Azul Platform is the Java virtual machine (JVM) for the modern cloud enterprise, slashing infrastructure costs while turbo-charging performance and scalability in a Java-centric world.

As its recent Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) report demonstrated, by leveraging Azul organisations can:

  • Achieve a potential 224% ROI in three years - for instance, saving $2 million (£1.6m) on Java runtime cloud costs over that timeframe.

  • Eliminate the stalls, jitter, and latency outliers of Java garbage collection.

  • Free up resource to focus on core tasks and revenue generation.

  • Payback on Azul Platform Prime can happen within three months.


With a laser-focus on performance, organisations can unlock their full business potential today and in future. Java plays a critical role in overall capability, performance, security and value within so many potential customer organisations, enabling them to prioritise their own customers’ success and commitment to innovation and excellence.


In Forrester's TEI, Azul Platform Prime customers greatly improved their Java performance partly by reducing latency issues, substituted increased memory instead of adding high cost servers, and wasted less developer time on latency and troubleshooting. Developers increased their productivity by 20% and were able to defer purchases of $800,000-worth of new servers for two years.

Prior to implementing Azul:

  • Specialised coding was needed to head off latency issues.

  • Heap memory expansion meant adding servers to meet service levels including troubleshooting and recovery activity.

  • Devteams spent more time performance tuning, troubleshooting and debugging - even as cloud resource costs continued to rise. Increased developer efficiency due to code simplification was valued at $705,000 over three years.

  • Lack of coding skills restricted the use of Java coding libraries and Java-based environments.

Each of this issues was reduced or even eliminated with the implementation of Azul. Java startup and warm-up behaviors improved enough so customers met service level agreements (SLAs) for normal startups and attained peak performance at pace. Compiler-generated code typically ran at the same speed or faster than with the JVMs on which they'd previously relied.

Customers were able to increase heap memory from 0.5GB to 1TB or more. Azul Platform Prime eliminates the 32 GB memory constraints common to other major JVMs, helping reduce the need for servers and Java licenses.

Costs around re-architecting solution components were also reduced over the three year period. Azul Platform Prime also enables organisations to rely on a simpler architecture with less need for regular redesign.

Read more of the metrics in the full Forrester report, which you can download free here.

(Source: Forrester TEI report)


Forrester also noted a range of benefits for which they were unable to apply a monetary or numerical value for the purposes of the study. For example, customers not only met but were consistently exceeding their SLA commitments - enhancing their ability to stand out in an increasingly crowded market typical of many industries and sectors.

Two of the customers interviewed, by the way, measure their performance in micro-seconds.

One customer who had previous found achieving a 99.5% SLA too difficult was enabled by Azul to achieve between 99.99% and 99.999%.

At the same time, customer organisations often favour use of open-source, particularly if the scale of transactions is high, while developers typically prefer to concentrate on building solutions, rather than writing code that's about preventing or fixing issues, for instance with Java virtual machines. It follows that with Azul, employee satisfaction can also rise.

The interviews covered off four fundamental elements for economic impact, modelling the benefits, costs, risks and flexibility on offer from Azul.


QBS partners working with Azul on its wide range of OpenJDK based products are better placed to optimise their cloud infrastructure and lower Java support and licensing costs while delivering transformative revenue-generating applications at attractive margins.

In addition, Azul Vulnerability Detection is a new SaaS product for detecting JVM vulnerabilities at their point-of-use in production.

With its extensive track record of bringing innovative and unique dev tools to market, QBS understands the challenges customer organisations, including VARs and MSPs, can face across the software development ecosystems.

When you're looking to reduce cloud costs and Java licensing, optimising cloud infrastructures, give us a call to discuss Azul.

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