Payara and Azul Secure Java Builds of OpenJDK for Payara Enterprise

Open-source Java platform provider Azul Systems and Jakarta EE- and MicroProfile-compatible app server maker  Payara have extended their agreement to ship Azul's Zulu Enterprise builds of OpenJDK with Payara Platform Enterprise as part of the included support services of Payara Server and Payara Micro.

Payara Enterprise is a cloud-native middleware application platform designed for mission-critical systems in production and containerized Jakarta EE and MicroProfile applications.

This agreement aims to ensure that Payara Enterprise includes the most secure builds of OpenJDK, supports clients with more versions of Java, and reduces clients' infrastructure cost, the two companies said in a statement. It also increases their development flexibility "free of complicated license commitments to Oracle," they said.

As part of the agreement extension, Azul will also provide Zulu Enterprise builds of Open JDK for Payara Enterprise Server on the AArch64 (ARM 64-bit) architecture, to meet recent Payara customer requests to support Aarch64-based AWS instances.

"Both Payara and Azul are committed to open-source, Java-based technology," said Steve Millidge, Payara founder and technical director, in a statement. "We found it easy to seamlessly incorporate Azul's Zulu Enterprise builds of OpenJDK 7, 8, 11 and beyond with Payara Server and Payara Micro, enabling us to provide Enterprise customers with a secure and stable application platform from the JVM on up."

Azul Zulu Enterprise is a 100% open source, fully standards-compliant Java Development Kit (JDK) and runtime platform with no proprietary licenses or field-of-use restrictions.

Both companies share "a total commitment to open source, security, and the best customer support," said Scott Sellers, Azul president and CEO. "We are honored that Payara continues to include Azul Zulu builds of OpenJDK in their offerings, including now supporting AArch64 (Arm 64-bit) architectures."

Zulu Enterprise builds of OpenJDK are incorporated into all distributions of the Payara Enterprise Edition, and provide a number of features and benefits, including:

  • Support for major Java SE releases for at least 10 years
  • Support and security updates for Java 7, 8, 11
  • Access to fully certified and fully supported Zulu binaries
  • Critical Patch Updates (CPU) and Patch Set Updates (PSU) for all supported Zulu versions
  • The ability to raise support tickets for any Zulu Enterprise issue

Payara Platform Enterprise can be downloaded for production environments. Zulu builds are freely available for download and use, without restrictions, from the Azul website.

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