JD.com Seeks to Combine Blockchain and Cloud Computing Capabilities

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Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is integrating its blockchain and cloud computing capabilities via a collaborative arrangement between two key subsidiaries.

On 17 July JD Cloud (京东云) announced in Beijing that it would be engaging in cooperation with JD Data Science (京东数科) in the area of blockchain technological services.

The two parties launched the JD Blockchain Open Platform (Cloud) Development Plan, while also launching two new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications – “Blockchain Anti-counterfeiting Tracking” (区块链防伪追溯) and “Blockchain Digital Certificates” (数字存证).

JD Cloud also used the occasion to launch China’s first blockchain data online analytical service product – BDS.

“The blockchain is currently bringing about a new technological revolution,” said JD Cloud president Shen Yuanqing (申元庆).

“At present blockchain technology itself is still in an early phase, but it is already accepted by all parties as a foundational capability for emerging technologies.”

Shen said that JD Cloud will use industry-based blockchain technological capabilities to achieve efficiency increases and error reductions for customers.

JD Cloud will provide technical support for JD’s blockchain offerings, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud storage, distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) capabilities and database application services, in order to help the JD Blockchain Open Platform address problems in relation to data ownership and data security.

In future JD Cloud will seek to create SaaS-level applications tailored for JD.com’s customers using the JD Blockchain Open Platform’s foundational Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities.

JD.com first commenced research into blockchain applications back in 2016, and by August 2018 had launched the JD Blockchain Open Platform (智臻链) alongside the JD Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform.

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