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Microsoft to integrate Truffle blockchain development platform with Azure

Microsoft is joining forces with blockchain startup Truffle to integrate Truffle’s developer tools with Azure. The aim is to provide quality developer experience and DevOps to enterprise blockchains.

Truffle delivers a development platform, testing framework and asset pipeline for the Ethereum blockchain. It comes with built-in smart contract compilation, linking, deployment and binary management, which can be easily accessed by the customers.

The platform has been downloaded over 3 million times and is a preferred choice of developers seeking tools to accelerate the smart contracts and front-end app development process.

Recently, Microsoft had added an extension to its Visual Studio Code that leverages the Azure services and Truffle Suite. This extension helps developers to create and compile smart contracts. They can also test the contracts locally using the Ganache testing environment, as well as inside the Azure DevOps pipelines.

“Early on it was very clear Ethereum developers needed professional, modern development tools. With enterprise’s growing adoption of blockchain technology, Truffle recognizes the importance of this opportunity to bring our blockchain-native experience to enterprise developers across the world through our partnership with Microsoft,” said Tim Coulter, Truffle CEO and Founder.

The integration of Truffle with Azure will enable developers to build advanced, secured blockchain-based applications, streamline workflow with GitHub integration and deploy on real-time basis.

“Our developers expect a world-class experience from Microsoft backed by the best of Azure and Open Source. The Truffle integration demonstrates our continued investment in working with the open source community. Integrating Truffle Suite with Visual Studio Code and Azure DevOps will deliver a world-class developer experience for customers targeting Azure Blockchain Service and public Ethereum,” said Marc Mercuri, Principal Program Manager, Azure Blockchain Engineering.

Developed on Azure, and being true to the mission of Truffle, the team of Truffle will remain free for open source users.

Truffle tool has also been integrated with Quorum, the open-source Ethereum blockchain used by JPMorgan, developed by Axoni, is being used by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) now.

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Microsoft Azure adds DevOps and Serverless capabilities to Kubernetes community 

Microsoft, at KubeCon in Austin, Texas, announced two new open-source projects for serverless containers and Kubernetes-native DevOps, making it easier for developers to do more with Azure and Kubernetes.

Virtual Kubelet and Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA), the new open source projects, are built upon the existing services of Microsoft.

Virtual Kubelet

Virtual Kubelet is a new version of Azure Container Instances (ACI) Connector for Kubernetes, which Microsoft had released in July this year on an experimental basis. It offers the per-second billing model, suited to handle short-term usage fluctuations.

The Virtual Kubelet comes with a pluggable architecture that supports several runtimes. It integrates existing features of Kubernetes connector and enables users to target ACI or any equivalent runtime, empowering developers with serverless containers.

The container hosting company, Hyper.sh, is joining in as a contributor to the project.

James Kulina, Chief Operating Officer of Hyper.sh said“Hyper is very excited to support the Virtual-Kublet project, as the first outside contributor. Hyper’s vision from the start has been to make deploying and using containers as simple and easy as possible. Now with the Virtual-Kublet project, platforms that support secure container technology, such as our Hyper.sh cloud through its use of Kata Containers, will enable seamless multi-cloud container deployment between Kubernetes-based “serverless container” platforms.”

Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA)

OSBA, built using Open Service Broker API, will make it easier for developers to connect their containers to Azure services.

It will enable the developers to access popular Azure services including Azure CosmosDB, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and Azure Blob Storage through Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry.

Additionally, Microsoft also introduced a dashboard and visualization tool for Brigade pipelines, called Kashti. Brigade is a tool that helps developers to quickly perform multiple tasks at a time and execute them in containers.

Kashti will enable developers to easily manage and visualize Brigade projects using a web browser.

Microsoft plans to announce more Kubernetes community projects and partnerships at KubeCon. The Azure powered application with OSBA are now available.