Five years later, Hyperledger is the fastest-growing consortium hosted by The Linux Foundation. Built under The Linux Foundation’s model of technical governance and open collaboration, individual developers, service and solution providers, government associations, academic and corporate members and end users are contributing in the development and deployment of blockchain technologies for business. Hyperledger brings together organizations and individuals across the globe, industry and competitive lines to establish protocols and standards that improve the performance and reliability of blockchain.
Hyperledger does not see there being one global chain to rule them all. Rather than driving all industries to convert to one chain, the project provides tools for businesses to build their own chains.
In this environment, Hyperledger serves as a trusted source of innovative, quality-driven open source software development, creating modular components and platforms. Hyperledger is incubating and promoting enterprise-grade, open source business blockchain technologies, on top of which anyone can develop and deploy solutions to meet their business needs. Additionally, to support the fast-growing adoption and deployment of its platforms, Hyperledger established a service provider certification program. To date, 20 companies from markets around the world have completed the rigorous process to become Hyperledger Certified Service Providers.
With common distributed ledger technologies that are shared, transparent and decentralized, the possibilities are endless. Much like the Apache web server project drove people to build their own websites, rather than encouraging everyone to just use one big site. The goal for the best-run open source projects isn’t just to solve some technical problem in an open way, but to be a long-term bedrock foundation for a software ecosystem. This is what the blockchain community needs today, and that’s why Hyperledger exists.
More than 200 member companies are backing Hyperledger, spanning several industries, including technology, financial services, manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare, real estate, and retail. Hyperledger’s global membership is balanced across North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe and the Middle East. More than one-quarter of the project’s members are based in China.