Uni of Sydney shifts to Azul for Java

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The University of Sydney chose Azul as their sole Java provider, expecting to benefit from substantial cost savings compared to incumbent provider Oracle, and much greater predictability and ease of doing business.

Founded in 1850 and serving 74,000 students with 8,100 staff, operating one of the world’s top research universities requires a vast IT footprint comprised of many technologies, including thousands of desktops running Java-based applications and frameworks. 

The university’s Information and Communications Technology Vendor Management Office is tasked with sourcing, implementing and overseeing a wide array of software and hardware vendors. 

After examining the university’s Java estate, the team decided to explore their options for a secure, supported Java runtime that didn’t carry the risk of time-consuming audits.

“As with most universities, we are always looking for efficiency from our IT vendor relationships, not just by lowering costs, but also by eliminating uncertainty and distractions,” said Emiliano Fisanotti, Vendor Management Specialist at The University of Sydney.

“Supporting so many departments and managing a wide range of vendor relationships means I can’t afford to worry about unexpected headaches such as price increases and audits,” said Fisanotti. “With Azul we found a trusted partner who was easy to work with and provided a secure, drop-in replacement for Oracle Java.”

Scott Sellers, CEO and co-founder, Azul, said Australia is a key market for the company and they are rapidly expanding across all of the Asia-Pacific region, partnering with new distributors and hiring sales and technical resources throughout the region.

“Azul is ideal for higher education institutions like The University of Sydney because we are easy on their budget and easy to deploy while providing best-in-class security and support.”

The announcement takes place amid major changes to Oracle Java pricing and a rapid increase in the adoption of OpenJDK-based Java runtimes.