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Announcing Microsoft Azure GA and New Azure Billing Options, Expanding Cloud Options for Production Users

In response to strong client interest and consortia adoption of Azure, Kaleido is excited to announce the General Availability of Azure as a production cloud option in Kaleido’s Blockchain Business Cloud, as well as the option to select direct Azure billing. Kaleido is now the only SaaS platform worldwide where within a few clicks, blockchain-based consortia can set up, manage, and operate native cross-cloud and hybrid decentralized enterprise ecosystems that span seamlessly across public and private cloud deployment options. With this announcement, Kaleido now offers direct Azure SaaS marketplace billing and provides a production-grade service level agreement (SLA) across the decentralized network, externally audited and certified by through industry standards such as ISO 27001, 270017, and 270018.

After sustained and growing interest from users, Azure has moved out of tech preview and is now available for production use on Kaleido.  As enterprises look to accelerate their blockchain initiatives and expand their production networks in 2020, the business value of those networks increases as the number and diversity of its participants expand. Decentralized ownership of the network across multiple cloud providers and different geographic regions is a foundational enterprise blockchain requirement. 

Kaleido’s Azure borderless blockchain capability uniquely enables an accelerated pace of adoption for diverse members of a blockchain business network or consortium who have standardized on Azure for their enterprise projects. With the addition of the new Azure billing option, consortia members who choose to deploy their solution on Azure can now also set up payment directly through Azure for Kaleido’s Pay-as-You-Go plans. 

“As clients are digitally transforming and moving the business operations to the cloud, we are focused on solving the challenges involved in forming these modern, more collaborative business ecosystems. With this announcement, Kaleido makes it easier for their business networks to grow and scale.  Doubling down on our capabilities and integration into Azure and the Azure ecosystem brings their proven value to our users.” said Steve Cerveny, Founder and CEO of Kaleido.

Today, entities running a consortium on Kaleido can have their participating members join on the cloud platform of their choice, or even on-premise behind their company firewall while participating seamlessly with other network members. 

“Microsoft continues to work deeply with the Ethereum community to advance enterprise blockchain applications,” said Yorke Rhodes, principal program manager, Blockchain Engineering at Microsoft. “We’re happy to have Kaleido as part of Microsoft Azure, so enterprises can realize the business value of blockchain faster. With the new Azure billing option available on Kaleido, consortia members and other customers can manage billing directly through Azure, providing even greater flexibility and choice to Kaleido’s users.”

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are using Kaleido on Azure for their Learning Coin application.  To enable their professionals on relevant to explore some concepts driving behind Central Bank Digital Currencies, The World Bank has teamed up with the IMF to create a token, dubbed “Learning Coin”.  Employees can earn tokens by consuming curated content about digital currencies and blockchain.  

The ability to select Azure is important for Australia-based Bartercard, which launched an innovative barter-trading network for businesses that runs across cloud regions worldwide. They are expanding how they use blockchain to reimagine how digital currency is used for rewards.  

“Cross-cloud and hybrid deployments aren’t always considered when initially developing a blockchain solution, but if you don’t plan for it upfront, it will cause challenges as you grow and scale your business network,” said Mark Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer, Bartercard.

The Qoin Association Limited also uses Kaleido to securely host and maintain the Qoin Blockchain, on which the Qoin digital currency operates. Qoin tokenizes the spare capacity of businesses which is then marketed to consumers via a wallet-based directory.  Qoin, in association with Bartercard, has a combined merchant base of over 10,000 in Australia. As they expand their solution, cross-cloud capabilities will be an important part of how they grow and scale. 

The ability to run production grade Azure networks in Kaleido backed by an SLA in enterprise contracts and the new Azure billing option, are both available today, try it for free at kaleido.io.

How to Enable Azure Billing on Kaleido

1. Login to your Azure portal and search for “Kaleido”.  You will see “Kaleido Enterprise Blockchain SaaS” as a Marketplace service.


2. Select “Kaleido Enterprise Blockchain SaaS” and proceed to configure your service instance with a name, email address and preferred phone number for your Azure account.  After populating the required fields, click SUBSCRIBE at the bottom of the screen to finalize the subscription.



3. Access your subscription by searching for “SaaS” (Software as a Service) in the search bar at the top of the portal.  Click Software as a Service (SaaS).



4. Click on your Kaleido Enterprise Blockchain SaaS instance.  From your SaaS instance, click the Configure Account Button to complete the subscription signup.



5. This will redirect you to Kaleido, log you in through your Azure account and automatically generate your Kaleido organization.  It will also bind your Azure billing details to your newly created Kaleido org. You should see the following screen within the Kaleido console.



6. Click ACCOUNT -> SUBSCRIPTION within the console to see the status of your billing details.



7. Note that, by default, all newly created Kaleido organizations are on-boarded to the Starter Plan subscription.  This an entirely free tier that comes with certain resource limitations.  You can unlock additional resources and functionality by clicking the UPGRADE button and subscribing to a higher tiered plan.



8. To update the name of your Kaleido organization click ACCOUNT -> ORG SETTINGS and expand the dropdown ellipsis next to “My Company Organization.”  This is the default placeholder applied to auto-generated organizations. From the dropdown, click the “Rename Organization” option and input your desired name.



9. You can now login to Kaleido via the web console or directly through your Azure portal.  A Kaleido login will redirect to Azure for SSO, at which point you will need an active Azure session or will be required to provide your Azure login details. 

 

Example web console flow:


 

Redirects to:


To login through your Azure portal, navigate to your Kaleido SaaS instance and click the Manage Account option.  This will redirect to the Kaleido console.


10. Existing Kaleido accounts that were generated through the Kaleido web console can also attach Azure billing, however the flow is slightly different.  From the Kaleido console click ACCOUNT -> SUBSCRIPTION. If you have no billing information associated with your subscription, click the ADD A PROVIDER button.  If you have billing attached, skip down to step 12.



11. Select the “PAY WITH A MICROSOFT AZURE SUBSCRIPTION” option and click the LINK ACCOUNT button.  This will redirect you to the Kaleido SaaS offering within the Azure Marketplace. Follow the same flow outlined above to provision the SaaS instance.  NOTE: When you perform the Configure your Account operation (Step 4) Kaleido will emit an important message. Follow the enumerated steps on the screen to finalize your billing.  

 

12. If you already have Stripe billing attached, please use the Contact Us hyperlink and request a detachment of billing. 

 

13. After you receive a confirmation from Kaleido acknowledging completion of this action, return to Step 10 and follow the steps.

14. At any point you can use the “Contact Us” help window within the Kaleido console to receive assistance from our support team.

Kaleido on Microsoft Azure and the new Azure billing option are both available today, try it for free at kaleido.io.

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