Chris Ferris

Happy birthday to the leading open source blockchain platform

Five years ago, the topic of conversation at nearly every tech holiday party was blockchain, blockchain, blockchain. VCs, CTOs, and CIOs had visions of cryptocurrencies and industry disruption dancing in their heads. But some saw potential for the technology to be applied to the enterprise, not as a disruptive force, but one that could facilitate […]

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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

Since being published, the next generation of the IBM Blockchain Platform has been announced. Therefore, IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan will be removed from the IBM Cloud Catalog starting July 5th, 2019 and you will not be able to provision new instances after that. However, existing instances will be supported until June 4, 2020. To […]

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Blockchain digital event: What every CTO must know for 2018

You’ve heard the hype. Blockchain has the potential and ability to change the world as a platform for truth and trust. But how can it be applied to businesses across a variety of different industries? How can business leaders make sense of the technology enough to understand potential use cases for their organization? These are […]

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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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Financial institutions adopting blockchain faster than expected

According to a recent Reuters article, widespread financial adoption of blockchain technology was thought to be at least 5 to 10 years away. But a recent IBM study shows 15 percent of top global banks intending to roll out full-scale commercial blockchain products in 2017. Fireside chats and panelist sessions at Money20/20 hinted at this […]

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