AWS And Avalanche Partner To Bring Blockchain Solutions For Governments And Enterprises

AWS And Avalanche Partner To Bring Blockchain Solutions

The cloud services arm of Amazon is expanding its offerings in the blockchain space. Individuals, enterprises and governments can now deploy smart contracts and host validator nodes on Avalanche through AWS. 

Ava Labs, developers of Layer-1 blockchain Avalanche (AVAX), has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) – a subsidiary of multinational e-commerce and tech giant Amazon that provides cloud computing services and APIs – to accelerate adoption of blockchain technology by enterprises, companies and governments. 

According to the announcement made by Ava Labs on January 11, AWS will support Avalanche’s infrastructure and decentralised application (DApp) ecosystem, including the “one-click” node deployment feature, which can be accessed through the AWS marketplace. Most importantly, Avalanche nodes can be run on AWS GovCloud – a cloud service that hosts sensitive data under the most stringent U.S government security and compliance requirements – for FedRAMP use cases. This is vital for adoption of blockchain networks among enterprises and governments.

FedRAMP, or the Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program, is a US government initiative that imposes a regulatory standard for the security assessment, authorisation and continuous monitoring of cloud products and services. The program under the U.S Department of Defense (DoD), and Homeland Security (DHS) leverages AWS cloud services to process, store and transmit federal government data. 

Ava Labs will now be part of the AWS Partner Network (APN), which has more than 100,000 partners in over 150 countries, enabling the firm to allow developers to deploy custom Avalanche-based services on the Amazon cloud that can be leveraged by all its partners across the world. The company will also launch Subnet deployment through the AWS Marketplace as a managed service, so that both individuals and institutions can launch custom Avalanche Subnets that power its DApps on the cloud. To improve the robustness of the network, Ava Labs plans to include a feature into the service that will distribute validators securing the Subnet across different regions and availability zones. 

Ava Labs will also join AWS Activate – a service that provides web startups with free tools, resources, content and expert support to help grow their business online, expanding the program to provide Avalanche developers with AWS credits. The AWS x Avalanche cooperation makes it easier for users of both platforms to launch and manage nodes on the blockchain. Both companies will also collaborate on hosting events for technical and non-technical clients, such as the Avalanche Summit, Avalanche Creates and hackathons to help them build on the Layer-1 blockchain. 

Last month, Ava Labs entered into a partnership with Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun), the largest cloud service provider in the Asia-Pacific region, to work together on node-as-a-service (NAAS) initiatives. The collaboration will allow users to launch validator nodes and develop applications on the blockchain using Aliyun’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) tools. On the other hand, Avalanche developers can make use of Alibaba Cloud’s vast computing, storage and distribution resources to support high demand and user activity on their applications during peak hours. 

With over 1,200 node operators processing an average of two million daily transactions to secure and validate its network, Avalanche is one of the fastest, cheapest and highly scalable smart-contract protocols in the industry. Having processed over 133 million transactions in Q3 2022 alone, the proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain can count on some high-profile clientele, which includes DeFi protocols Aave, Curve Finance, BENQi and Chainlink, and global accounting firms Deloitte and Lemonade. 

At the time of writing, AVAX, the native token of Avalanche, is trading at $15.88 – up by 28% since announcing its partnership with Amazon Web Services. With a $1.08 billion trading volume in the last 24-hours, Avalanche has a total market valuation of $4.97 billion. 

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