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ASX, Digital Asset and VMware join forces on DLT

26 Aug 2019
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The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has signed a three-party memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Digital Asset (DA) and VMware to work together on distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.

Under the principles in the MOU, ASX plans to provide its DLT offering with the support of DA and VMware.

This will include the development of the application to replace CHESS (ASX’s equities clearing and settlement system), the support of DAML (the open-source smart contract programming language used to build distributed applications), and the provision and support of the distributed ledger and associated infrastructure, which delivers ASX’s data privacy, confidentiality and security requirements at greater scale.

DA is a world leader in DLT, the creator of DAML and ASX’s CHESS replacement technology partner.

VMware is a New York Stock Exchange-listed server virtualisation and cloud computing software provider.

It is also an existing supplier of virtualisation and infrastructure solutions to ASX.

While ASX remains initially focused on the replacement of CHESS, the partnership will strengthen its ability to support the financial services industry using the infrastructure to create new services and innovations beyond clearing and settlement.

It will also enable ASX, DA and VMware to work together to provide and support DLT solutions to other customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Having signed the MOU, ASX, DA and VMware are now working on full legal documentation.

In the meantime, software for the new system to replace CHESS is being progressively deployed within ASX’s Customer Development Environment, where customers and their service providers have begun exploring the clearing and settlement functionality of the new system.

ASX deputy CEO Peter Hiom says, “This new partnership is a very positive development that will help us support a wider range of DLT solutions developed by the industry. It confirms our belief in the potential of DLT as we remain on track to deliver the CHESS replacement system in March-April 2021.”

Digital Asset co-founder and CEO Yuval Rooz says, “We continue to achieve our milestones to deliver a production-grade, scalable distributed ledger solution for CHESS. VMware is now part of the mission we share with ASX to deliver a DAML-based distributed infrastructure to realise the full potential of this technology.”

“Providing a state-of-the-art DLT-based system will create new business opportunities for the industry,” says VMware senior vice president and chief research officer David Tennenhouse.

“We’re working closely with DA and ASX on a combined offering