The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) has released the ‘Enterprise Ethereum Architecture Stack’, software that represents the next phase of its Enterprise Ethereum specification strategy. The stack provides a set of standards for Ethereum-based business applications, and is a significant step toward enabling the creation of interoperable Ethereum-based enterprise blockchain platforms.
In a statement to Cointelegraph, Ron Resnick (head of the EEA) said that “basically, this conceptual framework characterizes and standardizes all the components from the EEA Ethereum ecosystem, and it extends the concept in technologies from the public Ethereum as the part of our enterprise Ethereum spec.”
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“So it’s all the building blocks that we now organize in a framework, which creates an architecture that software programmers can build their solutions,” he added.
A TestNet and a certification program will also soon be released by the EEA with the goal of supporting a “higher of level of confidence” for Ethereum-based enterprise dapps (decentralized applications).
A Step in the Right Direction
The EEA has stayed relatively silent since its formation a year and a half ago. Although the group is comprised of over 500 entities (including Santander, JPMorgan, and a number of other big names in the financial and tech industries) the group has not executed many large-scale projects in recent months.
This has not gone unnoticed in the larger crypto community–in a Medium post, Richard Brown, the CTO of R3, condemned the EEA’s lack of progress in delivering an enterprise-appropriate solution proved that the network was unsuited to the industry: “the public Ethereum network just can’t be used to deliver [interoperable applications for enterprise]. Right vision, wrong architecture for business, if you like,” he wrote.
However, that may be about to change. It seems that the release of the new stack may be a sign that Ethereum is ready to keep competing with the myriad other enterprise-focused blockchain networks that keep popping up within the space.
The head of Santander’s R&D for Innovation Initiatives said that “the Alliance’s mission from day one has been to build the framework that could be used to meet all the needs of its members.”