Amazon rolls out Chia crypto mining solution on AWS

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Technology giant Amazon has rolled out a solution dedicated to Chia crypto mining on its AWS cloud computing platform.

According to a campaign page on the Amazon AWS Chinese site, the platform touts that users can deploy a cloud-based storage system in as quickly as five minutes in order to mine XCH, the native cryptocurrency on the Chia network.

The campaign page also provides a quick tutorial on how to use its cloud services to generate Chia wallet addresses, create a plot and then start farming. It appears the service is specifically targeting at Chinese users as the campaign page is in simplified Chinese only.

It's unclear when exactly Amazon AWS started advertising the solution but it is yet another sign of an increasing level of attention and interest that Chia mining has received from Chinese investors. 

The Block reported last month that as Chinese retail investors flock into Chia mining, the prices of various hard drive models have been surging with some by as much as a 100% premium in China.

Although the market has plenty of hard drive supplies, some dealers and wholesalers appeared to have been hoarding stocks in order to flip on the prices. 

Founded in 2017, Chia is a decentralized storage network that aims to use hard drives as computing power to replace bitcoin's energy-intensive proof-of-work mechanism. 

The mainnet for mining launched on March 19 and within the last two months, the storage power that is mining on the network has surged to more than one exabytes, which equals to the storage volume of more than 1 million units of 1 TB hard drives.

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