Fujitsu’s strategies: IOTA’s tangle for a safe ecosystem and Hyperledger for PoB and PoC

On 16th July, HelloIOTA, a forum dedicated for IOTA news, published an article about the ‘the IOTA – Fujitsu connection’.

The relationship between Tokyo based IT giant, Fujitsu and the permissionless distributed ledger, IOTA is well registered from the time Dr. Rolf Werner, the CEO of Fujitsu began tweeting and liking #IOTA-tagged posts on Twitter back in 2017. This article covered details regarding IOTA Data Marketplace, Dr. Werner’s joining IOTA foundation, Fujitsu partnership with Intel among other events.

Fijitsu CE's tweet | Source: Twitter

Fujitsu CE’s tweet | Source: Twitter

Fujitsu partnered with IOTA in the month of November 2017, when Dr. Werner addressed the business’ who’s who about the benefits of the Tangle, IOTA’s underlying technology. Post this, Dr. Werner became a member of the IOTA Foundation’s supervisory board. On joining IOTA foundation he said:

“The possibilities of decentralized and secured applications based on IOTA Tangle as a Distributed Ledger Technology are immense.”

Fujitsu at the annual Hannover Messe, a trade exhibition, showcased the IOTA technology and driving the live demonstration was Dr. Rolf Werner, who stated:

“Fujitsu is well-equipped to help roll out IOTA as the new standard by being across both IT services and manufacturing.”

The article mentioned regarding the demonstration. It stated:

“Many people consider Fujitsu’s dedication to be one of many experiments to implement new technology. However, a company like Fujitsu would not promote “yet another crypto coin” at the world’s largest industrial fair (Hannover Messe, Germany) to such an extent, would it? They have gone so far as to produce a full demo for an IOTA-run Industry4.0-factory.”

Fujitsu has shown interest in the IOTA project on various circumstances and continues to do so while they collaborate with other large companies and are also emphasizing on expanding the usage of IOTA.

Earlier this month, Fujitsu announced about the instant availability of a new and extremely rapid ‘blockchain productization framework’ which is designed to enable the development of a ‘Minimum Viable Product’ [MVP].

This framework acts as a consultancy service that is aimed to help companies evaluate if their blockchain ideas and theories are worthy of consideration. The reason for it being labeled as ‘rapid’ is because companies would be able to build their distributed ledger-based MVP in just five days.

The aim of this framework is to recognize and document a specific business method that has the capability to match a full-scale implementation. The IT company calls it a “Proof of Business [PoB] approach, before committing to a Proof of Concept [PoC]”. This is designed to avoid many familiar pitfalls of blockchain plans and focuses on building business benefit. For the project, Fujitsu had adopted ‘Hyperledger Fabric’ for testing purposes.

Fujitsu website mentions about this project with Hyperledger Fabric as:

“Fujitsu is a world-leader in DLTs, holding close to 50 patents concerning blockchain and is deeply involved in the development of DLTs, with an emphasis on Hyperledger Fabric. Hyperledger Fabric is a blockchain framework implementation and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation, a consortium that is developing cross-industry advanced enterprise software for business applications.”

Fujitsu is a leading affiliate on the Governing Board and is a technical steering committee member of Hyperledger. This affiliation attracted attention from users who question if Fujitsu’s emphasis will now be on Hyperledger or IOTA.

A Reddit user commented:

“I‘m gonna ask this straight away. Will Hyperledger overtake Iota? I mean now Fujitsu we already know about IBM etc??”

To this another Reddit user commented:

“It are totally different beasts. IOTA is a public permissionless DLT system, useful for the IoT.

Hyperledger is a private permissioned ledger, which can also be useful for certain products. E.g. own administration, no need to share/communicate with outside world.”

The explanations for Fujitsu adapting Hyperledger came pouring in with another Reddit user’s comment:

“No, they are very different technologies. Fujitsu’s business model is to help partner different companies and offer solutions to very specific needs. It’s not healthy to take a maximalist’s attitude–IOTA solves a lot of big problems, but it can exist beside, and even complement, other technologies in the sector.”

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Oracle’s Blockchain Service Goes Live

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Oracle’s new blockchain service for the enterprise is now live, reports in Fortune said Monday (July 16).

