Azul Systems Next-Generation Compute Appliances Deliver Business Results with Breakthrough Performance for Business Critical Java Applications

Mountain View, Calif. – 4 December 2006

Azul Announces Key Customer Wins, Extended Partner Support, and Continued Market Momentum

Azul Systems, the award-winning leader of enterprise server appliances for business critical Javaâ„¢ applications, today announced the general availability of its next-generation appliance product family that assures performance consistency and dramatic scalability for the most demanding applications. Azul Systems today also announced that British Telecom (BT) has become the latest customer to quickly achieve significant business results by deploying Azul Compute Appliances to run a major business application, and additionally announced that Azul and BEA have extended their long-term strategic partnership to include Azul certification and licensing for all WebLogic Platform products. With this news, Azul solidifies its position as the number one platform for business critical Java processing, making it easier for enterprises to deliver services to market faster, more consistently, and more profitably.

“Azul continues to build defining market momentum. In just a few short years, we’ve shown the industry that we can address some of the most long standing Java pain points and ensure consistent performance for some of the most demanding applications that other server technologies in the industry simply cannot addresss,” said Stephen DeWitt, president and chief executive officer of Azul Systems. “Today’s announcements demonstrate how Azul is changing the game in enterprise computing, and customers are seeing for themselves the tremendous impact of this new approach."

Addressing an Unmet Market Need

According to IDC, sales of enterprise servers to run Java-based workloads exceeded $11.2 billion in 2005 and are expected to continue to grow rapidly, fueled by the explosive growth in Java programmers and the use of Java in enterprise applications. However, business critical, transaction-intensive applications such as those found at financial institutions, telcos, and e-commerce sites require significantly large usable memory and management capabilities, which alternative server platforms simply cannot efficiently address.

"Cost-effectively managing the growth we are experiencing with our benefits administration offerings requires scalability and performance of business critical Java applications more than traditional servers alone can deliver," said Barry Strasnick, CIO, at CitiStreet. "The new Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliance delivers the necessary capacity as a shared network service, allowing us to meet the scalability, reliability and memory needs of Java applications critical to delivering high-quality service to our business customers.”

“With innovation from Azul, enterprises can extend their use of Java (J2EE) platforms and develop new performance and business critical workloads necessary to grow their businesses. Customers deploying business critical Java applications have had challenges effectively scaling their applications, and the new Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliances are designed to help simplify this,” said Matt Eastwood, program vice president, Enterprise Platforms Group at IDC, “Application performance consistency is key to service profitability and with considerable scalability and hardware-assisted garbage collection, Azul appliances deliver the consistency assurance needed by today's enterprise customers.”

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