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Azul Plans Proof Program

Azul Systems Inc. is about to unveil a verification and benchmarking program for its server-offloading appliances.

The startup plans to launch the program in its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, allowing companies to test how well its Compute Appliances run Java-based applications from partners such as BEA Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), Tangosol Inc., VMware Inc., and Wily Technology. (See Azul Pegs Pegasus and Azul Spins With Tangosol.)

The program could bolster Azul's claims of reducing host servers by "double digits" among early adopters of its 11-rack-unit-high box. Containing 96 to 384 processor cores, Azul's Compute Appliances are aimed at taking J2EE virtual machine processing off the shoulders of servers. So far, though, just one customer, Pegasus Solutions Inc., has been announced.

CEO Stephen DeWitt also hopes the testing program inspires partners to imagine new users for Azul's technology. While he won't be specific, he doesn't scoff at the concept of Azul's appliances assisting in a new model of data delivery that encompasses storage networking.

Since its launch six months ago, Azul, which has about 200 employees and suboffices in the U.K. and Tokyo, has assiduously controlled information about its technology, customers, and investors. (See Azul to Launch Virtual Java Box.) CEO Stephen DeWitt still won't reveal the number of customers or the amount of funding the company has.

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