Since the publication of techUK’s Cloud 2020 vision in 2016, Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for container orchestration. Originally developed by Google, Kubernetes was contributed to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) where it was the first open source project to graduate. As a result, Kubernetes has been embraced by enterprises. It can be deployed on premises and is also widely available as a service provided by all the major cloud service providers.
techUK, reviewing the state of adoption of cloud-based technologies, pointed to data portability and system interoperability as essential in promoting a competitive and user-friendly cloud computing ecosystem. Coupled with the right governance model, open source can play a critical role in achieving these objectives. CNCF is a great example. It is an ecosystem nurtured by the Linux Foundation whose membership features many leading enterprises. The foundation encourages the development of best practices across a range of industries and technologies.
It follows that if blockchain technologies are to enjoy the same success as cloud, these same standards must be observed and emerging products, platforms and services must complement and enhance the existing offerings of cloud service providers. With this in mind, Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP) has adopted Kubernetes as the runtime environment for its blockchain management platform, Sextant, which was released in November 2018 on the Amazon Web Services marketplace.
BTP’s focus is on solving the operational complexity behind running blockchain applications and its founding team leverages decades of experience in open source, operations and cloud. Sextant, its blockchain management platform, combines Kubernetes with another leading open source project, Hyperledger Sawtooth, a blockchain framework. Originally created by Intel this was contributed to the Hyperledger ecosystem and has been adopted by enterprises such as Salesforce, Cargill and Target.
Hyperledger itself is a testament to the necessity of developing blockchain technologies in the open. Founded in 2015 by the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger’s aim is to encourage the collaborative development of blockchain technologies to solve real business-problems.
Open source is core to BTP’s strategy, which is why, shortly after its incorporation in 2018, it invested in membership of both the Cloud Native Software Foundation and Hyperledger.
BTP believes that enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies is contingent on the ongoing collaboration between enterprise, cloud service providers and start ups. By harnessing the relentless innovation of the open source community and observing existing best practices, BTP is confident that blockchain will, like cloud, will become a well established tool for enterprises and SMEs alike.
To find out more about how BTP is leveraging both Kubernetes and Hyperledger Sawtooth to accelerate the adoption of blockchain by business, check out the in-depth case study published by Hyperledger.