The enterprise technology conglomerate has released its solution for businesses that provides them with software and infrastructure to set up their own blockchain networks. Those networks can be used for a variety of processes, including supply chain management, global shipment tracking, cross border payments and beyond.

“Anywhere there’s data transfer and information flow, blockchain has a potential application,” said Oracle Cloud Unit Executive Vice President Amit Zavery. “All that kind of stuff where we want to have trust and make sure things happen smoothly.”

The publication noted that Oracle has been piloting its blockchain enterprise platform in recent months. One of the early testers was solar equipment supplier Solar Site Design, which used the solution to manage and secure documents related to solar projects. Reports noted that Jordan Investment Bank has also been testing the tool to streamline electronic funds transfers, while Certified Origins was piloting the tool for supply chain tracking and food safety management of its olive oil production.

The platform uses Hyperledger Fabric, an open source blockchain framework hosted by The Linux Foundation. It positions Oracle in competition with other enterprise technology conglomerates like Microsoft and SAP that have similarly released solutions for their corporate clients interested in using blockchain.

Microsoft released one of its blockchain platforms in 2015 with ConsenSys to help financial institutions test the technology. The company is also working with R3, a blockchain consortium that includes U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. Unnamed sources last week said R3 is considering going public, and is in the midst of conversations about a possible buyout.

SAP, meanwhile, revealed last year that it would be pressing for corporate adoption of blockchain. The firm is collaborating with EY to integrate blockchain apps on the SAO Leonardo platform, a solution designed to help enterprises and developers create their own blockchain tools.

The Need for Mobile Device Archiving with Retain

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Mobile communications are more prevalent than ever! Whether your organization has BYOD, corporate issued, or a combination of both, you need to have oversight and archiving of all mobile communication data. Mobile archiving is essential for regulation compliance, data management, and oversight. Mobile Device Usage at Work Osterman Research recently published a white paper “The …

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Oracle Launches Blockchain Cloud Service

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Oracle offering underpinned by Hyperledger Fabric

Oracle has officially released its Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, a development platform built on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric. The subscription-based service aims to help businesses track goods transparently and securely through supply chains on a global scale.

Oracle said the new offering provides customers with a highly available platform to build their own blockchain networks, and to quickly integrate with Oracle SaaS and third-party applications they already use, as well as other blockchain networks and Oracle PaaS products.

It also enables users to provision blockchain networks, join other organizations, and deploy and run smart contracts to update and query the ledger. (Blockchain creates a tamper-proof, distributed account of transactions on a network for all participants).

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon processors with Microsoft and SamsungWhat is Hyperledger Fabric?

Hyperledger Fabric is a blockchain framework implementation and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation.

It was initially contributed by New York-based fintech Digital Asset and IBM via a hackathon. It is intended as a foundation for developing applications or solutions with a modular architecture. The project has grown to more than 145 members since its inception, spanning various industries including finance, healthcare, the Internet of Things, credit card services, supply chain and aeronautics, among several others.

The open source platform allows users to “plug-and-play” a variety of blockchain consensus and membership services, so is highly adaptable. It uses container technology to host smart contracts called “chaincode” that comprise the application logic of the system.

Now generally available, a beta of Oracle’s cloud offering has been used in recent months by Arab Jordan Investment Bank, CargoSmart, Indian Oil, Nigeria Customs, Sofbang, and TradeFin among others.

In a release, Oracle said the platform is pre-assembled with all the underlying infrastructure dependencies, container lifecycle management, event services, identity management, REST proxy, and a number of operations and monitoring tools integrated under a single console.

“Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service is an Oracle-managed cloud platform backed by a 99.95 percent availability SLA, with built-in high availability configuration, autonomous recovery agents, as well as continuous ledger backup capabilities that can enable multi-datacenter disaster recovery across availability domains.”

Red Hat Deepens Microsoft Partnership; Open-Shift on Azure Cloud offeringWho’s Using It?

“Blockchain projects are quickly moving from pilot to production as enterprises and governments begin to see the inherent value of distributed ledgers and smart contracts,” said Robert Parker, group vice president of manufacturing and retail insights, IDC. “As spending accelerates, buyers will need an enterprise class platform beyond open source that includes data security and integrity, scalability, manageability, and interoperability.”

