Cloud provider expands capabilities with Java workloads
Microsoft is looking to improve the performance of Java workloads on its Azure cloud by acquiring jClarity, whose services are designed to hone Java applications and which has been a key contributor to the open-source AdoptOpenJDK project.
The Lowdown: Microsoft, whose Azure platform is the second-largest public cloud service behind that of dominant market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS), is seeing the number of Java applications running in its environment grow, driving the need to add services to optimize these workloads.
The Details: While jClarity may become part of Microsoft and Azure, it will continue to work with the OpenJDK community and the ecosystem around Java. Now it will do so, however, with Microsoft’s backing. In addition, engineers with both Azure and jClarity will collaborate to enhance Azure as a cloud platform for Java users and internal groups.
The Java expert offers commercial support for AdoptOpenJDK, which officials refer to as “the drop-in replacement for Oracle’s Java/JDK.” It leverages machine learning in its software performance analytics and tuning to improve the performance of Java workloads in the cloud and on desktops.
The Impact: Microsoft is looking to enterprises as it ramps up the competition with AWS in the fast-growing public cloud provider space and bringing in a flavor of Java and accompanying expertise will only help. MSPs and other channel partners also will be able to leverage these new Java capabilities as they help their customers migrate more of their businesses to the cloud.
Background: Microsoft – no stranger to jClarity or AdoptOpenJDK – has been a member of the open-source project, joining such top-tier tech vendors as IBM (and recent acquiree Red Hat), Dell’s Pivotal business, and GoDaddy, and jClarity has been a Gold Sponsor of the group.
The Buzz: “At Microsoft, we strongly believe that we can do more for our customers by working alongside the Java community. The jClarity team, with the backing of Microsoft, will continue to collaborate with the OpenJDK community and the Java ecosystem to foster the progress of the platform,” said John Montgomery, corporate vice president of program management for developer tools and services at Microsoft. “In the last few years, Microsoft’s usage of Java has grown and now includes multiple large-scale deployments, such as Azure HDInsight and Minecraft. Additionally, Microsoft customers like Adobe, Daimler, and Société Générale have brought their Java production workloads to Azure. With more than half of compute workloads running on Linux, Azure has become a great platform for open source, and that certainly includes Java.”
“Microsoft leads the world in backing developers and their communities, and after speaking to their engineering and program leadership, it was a no-brainer to enter formal discussions,” said Martijn Verburg, CEO of jClarity. “With the passion and deep expertise of Microsoft’s people, we’ll be able to support the Java ecosystem better than ever before.”