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Azul Systems® Gains Major Market Support for Its Approach to Delivering Business Critical Java Solutions

Customers, Partners and Analysts Praise Azul for Its Innovative Technology and Ability to Solve Tough Application Performance Challenges Quickly and Cost Effectively

December 4, 2006

Mountain View, Calif. – Dec. 4, 2006 – Azul Systems, the award-winning leader in enterprise server appliances for business critical Java™, today announced that its latest generation of compute appliances has gained broad market support from customers, partners and industry analysts.

“Azul has garnered significant attention in the market since our introduction last year. The company is on track in meeting itbusiness objectives and we are seeing significant traction with customers in the financial services, telecommunications and e-commerce markets who are deploying our solution to overcome application performance challenges typically associated with Java that could not be solved with traditional server offerings,” said Stephen DeWitt, president and chief executive officer of Azul Systems. “Azul is clearly evolving into a trusted platform for business critical Java and we have our customers and partners to thank for that distinction.”

Customers

“We urgently needed to ensure service levels on a massive scale that we simply could not achieve with traditional servers,” said Clive Selley, CIO BT Wholesale. “Even with extensive tuning on traditional servers, we found ourselves with unacceptably slow response times. With Azul, we are achieving consistent throughput beyond our target levels with very little tuning. We expect to be able to immediately reduce data centre costs for the gateway infrastructure by at least one third, which when combined with additional power, management and cooling savings will deliver even more significant total cost savings over the next three years.”

“Cost-effectively managing the growth we are experiencing with our benefits administration offerings requires scalability and performance of business critical Java applications more than traditional servers alone can deliver,” said Barry Strasnick, CIO, at CitiStreet. “The new Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliance delivers the necessary capacity as a shared network service, allowing us to meet the scalability, reliability and memory needs of Java applications critical to delivering high-quality service to our business customers.”

Alliances, Partners & ISVs

“BEA has a long proven history of delivering innovation, architectural excellence and an unyielding standard of reliability, scalability and availability to customers,” said Wai Wong, executive vice president, products, BEA Systems. “We believe SOA is a fundamental approach to business, enterprise architecture and our platform itself. Working with partners like Azul can help customers achieve higher profitability and consistently meet their most rigorous service level agreements.”

“Addressing the large scale compute and memory needs of Java applications is crucial to accelerating its use into markets, such as business analytics,” said Igor Tsyganskiy, head of the Advanced Technology Group at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. “The hundreds of processor cores and hundreds of GB of memory that the Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliances deliver to a single JVM make Java viable for even the most demanding business critical workloads.”

“Red Hat’s Open Source Architecture is about providing a flexible software platform on which enterprises can build powerful and stable infrastructures,” said Shaun Connolly, vice president of product management, JBoss, a division of Red Hat. “For those customers seeking maximum scalability from their IT infrastructure, Azul Systems’ Vega 2-based appliance makes it possible to easily scale complex Java applications and drive cutting-edge SOA architectures.”

“Financial trading is highly response time sensitive and memory intensive. The scalability and memory efficiency of the Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliances allow Calypso customers to better meet their SLAs with faster ROI and higher profitability,” said Charles Marston, founder, chairman and CEO of Calypso Software Inc. a leading provider of financial trading platforms.

“Breaking through the Java scalability bottlenecks of parallel processing and memory access are crucial to allowing enterprise customers to meet their ever-growing workloads profitably,” said Cameron Purdy, CEO of Tangosol, the leading provider of data grid solutions. “The combination of Tangosol Coherence Data Grid and the new Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliances provides customers with complete freedom from these constraints with a solution that delivers unmatched cost-effectiveness.”

“In the B2B market, profitability it determined by how consistently and quickly you respond to your customers and partners. Combining the new Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliances with the Axway Synchrony Interchange Gateway provides the scalability and performance assurance customers need to drive their growth,” said Rohit Khanna, SVP North America Consulting and Professional Services at Axway Inc., a leading provider of B2B Gateway software.

Industry Analysts and Market Influencers

“Azul Systems Vega 2-based Compute Appliances will help companies take greater advantage of Java capabilities,” said Jerald Murphy,  senior vice president and director of research at Robert Frances Group. “The design of Azul server appliances helps to overcome many resource limitations that have prevented traditional systems from being able to optimize Java -based performance. Azul demonstrates unique server thought leadership and its capabilities should be reviewed closely.”

“With innovation from Azul, enterprises can extend their use of Java (J2EE) platforms and develop new performance and business critical workloads necessary to grow their businesses.  Customers deploying business critical Java applications have had challenges effectively scaling their applications and new Vega 2-based Azul Compute Appliances are designed to help simplify this complexity,” said Matt Eastwood, program vice president, Enterprise Platforms Group at IDC, “Application performance consistency is key to service profitability and with considerable scalability and hardware-assisted garbage collection, Azul appliances deliver consistency assurance needed by today’s enterprise.”

“Developers are increasingly taking advantage of massive shared memory parallelism in Java. And it is paying off,” said Doug Lea, Professor of Computer Science, State University of New York at Oswego. “Support for large numbers of processors, huge managed memories, and concurrency-aware virtual machines, libraries, and frameworks is clearly a winning combination in current and future scalable enterprise systems.”

“Vega 2-based 3200 Series of Compute Appliances, packed with up to 192 cores and 192 GB memory, allow enterprises to deploy the most scalable and reliable Java applications in the world,” said Bob Pasker, Java Luminary and original creator of WebLogic. “By deploying server-based Java applications on the Azul platform, customers can finally say goodbye to capacity planning and resource management problems.”

About Azul Systems 

Azul Systems is a global provider of enterprise server appliances that deliver compute and memory resources as a shared network service for transaction-intensive applications, such as those built on the Java™ platform. Our family of Azul Compute Appliancesenables transparent, massively scalable infrastructure that supports the business priorities of today’s most demanding enterprise environments and delivers increased capabilities, capacity and utilization at a fraction of the cost of traditional computing models. More information on Azul Systems can be found at http://www.azulsystems.com.

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