Enterprise blockchain applications are slowly but surely making their way to public networks, especially with the introduction of updates and new features in the Ethereum ecosystem. While Eth2 promises to provide scalability, security, and power across the Ethereum network to enhance business use cases, other technologies are being developed to help organizations use the Ethereum network properly.
For example, Baseline Protocol is a set of technologies that leverage advances in peer-to-peer messaging, anonymous cryptography, and blockchain to coordinate complex and confidential workflows between organizations. While the underlying protocol can be used with any blockchain network, it works well with the Ethereum mainnet, which acts as a common frame of reference for traditional scoring systems.
In August this year, the drinking bottle giant Coke One North America announced that they would use a basic protocol to synchronize the data in the supply chain. Since then, there has been more evidence that this concept has been implemented by companies such as SAP, Microsoft Dynamic, Google Sheets and Salesforce.
New features are constantly being added to Baseline Protocol to ensure functionality, and Baseline Protocol has now deployed an important new component called “Compliance Manager” that focuses on providing interoperability for Ethereum clients, ie nodes that are capable of analyze and validate blockchain.
Sam Stokes, a software engineer at ConsenSys, the blockchain software company behind Baseline Protocol, told Cointelegraph that the recently released Compliance Manager is a new microservice that will allow developers to switch between private and public blockchains using different Ethereum clients:
“It provides Merkle wood handling features outside the chain and in the chain required for the main package. To switch blockchain clients, developers only need to change some environment variables in the configuration file. The service works with all types of Ethereum. networks (ie private networks and public test networks and public home networks).
Stokes also said that the new release includes support for Hyperledger Besu, an Ethereum client that can be used on private and public networks, and Infura, a development kit that provides access to Ethereum networks and the interplanetary file system.
This is noteworthy as the Commitment Manager component is likely to bring more companies to the Ethereum backbone via the underlying protocol. Stokes said: “In theory, this would speed up the baseline adoption because Nethermind was previously the only Ethereum client offering this capability.”
Nethermind currently serves less than 3% of the total Ethereum nodes on the mainnet, Stokes said. Compliance Manager ensures that 97% of other Ethereum users, including those using only Infura, can participate in the baseline without the need to use Nethermind.
ConsenSys CEO Joe Lubin told Cointelegraph that he is confident the base protocol compliance manager will bring more businesses to the Ethereum network:
“The underlying protocol is a major step forward in enabling secure and private business transactions of all kinds on the Ethereum network. The release of the Compliance Manager core protocol promises more flexibility for business processes that depend on different instances or clients by adding support for both Hyperledger Besu and Infura. ”
Ethereum customers can reap the benefits, but not at any time
It is important to note that the benefits promised by the underlying protocol administrator only apply to Ethereum clients. When you use this factor, there are a number of limitations.
Thomas Stanchak, founder and CTO of Nethermind, told Cointelegraph that while the engagement manager is actually theoretical and pragmatic when it comes to choosing broader Ethereum clients, there are several components that need to be supported, which could slow down the system:
Nethermind has a unique quick overview that I do not think other clients can match. Without a post-indexing solution like ours (or another solution, OpenEthereum), it can take a long time to implement the tracking code. ”
Kyle Thomas, founder and CEO of Provision, a middleware provider for enterprise middleware integration, told Cointelegraph that Compliance Manager is not necessarily designed for production in its current form, noting that it uses two to three times the bandwidth. compared to Nethermind. “From a business perspective, it’s more expensive in terms of productivity and hard cash,” he said.
Thomas explained that the architecture of the Compliance Manager requires support for three separate components, instead of offering their functionality locally in the Ethereum client itself. This means that there are additional costs when it comes to developing, operating and maintaining the software. However, Thomas believes that his reverse agent approach has an advantage.