Microsoft is partnering with JPMorgan Chase on its blockchain product

Microsoft is teaming up with JPMorgan Chase to help boost the financial services giant’s blockchain platform, the companies said Thursday.

Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Azure, will make JP Morgan’s platform, called Quorum, available on the software-maker’s blockchain service.

Quorum will be the first ledger available on the Azure blockchain platform, Mark Russinovich, chief technology officer of Microsoft’s cloud services division, said in a blog post.

The partnership will make it easier for JPMorgan customers, such as Starbucks and Louis Vuitton, to develop more applications for its blockchain network. JPMorgan’s Quorum is a “natural choice” for the Microsoft platform, Russinovich wrote.

“It integrates with a rich set of open-source tools while also supporting confidential transactions-something our enterprise customers require,” he said.

Blockchain, which is best known as the system for tracking crypto-currencies, is a fast-growing technology that allows users to create and share transaction records, or ledgers, across different parties.

The transaction data is encrypted and supposedly cannot be easily modified or tampered with, and is updated constantly in all the participant’s systems, making blockchain a secure way of conducting business.

“We think it’s going to be the profound way that businesses partner and integrate their operations with partners around the world,” Microsoft Exec VP Scott Guthrie said in a San Francisco speech Thursday.

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