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 business.

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 applications.”

The key features of Zing 5.0 and Java application benefits

  • Superior responsiveness, scale and throughput — 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 elasticity — 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 manageability — 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 server

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