The two biggest blockchain heavyweights in the industry, Hyperledger and The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) have joined forces in a significant effort to boost the adoption of blockchain technology in the wider economy.
The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a group that manages more than 300 members working to leverage open-source Ethereum technology for blockchain solutions in enterprises and Hyperledger, a cross-industry working consortium managed by the open-source Linux Foundation, have officially joined together in a partnership.
The partnership between the two groups will “accelerate adoption of blockchain technologies for business,” the two said in a joint statement, mentioning similar goals with corresponding approaches to scaling blockchain tech for industries.
As members of each other’s communities, the leaderships of the EEA and Hyperledger will have what it takes to partner across Special Interest Groups and Working Groups including “hundreds of thousands of developers in both communities,” Hyperledger stated in its own announcement.
“EEA community members working on specifications and standards can turn to Hyperledger to collaborate on software implementations of those standards,” it added.
Talking about the partnership in a “time of great opportunity” EEA executive director Ron Resnick stated:
“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.”
“Hyperledger fosters the development of open source software for establishing, managing, and connecting enterprise blockchain networks,” the joint announcement added.
Dismissing any apparent competition between the two biggest enterprise blockchain groups, Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf noted:
“For anyone who ever put a ‘vs.’ between Ethereum and Hyperledger, this collaboration shows it’s now ‘Ethereum AND Hyperledger.”
“Great open standards depend upon great open source code, so this is a natural alliance for both organizations,” Behlendorf added. “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.”