Microsoft buys jClarity to improve Azure

Microsoft has acquired AdoptOpenJDK project contributor jClarity to drive increased performance for Java workloads on Azure.Formed by Java champions and data scientists with proven expertise in data driven Java Virtual Machine (JVM) optimisations, the jClarity team will help Microsoft to leverage advancements in the Java platform.

“The jClarity team, with the backing of Microsoft, will continue to collaborate with the OpenJDK community and the Java ecosystem to foster the progress of the platform,” wrote John Montgomery, Corporate Vice President of Program Management for Developer Tools and Services at Microsoft in a blogpost.

Microsoft’s usage of Java has grown to include multiple large-scale deployments such as Azure HDInsight and Minecraft. Adobe, Daimler and Société Générale are among its customers to have brought their Java production workloads to Azure.

The relationship with the jClarity team is not new as Microsoft has since June 2018 sponsored the AdoptOpenJDK project to help build binaries of OpenJDK for different platforms, including Linux and Windows.