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CumuLogic and Azul Systems Team to Drive Operational Efficiencies for Java in the Cloud

Azul Systems, the award-winning leader in Java runtime scalability, today announced a partnership with CumuLogic, the leading innovator in cloud platform technologies. The new partnership provides the industry's first integrated and truly elastic PaaS-enablement platform, combining CumuLogic's Java-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) enablement solution with Azul's memory-elastic Zing™ runtime (i.e. Java Virtual Machine). This new best-of-breed cloud application platform, targeting enterprises, ISVs and cloud providers, delivers dramatically improved operational efficiency for Java applications in the cloud over conventional PaaS-enablement platforms.

Cloud-based Java deployments face numerous challenges meeting performance SLAs, especially in multi-tenant PaaS environments for mission-critical Java workloads. While JVM tuning can provide some application performance improvement, most techniques do not work for PaaS environments where user count and Java object allocation rates vary with load. Complex provisioning schemes in which application instances have dedicated resources (e.g. complete hardware isolation) or shared resources according to anticipated tenant loads, can also improve application performance and response time consistency, but these approaches can impact operational efficiency and the TCO of the platform. For maximum operational efficiency in multi-tenant environments, where a single tenant can usurp all the available resources of a given application instance, PaaS-enablement platforms must be elastic and accommodate tenants of all size and workload demands.

By leveraging Azul's real-time, resource-elastic Zing JVM within CumuLogic's comprehensive platform, enterprises, ISVs and PaaS providers can deploy Java-based applications in the Cloud with guaranteed performance and response time consistency. Through Zing's unique memory elasticity, any multi-tenant application instance can dynamically grow in real-time to meet the performance needs of all tenants. This elasticity at the Java layer ensures maximum operational and resource efficiency, and eliminates the need for expensive custom isolation.

"Our vision is to deliver a cloud platform that enables customers to deploy production applications in the cloud," said Mike Soby, CumuLogic president and CEO. "By teaming with Azul Systems we are able to offer a high performance Java Runtime, which is a key requirement in industries such as financial services, where customers can benefit immensely from Zing's elastic memory, pauseless operation, and zero-overhead monitoring."

Scott Sellers, Azul Systems president and CEO, added: "A Java-based PaaS offering as deployed by CumuLogic is essential for private, public or hybrid clouds. The combination of CumuLogic's development, configuration, and management tools, coupled with the best JVM for Linux enables our shared customers to build, test, and manage highly efficient and reliable Java-based solutions in the cloud -- and get them deployed quickly."

"Tighter integration between Azul's advanced Java runtime environment and third party application stacks such as CumuLogic's Cloud Application Platform should lead to significant gains in operational efficiency, while strengthening vital functionality such as multi-tenancy and elastic resource management," said John Abbott, chief analyst at 451 Research. "CumuLogic is the first partner to realize these possibilities and leverage them. We expect others to follow."