Microsoft has announced that its Azure Blockchain Service is to close down this fall. The end date for the complete closure is September 10, but the company has already put a stop on new deployments and signups.
No big announcement has been made about the closure of the service which has been around since 2015 when Microsoft partnered with ConsenSys. The decision leaves existing users with just four months to find an alternative home for their ledgers.
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Microsoft has not given any reason for shutting down Azure Blockchain which will inevitably lead to speculation.
Microsoft is shutting down its azure blockchain service
Using data for personalization is vital to our mobile app, and now we are leveraging data to improve our drive-thru experience.”
Because the technology does not have the individual order histories for drive-thru customers that are available for mobile app customers, it will generate relevant drive-thru recommendations based on store transaction histories and more than 400 other store-level criteria. These recommendations will be offered proactively on a digital menu display from which customers can order. Eventually, customers will be able to explicitly opt in to recommendations that are even more personalized.
Starbucks is currently testing this technology in its Tryer Center innovation hub in Seattle, with plans to roll it out soon.
Microsoft shutting down azure blockchain
Manage Users in Azure Blockchain Workbench
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On October 31, 2022, Azure Blockchain Workbench will be retired. Please migrate workloads to ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain Service prior to the retirement date.
Azure Blockchain Workbench includes user management for people and organizations that are part of your consortium.
A Blockchain Workbench deployment is required. See Azure Blockchain Workbench deployment for details on deployment.
Add Azure AD users
The Azure Blockchain Workbench uses Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for authentication, access control, and roles.
Users in the Blockchain Workbench Azure AD tenant can authenticate and use Blockchain Workbench.
Microsoft to shut down azure blockchain service
One such alternative offering recommended by Microsoft is the Quorum Blockchain Service from ConsenSys, with which it teamed up some six years ago to introduce Ethereum blockchain-as-a-service on Azure. ConsenSys just three days ago posted a blog post that included the following, but didn’t mention that the Microsoft service is officially ending:
ConsenSys is working with Microsoft to offer an Ethereum-based managed blockchain service to their Azure customers. Both companies are working together to offer a service based on ConsenSys Quorum, an open-source protocol layer for developing with Ethereum.
Microsoft’s documentation suggests users start migrating to an alternative now. The recommended migration destination is ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain Service. Users also could opt to self-manage their blockhains using VMs.
I asked Microsoft for official word as to why the company decided to shut down Azure Blockchain.
No response so far.
Update (May 21 — better late than never): “We are asking customers to transition to the ConsenSys Quorum Blockchain Solution. Microsoft has a rich history of working with partners with the shared goals of innovating and delivering solutions to our customers.
Microsoft worked with Starbucks to develop an external device called a guardian module to connect the company’s various pieces of equipment to Azure Sphere in order to securely aggregate data and proactively identify problems with the machines.
The solution will also enable Starbucks to send new coffee recipes directly to machines, which it has previously done by manually delivering the recipes to stores via thumb drive multiple times a year. Now the recipes can be delivered securely from the cloud to Azure Sphere-enabled devices at the click of a button.
“Think about the complexity — we have to get to 30,000 stores in nearly 80 markets to update those recipes,” says Jeff Wile, senior vice president of retail and core technology services for Starbucks Technology.
If the user is not found, you need to Add Azure AD users.
Select a Role from the drop-down.
Select Add to add the member with the associated role to the application.
Remove member from application
Select the member tile to display a list of the current members.
For the user you want to remove, choose Remove from the role drop-down.
Change or add role
Select the member tile to display a list of the current members.
For the user you want to change, click the drop-down and select the new role.
In this how-to article, you have learned how to manage users for Azure Blockchain Workbench.
This new transparency is powered by Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Service, which allows supply chain participants to trace both the movement of their coffee and its transformation from bean to final bag. Each state change is recorded to a shared, immutable ledger providing all parties a more complete view of their products’ journey.
This can not only empower farmers with more information and visibility once the beans leave their farms, but also allows customers to see the impact their coffee purchase has on the real people they’re supporting.
“While high-quality, handcrafted beverages are so important, it’s the stories, the people, the connections, the humanity behind that coffee that inspires everything we do,” says Michelle Burns, Starbucks senior vice president of Global Coffee & Tea.
ConsenSys founder and CEO Joseph Lubin welcomed the Azure refugees:
“Expanding our relationship with Microsoft helps organizations take advantage of ConsenSys Quorum and Quorum customer support to offer users an enterprise-grade managed blockchain service that can be effortlessly set-up and deployed.”
The imminent closure was given more public attention via a Twitter post on May 12 by Azure architect Tom Kerhove.
Looks like Azure Blockchain Service is no longer a thinghttps://t.co/HX0aFYkU3IKudos to @TechMike2kX for finding out.
— Tom Kerkhove ☁️ (@TomKerkhove) May 12, 2021
Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain is six years old and developed from a sandbox style service in 2015 on Ethereum in partnership with ConsenSys, before it was offered as a fully managed Blockchain-as-a-Service, or BaaS, preview in late 2019.
Walk into a Starbucks store anywhere in the world and you’ll encounter a similar sight: coffee beans grinding, espresso shots being pulled and customers talking to baristas while their coffee order is hand-crafted.
The process may look like a simple everyday scene, but it is carefully orchestrated to serve Starbucks’ more than 100 million weekly customers. With the help of Microsoft, Starbucks is creating an even more personal, seamless customer experience in its stores by implementing advanced technologies, ranging from cloud computing to blockchain.
“We have a world-class team of technologists engaging in groundbreaking innovation each day.