Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger pledge closer links

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger have announced plans to formally join each other’s organisations as Associate Members.

The plan, according to a joint blog post by the two groups’ executive directors, Ron Resnick and Brian Behlendorf is aimed at promoting “cross-community collaboration through event participation, connecting with other members, and finding ways for our respective efforts to be complementary and compatible.”

Not to be confused with the Ethereum Foundation, which oversees the direction and code of the Ethereum eco-system, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is a non-profit looking provide resources for businesses looking to learn about and use Ethereum in their fields, create a roadmap for business-focused features on the platform, codify a standards regime to which they should conform, and create clarity around licensing and IP concerns in the open source space. The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project is a collaborative open source platform for establishing, managing, and connecting enterprise blockchain networks.

“Our two organizations have similar objectives,” the blog states, “such as broadening and strengthening the community around and the adoption of enterprise blockchain technologies.

“What we hope to get across to the public is that anyone who ever put a ‘versus’ between EEA and Hyperledger got it wrong; it’s now conclusively “EEA AND Hyperledger.”

It is hoped that the formal relationship between the two will enable Hyperledger developers to write code in line with the EEA’s set of enterprise-focused specifications, and have it certified by its regime of testing programs, which are expected to launch in Q3 2019. It will also allow the two groups to plug into each other’s network of Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, meetups and conferences.

Integration between the two platforms has been a ongoing process for some time. 2017 saw Hyperledger’s Burrow project bring in an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode interpreter, which has now been expanded with support for transaction processing – bringing smart contracts developed for the Ethereum mainnet over to its network as part of HyperLedger Fabric.

The two directors compare the collaboration with the collaborative development of what are now considered web standards, the concept of “simultaneously developing community-driven open standards and production-quality open source reference implementations”, the say, “is a best practice of Internet-scale software development work.

“Previous examples include the IETF and Apache working on HTTP, and ECMA and Mozilla working on JavaScript.”

In short, the hope seems to be to encourage both ‘sides’ to consider the other during development as a mutually beneficial goal – with Ethereum developers looking to expand the user base of their projects by tapping into HyperLedger, and Hyperledger devs considering the EEA’s standards when offering interface options to its blockchain platform.

“Both organizations will continue to work with other standards bodies, and other open source communities,” the pair conclude. “By working together, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Hyperledger will bring substantial benefits to developers and enterprises, and accelerate the adoption of enterprise blockchain technologies.”

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