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Microsoft and Ankr to Provide Blockchain Node Service on Azure

Microsoft has teamed up with Ankr Network to provide blockchain node service to enterprise customers. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on a new node hosting service in Microsoft’s Azure cloud marketplace, with memory and bandwidth requirements optimised for blockchain nodes. To further strengthen the cooperation, both companies’ technologies will be integrated, combining Ankr’s blockchain infrastructure with Microsoft’s cloud services.

What’s in it for users?

Together, Microsoft and Ankr will launch a node hosting service in the Azure cloud marketplace optimiseed for blockchain nodes. While exploring how Web3 can help solve practical business challenges, developers and organisations will have dependable and secure access to blockchain data.

Ankr will be able to efficiently scale its transaction processing by redirecting RPC requests to the most appropriate nodes after upgrading the load balancer to deploy Azure-based routing solutions. With Ankr’s RPC, developers and end users can link cloud nodes to one of 19 compatible blockchains. Microsoft Azure is a public computing platform that provides services like analytics, storage and networking to help businesses.

Rashmi Misra, Microsoft General Manager AI and Emerging Technologies, said:

“Together with Ankr, we are building a strong Web3 infrastructure layer whether you’re a developer building the next big dApp or an established enterprise exploring Web3”

Ankr’s RPC nodes enable decentralised apps to communicate with blockchains and gain access to user data. Every Web3 project or developer can leverage the enterprise node deployment service’s global, low-latency blockchain connections. The integration also offers a fully managed node hosting option, where customers may select their own blockchain node’s memory, bandwidth and geographic location to meet their specific needs.

Millions of monthly users will be able to deploy enterprise-level blockchain nodes with unique requirements for geographic location, memory and network throughput, thanks to Azure marketplace. By leveraging GeoIP, failovers, Catching Rules and Monitoring, users can optimise data querying for fast speeds and dependability across several blockchains with serverless capabilities. In addition, they can monitor the status of their nodes in real-time and from any location.