Azul Expands Asia-Pac Presence through Reseller Agreement with Chelmer

Chelmer, specialists in financial services technology, partner with Java runtime experts

Azul has formed a commercial resale partnership with Chelmer, an Auckland-based software solutions company that provides services and support for front and back office trading systems. Through the agreement, Chelmer is now able to provide its New Zealand financial services customers with access to Azul Zing®, Azul’s Java Virtual Machine (JVM) designed for systems that require consistent low latency and high scalability.

Chelmer focuses on the financial services market. The company provides standalone infrastructure components in addition to the Chelmer Software Suite (CSS), a powerful, integrated, memory intensive Java application tailored to customer requirements. CSS is an end-to-end solution developed for stock brokerages, wealth management and private banking firms or custodians. It manages the entire life cycle of investing, from order origination through trading, accounting, stock and cash settlement, portfolio tracking and adjusting, corporate action processing and performance and tax reporting in a multi-currency, multi-asset, multi-market environment.

However, the CSS application was implemented using a legacy JVM. When used in a financial institution with a large number of investor portfolios (over 50,000) certain functions were unable to complete due to random Garbage Collection (GC) pauses – a common problem for applications that rely on JVMs other than Zing. To remedy the issue, Chelmer deployed its application on Zing with the results highlighting a substantial reduction in maximum pauses and an enhanced ability to consistently execute at higher loads.

Andy Robertson, Managing Director at Chelmer, said: “Consistent Java performance is a business critical issue for many of our customers which is why we have teamed up with Azul. Azul Zing is seen by many as the de facto choice of Java runtime if you are looking to guarantee application performance and throughput. Now that we can deploy Azul’s technology we are able to further mitigate the risk of application downtime and inconsistent performance.”

“Chelmer and Azul are both recognized as pioneers in providing leading-edge technologies to the financial community,” said Scott Sellers, CEO and President of Azul Systems. “With our new resale partnership agreement in place, financial institutions in New Zealand, and across the Asia-Pac region, can realize the compelling business advantages that customers around the world are achieving with Zing.”

Try Zing free with your application. Request a pilot at www.azul.com/trial.

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Azul Systems Joins Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme

Azul has joined Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme. This program helps solution providers make the best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju, which enables instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling on any public or private cloud, as well as bare metal, at the click of a button. The Juju Charm Store has a rapidly growing number of charms available to DevOps teams, with over 300 cloud-based applications now ready for use.

“Package management has long been of critical importance for both software providers and developers alike, because it’s the most efficient route to deployment for both parties,” said Stephen O’Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. “For enterprises, however, the certainty of certified builds is crucial because they want to have confidence in the software they’re building on. By making Zulu available as a Juju charm, Azul and Canonical can offer Java users the commercially-supported builds they require.”

Azul will be “charming” its open source Zulu®, a certified, multi-platform build of OpenJDK™ that is compliant with the Java SE 8, 7, and 6 standards. As developers and operations teams accelerate their use of open source cloud-based Java, they need to be confident that their Java platform meets all the Java SE standards and incorporates the latest OpenJDK security patches.

“Azul and Canonical will simplify and accelerate deployment of Java-based solutions across clouds and bare metal with the Zulu Charm. Together we will make it easier for enterprises large and small across a wide variety of industries to use Zulu, as well to be confident that their Java platform meets all the Java SE standards. Adding Azul to our Charm Partner Program further expands the rich catalog of software in our Juju Charm Store and we look forward to working further with them”, said John Zannos, Canonical’s Vice President of Alliances.

Scott Sellers, Azul Systems President and CEO, said: “We are pleased to join Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme. By enabling instant deployments of the Zulu Charm, Azul and Canonical will simplify the deployment of Java applications and ensure that proven, certified builds of OpenJDK are available for private and public clouds as well as site-specific implementations.”

Azul Zulu is available on the Juju Charms Store here. Devops teams can also download Zulu from:

 

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Latest Zing Shortens Java Warm Up Cycles for Trading Apps

Real-time analytics, Big Data, and Ecommerce applications all gain from updated Java Runtime

The latest release of Zing, version 15.05, includes ReadyNow!™ enhancements which reflect customer feedback, product-wide support of 1TB heap sizes and a broad array of performance fixes focusing on quality, performance and scalability.

