A Year of Careful, Prosaic BUIDLing

While other governments, such as Dubai and Holland, had launched blockchain initiatives, Xi’s declaration has now made this a matter of national competitiveness. This is a huge boost to the blockchain industry in China, everyone from Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba / Ant Financial and Huawei to a long list of startups. It also raised the concern that the China blockchain industry and technologies may diverge from those outside, whether because of US sanctions or China’s Great Firewall. Fortunately, we have not yet seen barriers emerge at Hyperledger; companies and developers in our community who hail from China are active, first-class participants in the community.


Is there a list of the cloud sync executables I need to add to “Application Monitoring” for these Chinese Cloud providers?

I do not need a solution (just sharing information)


I want to have visibility into these specific personal cloud sync executables, if they exist for each service. I have found some for baidu and wechat, but having lots of trouble with many of these others.

Alibaba Cloud
KS Cloud
Tencent Cloud
Meituan Open Services
Qing Cloud
Netease Cloud
Western Digital
E Cloud

For instance, when I got to download it on Alibaba’s website, I have to get a free trial, and in the end I an ineligible for their cloud storage services. I really just need the names of the executables, right? Is there a list of any of these anywhere? Google searching has not been very helpful.





Alipay parent Ant Financial partners with Bayer for agricultural blockchain

Alipay operator Ant Financial has partnered with Bayer to sign a Letter of Intent to bring DLT traceability to food safety and agricultural supply chains.

Ant Financial also revealed that it is extending its partnership with Hyperledger, and the two will work on interoperability, standards, and blockchain applications. Ant’s blockchain as a service (BaaS) offering supports both its own Ant Blockchain and Hyperledger Fabric. The technology will now be brought to agriculture with German firm Bayer. Bayer is best known as a pharmaceutical company, but is also a big name in crops. It acquired US seeds and agrochemicals firm Monsanto in a $63 billion deal last year.

The company’s Crop Science division has a strong presence in China. It provides services to Chinese growers including advanced crop solutions, pesticides, environmental and safety training, digital farming technologies, and crop protection equipment.

Agribusiness is now one of over 40 applications of Ant’s blockchain technology. It has initiatives in supply chain finance, remittance, and rice traceability. Through Alipay, the company provides multiple blockchain services, mainly in health for online prescriptions and insurance.


Ant Financial Partners with Monsanto Owner on Agricultural Blockchain

Alipay operator Ant Financial has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Bayer Crop Science, Monsanto’s owner, to develop a blockchain solution for the food and crop industry.

Letter of intent

Enterprise blockchain news outlet Ledger Insights reported on the partnership on Sept. 26, also noting that the two firms signed a letter of intent to develop their solution to increase traceability and transparency. Per the report, the initiative was announced at this week’s Apsara Conference in Hangzhou, China.

Ant Financial also reportedly informed the public that it intends to extend its partnership with Hyperledger to work on interoperability, standards and blockchain applications. According to the report’s author, the firm’s Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) offering supports both its own platform and Hyperledger’s Fabric.

Monsanto to use blockchain?

Bayer, while being best known as a pharmaceutical giant, also acquired United States-based agrochemical company Monsanto for $63 million last year. An Ant Financial representative better illustrated the scope of the initiative:

“[The aim of the partnership is to] create comprehensive, blockchain-based solutions designed to bring greater transparency to improve food safety and the efficiency of agricultural supply chains.”

According to the report, agriculture “is now one of over 40 applications of Ant’s blockchain technology” and the firm also has initiatives in supply chain finance and rice traceability among others.

As Cointelegraph recently reported, Ant Financial is also launching a blockchain-enabled backend-as-a-service platform.


Ant Financial deepens partnership with blockchain project Hyperledger

Sep 26, 2019

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Geoff Jiang, vice president and general manager of Ant Financial’s Intelligent Technology Group at the Apsara Conference in Hangzhou. (Image credit: Alibaba Cloud)

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial is expanding its collaboration with open-source blockchain project Hyperledger to develop cross-blockchain technologies, it said Thursday at the Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference in Hangzhou.

Why it matters: The Alibaba fintech affiliate sees blockchain as an important technology supporting its future product and services. The company has been plotting its way to commercializing blockchain technology in recent years.

“Today, with the advancement of technology, blockchain is capable of helping us build a brand new trust mechanism based on cryptographic algorithms. So, going from a platform based on trust to a trust system based on big data to cryptography-based trust is the reason why we see blockchain as a core technology for Ant Financial in the future.”

