What Is Hyperledger Fabric?


Hyperledger Fabric is a highly capable, extensively configurable blockchain protocol. Hyperledger Fabric allows participants to conduct business in their own channels; configure access and permissions; and manage users.

Hyperledger Fabric delivers high degrees of confidentiality, resiliency, flexibility, and scalability. It is designed to support pluggable implementations of different components and accommodate the complexity and intricacies that exist across the blockchain economic ecosystem.

Hyperledger Fabric is one of the blockchain projects within Hyperledger. Like other blockchain technologies, it has a ledger, uses smart contracts, and is a system by which participants manage their transactions.

Where Hyperledger Fabric breaks from some other blockchain systems is that it is private and permissioned. Rather than an open permissionless system that allows unknown identities to participate in the network (requiring protocols like “proof of work” to validate transactions and secure the network), the members of a Hyperledger Fabric network enroll through a trusted Membership Service Provider (MSP).

Hyperledger Fabric also offers several pluggable options. Ledger data can be stored in multiple formats, consensus mechanisms can be swapped in and out, and different MSPs are supported.

Each member organization in the blockchain network is responsible to setup their peers for participating in the network. All of these peers need are configured with appropriate cryptographic materials like Certificate Authority and other information.

Hyperledger Fabric also offers the ability to create channels, allowing a group of participants to create a separate ledger of transactions. This is an especially important option for networks where some participants might be competitors and not want every transaction they make — a special price they’re offering to some participants and not others, for example — known to every participant. If two participants form a channel, then those participants — and no others — have copies of the ledger for that channel.

Blockdaemon will automatically launch a network with an Orderer and a Certificate Authority, both of which are required to get started.

Launch takes 3 clicks; Blockdaemon automatically creates the necessary Hyperledger Fabric (HLF) certificates 

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