VMware’s blockchain now integrates with DAML smart contract language

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VMware’s move into the blockchain space represents the latest cloud vendor getting involved with the technology – and it has been enhanced with the announcement of an integration with Digital Asset.

Digital Asset, which operates DAML, an open source language for constructing smart contracts, is integrating the latter with the VMware Blockchain platform. The move to open source DAML was relatively recent, and the company noted this importance when combining with an enterprise-flavoured blockchain offering.

“DAML has been proven to be one of the few smart contract languages capable of modelling truly complex workflows at scale. VMware is delighted to be working together on customer deployments to layer VMware Blockchain alongside DAML,” said Michael DiPetrillo, senior director of blockchain at VMware. “Customers demand choice of language execution environments from their blockchain and DAML adds a truly robust and enterprise-focused language set to a blockchain platform with multi-language support.”

The timeline of the biggest cloud players and their interest in blockchain technologies is an interesting one. Microsoft’s initiatives have been long-standing, as have IBM’s, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) went back on its word to launch a blockchain service last year. VMware launched its own project, Project Concord, at VMworld in Las Vegas last year but followed this up with VMware Blockchain in beta in November.

Despite the interest around blockchain as a whole, energy consumption has been a target for VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, who at a press conference in November described the technology’s computational complexity as ‘almost criminal.’

VMware was named by Forbes earlier this week in its inaugural Blockchain 50. The report – which carries similarities to its annual Cloud 100 rankings – aimed to provide analysis on those with the most exciting initiatives based in the US and who had a minimum valuation of sales of $1 billion.

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