JPMorgan, Microsoft Team Up on Blockchain


Chase & Co. said Thursday that it is tapping


cloud-based services to boost its blockchain platform, aiming to make it easier, faster and cheaper for companies to build and deploy blockchain applications.

Microsoft’s Azure will power the platform, named Quorum, which will allow enterprises to build new blockchain applications in as little as a few weeks without needing as much expertise, said Umar Farooq, JPMorgan’s head of blockchain initiatives. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

“It was important to make sure that we could provide the sort of enterprise tools and services that [companies] need,” Mr. Farooq said.

Umar Farooq


JP Morgan Chase & Co.

While the bank doesn’t charge companies to use Quorum, Mr. Farooq said getting more organizations to use one blockchain platform could help iron out standards for building blockchain applications and sharing data.

French luxury-goods company

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE

is using Quorum to provide proof of authenticity of its luxury goods, according to a person familiar with the matter. LVMH declined to comment.

Best known as the record-keeping system behind cryptocurrencies, blockchain is a data structure that makes it possible to create and share a digital ledger of transactions among various parties. The data, encrypted and unchangeable, is always up to date on all participants’ systems.

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