Accenture and Fujitsu Announce Launch of HyperLedger Cactus, an Open-Source Blockchain Integration Framework


Michael Klein, the Blockchain and Multiparty Systems Architecture Lead at Accenture and Hart Montgomery from Fujitsu Laboratories announced on May 13, 2020, the launch of an open-source blockchain integration framework.

The distributed ledger technology (DLT) framework has been developed with the help of Fortune 500 company Accenture and Fujitsu. Both companies jointly contributed to the Hyperledger Labs initiative.

The project, Hyperledger Cactus, will benefit from the resources and “promise of longevity that come with inclusion in the Hyperledger Greenhouse.”

As mentioned in a blog post published on HyperLedger’s website:

“In the short six months since entering the Labs, Hyperledger Cactus has attracted significant attention and become a locus of collaboration between developers from our teams at Accenture and Fujitsu, and dozens of others working on DLT platforms both inside and outside Hyperledger.”

The development teams said they are now focused on “increasing the number and diversity of perspectives” and growing the community, so that the initiative can transition from Incubation to Active status.

The announcement pointed out that the fast pace of change in the blockchain sector can potentially become a source of risk.

It further noted:

“What if the platform I select gets leapfrogged? Or what if I need to conduct business with an ecosystem in the future that’s using a different technology? These questions can manifest in a high stakes decision to choose ‘the right’ solution.”

As explained in the announcement, Hyperledger Cactus is an Apache V2-licensed open-source software development kit (SDK) that can help “maximize pluggability” so that developers can use it to connect any blockchain or DLT network to others.

The integration may be performed by creating a simple plugin, which can enable the execution of ledger operations across several different blockchains, which include Hyperledger Besu, Hyperledger Fabric, Corda, and JPMorgan’s Quorum.

Accenture has reportedly been working on blockchain interoperability solutions since 2018. The company learned that the long-term success of these solutions depends on creating a broader ecosystem to support such projects.

That’s one of the reasons why Accenture has been supporting open-source initiatives like  Hyperledger Labs. In 2019, Fujitsu joined these projects and contributed the ConnectionChain codebase in December of last year.

The announcement added:

“Our first effort as a community will be to finalize our modular, pluggable interfaces so that all stakeholders in Hyperledger (and others outside Hyperledger that wish to participate) can benefit from our solution for blockchain interoperability.”

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