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What is a blockchain?
Blockchain is a transparent and verifiable system which will change the way people think about exchanging value and assets, enforcing contracts, and sharing data. The technology is a shared, secure ledger of transactions distributed among a network of computers, rather than resting with a single provider. Businesses are using blockchain as a common data layer to enable a new class of applications. Now, business processes and data can be shared across multiple organizations, which eliminates waste, reduces the risk of fraud, and creates new revenue streams.
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What are businesses doing with blockchain?
Find out how blockchain is transforming the financial services industry
Explore how blockchain is being applied across the banking, capital markets, and insurance industries. See how blockchain helps financial services institutions eliminate intermediaries, collaborate more efficiently, and create disruptive new business models.
Discover how blockchain can create smarter, more efficient supply chains
Read about how blockchain helps resolve disputes quickly and transparently. Discover how blockchain adds visibility to the corporate supply chain by keeping a single, real-time view which is consistent for everyone.
Why use blockchain on Azure?
Cut development time and experiment easily with modular, preconfigured networks and infrastructure.
Get up and running quickly
Iterate and validate blockchain scenarios quickly by using built-in connections to Azure and tools you are already familiar with.
Innovate with confidence
Keep your data secure and scale when you need to—on an open, trusted, globally available cloud platform.
Customers are doing great things with blockchain on Azure
Ground-breaking insurance blockchain solution runs in Microsoft Azure
"We anticipate that the efficiencies delivered by Insurwave will reduce the cost of marine insurance premiums by 10 to 20 percent."
Webjet uses Azure to power Rezchain, a payment reconciliation service for the online travel market
"We've found that almost 90 percent of mismatched hotel bookings can be resolved without cost when we use blockchain to tackle them at or near the time of booking."
Microsoft uses blockchain to deliver royalty statements to Xbox game publishers faster with significant efforts reduction
"The need for a blockchain solution like ours is not unique to Microsoft and game publishers. It applies to any industry where organizations have to reconcile royalty payments."
3M uses Azure Blockchain to enable a new label-as-a-service approach for helping secure the supply chain and fight product counterfeiting
"We were looking for a way to reduce risk in our internal systems, but as we worked with Azure Blockchain, we saw an opportunity to create a service that we could monetize as a whole new line of business."
The Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Association of Banks in Singapore use blockchain on Azure for the clearing and settlement of payments and securities
"Project Ubin has brought the banks together in experimenting with distributed ledger technology in a collaborative, open, and transparent manner."
Azure Blockchain Workbench
A common blockchain pattern is IoT-enabled monitoring of an asset as it moves along a multi-party supply chain. A great example of this pattern is the refrigerated transportation of perishable goods like food or pharmaceuticals where certain compliance rules must be met throughout the duration of the transportation process. In this scenario, an initiating counterparty (such as a retailer) specifies contractual conditions, such as a required humidity and temperature range, that the custodians on the supply chain must adhere to. At any point, if the device takes a temperature or humidity measurement that is out of range, the smart contract state will be updated to indicate that it's out of compliance, recording a transaction on the blockchain and triggering remediating events downstream.
- 1 IoT devices send telemetry records or events to a message broker (Service Bus).
- 2 DLT Consumer fetches the data from the message broker (Service Bus) and sends data to Transaction Builder.
- 3 Transaction Builder builds and signs the transaction.
- 4 The signed transaction gets routed to the Blockchain (Private Ethereum Consortium Network).
- 5 DLT Watcher gets confirmation of the transaction commitment to the Blockchain and sends the confirmation to the message broker (Service Bus).
- 6 DB consumers send confirmed blockchain transactions to off-chain databases (Azure SQL Database).
- 7 Information analyzed and visualized using tools such as Power BI by connecting to off-chain database (Azure SQL Database).
- 8 Business process integration (such as events or CRM) with message broker for downstream consumers (Event Grid).
Jumpstart your blockchain project on Azure
Build with the ledger which suits your use case
Use the Corda distributed ledger platform to deploy a multi-participant, multi-node network, plus a network map, notaries, and peers.
Deploy a variety of Ethereum network topologies in minutes. Manage nodes with cross-region deployments, VM scale sets, and monitoring.
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