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On June 8, decentralized blockchain infrastructure provider Ankr announced the launch of its enterprise blockchain tool on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace. Dubbed “AppChains”, the solution will allow companies to quickly launch a dedicated and custom blockchain to support various Web3 strategies. Developers can deploy Polygon Supernet in the first iteration, after which they will have more options.
According to Ankr, AppChains has been available for a year now and is being used to launch an application-specific blockchain to power their decentralized applications. However, Ankr developers said they are seeing strong demand from institutional clients to use AppChains in areas such as banking, central bank digital currencies, and gaming. The firm wrote:
“Providing an AppChain solution on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace provides an easy way for companies to find a proven solution and go to market with use cases like the ones above. AppChains provide fast and affordable transactions, a seamless user experience, regulatory compliance, and end-to-end engineering.”
Peter Stewart, head of infrastructure at Ankr, said the firm will continue to improve the tool based on user feedback and performance metrics under Microsoft’s guidance. Meanwhile, Daniel An, director of business development for Web3 and AI at Microsoft, said the partnership with Ankr is an important step in “easily testing, deploying and scaling Web3 projects.”
Cointelegraph previously reported on Feb. 21 that Ankr and Microsoft have teamed up to offer enterprise node hosting services on the Azure Marketplace. The service relays transactions, deploys smart contracts, and can read or write blockchain data, saving developers time that they could otherwise spend scaling their applications. Currently, the Ankr Web3 Developer Center and Software Development Kits provide connectivity to over 30 blockchains. It is an approved infrastructure partner for building the BNB Chain, Polygon and Avalanche ecosystems.