Microsoft acquires jClarity for Java workload optimization on Azure

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft today acquired jClarity, a company focused on supporting the Java ecosystem.
  • Microsoft plans to utilize jClarity to enhance Java workloads on Azure.
  • The enhancements are targeted at both Microsoft's increased adoption of large-scale Java workloads and those of its customers.

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired jClarity (opens in new tab), a company geared towards supporting the Java ecosystem. As a part of Microsoft, the jClarity team will continue to pursue that mission and "collaborate with the OpenJDK community."

In a statement announcing the acquisition on its website, jClarity said:

jClarity will be bringing its expertise in Java, OpenJDK and performance tuning and applying that to Java workloads on Azure for customers like Adobe, Daimler, and Société Générale. We'll also be supporting other services such as Azure HDInsights and Microsoft affiliated organizations such as Minecraft.

"The jClarity team are JVM experts who have helped their customers optimize their Java applications while also providing leadership and support within the Java open source community," Microsoft said. "For us, this is the perfect match."

JClarity says that it will be in contact with its customers "in the coming weeks" for further information on support.

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  • This is a big play in the Enterprise space where lots of server workloads run on Java. Since Oracle started charging for their JDK, making servers available with tuned OpenJDK installs and tooling will be a good gain in Azure.
  • I despise Java. It causes nothing but trouble. We are CONSTANTLY battling updates to web systems where the actually functionality of the system lives or dies because a different version of Java is pushed by NetOps--or forbidden by them. I wish Java would disappear and people write in something BETTER.
  • Yeah, on the user side, that's definitely true and I strongly agree. However, for enterprises (e.g., Oracle development is Java-based) and some system services, Java is big and doesn't carry the same problems. These are running full JVMs and applications, not the applets users typically run (where the problems you describe fester).