Amazon Managed Blockchain, an AWS offering, now fully supports Ethereum. This means that companies will be able to spin up a node “in minutes” as the release says.
Customers will be able to offload infrastructure issues of “data reliability due to out-of-sync nodes, data storage scaling challenges, and time-sensitive Ethereum software upgrades,” to AWS. This means Amazon will be competing more directly with Infura, the Consensys-funded Ethereum infrastructure provider.
According to a report by cloud services provider Chainstack, AWS already operates almost 25% of all Ethereum nodes. The increased ease of running a node may make for more total nodes on the network, but may also increase the proportion of those nodes run by AWS, thus decreasing Ethereum’s degree of decentralization.