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Microsoft Azure Cloud – Coco Framework Block chain standard

Microsoft improves enterprise blockchain capabilities with a new OPEN standard designed to improve security and performance.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-microsoft-s-coco-framework-for-enterprise-blockchain-networks/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-debuts-coco-framework-to-improve-blockchain-performance-privacy/

The Coco Framework — short for “confidential consortium” — is meant to work with any ledger protocol and work on any operating system and hypervisor that supports a compatible Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), or secure area of a processor. The Framework can be used on-premises and/or in various vendors’ clouds, officials said.

Microsoft has been working on advancing its own Blockchain-as-a-Service technology since November 2015. In 2016, Microsoft took the wraps off version 1 of its Project Bletchley blockchain template/middleware, which was meant to help customers and partners create private consortium Ethereum networks.

Microsoft is not tying the Coco Framework to Azure. Customers could opt to run Coco Framework nodes in their own datacenters or on other clouds. Microsoft is making Windows Virtual Secure Mode — which uses the virtualization extensions of the CPU to provide added security of data in memory — as one option for the framework’s deployment.

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