Azul vs Oracle

Azul introduces Zulu Embedded, a new OpenJDK-based Java platform to rival Oracle

Natali Vlatko
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Azul Systems have thrown down the gauntlet to Oracle’s OpenJDK, serving up a new open sourced Java platform targeting embedded, mobile, and robust, high-function IoT designs.

The folks over at Azul Systems have unveiled a new offering for developers and manufacturers in the embedded, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) markets: say hello to Zulu Embedded.

Azul are hoping to stand up to Oracle’s Java Development Kit by producing an open sourced, customizable Java SE solution that’s compliant with Java 6, 7, and 8. This new addition to Azul’s portfolio of alternative Java environments is aimed at developers working on code for devices like routers, avionics systems and Point of Sale (POS) systems, which differs from their Zulu and Zulu Enterprise packages.

Touted as a ‘game-changer’

Zulu Embedded has been described by Azul Systems President and CEO Scott Sellers as a ‘game-changer’ for the embedded, mobile and IoT markets, with a design capable of speeding up time to market, reducing required component costs, and increasing developer productivity:

As a 100% open source solution already proven in millions of devices, Zulu Embedded greatly reduces costs associated with traditional Java licensing, making it compelling for a broad set of high volume and industrial embedded products that require a robust, customizable, standards compliant Java runtime.

The big ticket that is likely to be most appealing to developers is that the software itself is completely open source – with the icing on the cake being the costs associated with the jump. Pricing models for Zulu Embedded Support have been noted as flexible, in response to the often high costs associated with ‘traditional’ (read: Oracle’s) Java licensing.

Azul’s offering is also based on the same OpenJDK code that Oracle uses for its own Java stuff, meaning it can deliver “identical performance” to Oracle’s HotSpot JVM. On top of this, each build is verified by Azul using the Java Community Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK).

The team at Azul want to reassure punters that they’re in it for the long haul too, with 10 years worth of support on the table for those wanting to employ the new way of doing embedded. It’s hoped that those IoT developers who have yet to swim in the Java pond will be tempted by a reduced footprint, lower cost and less complex solution.

More information about pricing and customisation is available on the Zulu Embedded website.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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