While the company has not announced any deployments yet (field testing mode), the company and their "network attached processing" vision has recently been recognized by awards from FastCompany (the Fast50 top innovators) and eWeek's excellence awards hardware server category, launched today. Javaworld has also featured them today in a new article the next wave in J2EE deployment.
According to Azul:
Network attached processing delivers compute as a shared network resource comprising compute pools of ultra-high capacity compute appliances. Any Java or J2EE platform-based application in the datacenter can tap the pool without application modifications or long-term binary or instruction set lock in. The design provides a small footprint, high rack density, low power consumption and simple administration.The appliances (compute pools) contain up to 384 coherent processor cores and 256 gigabytes of memory in a fully symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) system. Transparency as far as application code is concerned is achieved by a virtual machine proxy technology redirects application workloads to the compute pool trasparently.
When first announced on TSS, one TSS member pointed out that this doesn't solve the performance bottlenecks of IO. In the same thread, Sam Pullara of Accel Partners (an investor in Azul) says summarized that their work has definitely moved us closer to the infinite CPU source in the sky that storage systems have had for years now.
Will network attached processing become an essential reality in large scale enterprise Java deployments?