—Li Jieli, senior director of innovative tech department at Ant Financial

Details: Ant Financial announced today an extension of its partnership with Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger to develop cross-blockchain technologies.

  • Ant Financial said it will continue to work with Hyperledger to explore how to connect and integrate different blockchain technologies and ecosystems. Specifically, the two will collaborate with other blockchain companies to develop processes and rules for cross-blockchain technologies.
  • On Wednesday, Ant Financial signed a Letter of Intent with the agrochemical division of Bayer AG. The two companies will collaborate to create blockchain-based solutions designed to bring greater transparency to improve food safety and the efficiency of agricultural supply chains.
  • Geoff Jiang, vice president and general manager of Ant Financial’s Intelligent Technology Group, said at the conference that the company’s blockchain platform has achieved the capacity to support 1 billion accounts and a daily transaction volume of 1 billion.

Context: The fintech giant launched in February its blockchain subsidiary Ant Blockchain, which focuses on software development, big data, infotech, and technical consulting. The company also has another blockchain subsidiary focusing on fintech research and development and supply chain management.

  • In 2018, Alibaba and Ant Financial jointly held the top in a global blockchain patent ranking with 90 patent applications.


ZEE5 Partners with Minute.ly; Alibaba & WPP Among Leading Companies in GlobalData Internet …

In this weekly segment, ExchangeWire sums up key industry updates on ad tech from around the Asia Pacific region – in this edition: ZEE5 partners with leading AI Video enhancement startup Minute.ly to boost watching experience for tens of millions of users in India and around the world; Alibaba and WPP among the leading companies in GlobalData’s internet advertising theme for the advertising sector; and Mindtree joins Hyperledger to accelerate blockchain development.

ZEE5 partners with leading AI Video enhancement startup Minute.ly to boost watching experience for tens of millions of users in India and around the world

Minute.ly, a leading AI-driven video enhancement company, has announced a strategic partnership with ZEE5, the first ever OTT platform to offer customisable Indian content, to personalise their front-end user experience. With 76.4m monthly active users globally, ZEE5 offers Indian and international movies, TV shows, live broadcasts and original content to an international community of viewers. The video giant has integrated Minute.ly’s AI tool to enrich its platforms’ video content – maximising user engagement, improving overall video views and site traffic, and expanding ZEE5’s reach.

With Minute.ly’s AI tool, ZEE5 can predict user engagement using artificial intelligence which will ultimately affect their video revenue. The company’s patented video optimisation algorithm automatically identifies peak moments from any video on site by analysing the visual content and its performance. It also provides invaluable insights regarding user interests – empowering publishers to know exactly what viewers want to see and what content they connect with most. By replacing static thumbnails with automated dynamic video preview thumbnails (APVs) using one of Minute.ly’s AI tools, ZEE5 has increased its overall click-through-rate (CTR) by 37% and extended its reach as users browse for more content on the premium publisher’s site.

Speaking about the association, Rajneel Kumar, Business Head Expansion Projects & Head of Products, ZEE5 India said, “India is a unique market in terms of the audience demography and the preferences that run through the length and breadth of the country. At ZEE5, our core focus is to get the best of technology, data and content to culminate into an enriching personal viewing experience for a consumer. With Minute.ly’s AI tool, we will only better our understanding of a consumer’s video consumption pattern and serve them with the best of content anytime, anywhere.”

Alibaba and WPP among the leading companies in GlobalData’s Internet advertising theme for the advertising sector

Alibaba, WPP and Comscore are among the leading companies in the Internet advertising theme, according to the latest Thematic Scorecard for the advertising sector from GlobalData.

All three companies gained the highest Thematic score (5 out of 5) for the Internet advertising theme in GlobalData’s Thematic Scorecard for the advertising sector. A Thematic score of 5 out of 5 indicates that the company’s competitive position in this theme will significantly improve its future performance.

Also identified as dominant players in this theme are Yahoo Japan, Channel Advisor, Criteo, and the Rubicon Project.

On their tail, with scores of 4 out of 5, are Adobe, Dentsu, Omnicom, Publicis, Interpublic, Baidu, Alliance Data Systems, Angie’s List and Marchex.

GlobalData’s Thematic Scorecard ranks companies within a sector on the basis of overall leadership in the ten themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.

