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Uncovering Java Cloud Cost Optimization Myths

Setting the record straight about common misconceptions when optimizing cloud costs for Java applications and infrastructure.

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1. Java and the Java runtime have no impact on my cloud compute bill.

Reality: There are significant efficiencies and cloud cost savings to be realized from improved application speed and consistency using faster Java runtimes.

- Azul’s high-performance Java runtime runs code 20-50% faster
- Less cloud compute needed equals lower bills
- Reduce the number of instances you need to run the same workload
- Improve performance while reducing cloud waste

2. We don’t have a performance problem for critical Java applications that we run in the cloud

Reality: Many teams unknowingly over provision resources and waste cloud compute capacity that they’ve already paid for.

- Low CPU utilization thresholds for autoscaling often indicate cloud waste
- Faster Java apps running on a high-performance Java runtime can result in more than 20% reduction in cloud costs
- Switching your Java runtime means more throughput while meeting service levels at high loads, and reduced cost per transaction
- Provision for demand spikes at a lower cost
- A faster Java runtime keeps CPU usage low and steady, freeing up server & instance capacity for future growth

3. All Java runtimes are the same.

Reality: Industry analysts and leading companies running modern cloud architectures agree that using a high-performance Java runtime improves Java application performance and reduces cloud waste.

- Improve application responsiveness with faster code execution
- Reduce timeouts, latencies, and errors, while maintaining consistent performance SLAs – even as loads increase
- Improve elasticity with rapid warmup that run workloads at full speed from the outset
- Fewer compute resources needed for the same workload
- Build and deliver new features faster by reducing time spent coding performance issues

4. It is too difficult to use a different Java JDK/runtime to optimize cloud costs.

Reality: You don’t have to make any code changes to optimize your Java performance and cloud utilization.  The world’s leading companies have switched to using a high-performance Java runtime.

- Simply install a piece of software, no code compilation or architecture changes needed
- Better performance and less instances required

5. I’m running out of ways to draw down my committed discounted cloud spend.

Reality: Use your committed spend with AWS and Google marketplaces to procure a faster Java runtime. With that you get:

- Additional discounts through committed spend thresholds
- Reduced cloud waste
- Greater ease of transaction
- Wholesale and even custom prices
- Simplified contracting

6. I must upgrade to the latest version of Java to improve my Java application performance in the cloud

Reality: You don’t need to move to the latest Java release to improve performance.  We know you want to – but you don’t have to. Azul’s high-performance Java runtime – Azul Zing Builds of OpenJDK, included with Azul Platform Prime – is always faster than OpenJDK.

Take advantage of performance optimizations available in incremental Java releases (e.g. Java 17 offers performance improvements over Java 11) at your own pace. Azul makes what you run today in production run faster, without the burden of doing a major release update until you’re ready.
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