EEA, Hyperledger Cement Ties with New Arrangement

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance has strengthened its relationships with Hyperledger, and the two organizations hope that their collaboration will accelerate blockchain adoption.

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), an organization working to standardize the use of Ethereum blockchain, and Hyperledger, a blockchain project launched by the Linux Foundation, jointly announced on Monday they had become associate members in each other’s group. The move is meant to boost blockchain adoption across various industries.

The two bodies lead large consortiums that comprise hundreds of companies across multiple market sectors in every region of the globe. Brian Behlendorf, executive director at Hyperledger, and his counterpart at EEA Ron Resnick announced the collaboration in a joint post published on the website of each organization.

Resnick commented:

“This is a time of great opportunity. 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.”

The directors said that blockchain community members should no longer view the situation as EEA versus Hyperledger. The collaboration will see Hyperledger developers writing codes in line with the EEA specification. As Resnick pointed out, the programmers can also certify the codes via the EEA certification testing programs planned for launch next year. Both communities will work together across dozens of special interest groups, conferences, and meetups.

Behlendorf added:

“Great open standards depend upon great open source code, so this is a natural alliance for both organizations. 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 two entities have crossed paths previously. Last year, Hyperledger started the Hyperledger Burrow project, which uses the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) bytecode interpreter. Hyperledger Fabric supports EVM as well.