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Ethereum’s PegaSys Announces Orion Private Transaction Manager




ConsenSys’ protocol engineering crew recently released its open-source privacy application to the public.

According to a recent announcement from PegaSys, a protocol engineering arm of the blockchain technology company ConsenSys, the team has open-sourced its private transaction manager, Orion, via GitHub. The Java-based product allows private transactions to propagate, or be distributed, among Enterprise Ethereum nodes.

Under this system, only nodes associated with a private transaction can view its contents. The application is compatible with enterprise-level Ethereum clients – for example, J.P. Morgan's Quorum – that can use Orion's application programming interfaces.

This release complies with the business specifications published in May by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a global standards organization focused on Ethereum. The guidelines specify a permission subsystem (referred to as a private transaction manager) that enables authorized parties to engage in private transactions.

PegaSys has used Orion internally for a while, but the team thought now was "a good time to share with the community." The engineering arm went on to discuss its development roadmap:

"We intend for this release to be the first of many PegaSys contributions to the Enterprise Ethereum community, and the first step of PegaSys' roadmap to create an all-Java stack for Enterprise Ethereum. We're excited to continue that journey with the release of Pantheon at devcon iv."

Pantheon is another Java-based, open-source product, but it is compatible with the mainnet. When asked about this new client by ETHNews reporter Alison Berreman, Pegasys founder Shahan Khatchadourian said:

Besides Pantheon, PegaSys is working on various projects that it plans to regularly update the community about. Last month, for example, the team unveiled EthQL Alpha, an Ethereum-compatible interface using the GraphQL query language.

Dani Putney

Dani is a full-time writer for ETHNews. They received their bachelor's degree in English writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, where they also studied journalism and queer theory. In their free time, they write poetry, play the piano, and fangirl over fictional characters. They live with their partner, three dogs, and two cats in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.

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