Zing Java Runtime Added to JBoss Data Grid

Azul Systems and Red Hat today announced that the Zing runtime for Java will be available as a free upgrade with JBoss Data Grid subscriptions. Azul's Zing JVM was certified for Red Hat's in-memory data management solution just over a year ago. This agreement "builds on the prior collaboration," the two companies said, to mitigate some of the performance issues associated with high-density storage.

Red Hat's JBoss Data Grid in-memory data management solution is designed to provide fast access to large volumes of data, and includes features like map/reduce, querying, processing for streaming data, and transaction capabilities.

Azul's Zing JVM is based on Oracle's HotSpot, a core component of Java SE. It's a "no-pause" JVM designed to eliminate Garbage Collection (GC) pauses, a long-standing challenge for Java developers. This pauselessness, which Azul calls "generational pauseless garbage collection" (GPGC), enables Java app instances to scale dynamically and reliably. Azul CEO Scott Sellers has called GC "the Achilles heel of Java."

The Zing JVM supports high-performance, on-heap storage, which makes it a good fit for JBoss Data Grid deployments that feature large in-memory data sets. By providing Zing with JBoss Data Grid, Red Hat is extending support for the persistent operation of Java instances that can manage up to eight terabytes of memory, reduce the number of nodes needed in the cluster, and simplify deployment and management.

"Modern applications can benefit from data grid technology to improve performance and availability and reduce latency," said 451 Research analyst Matt Aslett, in a statement. "The combination of JBoss Data Grid and Zing provides Red Hat customers with the ability to take advantage of Zing's large on-heap storage and persistent operations to support next-generation, large-scale data processing for applications including low-latency stream processing, and search."

About the Author

John has been covering the high-tech beat from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly two decades. He serves as Editor-at-Large for Application Development Trends ( and contributes regularly to Redmond Magazine, The Technology Horizons in Education Journal, and Campus Technology. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Everything Guide to Social Media; The Everything Computer Book; Blobitecture: Waveform Architecture and Digital Design; John Chambers and the Cisco Way; and Diablo: The Official Strategy Guide.



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