Permissioned Blockchain

A loose marketing term for alleged blockchain solutions that remove token incentives from the consensus algorithm.

Permissioned blockchains have been critized as being a rebranding of existing distributed databases or that they offer no advantages over traditional relational database solutions such as Microsoft SQL Server.


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