Haja Networks is solving a crucial missing piece of the Convergence Stack. Customers’ data are stored in centralized databases that face challenges such as security breaches, reduce fault tolerance and lack of interoperability. Users do not own their data and it is very hard to move their data along to a different service. Decentralized databases just like ledgers, compute, and storage is also aiming to move to a peer-to-peer delivery model with no single database administrator and data being distributed across several databases. With the advent of Fog compute, the cloud extends to our personal devices and internet of things that perform parts of compute. We need to improve our database systems to facilitate easier storage and access of data across devices and databases in an error-free way.
Haja Networks’ first product is OrbitDB, a serverless peer-to-peer database protocol which enables users to build decentralized databases, own, and control their data. OrbitDB uses IPFS as its data storage and IPFS Pubsub to automatically sync databases with peers. It is eventually consistent and uses CRDTs for conflict-free database merges making OrbitDB an ideal choice for decentralized apps (dApps), blockchain applications and offline-first web applications. The team is now leveraging many of the tools used to create OrbitDB to create a protocol that separates data and programs from the underlying platform to deliver distributed execution on top of distributed databases. Haja Networks is on a mission to build many of the foundational technologies and protocols needed for the Convergence Stack.
Haja Networks is led by CEO and pioneering developer Samuli Pöyhtäri (@haadcode) and Chief Technology Officer, Vesa-Ville Piiroinen. Piiroinen has decades of experience in distributed systems and enterprise database and security solutions. Pöyhtäri is a former IPFS core developer and is at the forefront of decentralised databases and storage systems. He is also well known for creating OrbitDB a peer-to-peer database for the decentralised web that is used by various decentralized applications and projects.
Haja Networks have already firmly established themselves as a critical component to useable decentralised databases partnering with Berlin-based BigchainDB who have now also made a strategic investment.