Customer need to install a proxy server into their servers and the server applicance acts as a booster. It runs Java applications, divided into smaller, discrete tasks called threads. This would enable much faster processing times than that achieved by today's servers.
"An interesting concept" said Kevin Krewell, editor-in-chief of Microprocessor Report, "The issue is the overhead".
What makes Azul's approach different? Today's servers are designed to run a particular brand of software. For example, PCs are tuned to run Windows-compatible programs. But nearly all new corporate software is developed with so-called "virtual-machine" technologies, such as Java or Microsoft's (MSFT) .net, that let it run on any type of underlying hardware. Azul's server, dubbed the compute appliance, is the first designed from scratch to do one thing: run this "virtual machine" code faster and more efficiently than existing servers.Azul press release on network attached processsing
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