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Memberships Explained

A consortia consists of one or more business organizations and each organization is represented in the network through a membership or grouping of memberships.  As the founding member of the consortium, your Kaleido Organization will automatically be allocated the first membership. From your Consortia landing page, click the + ADD dropdown in the upper right portion of the screen to build out the memberships for the consortium.

  • The two potential selections for the consortium’s membership are – New Member and Invite Organization. Note that these are not mutually exclusive decisions, and you have the option of selecting both to craft a hybrid ownership model. More on the two membership approaches below.

A Word on Membership Models

As outlined in the Kaleido Resource Model, memberships have a one to one correlation with a Kaleido Organization and exist as individual objects within the context of a consortium. Any environmental resources (i.e. nodes, services and application credentials) will persist a direct relationship to one of the consortium’s memberships. The salient differentiator with the two membership approaches is the Kaleido Organization controlling the membership(s):

New Member

  • Any new memberships will exist as sub-resources of your Kaleido Organization. The memberships will possess their own unique resource identifiers and can be distinctly bound to nodes, services and security credentials within an environment. These memberships will be the ostensible owners of environmental resources, however the true root control will exist with the owning Kaleido Organization (i.e. you). This means that you are responsible for managing the nodes and authentication credentials on behalf of the provisioned memberships, and that you ultimately control access to the network. For example, take a consortium with Kaleido Organization ABC as the founding member. Memberships could be constructed for ABC Europe and ABC APAC and resources could be provisioned against any of the three memberships. The administrator for Kaleido Organization ABC, or any co-administrators, can manage the lifecycle for any of these memberships and their underlying resources.

Invite Organization

  • External organizations will receive an email allowing them to join the consortium. A snapshot of the consortium’s state (existing memberships and outbound invitations) along with potentially tempered permissions will be presented to the recipient, allowing for an informed decision to be reached. Upon acceptance, any resources created by the “external” organization will exist under the sole control of their Kaleido account. Your Kaleido Organization will be unable to take lifecycle management actions against their resources.  If operating on the Enterprise Plan, the founding consortia member has the ability to either extend full root user control to on-boarded organizations or rescind certain permissions.  Any org on-boarded with the Invite Organizations permission will have the ability to subsequently issue their own unilateral invitations.  As such, the founding organization should be prudent when allocating this privilege.  If operating on the Business Plan, any on-boarded organizations will receive full root user control for all available permissions.  To learn more about permissions and governance, refer to the Governance Through Inherited Permissions article.  Regardless of the subscription plan, membership aliases can always be altered dynamically by the controlling Kaleido Organization and memberships cannot be revoked once the invitee has provisioned resources against the membership object.

          NOTE:  You must be subscribed to either the Business or Enterprise Plan in order to onboard external organizations.