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Azul Systems aims to lighten the load for DevOps in double release drop

Lucy Carey

Oracle alternative Java solutions provider announces updates to flagship open source JVM and OpenJDK Zing and Zulu.


Java solutions wizards Azul Systems have stepped up their
quest to empower DevOps teams with a double whammy of releases this
week. Yesterday, the announced they announced the general
availability of Zing runtime
for Java 5.10, and followed up today with a new drop of


Let’s start with a quick overview of Zing: a
souped-up JVM which is available free to open source developers.
Based on Oracle’s Hotspot, Zing is arguably the most advanced JVM
around. It first hit the market in October 2010, garnering rave
reviews for its zesty take on Java performance and scalability – in
part due to its pauseless garbage collection

Zing has now been updated to extend production
support for new server-grade Amazon AWS instances, is certified for
use in Big Data applications running Cloudera Enterprise 5, and
provides Java developers and DevOps teams a shiny new set of
compiler APIs and other cool bits to extend the functionality and
scope of Azul’s

According to head honcho Scott Sellers, giving
Java DevOps teams more autonomy over their Java apps has been a
driving force in Zing 5.10’s design. As he puts it, “Our goal with
this new Zing release is to give leading-edge Java DevOps teams the
tools they need to monitor, control and tune the behavior of
latency and throughput-sensitive Java applications.”

Like its Zingy stablemate, Zulu, launched
earlier this year, is completely open source. With this
commercialised and fully supported version of OpenJDK, Azul Systems
aim to add diversity to Oracle’s monolithic domination of the Java
enterprise space, adding more flexible cost plans, and support for
up to ten years.

With 8.1, Azul have extended runtime to support
Mac OS X, meaning that  Java devs now have a totally open
solution for building applications on the Mac. This is a welcome
addition to the pre-existing Linux and Windows support, and makes
it simpler for developers to download and update their Java
development and runtime environment.

Over new features include Debian (*.deb)
installer packages for Ubuntu and Debian Linux families, available
in addition to Zip-based packages. These can be accessed through
the standard Apt-Get command. There’s also support for distribution
of Zulu RPM packages via a Yum repository, and a revamped Microsoft
Azure Web Platform Installer (WebPI). There has also been a series
of updates, including bug and security fixes, for OpenJDK 8 and

If you’d like to explore either of these solutions,
existing Azul customers and partners can download Zing 5.10 from
Azul’s Support portal, while prospective users and new ISV partners
can access the Zing binaries via the Zing Trial page,
located here.
Developers working on open source projects can also gain access to
free Zing subscriptions by sending an email to zing_oss@azulsystems.com.
For access to Zulu, head on over here.

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