Azul Systems has partnered with Microsoft to release Zulu for Windows Azure, a new Java implementation based on the OpenJDK open-source project and designed to let developers build and deploy apps on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Available now, Zulu is being offered by the firm as a free download and combines a Java Development Kit (JDK) with Azul's OpenJDK implementation, compliant with the Java Standard Edition (SE) 7 specifications.
Azul said that with its support and that of Microsoft Open Technologies, a Microsoft subsidiary focused on bridging its own technology and open-source projects, customers can be assured of a high-quality foundation for Deploying Java applications on Windows Azure.
Scott Sellers, Azul Systems chief executive, said: "Azul is delighted to announce that Zulu is fully tested, free, open source and ready for the Java community to download and preview today. We are looking forward to serving the global Java community with this important new offering for the Azure cloud."
Zulu is integrated with MS Open Tech's Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java tooling, while any patches and bug fixes will be contributed back to the OpenJDK community by Azul.
The software is available for free download and use under the terms of the GPLv2 open-source license, with binary licensing for easy embedding with third-party applications, the firm said.
Azul's move follows the announcement by Red Hat this week of its own xPaaS Java platform for the cloud, combining its OpenShift platform-as-a-service package with its JBoss enterprise Java platform.
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