Steve Siu the CEO of CargoSmart, added in a release: “We are using Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service to develop an application to help simplify the complex documentation processes that plague the shipping industry. It… has allowed us to quickly turn prototypes into viable products in several 12-week sprints and so far, we have seen proven productivity gains of more than 30 percent compared to other blockchain platforms we tested. Another key purchasing requirement were its integrated management and operations tools, which allow business partners to monitor all of their blockchain activities and the health of the network.”

Andrea Biagianti, CIO of Certified Origins aded: “As the producer of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from fruits grown in small family farms in Italy, we wanted to trace our product that we sell in the US market branded Bellucci Evoo across the entire supply chain – ‘from the tree to the shelf’. The availability of Oracle’s blockchain service simplifies the implementation and collaboration of all parties included, and represents a real competitive advantage for us. It adds a further level of transparency and information that is valuable for consumers looking for quality products and helps us to support the excellence of the small farms.”

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How Good is Mobile Device Support in Your Enterprise? – Webinar Coming-up!

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There are now more mobile devices in the world than people, and a large percentage of them are being used for business activities as either corporate-owned or BYOD devices. It’s part of the consumerization of IT trend that has seen mobile devices become a key tool in business productivity, enabling employees to remain in contact even …

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Re: Security settings (TLS & Certificates)

Whilst it is possible, we don’t recommend disabling TLSv1.0/1.1 on ESRS-VE gateways at this stage. The reason being there are still a few products which can only support TLSv1.0 for HTTPS call-home.

Note that ESRS-VE always uses TLSv1.2 secured connections across the Internet to the ESRS backend. Any TLSv1.0 connections are on the customer internal network between the Dell EMC product and the ESRS gateway.

Regarding your other question, to change the ESRS WebUI certificate see the following KB article:

https://support.emc.com/kb/485953

Kind Regards,

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Hyperledger Executive Says Initial Blockchain DLT Uses Will Hardly Be Noticeable

Blockchain Distributed Ledger Tech is Prime to Disrupt These 17 Industries

According to Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of Hyperledger, the blockchain revolution is on the way, though it may not be visible. Speaking at a forum in Zug, Switzerland, Brian explains that much of the novelty during the introduction of blockchain are bound to take place behind the scenes, unbeknownst to the public at large.

For many consumers of services, they are not going to comprehend when a financial institution or a web form at a website belonging to a government, or when they go to LinkedIn, and notice green checks against claims of having attended an academic institution. These are just a few of the examples of behind-the-scene activities that are likely to involve blockchain.

This is going to be a revolution in storage and networking and customers. According to Brian, blockchain will make a big impact on the area of online identity, which in many ways, is crying out for a transformation.

Self-Sovereign Identity Systems

Instead of depending on social media systems like Twitter or Facebook, solutions offered by blockchain will be able to hypothetically store data more securely as well as with more utility. This is made possible due to the availability of self-sovereign identity systems. Brian asserts that this is what gets him up in the morning than any other use case.

He further explains that with blockchain, comes a solution that will ensure the end users experience of controlling personal data and identity is made not only easy, but also fluid. Hyperledger is offering the framework as well as the tools which the foundation anticipates will be able to drive invention in the blockchain space.

Currently, Hyperledger has approximately ten code bases, with at least two being in production use. The other eight are used in frameworks to establish blockchains. Brian indicated that more and more alternatives are coming, thanks to the focus of Hyperledger on ‘organic’ enhancement ideas.

In as much as blockchain projects are in a position of raising large amounts of money through token sales, many companies are, however, basing on technologies that power businesses on open source tools. Brian also believes that there’s nothing new in such a situation when compared to the way Linux Foundation works.

In his own views, Brian Behlendorf believes that there might be few developers who are keen on getting involved to augment their expertise and repute. However, most developers work on it due to the fact that their businesses are investigating it, and would desire to either use it or do a pilot. As a result, they have an obligation to make sure that the technology works.

For such developers, the very fact that other firms are utilizing it and are generating revenue from it is just fine. This in essence, is a good thing. Brian Behlendorf is also of the view that much emphasis should be laid on community spirit. This is where Hyperledger comes in since in a number of times, it had to intervene especially when community members take matters too far.

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Early uses of blockchain will barely be visible, says Hyperledger’s Brian Behlendorf

The blockchain revolution is coming, but you might not see it. That’s the view of Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project.

