Microsoft is closing down its Azure Blockchain Service in September

Software giant Microsoft said this week that it will close down its long-running blockchain-as-a-service offering in September.

"On September 10, 2021, Azure Blockchain will be retired. Please migrate ledger data from Azure Blockchain Service to an alternative offering based on your development status in production or evaluation.," reads a blog post published May 10. 

Yet Azure customers will have new options on the blockchain front in the form of ConsenSy's Quorum offering. ConsenSys announced the same day that it was working with Microsoft to bring Quorum, which it acquired from JPMorgan last year, to the Azure customer base.

"Both companies are working together to offer a service based on ConsenSys Quorum, an open-source protocol layer for developing with Ethereum," ConsenSys said in its announcement. 

Azure Blockchain dates back to 2015 when Microsoft first linked up with ConsenSys to offer Ethereum capabilities to the software giant's cloud customers.