ReadyNow™ delivers improved startup performance

Key ReadyNow! enhancements in Zing 15.05 concern preloading and precompiling classes (aka Pre-JIT) to enable a faster “time to peak” performance. In addition, operations teams can now watch the progress of the ProfileReport during a run to help pinpoint progress through class compilation using jstat.

Use the memory you need – without fearing GC

Zing has been providing early access support for 1TB memory heaps at customer sites since Autumn 2014. Key use cases include real-time risk and payments fraud detection systems. Zing 15.05 expands 1TB support to general availability. Azul’s focus remains on supporting today’s applications with Java heaps ranging from 1 GB to 1TB – all without the penalty of long pauses common in Garbage Collection (GC) modes of legacy JVMs.

Improved support for third-party monitoring tools

Zing 15.05 also includes an improved Zing MXBean monitoring interface that allows customers to use one tool or framework to monitor Zing, Zulu, HotSpot or any other JMX-compliant application. Historically, general purpose Java Management Extensions (JMX) monitoring tools, such as MBeans or MXBeans, have gathered statistics from Zing but frequently missed, or misinterpreted, important information on how the JVM was performing. To remedy this, Azul has custom-built Zing MXBean and enhanced it in version 15.05 to ensure Zing is easier to monitor as part of a company’s overall IT strategy.

Other notable enhancements in Zing 15.05 include:

  • Simplified Zing syntax to invoke the JVM from within native applications, ideal for ISVs who plan to bundle Zing
  • New extended support for Oracle Linux. Zing now supports RHEL, Red Hat MRG, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, and SLES as well as Oracle Linux
  • And we’ve added support for RHEL/CentOS 7.1, as part of our partnership with Red Hat

Remember, Zing 15.05 complies with the Java SE standard for Java 8, 7 and 6. To see first-hand how Zing can help improve the stability or scalability of your application, start here: www.azul.com/trial

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AZUL SYSTEMS RECEIVES TOP WORKPLACE AWARD IN BAY AREA FOR THIRD YEAR RUNNING

Azul’s ReadyNow! Technology Also Wins Gold Award from Network Products Guide

On July 1st we announced that we had been named as one of the Top Workplaces in the Bay Area by the Bay Area News Group. Additionally, Azul’s ReadyNow!™ technology was named by Network Products Guide as the Gold winner of the 10th Annual 2015 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in the Products and Services category for Finance, Banking and Insurance.

The prestigious list of 2015 Top Workplaces, which are determined solely on employee feedback, ranked Azul Systems as one of the top 100 companies to work for in the Bay Area. The company was selected based on the survey results measuring employee engagement, organizational health, satisfaction and company culture.

Network Products Guide drives an annual achievements and recognition awards program with active participation from a broad spectrum of industry voices. The coveted Hot Companies and Best Products recognition program encompasses the world’s best in products and services, hot technologies, successful deployments, product management and engineering in every area of information technology.

“We are truly proud to be recognized by the Bay Area News Group as one of the Top Workplaces,” said Scott Sellers, President and CEO of Azul Systems. “We are also pleased to receive a Gold award from Network Products Guide for our ReadyNow! technology, the industry’s only solution to Java’s long-standing warm-up problem. These recognitions are a testament to the extraordinary quality of our employees and the passion they demonstrate every day in making Azul the leader in Java solutions.”

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So, G1 may become the default collector for Java 9?

This week’s JCP meeting was coincident with a series of press articles and commentary around a proposal within the OpenJDK community to make G1 the default garbage collector for Java 9.

As Azul is the recognized leader in Java garbage collection technology, many people asked for our opinion.

From what we hear from our customers and our own internal testing, G1 has lower application performance/throughput than Parallel GC (the default GC today), and has worse latency profiles than a well-tuned CMS collector. Often times, G1 does have the benefit of having better “out of box” (i.e. un-tuned) latency profiles than CMS. While G1 can be tuned, there are much fewer options and tuning knobs in G1 than CMS, which is why an experienced user can typically tune CMS better to meet the latency profile needs of a specific application.

