Christopher Ferris

What we really mean when we talk about “real” blockchain

The advent of any new technology always sparks healthy and lively debate over fundamentals: standards, business models, best practices and the like. Blockchain is no exception. We’re seeing that kind of debate unfold today as the technology continues to evolve and gain traction. Some in the blockchain community are asking, “What constitutes real blockchain?” I’m […]

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Does Hyperledger Fabric perform at scale?

Yes. Yes it does! Quite often, clients ask us, “do channels scale?” Or, “I heard Hyperledger Fabric can only scale to N nodes, is this true?” They claim that they have read or heard information suggesting that Fabric and the channel model of privacy does not scale horizontally. When I ask where they got this […]

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Answering your questions on Hyperledger Fabric performance and scale

There’s been a lot of confusion (and Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) about The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric performance and scale; and, admittedly, a lack of information about best practices that can help you yield improved performance and scale. The reality is that Hyperledger Fabric does perform and scale nicely, given the right compute and networking […]

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Blockchain interoperability: I do not think it means what you think it means

I am frequently asked about blockchain interoperability by my executives, clients, industry colleagues, press and analysts. My response has been pretty consistent: It depends on what you mean by interoperability, and what use case you have in mind. Technology consumers are interested in interoperability because they don’t want to be locked into a specific vendor […]

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Blockchain at MIT: You don’t learn with your mouth open

After a bustling week at the IBM InterConnect 2017 conference — and another week to decompress from all the blockchain and open technology related talks, briefings, client and analyst discussions, video shoots and more — I am looking forward to next week’s event at the MIT Media Lab: Business of Blockchain 2017. Industry leaders and pioneers in […]

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The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric: Are we there yet?

It has been just over a year since IBM and 29 other companies formally established Hyperledger at the Linux Foundation, and the Hyperledger Fabric project will soon release its first major release: v1.0. Hyperledger was created to provide open governance for the development of blockchain and distributed ledger technology for the enterprise. It has certainly […]

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