Hyperledger’s Behlendorf: 2018 Will Bring Breakthrough Blockchain Developments – Nasdaq.com

By Jessie Willms, Bitcoin Magazine    January 17, 2018

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Brian Behlendorf is confident that 2018 will be a peak year, not only for Hyperledger – the international consortium of companies and organizations developing open source, permissioned blockchain technology – but also for blockchain technology in general as businesses and governments recognize the potential power of distributed ledgers and smart contracts.

“2018 will be the year that Hyperledger and blockchain come into their own. Projects demonstrating real world solutions, like Change Healthcare , that will enable healthcare systems to better and more efficiently process claims and payments, will launch this year.”

Hyperledger, founded in 2015, incubates and promotes blockchain technologies for business, including distributed ledgers, client libraries, graphical interfaces and smart contract engines.

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Is blockchain enterprise-ready? A Hyperledger gut check with Executive Director Brian Behlendorf – diginomica

By Jon Reed    November 2, 2017

It was no surprise to see a debate break out about the role of blockchain in the enterprise at Connected Enterprise 2017. After the debate, Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf gave me his rebuttal – and his views on Hyperledger’s progress.

It’s day one of Constellation Research‘s Connected Enterprise 2017 at Half Moon Bay, and Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorfis running hot.

He’s just coming off a spirited blockchain panel, moderated by Constellation Research’s Steve Wilson, a noted blockchain critic/advocate/contrarian (Wilson’s views seem to evolve each time I hear from him, which I prefer to a rigid stance on blockchain anyhow).

As is often the case with blockchain, the panel ran out of time long before the issues did.

I’ll give Brian Behlendorf his rebuttal time here – but before we get to that, let’s frame it up. Whenever you debate blockchain in the enterprise, you’re going to run into tensions between practical and idealistic.

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Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium Adds Bosch, Wipro and More as New Members – CoinDesk

By Sujha Sundararajan    October 24, 2017

Linux Foundation-backed blockchain consortium Hyperledger has added five new members to its portfolio.

Following the recent additions of China’s search engine giant Baidu and business networking company Tradeshift, Hyperledger has now opened its doors to general members Robert Bosch GmbH, Indian IT firm Wipro, Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software, cognitive solutions and cloud platform Cognition Foundry, and Dubai-based holding company Majid Al Futtaim.

Aiming to build a range of applications and platforms based on open-source distributed ledger frameworks, the new additions mean Hyperledger now has more than 170 member organizations from across various industries including finance, banking, Internet of Things (IoT) and more.

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New Hyperledger Project Fuels Healthcare Blockchain Development – HIT Infrastructure

By Elizabeth O’Dowd    October 18, 2017

Hyperledger’s latest project, Hyperledger Quilt builds on its network of frameworks, supporting the potential future of healthcare blockchain.

Hyperledger announced its latest project, Hyperledger Quilt, offering another potential framework for organizations to develop their healthcare blockchain solution.

Quilt is an implementation of the Interledger protocol (ILP), which makes transactions across ledgers. ILP is primarily a payment protocol and routs shared data across different digital ledgers. It also isolates senders and receivers, protecting them from centralized transaction failure.

The new project is being developed in the open source community, transfering value to both distributed and non-distributed ledgers. It is designed to widely identify accounts and simultaneously complete transactions from all parties involved.

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Hyperledger Stitches in Another Blockchain Project – sdx central

By Linda Hardesty    October 16, 2017

The Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project, which works on blockchain technologies, added a sixth sub project — this one dubbed Quilt.

Hyperledger Quilt started around 18 months ago and is an implementation of the Interledger Protocol (ILP), which helps facilitate transactions across ledgers.

ILP eases the pain of making and receiving payments when the sender and recipient live in different countries or have accounts on different networks. According to the ILP website, the protocol provides for routing payments across different digital asset ledgers. With ILP, money and other forms of value can be packetized, routed, and delivered over different payment networks and ledgers.

Hyperledger Quilt is an enterprise grade implementation of ILP. It’s developed in Java.

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Oracle Joins the Blockchain Craze, Uses Hyperledger Fabric – The Cointelegraph

By John Patrick Mullin    October 4, 2017

Oracle Corporation opened its annual conference ‘Oracle Openworld’ with a bang, as it announced its new Blockchain service.  Yesterday, the SaaS giant joined the likes SAP to compete directly in Blockchain cloud services. Its new Blockchain cloud service aims to give enterprise customers who want to get involved with the Blockchain a fully managed approach.

According to Amit Zavery, senior vice president at Oracle Cloud,

“There are not a lot of production-ready capabilities around Blockchain for the enterprise. There [hasn’t been] a fully end-to-end, distributed and secure Blockchain as a service.”

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Canada’s Biggest Bank Tests Blockchain for Cross-Border Payments – CoinDesk

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the largest bank in the country, is trialling blockchain technology for fund transfers to and from the U.S.

Built using open-source tech from the Hyperledger consortium, the new system was deployed about a week ago as an underlying layer to RBC’s existing payments system.

Martin Wildberger, RBC’s executive vice president, told Reuters that what he called the “shadow ledger” allows the bank to monitor payments in real time as they pass between U.S. and Canadian banks, with the further benefits of simplifying transactions and lowering costs.

The trial, which was developed over the past six months at the RBC blockchain development lab in Toronto, allows the bank to explore the potential of the tech without fully replacing the existing system.

Wildberger told the news source:

“We wanted to set it up as a shadow ledger so that we can demonstrate our leadership in exploiting that technology while at the same time recognizing that the technology is still early in its adoption phase.”

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