Hyperledger and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Cut Deal to Advance the Global Blockchain Business Ecosystem

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The global standards organization driving the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and the  Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger, are tying the knot and they agreed to join each other’s organizations.

Hyperledger Executive Director, Brian Behlendorf, and EEA Executive Director, Ron Resnick, have jointly authored a blog post (see Hyperledger’s blog or EEA’s blog) to announce this partnership.

“This is a time of great opportunity,” said 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.”

With hundreds of member companies combined, the EEA and Hyperledger communities represent a wide variety of business sectors from every region of the world.

As members of each other’s organizations, the leadership of both organizations will be able to collaborate across tens of Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, meetups and conferences globally, across hundreds of thousands of developers in both communities. EEA community members working on specifications and standards can turn to Hyperledger to collaborate on software implementations of those standards.

“Great open standards depend upon great open source code, so this is a natural alliance for both organizations,” said 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.”

In 2017, Hyperledger launched the Hyperledger Burrow project, an Apache-licensed implementation of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode interpreter. Earlier this year, Hyperledger Sawtooth added support for the EVM as a transaction processor, bringing smart contracts developed for the Ethereum MainNet over to Sawtooth-based networks. That effort, dubbed “Seth,” is now in active use, and the developers anticipate submitting it for conformance testing to the EEA specification as soon as possible. Likewise, support for the EVM is now available in Hyperledger Fabric.

Another example of EEA and Hyperledger’s collaboration is the EEA’s Special Interest Group on Trusted Execution Environments, and a prototype implementation of those proposed standards, called “Private Data Objects” being built within Hyperledger Labs. This project is a best practice example of internet-scale software development work, combining community-driven open standards and community-developed, production-quality open source reference implementation. The effort mirrors work such as the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and Apache working on the web’s underlying protocol HTTP, or ECMA International and Mozilla working on JavaScript, a standardized, multi-platform language used by developers worldwide for web design.

Down the road, this mutually beneficial relationship will 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. This relationship 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.

“As a founding member of both Hyperledger and EEA, we’ve been proud to participate in the incredible growth of both communities. This is a logical next step that will strengthen the industry as a whole, expand each organization’s reach and benefit from the collaboration across ecosystems, while supporting each organization’s distinct mission,” said David Treat, Managing Director at Accenture.

“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.”

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is the industry’s first global standards organization to deliver an open, standards-based architecture and specification to accelerate the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum. The EEA’s world-class Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification and forth-coming testing and certification programs will ensure interoperability, multiple vendors of choice, and lower costs for its members – the world’s largest enterprises and most innovative startups. For additional information about joining the EEA, please reach out to [email protected]

Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group ($500m+ and 50+ ICOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur.

He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups
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Ad honorem - Honorary Ph.d - Chair Professor of Blockchain at
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Automation 4.0 programme. Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des Arts et des
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Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+
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travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and
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He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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