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Azul Spins With Tangosol

Data center startup Azul Systems Inc. has added software vendor Tangosol Inc. to its growing list of partners, although the company is keeping schtum on takeup of its technology (see Azul Partners With Tangosol).

Azul claims a new approach to dealing with data center workloads. Traditionally, users have kept additional processing capacity within their servers to cope with peaks and troughs when dealing with Java-based applications. However, the startup now redirects these workloads to its family of Compute Appliances (see Cisco Resells Opnet Software and Azul Attacks Data Center Apps).

By offloading Java workloads to processors in its devices, the idea is that data center servers can be freed up to work on other things, and Azul has earned a reputation as something of a technology trailblazer (see Building Virtual Empires).

Tangosols flagship product is its Coherence software, which aims to remove network bottlenecks by helping large J2EE applications access database information. The Somerville, Mass., vendor targets the product at hardware grids and clusters, which are gaining momentum in data centers (see Buffalo Cluster's a Grid Cornerstone, D. E. Shaw Implements Sun Grid, and Keynote: Grids to Grow).

The two companies are now working together on joint sales and marketing activities.

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