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BlockCypher, a provider of web services that supports bitcoin blockchain applications, announced that its web services will now allow companies to build applications using the Ethereum protocol without needing blockchain infrastructure.
The company made the announcement at the Exponential Finance conference in New York, N.Y.
BlockCypher claims to be the first software provider to offer both Ethereum and bitcoin APIs on the same platform.
BlockCypher will offer support for Ethereum on its block explorer in addition to more complex web services.
Beta Release Begins
The beta release includes Ethereum account, balance, and transaction APIs. Combined, they provide information about the Ethereum blockchain, including time/hash of the latest block, height, balance, and building transactions easily.
“After becoming the leading blockchain web services provider for Bitcoin, we are now doing the same for Ethereum,” said Catherine Nicholson, CEO and co-founder of BlockCypher. “The services we provide are compatible across all blockchains. This gives developers an easy way to develop once and support multiple of them.”
Eric Piscini, global financial services blockchain leader and a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, said BlockCypher’s Ethereum APIs give his company the ability to provide differentiated blockchain solutions for clients. “Integrating the capabilities of Ethereum onto a demonstrated platform and our industry experience give us the ability to offer client solutions across many blockchains.” he said.
Ethereum Backs Services
Ethereum strengthens BlockCypher’s suite of differentiated web services. These include a confidence factor for predictive analytics on unconfirmed transactions, double-spend WebHook, Microtransaction API for blockchain micropayments, and a data endpoint for recording documents on the blockchain.
A BlockCypher press release noted Ethereum offers a broad palette on which developers can build, including smart contract capabilities. The release noted BlockCypher’s API simplifies the building of these applications.
“This latest Ethereum release further demonstrates their strong commitment to reliably supporting any blockchain,” said Bill Barhydt, CEO and founder of Abra. “BlockCypher’s dedication to customers’ needs and the strength of their platform is a major benefit for us.”
BlockCypher manages the complexity of building and running blockchain infrastructure so clients can focus on their business applications. BlockCypher is blockchain agnostic and operates multiple blockchains – open and private – on the same infrastructure.
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