Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing business operated by Web commerce giant Amazon, is partnering with investment firm Digital Currency Group (DCG) to offer a blockchain experimentation environment for enterprises.
In collaboration with the startups in the DCG portfolio, AWS will provide dedicated cloud infrastructure and technical support for those projects. The startups, along with DCG, will collaborate with enterprise businesses looking to explore and test different blockchain applications.
Scott Mullins, head of worldwide financial services business development for AWS, said in a statement:
While the deal represents the first official step into the blockchain space for AWS, the business has played a role in projects and initiatives involving the technology in the past.
Two months ago, Amazon was one of several cloud services that provided infrastructure for a commercial paper-trading trial conducted by the blockchain consortium led by New York-based startup R3CEV.
Back in January, an AWS workspace based in Manhattan played host to a blockchain startup event organized in part by Santander InnoVentures, the venture arm of Banco Santander.
Globally, Amazon’s cloud services have proven both popular and profitable, netting roughly $2.7bn in income during the first quarter of this year, according to a report by GeekWire.
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