FlureeDB is a database optimized to address enterprise application requirements and provide a powerful infrastructure on which to build and deploy custom permissioned blockchains. After an 8-month beta program – with over 700 registered participants – Fluree PBC has officially released FlureeDB for general use.
Brian Platz, Co-founder and Co-CEO at Fluree PBC said: “FlureeDB packages up all the powerful database features that satisfy modern enterprise requirements, combines them with an immutable, time-ordered blockchain core ledger, and delivers to enterprises a practical and powerful infrastructure on which to build, distribute, and scale custom blockchains.
“It is my hope that the flexibility FlureeDB provides developers will be leveraged to pioneer practical deployments of enterprise blockchains and usher in a new era of decentralization, business transparency, and industry collaboration.”
FlureeDB is available for download or as a hosted service at www.flur.ee. FlureeDB is:
- an ACID compliant graph database with a blockchain core (which provides novel features such as time travel, ‘smart’ functions, distributed consensus, tamper resistance and a provable historic audit trail)
- free for lightweight applications to try
- available as a paid enterprise version, which includes additional features and priority support.
Other characteristics include:
- immutable blockchain core for tamper resistance and a provable historic audit trail
- ‘smart’ database functions for programmatic control over data updates, consensus rules or permissions
- support for distributed ledgers in a decentralized network.
- ‘time travel’: point in time queries allows every version of a historical database to be queried instantly
- separate query engine for linear scaling (Fluree PBC claims this delivers sub-millisecond query responses)
- a cloud hosted (DBaaS) option for no management overhead.
- ACID compliant transactions.
FlureeDB can run internally as a highly-performant graph database to power standard business applications. Alternatively, it can also be distributed and decentralized – in its entirety – across an established network of participants as a permissioned blockchain.
The relevance is that permissioned blockchains provide entities in a consortium with a transparent ledger of transactions that is:
- immutable by its nature
- decentralized, with no central authority.
FlureeDB’s ability to deliver these characteristics in a familiar database format suggests transformative possibilities for activities or businesses involved in:
- supply chain management
- real estate
- and more.
The beta program and consequences
Several of the companies involved in the beta program are ready to launch production applications built on FlureeDB. Included are:
- Alpha Software, a low-code enterprise application development platform
- Benekiva, a life insurance claims processing platform
- SSBI, a major India-based consulting company that has built a government records management solution
- One Donation, a charitable giving SaaS offering
- Docsmore, a document management platform.
Alpha Software Corporation, a rapid enterprise app development company with over 3,000 customers, has announced its plans to leverage FlureeDB as a data source in its Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm product offerings. Alpha Anywhere is a front-end/back-end, low-code, rapid mobile application development and deployment environment. Alpha TransForm enables non-coders to build and deploy smartphone apps in minutes. FlureeDB means Alpha’s large developer and user base can incorporate blockchain capabilities into the apps they are developing on the Alpha platforms.
Benekiva is an ‘insurance tech’ platform focused on digitising the life insurance claims process. It uses FlureeDB to store policyholder signatures on an immutable ledger- which:
- reduces the need for complex audits
- enhances the level of trust between policyholder, insurance company, and beneficiary.
Benekiva plans to evolve to a decentralized platform. This will streamline contract and claims workflows across market participants in a consortium powered by FlureeDB.
SSBI is a major Indian consultancy and holding company. It will represent FlureeDB in the Indian market. SSBI focuses, at least initially, on government records management. It has developed a proof of concept expected to go into pilot shortly for one of India’s largest states.
One Donation offers software to allows employees to engage in philanthropy through instant payroll deductions. It plans to leverage FlureeDB to provide a transparent and tamper-resistant platform for charitable giving. With blockchain’s finality, One Donation can provide proofs that donations go to the intended charitable causes.
Docsmore is a cloud-based ‘Document Management and Facilitation’ platform focused on replacing paperwork with a digital model for document management. Using FlureeDB to store document signatures on an immutable ledger, Docsmore is able to provide its clients with tamper resistance and guaranteed data integrity.
“At Docsmore, we are thrilled to use FlureeDB as part of our continued commitment to innovation, security, and efficiency,” said Bobbie Shrivastav, Co-founder & CEO of Docsmore. “FlureeDB gives us the power to irreversibly guarantee that sensitive information was handled correctly and legally binding signatures were stored immutably.”
Enterprise Times: what does this mean
Enabling blockchain deployments for a wide range of industry applications is a major challenge. Implementing blockchain is not simple.
FlureeDB is a solution which brings blockchain into the traditional database and developer realm, with a fully-functioning database. By leveraging blockchain as a core element in its underlying architecture, FlureeDB offers a needed infrastructure solution for building out enterprise-grade blockchain applications at scale.
What captures the essence, if proven, is the incorporation of blockchain into the developer/DB environment. If FlureeDB’s addition of blockchain is straightforward, and understandable, for developers, enterprises will cheer. Thus far, blockchain in practice is much harder than blockchain in theory.