Speaking at the TC Sessions: Blockchain event in Zug, Switzerland, Behlendorf explained that much of the innovation that the introduction of blockchains are primed to happen behind this the scenes unbeknownst to most.

“For a lot of consumers, you’re not going to realize when the bank or a web form at a government website or when you go to LinkedIn and start seeing green check marks against people’s claims that they attended this university — which are all behind-the-scenes that will likely involve blockchain,” Behlendorf told interviewer John Biggs.

“This is a revolution in storage and networking and consumers.”

As for where blockchain might make a big impact, Behlendorf said he believes that the area of online identity is particularly ripe for change. Rather than relying on central systems such as Facebook or Twitter to hold information, blockchain solutions can potentially store information more securely and with more utility thanks to self-sovereign ID systems.

“That’s what gets me up in the morning more than almost every other use case,” Behlendorf said. “I think we’ve got something of a solution but’s only going to work if the end user experience of managing your identity and your personal data is made easy and made fluid. It [has to] feel something like your wallet when you pull out your driver’s license and show it.”

Hyperledger is providing the framework and tools that the foundation hopes will enable innovation in the blockchain space, and Behlendorf said that it currently has around 10 code bases, of which two are in production use with eight additional frameworks to build blockchains. He added that there are more options coming, thanks to Hyperledger focus on “organic” development ideas.

It might seem like an irony that blockchain projects, which can raise enormous amounts of money via token sales, are basing the technologies that power their businesses on open source tools, but Behlendorf said there’s nothing new in that situation versus how the Linux Foundation traditionally operates.

“There might be a few developers who get involved to improve their skills and reputation but the vast majority work on it because their business is investigating it, wants to use it or to do a pilot, so they have a responsibility to make sure it works,” Behlendorf explained.

“For them, knowing other companies are using it and making a profit is fine,” he added. “In fact, it’s a good thing.”

Community spirit is very much the focus, and Hyperledger has had to intervene in the rare cases that members have taken things too far.

“What you want to protect against is any one company benefitting from the brand or reputation that the community creates in a way that is unfair. So we do things like we protect the trademark… because that confuses the marketplace,” Behlendorf said.

“But we want to see companies building services on top of this. In fact, it’s essential to make this a virtuous circle.”

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Dell Client Command Suite acelera y simplifica la administración de dispositivos empresariales

Mejore la experiencia del cliente y aumente la rentabilidad de su negocio con Dell Client Command Suite integrado con Intel AMT y VMware AirWatch. Obtenga más información sobre los beneficios mediante los nuevos informes de pruebas de Principled Technologies.

La administración de sistemas empresariales puede ser agotadora

Los administradores de TI realizan una variedad de tareas de administración de dispositivos en un conjunto de sistemas empresariales para cumplir con las cambiantes políticas de administración y seguridad de dispositivos. Sin una solución de administración de sistemas eficiente, realizar estas tareas en miles de PC puede ser abrumador para los administradores de TI.

Dell Client Command Suite aligera la carga de los administradores de TI

Dell Client Command Suite se integra con Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) e incluye una GUI fácil de usar.

Beneficios de Dell Client Command Suite:

Administración de dispositivos más sencilla:

  • Active vPro en PC fácilmente utilizando la GUI

Administración de dispositivos más rápida:

  • Dedique hasta un 99 % menos tiempo a configurar el BIOS y los ajustes de seguridad en sistemas Dell en comparación con HP o Lenovo1

Administración eficiente de todos los dispositivos

  • Actualice cualquier cantidad de dispositivos de manera simultánea

Prueba de Dell Client Command Suite

Principled Technologies realizó pruebas de administración de sistemas para 3 escenarios:

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En todas las pruebas realizadas en estos 3 escenarios, el administrador tardó menos tiempo en realizar tareas con Dell Client Command Suite que únicamente con Intel AMT, o que manualmente con sistemas de HP y Lenovo.

Dell Client Command Suite acelera y simplifica la administración de dispositivos empresariales, pero ¿cuál es el beneficio para usted?

Ahora que VMware es parte de la familia de Dell Technologies, la funcionalidad de Dell Client Command Suite está integrada en AirWatch. Por lo tanto, los clientes pueden utilizar la misma consola de AirWatch para administrar las PC de Dell en la nube, desde el sistema operativo hasta el hardware.

