With the release of IBM Blockchain Platform 2.1.3, we have now expanded the platform’s capabilities towards greater network flexibility, security enhancements, enhanced developer experience and more.
As IBM Blockchain Platform continues to prove itself as an end-to-end solution for various use cases and industries, we’ve put together this guide to help you get started quickly and easily, no matter where you are in your blockchain journey. It will go into the tactical aspects of where and how to deploy networks, and also touch on some ways that IBM offers support to kickstart your journey.
Your first step is to figure out if you want to use the IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM Cloud or use our software to deploy in multicloud environments.
If you have not already, enter your credit card information (you will not be charged).
Click on Create > Let’s Set Up.
If you already have a free cluster, click on Next.
If not, click Create an IBM Cloud Kubernetes Cluster > Free Cluster.
Continue with the set-up process.
Once you launch the console, use the sample network tutorial series to build your first network.
Please note that IBM Cloud will delete your Kubernetes cluster after 30 days and you cannot migrate any nodes or data from a free cluster to a paid cluster. Performance on free clusters is limited by throughput, storage and functionality.
“I want to quickly and easily build smart contracts for free”
The IBM Blockchain Platform VS Code Extension is free to use, contains tutorials and code samples, and is open source. Build smart contracts on an extension that is fully compatible with IBM Blockchain Platform and any Hyperledger Fabric network.
Monitor your IKS resources and set up usage alerts and notifications with SysDig.
Monitor your HLF component metrics by setting up Prometheus and Grafana for your network.
IBM Blockchain Platform for multicloud
If you are looking into leveraging IBM Blockchain Platform on other clouds or on-premises, keep reading!
“I want to try deploying blockchain networks on infrastructure of my choosing, for free”
Our IBM Cloud offering is a great place to start if you’re still exploring features of our platform, but if you would like the experience of setting up an instance of IBM Blockchain Platform on infrastructure of your choice, you can procure a license to do so for free for 90 days.
To get started:
If you already are in contact with an IBM Blockchain representative, reach out to them for software trial access. If not, get in contact with an IBM representative.
Remember that you are responsible for procuring the infrastructure for this trial experience.
“I am an IBM Business Partner and want to access the platform”
If you are a Business Partner who has purchased the Software Access Catalog, you will be entitled to the product.
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