Glossary

Blockchain protocol

The blockchain protocol such as Hyperledger Fabric, Corda, MultiChain, Quorum, and Ethereum among several others.

Bolt

A Chainstack patent pending node synchronization technology.

Chainstack does regular snapshots of the blockchain data and keeps the data in the platform's snapshot registry.

The platform restores the latest snapshot to every newly initiated node. As a result, every node deployed with Chainstack and Bolt syncs from the latest snapshot instead of from the genesis block.

Consortium

Group of members that are part of a project; each member represents an organization.

Deployment

Cloud

Deployment of the node on a public cloud such as Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and DigitalOcean.

On-prem

Deployment of a node on the company’s own infrastructure.

Hybrid

Depending on the blockchain protocol, a hybrid deployment could mean that some nodes of an organization are on-prem while others are on the public cloud. See also Deploying a hybrid MultiChain network.

Member

An organization that is a participant in a project. An organization first creates a project and may then invite other organizations to participate in that project. For example, Wheels Inc, an auto manufacturer, could create a project called Parts Tracking and invite Dreams Delivery, its logistics partner. Once Dreams Delivery accepts the invite, it can view the Parts Tracking project and its constituent networks.

Network

The actual blockchain network that comprises nodes.

Node

Any computer that maintains a copy of the shared ledger.

Project

In Chainstack, a project contains one or more blockchain networks related to a clearly defined business case. Creating a project is a prerequisite to creating a blockchain network. For example, an organization may have development and production blockchain networks related to a single business case such as parts tracking. In such a case, we recommend organizing both blockchain networks under one project called, for example, Parts Tracking.