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When Microsoft decided to make an open source Java offering available on the Azure Cloud, they turned to Azul
Microsoft wanted Java to be free of restrictions, and they teamed with Azul to deliver certified builds of OpenJDK for Java SE 6, 7, 8 and beyond.
In late 2012, Microsoft approached Azul Systems with a bold proposal: They wanted to offer Java on the Microsoft Azure Cloud, unencumbered by complex licensing or end-user restrictions.
By the Summer of 2013, Azul Zulu was born, and formally launched that Fall at JavaOne. Zulu complies with the Java SE standards for Java 8, 7, and 6, and is fully supported on Windows desktops and servers as well as the Azure Cloud. <Later we added support for Linux and the Mac>
Today you can access Zulu via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, and there’s even a Microsoft-authored open source Azure Toolkit for Eclipse with Java available as well.
"Java developers have many development and deployment choices for their applications, and today MS Open Tech and Azul made it easier for Java developers to build and run modern applications in Microsoft’s open cloud platform.”
president of MS Open Tech
Zulu is a certified build of the OpenJDK source, and is fully supported by Azul Systems. Each build must pass all the tests in the OpenJDK Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) – as well as Azul’s robust test suite that has been growing since the company’s launch in 2002.
Azure developers can also purchase enterprise-grade support services from Azul Systems, and fully customized support plans are available as well. Getting started is simple – just search the Azure Marketplace for “zulu” and you are on your way.
Zulu on Azure is 100% open source. There are no license charges and no field of use restrictions.
Zulu is a certified build of OpenJDK, ready for immediate use on the Azure Cloud.
Zulu won’t change your toolbar or scramble your search settings.
Azul CTO Gil Tene provides a two-minute summary of Zulu on Azure