At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon, Microsoft Open Technologies, the subsidiary of Microsoft Corp corporation along with Azul Systems, a leader software company in providing Java solutions, have announced that they will bring an open source Java implementation (OpenJDK) on Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.
Thus, Microsoft will now allow Azure customers to run open source implementations of Java in its cloud platform through the OpenJDK tool, which will be distributed for free. From the announcement at the convention today, Microsoft’s Open Technoligies president, Jean Paoli:
This partnership will enable developers and IT professionals to ensure their mission-critical apps deploy and run smoothly on Windows Azure, using the open source Java environment they prefer. Microsoft Open Technologies and our Azul Systems partner are motivated by a common goal to make the world of mixed IT environments work better together for customers.
This announcement is an obvious effect of the recently declared partnership between Microsoft and Oracle that will further cementify the relationship between the two companies.The OpenJDK for Windows Server on the Windows Azure technology is expected to come later this year, but a precise date has not been provided. Azul Systems was crucial in bringing the open-source Java technology to Windows Azure’s platform and they will actually receive compensation from Microsoft for this.
Scott Sellers, president and chief executive officer of Azul Systems said the following:
This initiative is all about bringing Java to the masses in the cloud. We will be providing a fully open and unconstrained Java environment — with open choice of third-party stacks — for developers and essential applications deployed on Windows Azure.
Azul Systems will maintain and update the Open JDK solution. IDC analyst Al Hilwa expressed his views on the move:
Microsoft is serious about running any and every workload and is striking partnerships in every direction to make sure its vast cloud infrastructure is put to work. Of course this is the Microsoft subsidiary that focuses on Open Source and Azul is an excellent partner that knows Open Source and can really bring its Java knowledge to Azure cloud enterprise clients