How to choose a blockchain platform for your business?

The rapid development of digital technology leads to the need for rapid adaptation of business and technological processes. There is a professional interest in IT developments that can remove the issues that have arisen. When choosing a blockchain platform, the first thing to look at is its functionality and its capabilities.

Private or public

Depending on what information the project will handle and who will have access to it, the type of blockchain will be chosen: private or public.

If the project plans to use information that will be in the public domain, public blockchain can be used. If it is business information, and the board wants to keep the company’s suppliers and transaction amounts secret, it is better to use a private blockchain.

Own Blockchain

An alternative to public blockchains is blockchains run in-house. To launch, in addition to your blockchain code, you need to prepare or make a fork: web services to view the blockchain (like Etherscan), client software (wallets), various tools and interfaces, and documentation.

The next step is to launch a test network, fix the bugs, update the code, and launch the main network. Since the development is public, the code will have to be written with high quality and audited by independent teams. Therefore, if you decide to start your blockchain, you need to be sober about what you can do. The Rock’n’Block development team can build your blockchain from scratch on demand.

Selection of criteria

When choosing the best platform, it is important to understand that different blockchains have different objectives: some are focused on creating cryptocurrencies for instant payments, others can be used to implement smart contract algorithms, and still, others are suitable for issuing infrastructure tokens. But there is no single recipe for solving one or another problem.

Rock’n’Block analysts draw attention to the following blockchain criteria:

- consensus algorithm;

- programming languages for writing smart contracts;

- availability of test networks;

- token issue price and transaction price;

- network bandwidth;

- transaction speed;

- availability of wallets (web, desktop, mobile);

- developer and community support;

- liquidity (interaction with stock exchanges);

- scalability.

Existing solutions on the market

First, let’s look at a couple of the most robust solutions already working in public networks and having open-source code.

Ethereum

Ethereum is the most established and versatile solution, which has been working successfully for many years and is responsible for large amounts of cryptocurrency. Ethereum has the most developed ecosystem, convenient languages for writing smart contracts, many tools, and ready-made algorithms.

Programming languages: Solidity, JavaScript, JSONRPC API

Consensus: Proof of Work

Minimum Transaction Value: = 0.00001 ETH

Minimum transaction speed: 15 seconds

Network throughput: 15–30 transactions per second

Ethereum blockchain currently offers the most advanced smart contracts. It is one of the popular platforms with extensive documentation, thanks to which it is also possible to create a private distributed registry. In the future, the network plans to use the Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm, but for now, transactions are confirmed via Proof-of-Work.

Binance Smart Chain

Binance Smart Chain provides a block time of approximately 5 seconds using the Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm. Specifically, the network uses the Proof of Staked Authority (or PoSA) algorithm, where participants stack BNB to become validators. If they offer a valid block, they get a commission for transactions within it. A full working environment for implementing decentralized applications is available on BSC, and block creation time is about 3 seconds.

In Binance Smart Chain, transactions are faster than in Ethereum. At the same time, transaction fees are lower. Based on Binance Smart Chain developers can launch smart contracts, create decentralized applications and DeFi-projects. In addition, BSC’s compatibility with Ethereum allows the porting of DApps from Ethereum to the Binance blockchain.

At the same time, BSC is too centralized, which does not suit many users and developers (unlike Ethereum). When Ethereum 2.0 launches, the Binance blockchain may lose its position.

Heco Chain

The Huobi ECO Chain (or simply HECO) is a blockchain designed to make fast transactions (Minimum transaction speed of 3 seconds) while spending minimal fees. HECO is called the Chinese Ethereum. It is designed to form a smart economy and combines the concept of digital identity and a digital asset.

HECO Chain is a decentralized, high-efficiency, and energy-saving public chain. It is also the first product launched on the Huobi Open Platform. It supports high-performance transactions and realizes the compatibility of smart contracts. The native digital asset of the Huobi Eco chain is HT, which uses the HPOS consensus mechanism.

An example of a developed project on the HECO blockchain here:
https://rocknblock.medium.com/rockn-block-has-developed-the-first-eco-friendly-staking-project-1df6443387a6

EOS-based networks

EOS is a fast public blockchain, the most evolved of the Delegated Proof-of-Stake consensus type. EOS allows to write smart contract systems of any complexity, has a convenient system of accounts, and voting, for validators.

Public EOS is also called the Chinese Ethereum because the main users and validators of this network are in China. EOS has exchanges, various decentralized financial and gambling applications, and games.

Other blockchains

You can also use new blockchains for a project, which often have only a test network. New projects are a risky route, as there is a very high probability of serious problems in both the software and business parts.

Nevertheless, new solutions often solve important blockchain problems (Near Protocol, NuCypher, Coda). If the project is relevant to your business logic — it may make sense to rely on its team and code. As a developer, Rock’n’Block takes on any blockchain implementation

In this connection, it is by no means a complete list of other blockchain solutions:

  • Algorand
  • Bitcoin
  • Bitshares
  • Cardano
  • Cosmos
  • Cyber
  • Dash
  • Hyperledger
  • Lisk
  • Litecoin
  • Monero
  • Nem
  • Neo
  • Ntx
  • Polkadot
  • Qtum
  • Steem
  • Stellar
  • Tendermint
  • Tezos
  • ThePower
  • Tron
  • Waves
  • XRP Ledger
  • Zcash
  • Zilliqa

So what to choose

If the concept of a crypto project includes the creation of a full-fledged ecosystem with an internal economy, it is necessary to develop your independent blockchain. In other cases, it is better to choose a ready-made platform.

In general, the choice depends on the task at hand and the terms of reference. Only based on these inputs will the team’s experts help determine the appropriate framework and way to implement the idea.

When the moment comes, you only need to choose a blockchain platform. The Rock’n’Block development team will implement a further product plan.

To implement your project and choose a blockchain, email us at hello@rocknblock.io

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