BankChain, a platform for banks in India to explore, build, and implement blockchain solutions, has announced today they choose Microsoft Azure as their exclusive cloud partner. As a part of this partnership, the 20 BankChain members that include State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, DCB Bank, Kotak Bank, Bank of Baroda, Deutsche Bank, and others, will use Microsoft Azure Blockchain as the underlying blockchain platform.
Microsoft will work closely with Primechain Technologies, the driving force behind the BankChain consortium, to develop various blockchain use cases. The first active project is Primechain-KYC, a permission based blockchain for integrated and shared Know Your Customer (KYC), anti-money laundering, and countering the financing of terrorism.
Peter Gartenberg, general manager, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft said:
“The partnership with BankChain underscores our commitment to enable the digital transformation of the BFSI sector in India. Blockchain is one of the most exciting innovations in this sector and we at Microsoft are leading this trend by offering the best-in-class Azure Blockchain offering. We look forward to working with stakeholders like Primechain to make this partnership a success.”
SBI’s Collaborative Innovation Centre (CIC) along with other banks in BankChain will start testing and validating various Primechain Blockchain Pilots on Microsoft Azure Cloud nodes. Sudin Baraokar, head of Innovation, SBI said, “Azure will help enable agile Cloud nodes build and configuration. This will propel the BankChain consortium members to work together as a unified team.”
Shinam Arora, CEO, Primechain Technologies said:
“Blockchain technology can help banks improve customer satisfaction, minimize fraud, and maximize efficiency, security, and transparency. We are excited to collaborate with Microsoft and bring in their expertise and globally-trusted solutions to help the banks address these challenges take the next quantum leap.”
Microsoft launched Azure Blockchain that provides an open, hyper-scale cloud platform, and an expanding ecosystem of blockchain technologies for enterprises, consortiums, and governments. It enables them to learn and innovate quickly through pilots and prototypes in a cost-effective manner.
In India, the availability of Microsoft Azure Blockchain from local, hyper-scale data centers, with their hybrid cloud capabilities, extensive compliance certification portfolio, and enterprise-grade security will help enable rapid blockchain adoption in regulated sectors like banking and financial services, insurance and healthcare, as well as governments.