IBM is joining HACERA Unbounded Registry, a blockchain-based directory which aims to make blockchain projects more searchable.
The registry which already has early participants like Microsoft, Hitachi, Huawei, Sap and Oracle gives the opportunity to register, look up, join and transact across a number of blockchain solutions, and it is built to interoperate with popular distributed ledger technologies. Among them are The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Sawtooth, R3 Corda, EEA Quorum, Stellar Network, etc.
According to Jerry Cuomo, Vice President at IBM Blockchain, the reason for IBM to join HACERA Unbounded Registry is the growing number of blockchain consortiums, networks and applications.
“We need a means to list them and make them known to the world, in order to unleash the power of blockchain…By working with HACERA and other members of Unbounded Registry, we see a future where consumers and providers of blockchain services will be able to discover each other and begin transacting in a more secure way and where technology providers and consumers can innovate and integrate to create limitless and unbounded possibilities,” he noted.
— IBM Blockchain (@IBMBlockchain) September 13, 2018
A network open to everybody
HACERA CEO Jonathan Levi notes that the network is open to all.
“Blockchain projects can create information pages, not unlike a personal LinkedIn page, and HACERA verifies the data before adding it to the registry.”
He informed that there are currently more than 20 permissioned networks in the registry, and that “HACERA is hoping this is just the beginning”.
Not the first attempt of collaboration
This is not the first time that IBM and HACERA are working together on projects involving blockchain technologies. HACERA was one of the first members of the IBM Blockchain ecosystem – going back to 2016 – including the HACERA and IBM release-managed Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 a year ago.
It’s worth noting that IBM is actively increasing its involvement in blockchain based projects. The latest was announced in July, when it was reported that Columbia University and IBM are launching a new Center devoted to research, education, and innovation in blockchain technology and data transparency.