Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Ava Labs, the company building the layer 1 blockchain Avalanche, to help expand blockchain adoption across businesses, institutions and governments. The companies told TechCrunch EXCLUSIVELY.
Howard Wright, vice president and global head of startups at AWS, told TechCrunch: “No one knows when, when, or in what quarter it will become mainstream, but we have seen growth cycles before. See, we’re excited to be a part of this.”
The partnership aims to make it easier for individuals to launch and manage nodes on Avalanche, but it also aims to make the network more powerful and flexible for developers.
AWS supports Avalanche’s infrastructure and decentralized application (dApp) ecosystem with one-click node deployment through its marketplace. The partnership also includes Ava Labs joining his AWS Activate, a program to help startups and early-stage entrepreneurs get started with its platform.
“For us, this means a lot,” Ava Labs president John Wu told TechCrunch. “We have more than 500 applications on the chain and we want to give you a better experience. Now we have a real partnership that can be directed directly to the Activate program. They want the experience, and One Click Node is a great way to do that.”
Many blockchains are already using AWS to power their networks. About 25% of all Ethereum workloads in the world run on his AWS, according to the website. The technology itself is “natively agnostic” and supports all blockchain protocols, Wright said, but this is his first fundamental partnership with AWS’ blockchain. .
Ava Labs plans to add their subnet deployment to the AWS Marketplace as a managed service. This allows both individuals and institutions to easily launch their own custom his subnet. Subnets are part of Avalanche’s scaling solution, diverting traffic away from the main blockchain and allowing projects to create their own Layer 1 or Layer 2 blockchain while staking their native token, his AVAX. .
“This is the beginning of something much bigger,” Wu said, adding that subnets will make it “very easy for developers to spin up their own blockchains, complete blockchains on Amazon.” .
Last quarter, Avalanche began developing five to six live subnets, Wu said. However, in the testnet phase, we have 100+ subnets that will be deployed in the next 6-12 months, at least. “We are excited to share this partnership with the hundreds of subnets launching this year. […] So I’m excited about what this is going to be like, not just what it is. ”
Mr. Wright echoed that sentiment when he said:i think it’s blockchain [technology] become popular and used in the market by developers. ”
Ava Labs is also a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN), which offers companies access to deploy services on AWS with over 100,000 partners in more than 150 countries, Wright said. increase. “[APN] Ava Labs and Avalanche are blockchain and crypto jet fuel democratizing access in every corner of the world. ”
Avalanche is far from being the first startup to go through Amazon’s network, Wright said. “With over 200,000 startups visiting our door, we know what excellence looks like. [including] Netflix, Uber, Airbnb — they’re redefining industries and we have the audacity to think otherwise [like them] Including Ava, there you are.
Ava Labs founder and CEO Emin Gün Sirer told TechCrunch: But Avalanche and he said the pace of these initiatives will accelerate now that AWS offers a more complete and reliable solution for their needs, Sirer added. .
That said, the scale of this network could greatly expand the reach of crypto-based companies and their developers building on their blockchains. It’s something we’re looking to use with his team,” said Wright. “Back to usability and access.”
And Wu believes the “ease of use and access” that both AWS and Avalanche aim to offer through their partnerships will only accelerate adoption.
“Many developers and new entrepreneurs are crossovers from web2 to web3. They are no longer hardcore web3 people,” says Wu. “And they’ve already had great experience with Amazon, and I think having the Activate and Avalanche will make it easier to crossover and be that accelerator and amplifier.”
The two companies also collaborate on entrepreneur and developer events through Avalanche Summit, Avalanche Creates and Hackathons to help builders build on the blockchain.
“We aim to be a long-term strategic partner. It’s a differentiating and motivating factor for us,” said Wright. “So complementing Subnet and our Activate is the perfect opportunity, the perfect opportunity, and we are humbled to look back many years and see this as a significant time for the expansion of blockchain. I’m thinking about.”
What is the future of AWS? Wright plans to “get closer to developers and partners.” “It’s not just our headquarters in Seattle. […] We’re about to bring this to seven famous kids in a garage somewhere, and we’re going to get closer and more agile with high-value partners like Ava. ”
“We want to push the boundaries of what is possible,” Wright said.