Azul is not yet ready to announce any partners it might have on the initiative but will approach vendors who could be critical to the effort, such as Oracle, which now maintains Java technologies developed by Sun Microsystems. Other platforms, such as .Net and Ruby, also could benefit. Linux players will be approached as well.
Azul has found interest in the effort from Microsoft, Sellers said. But this interest does not necessarily mean Microsoft's active support, he stressed.
The technology forming the basis of the initiative was developed by Azul, which has specialized in hardware appliances to speed up Java performance. With its new direction, Azul could conceivably branch out into the software business, Sellers explained.
Oracle, Microsoft, and the Linux Foundation were not able to provide any comment on the initiative as of Monday afternoon.
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