Ethereum-compatible Hyperledger Besu now has enterprise-level DAML smart contracts

Ethereum-compatible Hyperledger Besu now has enterprise-level DAML smart contracts

Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP), a leading enterprise blockchain company, today announced that its Sextant for DAML platform now commercially supports the integration of DAML, the open source smart contract language created by Digital Asset, with Hyperledger Besu, an Ethereum-compatible blockchain framework hosted by the Linux Foundation.

This is the first DAML on Ethereum integration.

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger, said “Hyperledger Besu is the most recent framework to be contributed to Hyperledger and the first that is compatible with the public Ethereum network. It is great to see Hyperledger members BTP and Digital Asset collaborating to create a DAML integration with Hyperledger Besu so soon after it has been accepted by the community. This is the third Hyperledger framework to support DAML. As we anticipate both specialization and consolidation across the blockchain tech stack, having a unified option in DAML to write applications across Sawtooth, Fabric and now Besu is great to see.”

DAML is a next-generation smart contract platform used to create distributed applications that can run across technology silos. Digital Asset provides commercial integrations of DAML with partner platforms so that a variety of organizations – from the largest enterprises to technology start-ups – can develop secure, sophisticated, compliant, and operationally solid applications faster and deploy them to any ledger.

Dan O’Prey, CMO & Head of Strategy at Digital Asset, said “Hyperledger Besu is now the eighth platform to support DAML smart contracts, including the three main Hyperledger frameworks. There are well-known security issues with the Solidity language used by Ethereum platforms like Hyperledger Besu and JP Morgan’s Quorum and now developers have a fit for purpose alternative with DAML, which works with all the major enterprise blockchains.”


Hyperledger Besu is an Ethereum client designed to be enterprise-friendly for both public and private permissioned network use cases. Its comprehensive permissioning schemes are designed specifically for use in a consortium environment. Hyperledger Besu was originally contributed to Hyperledger by Consensys’ PegaSys team.

Ron Resnick, Executive Director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, said “There will be no one platform to satisfy every use case. To truly expand global commerce, the industry needs standardized components that allow companies to make the business decision on which platform best suits their needs. When the platform of choice is Ethereum, the integration of DAML and BTP’s Sextant for DAML with the EEA specifications-compliant Hyperledger Besu project adds the Ethereum choice to a unified approach to writing and deploying applications across any of the leading blockchain platforms. This solution marks the forefront of industry standardization.”

Hyperledger Besu is now the fourth platform to be commercially supported by BTP’s Sextant for DAML, an integrated offering that radically simplifies the deployment and management of DAML-enabled platforms.

Duncan Johnston-Watt, CEO of BTP, added “Sextant for DAML gives our customers the ability to deploy DAML applications on Hyperledger Besu and Hyperledger Sawtooth as well as Amazon QLDB and Amazon Aurora. It is important to offer them choice while ensuring a consistent user experience across all these DAML-enabled platforms.”

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