So really G1 is a “tweener” – slower than Parallel GC for those applications which only care about performance (with no regard to latency profile) and worse than CMS for those highly tuned, latency-sensitive applications.

Regardless of which garbage collector the OpenJDK community ultimately decides is the best default, Azul’s C4 collector in Zing is clearly the best of all. C4 reflects more than 10 years of real-world use in the most demanding mission critical deployments, delivers orders of magnitude (no exaggeration!) better latency profiles, has great throughput, and requires minimal tuning. C4 is the foundation of the continued rapid adoption of our Zing JVM across enterprises worldwide.

So, your choices are simple. You can watch your applications randomly pause, frustrating your customers and breaking your SLAs, and spend costly man-hours trying to tune and workaround the problem — or you can run Zing, a JVM that has effectively solved all of Java’s GC problems and use your previous developer time adding real value to your business.

See for yourself — get started by trialing Zing with your application. It all begins with a simple request: www.azul.com/zing/trial.

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Traiana deploys Azul Zing to lower latency and enhance pre and post trade processing performance

Today Azul announced that Zing(R), our Java Virtual Machine (JVM) designed for systems that require consistent low latency and high scalability, has been deployed by Traiana, the leading provider of pre trade risk and post trade processing solutions. Traiana has chosen to implement Zing on CreditLink, Traiana’s real-time platform for pre and post-trade certainty of clearing, to drive higher scalability, lower average latency execution and eliminate inconsistent response time outliers to ensure it meets strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and regulatory standards. This initial deployment is part of a staged Zing roll-out across the entire Traiana network.

Using CreditLink, prime brokers have the ability to monitor their clients’ credit risk and trading activity across multiple ECNs and single dealer platforms on a real-time basis. As a result they can identify limit breaches, modify credit lines and terminate trading activity. CreditLink also supports a wide range of asset classes and trading models, serving as a central risk management infrastructure across spot FX, FX derivatives, cleared swaps and exchange traded derivatives.

Nick Solinger, Head of Product Strategy at Traiana, said: “Since Zing has been incorporated into our infrastructure we have seen significant improvements in average latencies. Our development team is particularly impressed in how Zing seamlessly provides immediate latency benefit – this has been achieved with minimal time investment from us and zero changes to existing code.”
Azul Zing is a unique JVM that provides consistent low-latency with high throughput, supports large in-memory datasets without performance penalties, and solves the Java “warm-up” problem. Zing eliminates the operational interruptions and response time outliers often experienced by Java-based trading, risk and compliance applications in the financial services market. Azul’s ReadyNow!(TM) technology solves Java’s warm-up problem by allowing applications to start fast at the opening bell and stay fast even as market conditions change during the day.

“Traiana’s decision to utilize Zing as part of its CreditLink infrastructure underscores the importance of using the right JVM for revenue-generating products that require low latency and high scalability,” said Scott Sellers, CEO and President of Azul Systems. “Only Azul’s Zing Java runtime is designed to deliver high sustained throughput combined with consistent low-latency, both critical elements in today’s ultra-competitive financial markets.”

Request a free evaluation copy of Zing at www.azul.com/trial.

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Azul Systems Named in the SD Times 100 List for Third Consecutive Year

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For the third year running, we’re delighted to announce that Azul Systems has been awarded membership in the 2015 SD Times 100 list of leaders and innovators in software development. This year we were recognized in the Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) and Development Tools category.

In particular we were recognized for our software development leadership and product innovation, helping customers to meet and exceed the demanding challenges of today’s real-time business climate.

For those that aren’t aware, SD Times 100 identifies the industry’s top 100 leaders, innovators and influencers, and breaks them out into 10 separate industry segments. Winners are carefully selected based on the level of buzz, attention and conversation the SD Times editorial team have heard around the company, its product offerings and technologies.

If you want to read more about the awards follow this link: http://sdtimes.com/sdtimes-100/2015/best-in-show/alm-development-tools-2015

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