Azul Systems Brings Java Compute Appliances to Windows

Azul Systems has announced the release of its Azul Systems Java Virtual Machine 2.5 (AVM 2.5), a new version of its virtualized Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with support for the Windows platform.

Azul Systems has announced the release of its Azul Systems Java Virtual Machine 2.5 (AVM 2.5), a new version of its virtualized Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with support for the Windows platform.

In addition to improved diagnostics and profiling functionality, along with enhanced performance capabilities, AVM 2.5 provides support for heterogeneous Java environments including the Windows, Solaris, Linux, AIX, and HP-UX platforms.

"AVM 2.5 extends our reach into business-critical Java applications on the Windows platform which is important for both enterprise and SMB markets," said Scott Sellers, president and CEO for Azul Systems. "With our ongoing support of J2SE [Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition] 1.4, 5.0 and Java SE [Java Platform, Standard Edition] 6, we are able to deliver the industry's best Java Platform across a broad range of Java applications."

Azul's AVM 2.5 also features always-on production monitoring and diagnostics to provide visibility into all performance aspects of running Java applications, including detailed memory profiles, thread execution profiles, and I/O interaction profiles. It also includes what Azul calls "Enhanced Pauseless Garbage Collection," which eliminates pause time related application instability even under unpredictable application loads, the company said. And the system supports seamless scale in Java memory footprints up to 670GB, and sustains high throughput applications with allocation rates of 30GB/sec and more, Azul officials said.

"We are very excited to bring the benefits of tremendous scalability, accessing hundreds of gigabytes of memory and hundreds of CPUs, and production time visibility for Java applications on the Windows platform," said Shyam Pillalamarri, vice president of engineering for Azul Systems. "Developers on Windows can now leverage the outstanding productivity benefits that the Azul solution provides."

Azul's new AVM 2.5 runs on the company's Vega Series of Java Compute Appliances, which enable Java applications to reach unprecedented levels of scalability, throughput and performance consistency while simultaneously reducing deployment complexities and total cost of ownership (TCO), Azul officials said.