The open-source effort Hyperledger has announced recruiting eight new members, including Microsoft and Salesforce. Besides the two software giants, new general members include Gloscad, a Polish company specialising in project development and management, toll technology company Milligan Partners, and palladium producer Nornickel. New associate members, on the other hand, include organisations such as Ethereum Foundation, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), and GS1 US.
Hyperledger, hosted by Linux Foundation, has gathered companies from different backgrounds to further cross-industry blockchain technologies. According to Hyperledger’s Executive Director Brian Behlendorf, current members are a mix of “blue chip technology companies, international organizations, logistics and manufacturing players and academia.”
Along with new members, it has announced developing a new identity infrastructure project, which fosters interoperability and cross-project development.
"Our journey in the blockchain ecosystem has brought us a long way, and now is the time for us to join the Hyperledger community," said Marley Gray, Principal Architect, Blockchain Engineering at Microsoft. "We are proud of our contributions to such a diverse blockchain ecosystem, from our Azure service offerings and developer toolkits to our leadership in driving open specifications. We look forward to contributing to the community's projects as well as initiating new ones based on emerging standards."