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Azul Systems Extends Zulu Runtime for Java to Support Java 8

Azul's Commercialized Build of OpenJDK Now Supports the Latest Version of Java SE Plus Java SE 6 and SE 7

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/14 -- Azul Systems, Inc. (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, today announced the general availability of Zulu 8.0, a commercialized build of OpenJDK that is compatible and compliant with the Java SE 8 standard. Zulu 8.0 is available immediately and freely downloadable from www.azulsystems.com/products/zulu.

Zulu 8.0 offers the following advantages to enterprises and Java programmers and DevOps personnel:

  • Completely free, 100% open source, commercialized version of OpenJDK Verified with the OpenJDK Java Compatibility Kit (JCK) for Java SE 8
  • Runs on Windows Server, Windows, and multiple Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS and Ubuntu
  • Integrated with MS Open Tech's Microsoft Azure plug-in for Eclipse Java tooling
  • Cloud-ready -- supported on the Microsoft Azure Cloud, Amazon AWS, and on Rackspace
  • Fully supports virtualized deployments using VMware, Hyper-V and KVM
  • Enterprise support options available via Zulu Enterprise (Premium support offering including ten-year support lifespan) plus community support via the Zulu Community Forum

"We're glad to see Azul Systems keeping pace with the latest developments among the OpenJDK community and congratulate them on the latest release of Zulu, an OpenJDK build for Windows Server on the Azure platform," said Martin Sawicki, principal program manager at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech). "We continue to see rising interest in these tools from our diverse development community, and so we are already working to integrate Zulu 8.0 into the Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java by Microsoft Open Technologies."

"Azul's Zulu has broadened the options for Java developers, independent software vendors and enterprise customers looking for stability, solid commercial support and more competitive pricing," said John Abbott, Distinguished Analyst, 451 Research. "Azul has a strong and deep team of Java experts that have been addressing Java issues and supporting enterprise customers for more than 12 years."

"Java 8 is arguably the most important release of the Java language and runtime since Java 5, and we expect adoption of the new standard will be rapid," said Scott Sellers, president, CEO and co-founder, Azul Systems. "We are very pleased to announce that Zulu now fully supports Java 8 and expect this will fuel the continued adoption of Zulu in the Java Community."

Zulu for Java SE 8 as well as versions meeting the Java SE 7 and Java SE 6 standard can be downloaded free of charge from the Azul Systems website at www.azulsystems.com/products/zulu/downloads or from the Microsoft Azure PaaS at http://msopentech.com/opentech-projects/windows-azure-plugin-for-eclipse-with-java/

To learn more about Zulu and engage with other members of the Java community, join the Zulu Community at www.azulsystems.com/forums or visit the MS Open Tech blog at http://msopentech.com/blog/.

About Azul Systems
Azul Systems, the industry's only company exclusively focused on Java and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), builds fully supported, standards-compliant Java solutions that help enable the real time business. Zing is a JVM designed for enterprise Java applications and workloads that require any combination of low latency, high transaction rates, large working memory, and/or consistent response times. Zulu is Azul's freely available open source JVM based on OpenJDK, and Azul provides high-quality commercial support options with its Zulu Enterprise offering. For additional information, visit: http://www.azulsystems.com.

Azul Systems, the Azul Systems logo and Zing are registered trademarks, and Zulu and ReadyNow! are trademarks of Azul Systems Inc. Java is a trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliated companies in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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