About this Constellation ShortList

In 2008, blockchain technology was introduced to the world from the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. The paper, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” shared how a network would maintain a time stamped immutable record of all cryptocurrency transactions to prevent double spend with no central umpire. 

The core of blockchain is the algorithm used by the pool of participants to establish consensus about the state of the ledger. Consensus has been a field of computer science for many years, but blockchain stimulated a great new round of R&D. Different consensus mechanisms include: Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT), Paxos, Proof of Work, Proof of Stake, Raft, and Proof of Elapsed Time.

Blockchain or Synchronous Ledger Technologies will play a role in transforming how contracts, digital assets, cryptocurrencies, and other digital goods will be created, controlled, and transferred in a digital world.  With much confusion on protocols, standards, and approaches, the Constellation ShortList identifies the most innovative and commonly used platforms.

Organizations conducting their own strategic research & development have a wide choice of blockchain platform for experimentation and proof of concept.Organizations conducting their own strategic research & development have a wide choice of blockchain platform for experimentation and proof of concept. 

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Creation of assets, contracts, objects and other digital objects
  • Control of assets, contracts, objects and other digital objects
  • Transfer of assets, contracts objects and other digital objects
  • Permission model support
  • Transparency 
  • Privacy 
  • Public and private network support
  • Multiple currency (if applicable)
  • Consensus flexibility

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 30 offerings in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • BigchainDB
  • Corda
  • Ethereum
  • Hyperledger Burrow
  • Hyperledger Fabric
  • Hyperledger Sawtooth
  • IBM Blockchain Platform
  • MultiChain
  • Quorum

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed. 

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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