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IBM Blockchain Starter Plan Retirement

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Hello Blockchain Starter Plan Users:

Thank you for using the IBM Blockchain Starter plan. We’d like to inform you that we are retiring the IBM Blockchain Starter plan on September 16, 2017.

IBM will begin the process of retiring the Blockchain Starter plan. The time line is as follows:

  • July 18, 2017 IBM Blockchain Starter plan begins the deprecation process.
  • August 17, 2017: Blockchain Starter plan will be removed from the IBM Blockchain plan
    selections. No new users will be accepted; however, existing users can continue to use.
  • September 16, 2017: The service will be removed and existing users will no longer have access.

We hope that you have enjoyed using the Blockchain Starter plan to create your first business networks and develop your blockchain applications. Many blockchain developers are already well on their way to building their Smart Contracts to run on the Hyperledger Fabric v1.0. If you are still running your application on the Starter plan, which is based upon the Hyperledger Fabric v0.6, then you will be required to modify the application to run it on Hyperledger Fabric v1.0. IBM developerWorks provides an example for migrating your application here.

For developers and teams that want to explore blockchain and get started quickly with a sandbox network, easily spin up your next blockchain project on the Developer’s Cloud Sandbox using Bluemix Container service and Kubernetes to deploy the Hyperledger Fabric. This is great for both early learning and for developers to build applications. For details, visit the IBM Blockchain offerings website to get started and to explore the latest IBM Blockchain offerings.

As always, we’re here to help! Reach out to us in the support forums or on Twitter.

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