The quest for ultimate trading system stability continues as Azul upgrades runtime environment

Californian specialist in low-latency trading solutions Azul Systems has developed a further release of its Zing Runtime for Java solution which arrived on the market at the end of last week. The company announced the availability of the new solution September 29. The new Zing version 14.09 further advances Azul’s ReadyNow! technology and adds full support for Java SE 8.

According to Azul Systems, ReadyNow! solves the “warm-up” problem prevalent in many Java applications and ensures peak application performance is available without long “warm-up” periods and during other critical times. Zing 14.09 includes new ReadyNow!™ capabilities that enable performance optimization settings and learned compiler decisions from prior application runs to be available at application startup and restarts. This unique capability enables Java applications to reach their full performance profile dramatically faster (without the slowdowns associated with typical Java application Just-In-Time compilation) and also substantially reduces variability in runtime performance and latency.

“With Zing 14.09, we are greatly extending the flexibility of the JVM and are delivering the ‘holy grail’ of solutions to solve Java’s warm-up problem”, said Scott Sellers, Azul Systems co-founder and CEO in a corporate statement. “The new Zing release extends the benefits of ReadyNow! technology for use in a variety of latency-sensitive domains, including financial trading systems and real-time risk analytics, web-scale applications, telecommunications, and other segments requiring consistent, low latency execution.”

Zing 14.09 is also fully compatible with Java SE 8. Java developers and DevOps personnel may now utilize the full feature set of Java SE 8 while also realizing the benefits of Zing including elimination of garbage collection pauses, the ability to utilize large in-memory datasets without stalls or performance penalty, and consistent, predictable low-latency performance.

“Zing, Azul’s advanced JVM, remains one of very few options available for customers requiring the maximum performance and consistency from a Java runtime,” said John Abbott, Distinguished Analyst at 451 Research. “The new features in Zing 14.09 significantly extend the core low-latency and garbage collection capabilities that support the most demanding business applications, such as those in the financial, eCommerce, and telecommunications sectors.”

As far as cost is concerned, the annualized subscription price for Zing per physical server ranges from $3500 (for several hundred servers) to $7500, and the new Zing release 14.09 is available immediately. Zing is priced on a subscription basis per server.

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