Mindtree joins Hyperledger to accelerate blockchain development

Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, has announced that it has joined Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Joining as a general member enables Mindtree to accelerate the development of its capabilities around Hyperledger and offer industry-specific blockchain solutions to prospective clients.

Hosted by the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 14 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Hyperledger enables organisations to build industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support business transactions by creating enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases.

“Enterprises are seeing strategic value and want to adopt Blockchain to reimagine some of the current process areas and implement futuristic solutions. With this membership, we will be able to assist our customers in realising their vision in implementing these solutions,” said Madhusudhan KM, chief technology officer, Mindtree. He added, “Joining the Hyperledger community is a further extension of Mindtree’s effort to build a strong domain expertise around enterprise Blockchain-based solutions that deliver enhanced transparency, security and traceability for our clients across many industries including retail, manufacturing, banking, insurance, airlines & hospitality.”


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Blockchain As A Service By Alibaba Goes Global

This service was only available to China since its launch in October 2017. It is now available to use in Europe, US and Asia counterparts.

Blockchain As A Service

According to Alibaba, their service offers “an enterprise-level platform service based on leading blockchain technologies. This help customers build a secure and stable environment for blockchain implementations.”

Yi Li, Senior Staff Engineer and lead of Alibaba Cloud Blockchain Service says, They aim to, “become a technology partner that enables companies that wish to use blockchain to accelerate their digital transformation.”

Agreeing with Li, Executive Director of Hyperledger Brian Behlendorf says that “2018 is set to be another blockbuster year for the industry”. As the rollout of the platform will bring more innovation to the global blockchain community.

Blockchain As A Service

The Blockchain service offer includes “automatic deployment, software development kit applications”. While delivering a range of “monitoring, operating, and maintenance functions.”

The platform, since its launch, has found various applications, especially in Chinese logistics and medical industries. However, now it’s available globally in 19 regions around the world via a network of 52 Alibaba data centers.

Alibaba cloud came into existence in 2009. Currently, has become a potential top-tier supplier of cloud services in China and the third largest cloud service in the world.

The e-commerce giant has been investing in blockchain technology since 2017 and it reportedly held 10 percent of all the blockchain patent in the world. In 2017, a staggering 406 blockchain patents reportedly came from China including the patents from Alibaba.

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Alibaba launches global Enterprise BaaS. How big is the demand?

This week Alibaba Cloud released its Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) offering around the globe, including South East Asia, the US and Europe. The company is offering two solutions, one for Hyperledger Fabric and the other is the proprietary Ant Blockchain from affiliated company Ant Financial. But one question is: how big is the demand for enterprise BaaS?

Some might mistakenly dismiss Alibaba Cloud as primarily a Chinese vendor where it’s the leader for enterprise. In Gartner’s 2018 magic quadrant for worldwide cloud infrastructure (not just BaaS), just six companies qualified and Alibaba was one of them. Only Amazon AWS, Microsoft and Google made it into the leader quadrant, and even Google barely squeaked in. The other three Alibaba, Oracle and IBM appeared (in that order for “ability to execute”) in the niche player segment.

“Our customers in China have already experienced the benefits from our BaaS platform and we are excited to extend this service to other enterprise customers all over the world,” said Yi Li lead of Alibaba Cloud Blockchain Service.

The new Alibaba BaaS service offers Hyperledger Fabric 1.1 whereas the latest release is 1.3. However, many other cloud providers also don’t offer the most recent version.

Neither Azure nor AWS provides version information for Hyperledger Fabric when you browse for solutions. AWS launched its BaaS offering in April. For AWS during the creation process for a Hyperledger Fabric stack, you aren’t provided clear version options. It states that it’s the latest but elsewhere the license says April which means it’s version 1.1 at best.

BaaS demand?

How popular are enterprise BaaS services? The AWS blockchain templates are only available in three US datacenters. Given six months has passed since the launch, if there had been significant demand, you would expect more regional options. Plus looking at the AWS forums there were only 19 discussion threads, of which 18 related to Ethereum.

Many enterprise networks fall into two camps. One group involves a single centralized party setting up the network for everyone. In which case they have a skilled team and don’t necessarily need a BaaS solution. The other group is the early stage consortium without a specialist technology provider where BaaS should the easiest route, in theory.

And the vast majority of projects are still in the development phase where the code is sitting on a developer’s laptop.

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