American tech firm Microsoft Corp. has urged users to migrate their data to an alternative service as its Azure Blockchain will retire on September 10, the company announced in a statement.
- Microsoft did not provide a reason for the shutdown of the project, which it initially offered as a Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) in 2015.
- Microsoft recommended the Quorum Blockchain Service as an alternative, as the platform utilizes an enhanced version of the technology used in Azure.
- Azure in 2019 integrated Quorum as a ledger on its blockchain service. Quorum was acquired by ConsenSys from JPMorgan in August 2020.
- Microsoft said users should delete the Azure Blockchain member resources once data is fully migrated, as they will continue to get billed while resources exist.
- Microsoft stopped supporting new member creations or deployments on May 10, and existing deployments will be supported only until September 10, 2021.
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