How Salesforce Is Using Blockchain To Decentralize Data & Hyperledger’s Role

Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf says he’s noticed an anti-institutional sentiment out there in the world.

“You’re either with the banks or you’re against the banks or you’re with the government or you’re against governments,” he said. “Maybe it’s just because I’m old and I feel like the world is more nuanced than when I was in my twenties.” 

Hyperledger, a collaboration by enterprise to develop enterprise grade, distributed ledger technologies, doesn’t discriminate. “We are one of the few organizations trying to say there’s a technology stack or set of stacks that should be able to run the gamut of helping startup companies build their companies, giving them a really cool advantage and edge, help the larger companies and banks who just have a job to get done, and even help governments in their ability to regulate markets.” 

Hyperledger launched in December 2015 as a project of the Linux Foundation, a non-profit for open-source innovation. Behlendorf joined in May 2016. There are currently 15 different projects hosted by Hyperledger.

How Salesforce Is Improving Their Business With Hyperledger’s Sawtooth

Salesforce, an American cloud-based software company, announced in April a blockchain offering on top of Hyperledger Sawtooth. Behlendorf, who has served on the board of Mozilla Foundation since 2003, notes how crucial Salesforce’s architecture is to the operations of their clients — this makes them a perfect fit to explore distributed technologies. 

“There’s been concern about the centralization of data, and how much [companies] are building a dependency upon Salesforce,” said Behlendorf, who once served as Chief Technology guru of Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the northern Nevada region of the Great Basin. “The use of a distributed ledger is a way to decentralize some of that dependency so that there’s a full copy of the data sitting at every node. Some of those nodes might be on Salesforce or at other…

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