New Linux tailored JVM to save businesses money

Azul Systems release Linux-ready Zing 5.0 to challenge Oracle’s JRocket

Chris Mayer

Zing is 100% Java compliant – thus no changes needed

The self proclaimed leader for Java runtime scalability has
unveiled its latest unique JVM foray with Zing 5.0, specifically
honed for Linux and x86.

Azul Systems have already made bold claims over their project,
saying it is the most scalable JVM for enterprise Java workloads,
aiming to cut operating loading times with improved capacity and
throughput. So much so that they also claim to be the only JVM to
support application in excess of 512GB of memory, yet still
simplifying Java deployments and reducing operating costs to the

The main draw for Zing appears to be its ability to eliminate
common scalability concerns such as garbage collection issues and
also enable several Java applications with minimum fuss – creating
quicker response times. Azul say that it is based upon Oracle’s
HotSpot, meaning that changes are indeed minimal.

For example, for distributed caching and in-memory data
stores, Zing sustains a 5.7 times greater throughput (ops/sec)
based upon the Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark and for
portals/ecommerce workloads, Zing carries 18 times more concurrent
users. Very impressive stats.

Zing 5.0 already supports RedHat Linux 6 and CentOS6, with plans
to add Red Hat 5 and CentOS5 by December.

Gil Tene, CTO and co-founder at Azul Systems comments on the
significance of releasing Zing.

“For the first time companies and application developers have a
choice in JVMs for commodity platforms. Zing 5.0 overcomes
traditional Java tradeoffs improving key performance and
scalability metrics at the same time,”

Chief Analyst at 451 Research (a division of the 451 group),
John Abbott said of the release:

“The Zing JVM could help solve the scalability problems that
have held back Java for the past 15 years. It’s likely to
prove a visible and important contribution to the success of
enterprise Java deployments and mission-critical Linux-based

The key features of Zing 5.0 and Java application

  • Superior responsiveness, scale and
     — Zing eliminates common Java scalability
    limitations such as Garbage Collection pauses and enables Java
    application instances to dynamically and reliably scale to dozens
    of CPU cores and hundreds of gigabytes of memory, enabling
    unmatched application response time consistency, capacity, and
    sustained throughput.
  • Linux memory management optimization —
    Zing supports very high memory allocation rates far above those of
    traditional JVMs running on current-generation Linux systems. The
    ability to rapidly manipulate internal memory data structures
    within the JVM allows Linux-based applications to deliver greater
    throughput to end-user applications.
  • 100 percent Java-compatible — Zing is a
    100 percent Java-compatible JVM based on the Oracle HotSpot JVM.
    The Zing JVM is simple to install and requires no changes to the
    application code or operating system.
  • Improved application availability and infrastructure
     — Individual Zing instances can
    automatically scale up and down both memory and CPU resources based
    on real-time demands to achieve required response time and
    availability metrics, even under extreme loads.
  • Simplified deployments and
     — With Zing’s unique ability to utilize
    larger, more elastic JVMs, enterprises are able to reduce Java
    instance counts by 90 percent for the same sustained application
    throughput, response time and availability. In addition, the Zing
    Vision always-on, production visibility tool allows administrators
    to diagnose application problems seamlessly in production, reducing
    tuning iterations and shortening development life cycles.

Zing 5.0 is available on trial here, so you can try it
out for yourself. Pricing is based on annual subscription per

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