Revealed Tuesday in a press release, IBM fellow and CTO Jerry Cuomo described IBM’s vision for the service as a “fully-flexible blockchain platform, built around a well-managed open source distributed ledger technology, that can truly run in virtually any computing infrastructure.”
The rearchitected IBM Blockchain Platform allows clients to deploy to public clouds like IBM Cloud, AWS and Azure, or on company-hosted private clouds like LinuxOne. It’s also added support for app management and deployment platform Kubernetes.
“This hybrid and multicloud approach will allow blockchain networks to work effectively across multiple environments,” said Cuomo.
In addition, the revamped IBM Blockchain Platform has a number of new or improved capabilities allowing firms to manage the entire lifecycle of a blockchain network, according to the release.
For example, Cuomo cites the new IBM Blockchain Platform Extension for Visual Studio (VS) Code, which is designed to simplify the complexities of building with blockchain, helping users integrate their smart contract development and network management functions.
IBM Blockchain Platform has also added the ability for projects to deploy blockchain components only where and when they are required, and all manageable in one place. Users also have “complete control” of identities, ledger and smart contracts.
The offering further features a new pricing model that allows firms to “start small,” paying just for the services they use, and increasing payments as they scale.