Charles Hoskinson of IOHK announced platform Gerolamo that will bring together Cardano and Atala blockchains

IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson has announced “Gerolamo,” an interoperability system that links its public blockchain Cardano with its enterprise blockchain Atala.

Gerolamo that will bring together Cardano and Atala blockchains

In the past, IOHK has served enterprise clients that wanted to use the Cardano blockchain, but who were not prepared to rely on a public blockchain for regulatory, legal, and business reasons.

He said that the usual solution for those needs is Hyperledger Fabric, which is a permission ledger infrastructure that offers enterprises permissioned control over the ledger’s consensus method. Enterprise chains are different from Cardano, in which any participant can contribute to consensus.

Hoskinson also said:

“IOHK previously created Atala, a permissioned blockchain for enterprise users. Atala is not entirely separate from public, permissionless blockchains and that the two types of chain are interoperable.”

IOHK is currently working with the Hyperledger Foundation to turn the Cardano-to-Atala workflow described above into a turnkey system that enterprises can quickly deploy.

He said:

“We’re going to unify the ecosystem in 2021 … some of this has to do with unifying permissioned and permissionless chains together … If we get approval in 2021, we’re going to call this Gerolamo because that was the first name of Cardano.”

Gerolamo will compete with Hyperledger Fabric and Sawtooth, though it will also exist as a Hyperledger product in its own right. It appears that the partnership has been underway since June.

Government and enterprise partnerships are one of IOHK’s main pursuits at the moment. Hoskinson says that IOHK’s contract with Georgia brings in 50,000 new users each year. Given that Cardano still has few applications available to the public, Gerolamo’s enterprise appeal could be quite substantial.

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