Dell Client Command Suite es un diferenciador clave que le dará ventaja respecto de la competencia y lo ayudará a agregar otras soluciones, como VMware AirWatch, lo cual mejorará la experiencia del cliente y aumentará la rentabilidad de su negocio.

Lea y comparta los informes de Principled Technologies hoy mismo

Resumen sobre la administración de OptiPlex con Dell Client Command Suite

Estudio comparativo de aprovisionamiento con Dell Client Command Suite y sistemas Dell frente a HP e Intel AMT

Estudio comparativo de aprovisionamiento con Dell Client Command Suite y sistemas Dell frente a Lenovo e Intel AMT

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1 Información basada en informes de Principled Technologies encargados por Dell, en los que se compara el tiempo requerido para completar tareas de administración en equipos de escritorio Dell OptiPlex 7050 Micro con Dell Client Command Suite respecto de HP EliteDesk 800 G3 Mini con Intel AMT solamente y Lenovo ThinkCentre M910q con Intel AMT solamente, mayo de 2018. Los resultados de pruebas se extrapolaron a la administración de 100 sistemas. Los resultados reales pueden variar.

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Hyperledger welcomes ‘major wave’ of Chinese blockchain collaborations

Open-source blockchain initiative Hyperledger announced a raft of new members this week, particularly in China, with companies including JD.com and Lenovo joining the collaboration to advance blockchain technologies.

Founded by the Linux Foundation in 2015, Hyperledger’s aim is to provide organisations the framework for “robust, industry-specific applications platforms and hardware systems”, geared at supporting business transactions by creating enterprise-grade distributed ledger frameworks and code bases.

The 11 new members spanned companies from the US, Europe, Asia, with a “major wave” of new collaborators from China, read the announcement, including Beike Finance, BGI Shenzhen Co., Bit Game Foundation, Circulor, JD.com, Kyra Solutions, Lenovo and NuCypher.

Comprising 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) as a “multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort”, Hyperledger is on a winning streak right now, and according to the group, this is much to do with the market in China, where a “blockchain explosion” has driven a new pace of adoption and innovation in the market.

‘Big family’

According to Hyperledger, 20% of its membering companies and 10% of its contributors are Chinese, with executive director, Brian Behlendorf, commenting; “it’s been exciting to see the rush of innovation in China and other Asian countries, where we have a large and growing base.”

According to head of blockchain technology, Dr. Pei Jian at JD.com, where blockchain technology has been used in products for anti-counterfeiting traceability, the e-commerce group is pleased to join Hyperledger’s “big family”.

“JD.com will make full use of its own advances in big data, cloud computing and well-established bonds with enormous suppliers worldwide to build a blockchain-based ecosystem and accomplish new commercial values. Currently, blockchain has been used in the products of anti-counterfeiting traceability in JD.com for promoting and securing high-quality products,” said Pei Jian.

Meanwhile, Lenovo’s chief technology officer and senior vice president, said; “Becoming a member of the Hyperledger community helps us explore all the possibilities blockchain opens up across industries.

“We have identified this emerging technology as a key element in our investment strategy for cloud-enabled technologies. Along with other members, Lenovo will help drive the development of Hyperledger as well as blockchain technologies and to build a global blockchain ecosystem so that this technology can benefit customers and the industry.”

Far from localised, however, the member base now spans some 30 countries and a hugely diverse range of applications, with companies looking to blockchain to transform healthcare, financial services, supply chain management, digital identity management and other online and cloud-based businesses and services.

Hyperledger training

In the same week, the Linux Foundation launched enrollment for a free blockchain-based training source, offered through the edX training platform, to provide individuals a way to learn about the impact of the emerging tech and “a means to demonstrate that knowledge”.

The course, LFS170x – Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications, offers an introduction to to blockchain DLT and how it’s impacting how businesses operate.

“In the span of only a year or two, blockchain has gone from something seen only as related to cryptocurrencies to a necessity for businesses across a wide variety of industries,” said Linux Foundation general manager, training & certification, Clyde Seepersad.

“Providing a free introductory course designed not only for technical staff but business professionals will help improve understanding of this important technology, while offering a certificate program through edX will enable professionals from all over the world to clearly demonstrate their expertise.”

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