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IBM Joins The Yellow Pages Of Blockchain As Founding Member

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IBM has joined blockchain startup HACERA's yellow pages of blockchain as a founder member, to provide visibility of registered blockchain solution networks around the world.

The project called "Unbounded Registry" is built on the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric and provides a decentralized means to register, look up, join and transact across a variety of blockchain solutions, built to interoperate with all distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).

The registry supports projects based on major distributed ledger communities such as Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Sawtooth, R3 Corda, EEA Quorum, Cosmos, Ethereum, Stellar Network and more.

The Unbounded Registry will provide discoverability to the ever growing number of blockchain consortiums, networks and applications and make them known to the world, in order to unleash the power of blockchain.

Blockchain projects can create information pages and HACERA verifies the data before adding it to the registry. There are currently more than 20 permissioned networks in the registry, and HACERA is hoping to add many more to the list.

Apart from IBM, early participants include heavy weights such as Microsoft, Hitachi, Huawei, SAP and Oracle, who are linking to projects being created on their platforms.

Unbounded registry is the yellow pages of blockchain, like yellow pages in the yester years as the organized directory of businesses using phone and then search engines such as Yahoo and Google using the Domain Name System (DNS) on the Internet in the near past for businesses to be publicly visible.

A project like the IBM -Maersk supply chain blockchain, announced last month, cannot be easily searched and found. Through Unbounded registry, interested parties like a supplier or customs authority can find the project easily and ask to participate.

IBM has been working closely with HACERA for a while on blockchain technology, with HACERA being one of the first members of the IBM Blockchain ecosystem.

IBM is in the forefront while supporting the use of open technologies. It initially joined Hyperledger, and contributed the initial code for Fabric, to collaborate on blockchain for business. Later, it joined the Sovrin Foundation for decentralized identity and also participated in the Stellar network for global payments.

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