A virtual machine (VM) is a virtual environment that runs in an app window on your physical computer ("the host") and acts like a completely separate computer system ("the guest").
The VM allows you to run a different operating system than used by the host, creating a safe environment to test, develop, and deploy software, sometimes called a sandbox. Using a sandbox is particularly helpful when developing smart contracts or applications for blockchain, as it allows developers to run code and execute state transitions without any permanent impact on the chain itself.
One of the most popular blockchain virtual machines is the Ethereum Virtual Machine but many protocols use their own virtual machines to accelerate the ability for developers to work with their network.
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Bison Trails is a blockchain infrastructure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company based in New York City. We built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in 23 new chains effortlessly.
We also make it easy for anyone building Web 3.0 applications to connect to blockchain data from 33 protocols with Query & Transact (QT). Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.
In January, 2021, we announced Bison Trails joined Coinbase to accelerate our mission to provide easy-to-use blockchain infrastructure, now as a standalone product line. The Bison Trails platform will continue to support our customers. With Coinbase’s backing, we will enhance our infrastructure platform and make it even easier to participate in decentralized networks and build applications that connect to blockchain data.