For Hyperledger, this marks a milestone in blockchain
technology’s journey toward widespread adoption.
“This is now a signal from the developers themselves that
they are ready for the next order of magnitude level of interest from the user
community,” Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of Hyperledger, told Distributed. “Our hope is that it really
opens the doors to a lot of new users and visitors.”
Fabric was one of Hyperledger’s first initiatives and the
first to achieve “active” status after a year held in “incubation” development.
Its newfound general availability is an indicator of its readiness to support
“This is certainly an inflection point for Fabric, for
Hyperledger,” Behlendorf said. “We think that if one has been holding off on
going further with Fabric because of a thinking that this was a research
project, an experiment, it is now ready in my mind.”
Hyperledger feels that Fabric 1.0 is very much
“plug-and-play” ready for potential users, offering a flexible architecture that
can be built upon to bring blockchain technology’s biggest promises into the
framework of any industry. As a starting point for potential developers,
Fabric’s code is designed to be easy to utilize, reducing the learning curve
that keeps many from equipping their industries with distributed ledgers.
“I think it’s incumbent upon anybody in this space … to make
the learning curve as diagonal as possible,” said Behlendorf. “It’s incumbent
upon us to reduce the learning curve wherever we can [and] this will really
help proof-of-concept and pilot adopters move to production.”