Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy said his company has spent a decent amount of time understanding why customers want blockchain rather than just a database, denying during his AWS re:Invent keynote that AWS was avoiding heading down the distributed ledger path.
On Wednesday, Jassy revealed that AWS is in fact launching two ledger-related services, both centralised and decentralised, saying his company had a significant number of customers who wanted ledgers with centralised trust, but also transactions with decentralised trust.
The first, Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB), is a fully-managed ledger database with a central trusted authority.
It's immutable, cryptographically verifiable, transparent, fast -- allowing for the execution of double the amount of transactions as standard, it's scalable, and easy to use, Jassy explained.
Now that the services used by an enterprise and provided to its customers may be hosted on servers in the public cloud or on-premises, maybe "hybrid cloud" isn't an architecture any more. While that may the case, that's not stopping some in the digital transformation business from proclaiming it a way of work unto itself.