Saturday, July 24, 2010

Azul Systems - massively scale Java apps

By Vasudev Ram

I had come across Azul Systems a while ago (I'd say easily over a year ago, maybe more), around the time that they first started up. Looked interesting even back then, based on their tech/biz plans and founding team's backgrounds. Their current leadership is here.

In a nutshell, they were building innovative technology to help scale Java apps in a big way.

Today I read this article about Azul on InfoQ:

(The title of the InfoQ article is different from the main thrust of my post (i.e. scaling Java apps), so don't get put off by that title. Read through the article to see how it relates to my post.)

The InfoQ article says that:

- Azul is growing rapidly

- James Gosling, creator of Java, is excited about Azul's work

- "The hope is to get support from partners, ISVs and vendors to move the state of the art forward for other platforms and runtimes such as .NET on Windows, Ruby, and Python."

Pauseless Garbage Collection (GC) is one of Azul Systems' key features.

Their site shows multiple customer success stories, so they seem to be the real enchilada (*) (to mix a metaphor or two :)

(*) As in, The real McCoy and the whole enchilada.

Finally (and this struck me just now), considering the meaning of their name (blue) and their goals, I can't help but be reminded of a certain Big Blue :)

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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