Why Amazon’s Ethereum Support Funnels Through Northern Virginia
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2021-03-03 20:53:21

Amazon Web Services (AWS), is now supporting the Ethereum blockchain.

Announced on March 2, the service will let customers quickly spin up nodes that contain the transaction history of the entire blockchain, and connect to the main Ethereum network. Test networks (testnets) Rinkeby and Ropsten, used by developers to experiment with their applications or software, are also supported. The Amazon integration could make it easier to use the whole Ethereum ecosystem, which has suffered multiple service interruptions due to the growing number of decentralized applications and transaction volume. 

While the move could simplify getting involved, it could also upset some existing users. Ethereum reaches consensus on its transactions using computers, or miners, that help audit the code while providing rewards to users. A single large company like Amazon providing massive amounts of computer power could undermine the network’s decentralization.

A statement from the company says Northern Virginia is the only region where the services are available in America. With 4.6 million square feet of data center space in the U.S., Northern Virginia is Amazon’s largest market, according to infrastructure site, DataCenters.com. We’ve reached out to clarify if Ethereum users in other states can still use the service, so long as the hardware is in the state, and will update as we learn more.


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