Java hardware start-up wins early allies

Azul Systems partners with BEA Systems and JBoss in its bid to popularize special-purpose hardware to centralize Java server programs.

Stephen Shankland principal writer
Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and writes about processors, digital photography, AI, quantum computing, computer science, materials science, supercomputers, drones, browsers, 3D printing, USB, and new computing technology in general. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces. His first big scoop was about radioactive cat poop.
Expertise processors, semiconductors, web browsers, quantum computing, supercomputers, AI, 3D printing, drones, computer science, physics, programming, materials science, USB, UWB, Android, digital photography, science Credentials
  • I've been covering the technology industry for 24 years and was a science writer for five years before that. I've got deep expertise in microprocessors, digital photography, computer hardware and software, internet standards, web technology, and other dee
Stephen Shankland
SAN FRANCISCO--Azul Systems, a start-up hoping to sell special-purpose hardware to centralize Java server programs, has won two significant allies in its bid to popularize its technology: BEA Systems and JBoss.

Azul announced certification and marketing partnerships with BEA and JBoss at Sun Microsystems' JavaOne trade show here this week. BEA and JBoss compete with each other in the market for application server software, a product for running Java programs on the powerful networked computers called servers.

Azul sells servers with numerous custom-made processors tailored to run Java instructions. But the Java programs themselves reside on conventional servers, running the show while transferring the grunt work of processing to the Azul systems. In Azul's conception, a single Azul system can supply processing power to several conventional Java servers.

The handoff to the Azul systems requires that the conventional server's Java software--the foundation supplied by companies such as BEA and JBoss--be adjusted to redirect appropriate operations to the Azul systems.

BEA and Azul have been working on certification activities since last fall, and the two companies will conduct joint sales and marketing activities. The JBoss pact involves certification and promotional work, Azul said.

Azul launched its Compute Appliance line in April with prices as high as $800,000. The company also has a partnership with IBM Global Services.