IBM has made its blockchain platform available out of the IBM data centre in Melbourne, allowing customers to run their applications on the company’s cloud and abide by data sovereignty requirements. special feature How Blockchain Will Disrupt Business Blockchain has the potential to rewrite the economy and change the balance of power across industries. It also has specific uses for the enterprise. Read More The platform will also be available via the data centre in Sydney by the end of March, with head of blockchain and consulting practice leader for IBM in Australia and New Zealand Rupert Colchester saying the reason for a second location is largely for availability and redundancy. “By its very nature, it’s a distributed ledger technology so often ledgers are running in different locations and the demand for two is through clients and customers in this geography wanting to have high availability in the event of downtime and the like,” he told ZDNet The IBM Blockchain Platform is built on top of Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain project from the Linux Foundation. Having the physical infrastructure in-country also means that data never crosses physical boarders, with Colchester noting this provides the security required for highly regulated applications, particularly from government and financial services. Big Blue has already made the platform available out of its data centres in London, Frankfurt, Toronto, Dallas, Tokyo, and Sao Paolo. According to Colchester, this reflects the progression of major production-grade projects through the world, including in Australia. “Customers who are… [Read full story]
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