Blockchain - A new IT infrastructure

Blockchain - A new IT infrastructure

A new IT infrastructure


This report provides a detailed exploration of Blockchain technologies, their current applications and potential impact.
It describes how a blockchain works, its possible variants and technological limitations.

The report also takes a look at the blockchain ecosystem, the structure of its value chain and core applications: blockchain infrastructures, FinTech, ownership and property management, decentralized apps.

Finally, it delivers an analysis of today's market, the main factors shaping its development, and the potential impact of this new secure infrastructure technology.

List of Players:

• Abra
• Ascribe
• Augur
• Barclays
• Bitcurex
• BitFury
• Bitland
• BitMain
• Bitnotar
• Bitonic
• Bitstamp
• Blockchain
• Blocksign
• Blocktrail
• BNP Paribas
• Chain
• Chainalysis
• Chromaway
• Circle
• Coinbase
• Coinfloor
• Crédit Suisse
• Cryptopay
• Elliptic
• Eris Industries
• Ethereum
• Everledger
• Factom
• Filament
• Goldman Sachs
• Guardtime
• J.P. Morgan
• La'Zooz
• Litecoin
• Magnr
• MaidSafe
• Microsoft
• Monegraph
• Morgan Stanley
• MultiChain
• OpenBazaar
• OpenChain
• Orange
• Peertracks
• ProofOfExistence
• Ripple
• Safello
• Société Générale
• Softswiss
• Steem
• Steemit
• Storj
• The DAO
• Ujo
• Vevue
• VirtualNotary
• Visa
• Xapo

1.Executive Summary
 1.1. Blockchain technologies and applications
 1.2. Market analysis

2. Methodology & definitions

3. Blockchain: origins and technologies
 3.1. What is the blockchain?
 3.1.1. Main properties
 3.1.2. How the technology works
 3.1.3. Evolutions and extensions
 3.2. Variants
 3.2.1. Variations on the peer-to-peer network
 3.2.2. Alternative rules
 3.2.3. Relationship with the Bitcoin blockchain
 3.3. The technology's limitations

4. Blockchain ecosystems and applications
 4.1. Applications and value chain
 4.1.1. Value chain
 4.1.2. Types of application
 4.2. Blockchain infrastructures
 4.2.1. Blockchain initiators
 4.2.2. Peer-to-peer network node developers and operators
 4.3. Cryptocurrencies and FinTech
 4.3.1. Cryptocurrency exchange platforms
 4.3.2. Financial applications
 4.3.3. Using blockchain as a back office solution
 4.4. Property management
 4.5. Distributed applications and services
 4.5.1. The blockchain as IT infrastructure
 4.5.2. Blockchain for a decentralized Web

5. Market analysis
 5.1. Players' conception of the ecosystem
 5.1.1. Shift to a decentralized economy
 5.1.2. Emergence of new roles
 5.1.3. Sizeable societal risks
 5.2. Factors shaping the blockchain's development
 5.2.1. Forces driving the blockchain's development
 5.2.2. Limitations and barriers
 5.3. Development forecasts
 5.3.1. A new infrastructure
 5.3.2. Major financial applications
 5.3.3. Possibilities in the area of property management
 5.3.4. A technology being adopted by veteran players


List of Tables

Table 1: Public, private and permissioned blockchain
Table 2: Main blockchain infrastructures
Table 3: FinTech blockchain players
Table 4: Blockchain applications for property registers
Table 5: Distributed applications and services

List of Figures

Figure 1: What is a blockchain?
Figure 2: Adding information to the blockchain
Figure 3: How blockchain technology works
Figure 4: Asymmetric cryptography
Figure 5: Hash function
Figure 6: Evolution of the blockchain
Figure 7: Smart contracts
Figure 8: Analysis of the different types of blockchain
Figure 9: Blockchain technologies value chain
Figure 10: Decentralized application business model
Figure 11: Evolution of Ether's price and market cap
Figure 12: The Ethereum blockchain
Figure 13: The R3CEV consortium members
Figure 14: Customer needs for private blockchains identified by Chain
Figure 15: Main Bitcoin network node operators, by number of validated blocks
Figure 16: BitMain AntMiner Processor dedicated to mining blockchain nodes
Figure 17: BitMain offers cloud-based mining
Figure 18: Integrated containerised datacentre solution for a Bitcoin mining node
Figure 19: BTCC trading platform
Figure 20: Bitstamp Bitcoin trading mobile app
Figure 21: The Coinbase solution
Figure 22: Coinbase Bitcoin debit card
Figure 23: wallet (mobile app)
Figure 24: Thunder rapid transaction network
Figure 25: Magnr Bitcoin account
Figure 26: Magnr leveraged Bitcoin trading
Figure 27: Chainalysis Bitcoin transaction analysis solution
Figure 28: Circle money transfer application using the Bitcoin blockchain for the back office
Figure 29: Ripple uses blockchain technology for bank-to-bank transactions
Figure 30: Ascribe image copyright protection solution
Figure 31: Ascribe dashboard for tracking the use of an image online
Figure 32: Diagram of the Ascribe bigchainDB the database/blockchain
Figure 33: Everledger diamond tracker API
Figure 34: Everledger's view of smart contract use
Figure 35: Chromaway creates a blockchain-based digital land registry for Sweden
Figure 36: GuardTime uses a private blockchain to guarantee data integrity
Figure 37: The autonomous washing machine scenario, according to ADEPT
Figure 38: Distributed storage according to Storj
Figure 39: OpenBazaar, a decentralized marketplace
Figure 40: La'Zooz, mobile app for car sharing
Figure 41: blockchain, IoT and the sharing economy
Figure 42: The DAO: decentralized autonomous organization
Figure 43: Initial fundraising for The DAO
Figure 44: The shift to a decentralized economy
Figure 45: A "semi-decentralized" economy: the blockchain as B2B infrastructure

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