Ethereum lands on Amazon Managed Blockchain
Amazon Web Services ( AWS) blockchain now supports the Ethereum network. AWS users can now deploy Ethereum nodes in minutes and connect them to the network.
Known as Amazon Managed Blockchain, this e-commerce giant’s service frees up constraints related to manual hardware allocation, software configuration, and network and security component configuration.
The company’s statement adds that Amazon Managed Blockchain also monitors node health, replaces unhealthy nodes and automates software updates for its customers. The service also provides a range of analytical tools, such as the extensive monitoring of smart contract activity.
“With this deployment, AWS customers can easily install Ethereum nodes in minutes and connect to Ethereum’s main public network and test networks such as Rinkeby and Ropsten,” the statement said.
Amazon began providing blockchain-related solutions as early as 2019. Initially, only Hyperledger Fabric was supported, a software infrastructure developed by a consortium of companies and organizations. Ethereum has already been on Amazon Managed Blockchain’s page since the service’s launch, but its implementation has been delayed.
The Amazon Managed Blockchain service already has significant customers, such as us-american telecommunications company Verizon and Dutch group Philips.
A threat to the decentralization of the network?
At the time of writing, the Ethereum network currently has more than 8,350 nodes according to blockchain explorer Etherscan. Decentralization of these nodes is a key component to keeping the network healthy, but Amazon’s new service could promote centralization.
Although the number of Ethereum nodes is large, they must be geographically separated for the network to be considered healthy. Yet, according to a report by The Next Web media published at the end of 2019, more than 60% of all Ethereum nodes are in operation from cloud computing services. The analysis also reveals that more than 25% of these same nodes would be operated on Amazon Web Services.
It is undeniable that Ethereum’s support through Amazon’s blockchain service will accelerate this trend. Now, those who want to operate nodes will be able to do so with just a few clicks, where deploying a node on Amazon’s cloud still required a wealth of knowledge. Would the decentralisation of Ethereum be threatened in the long term?
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