Enterprise Ethereum Alliance And Hyperledger Join Forces To Meet Global Demand For Enterprise Blockchain

Blockchain, News | October 2, 2018 By:

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Hyperledger have respectively joined one another’s organization to further accelerate adoption of blockchain technologies for business.

Formed in February 2017 by JP Morgan, Santander, and a number of other founders, EEA is a blockchain initiative seeking to evolve ethereum so that it can serve as an enterprise-grade technology. It is also investigating hybrid architectures that span both permissioned and public ethereum networks, as well as industry specific application layer working groups. To date, the consortium has over 500 members.

Founded in December 2015 by the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. The consortium has more than 250 members, including such industry giants as International Business Machines (IBM), Cisco, JP Morgan Chase, and the Bank of England.

As members of each other’s consortiums, the groups will be able to collaborate on various initiatives, including Interest Groups, Working Groups, meetups and conferences globally, across hundreds of thousands of developers in both communities.

“This is a time of great opportunity,” said EEA Executive Director Ron Resnick. “Collaborating through mutual associate membership provides more opportunities for both organizations to work more closely together. In addition, Hyperledger developers who join the EEA can participate in EEA Certification to ensure solution compliance for projects related to the Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification.”

EEA community members working on specifications and standards will also be able to collaborate with Hyperledger to help implement those standards.

“Great open standards depend upon great open source code, so this is a natural alliance for both organizations,” said Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf. “Standards, specifications and certification all help enterprise blockchain customers commit to implementations with confidence since they have better assurances of interoperability as well as multiple vendors of choice.”

The goal of the partnership is to encourage ethereum developers to consider submitting their enterprise projects to Hyperledger and Hyperledger project maintainers to consider taking de-facto interfaces appropriate for standardization to the appropriate EEA working groups. The partnership will also enable Hyperledger developers to write code that conforms to the EEA specification and certify them through EEA certification testing programs expected to launch in the second half of 2019.

“For anyone who ever put a ‘vs.’ between Ethereum and Hyperledger, this collaboration shows it’s now ‘Ethereum AND Hyperledger,'” said Behlendorf. “We expect developers building Enterprise Ethereum-related technologies to be motivated to submit projects to Hyperledger, and we hope that project maintainers will consider taking de-facto interfaces that are suitable for standardization to the appropriate Special Interest Group at the EEA.”