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Azul Extends Zulu Runtime for Java to Java 8


Azul Systems has announced the Zulu 8.0 commercialized build of OpenJDK that is compatible and compliant with the Java SE 8 standard. Zulu 8.0 is available immediately and freely downloadable.

Zulu 8.0 offers a free, 100% open source, commercialized version of OpenJDK Verified with the OpenJDK Java Compatibility Kit (JCK) for Java SE 8. It runs on Windows Server, Windows, and multiple Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS, and Ubuntu.

The software is integrated with MS Open Tech's Microsoft Azure plug-in for Eclipse Java tooling and is cloud-ready with supported on the Microsoft Azure Cloud, Amazon AWS, and on Rackspace.

It fully supports virtualized deployments using VMware, Hyper-V, and KVM — and enterprise support options are available via Zulu Enterprise (Premium support offering including 10-year support lifespan) plus community support via the Zulu Community Forum.

"We’re glad to see Azul Systems keeping pace with the latest developments among the OpenJDK community and congratulate them on the latest release of Zulu, an OpenJDK build for Windows Server on the Azure platform," said Martin Sawicki, principal program manager at Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech). "We continue to see rising interest in these tools from our diverse development community, and so we are already working to integrate Zulu 8.0 into the Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java by Microsoft Open Technologies."

"Java 8 is arguably the most important release of the Java language and runtime since Java 5, and we expect adoption of the new standard will be rapid," said Scott Sellers, president, CEO and cofounder, Azul Systems. "We are very pleased to announce that Zulu now fully supports Java 8 and expect this will fuel the continued adoption of Zulu in the Java Community."


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