the potential to one day disrupt the finance world.

Jothi Rengarajan is chief solutions architect at Aspire Systems, a technology services firm. Views are personal.

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Amazon Web Services Launches AWS Blockchain Templates to Create and Deploy Secure …

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently introduced AWS Blockchain Templates. The templates deliver a quick and effortless way to build and deploy safe blockchain networks using open source frameworks. They enable users to deploy Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum frameworks, using managed and certified AWS CloudFormation templates.

The company said AWS Blockchain Templates enables users to concentrate on creating their blockchain applications instead of expending energy and time on manually setting up their blockchain network. AWS Blockchain Templates deploy the blockchain framework of the users’ choice as containers either on an Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) cluster or directly on an EC2 instance running Docker. The blockchain network is created in users’ own Amazon VPC, thus enabling them to use their VPC subnets and network Access Control Lists. Furthermore, users have to the ability to assign granular permissions using AWS IAM to limit which resources an Amazon EC2 instance or Amazon ECS cluster can access.

AWS Blockchain Templates offers several benefits including swift deployment of blockchain network on Amazon ECS or Amazon EC2 instances that frees up users to focus on building their applications, choice between two popular frameworks — Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric. Each of these framework offers smart contract functionality, access control features, and distributed consensus algorithms. The templates also get supplementary components to manage, monitor, and browse blockchains. Also, users are required to pay only for the resources they use and can start-up and shut-down on-demand based on their application needs.

A cloud services platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides database storage, compute power, and content delivery along with other functionality to enable businesses to scale and grow. Starting from directories to content delivery, data warehousing to deployment tools, AWS offers more than 50 services. It also offers deep features like a broad selection of server configurations, database engines, big data, and encryption tools that allows clients to remain focused on their core business instead of corralling or cooling infrastructure.

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Re: disassociate & associate FA to RF VMAX all FLASH 250

Hi

i tried to disassociate a FA 4D7 in order to associate as RF but it is not working properly in VMAX 250F all Flash

1.- symmcfg -sid 590 -SA 4D -p 7 offline

2.-disassociate the port

3. list port free and the port 4D7 is free now

4. when a tried to associate to RF port, the command associate again as FA not as RF y use this command to associate and disassociate

disassociate

symconfigure -sid 590 -cmd “disassociate port 7 from dir 4d;” commit -nop

Associate

symcondigure -sid 590 -cmd “associate port 7 from dir 4d;” commit -nop

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