Mainstream companies have understood that integrating blockchain technology into their peripherals would result in added advantages in business. This was also a mantra followed by one of the world’s biggest banks, JP Morgan.
Recently, JP Morgan revealed that they were considering merging their popular Quorum blockchain unit with the ConsenSys Joseph Lubin. The news is coming in the wake of a report that indicated some troubled times for ConsenSys
Sources close to the bank stated that they were in initial talks to merge Quorum because of its functionalities and abilities to utilize blockchain. There have been no formal announcements as of yet but a concrete plan is expected to be revealed in 4-6 months.
ConsenSys is expected to be a good fit for Quorum because the latter too is based on Ethereum. Quorum is used by JP Morgan to run the Interbank Information Network which acts as a payments network for over 300 banks. There were also earlier comments that mentioned Quorum would be used to create the bank’s native crypto called JP Morgan Coin.
Ethereum’s commonality was one of the main reasons why the companies decided to merge. The bank revealed that they were planning to spin-off Quorum for another two years. Along with this, JP Morgan also has plans to set up an open-source foundation as well as creating a new startup. The spin-off idea was first suggested back in May 2019 but it was anything but concrete.
Quorum blockchain has also gone through some upgrades over the months, forcing many people to sit up and take notice. Quorum now has added privacy features from Ethereum as well as an upgrade within the Java programming language.
The news was also met with some trepidation as there was growing concern that a change in integration would affect existing projects on Quorum. People close to the initiative stated that the merger with ConsenSys would not change a thing to exiting compounds.
ConsenSys was also in the news recently when a project based on it launched its own ‘Proof-of-Use’ Network to discourage speculation. The project is titled, Activate and is part of the ConsenSys Codefi. It is an Ethereum-based operating system for decentralized finance products.
The updates from ConsenSys is expected to generate more interest from JP Morgan for the Quorum integration. Many proponents of the space see it as an opportunity to bring in more developments into the digital asset industry by involving mainstream finance.