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BellSoft is excited to announce its new agreement with VMware.

BellSoft announces a support agreement with VMware, enabling a fully supported end-to-end native solution for Spring Boot


Published September 2, 2021


BellSoft, the provider of progressive Java Runtime for agile enterprises, and one of the leading OpenJDK contributors, is excited to announce its new agreement with VMware. Now, using Spring Native and Liberica Native Image Kit (NIK), developers will be able to produce Spring Boot native applications seamlessly. Thanks to this agreement, VMware Tanzu® customers using Spring Native will utilize Native Image Kit and a Liberica Java Runtime, which will enable Spring Boot developers to reduce the startup time of their services and memory consumption.

As a result of this arrangement, through Cloud Native Buildpacks VMware will provide their users with a totally integrated experience including both native support for Spring and Liberica Native Image Kit in the popular Java buildpack.

BellSoft has previously been providing JDK support to VMware for its customers. Satisfied with the constantly reliable and timely support of OpenJDK, VMware invited BellSoft to extend the relationship by providing compiler and Java Runtime support for Spring Native.

Being a part of the VMware ecosystem of products, Spring already uses Liberica JDK. Liberica NIK Core is based on OpenJDK and GraalVM with no additional dependencies, and fully aligns with GraalVM’s release cadence. It also supports all standard platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac), and optional platforms, including AArch64. The absence of additional dependencies and languages caters to better security and maintainability. Liberica NIK also fully supports Alpine Linux, as both build and deploy platforms, thus allowing the reduction of container size compared to conventional Linux distributions.

“Cloud infrastructure is becoming increasingly crucial in the modern development landscape. As many enterprises are entering the cloud, the Java community is adapting to their needs, creating solutions such as Liberica NIK, and integrating them into popular frameworks like Spring Boot,” says Alexander Belokrylov, CEO of BellSoft.

Liberica Native Image Kit (NIK) is a universal compiler based on the GraalVM Community Edition code base. NIK is designed to enable the implementation of multilingual projects, such as microservices. It allows Java developers to use libraries and frameworks written in other languages. Liberica NIK Core is a particular version of Liberica NIK that is restricted to only Java support. It is perfect for pure Java development, particularly when paired with Spring Native.

About BellSoft

BellSoft — a leading OpenJDK contributor provides security and progressive Java Runtime, Liberica JDK, for cloud and present-day architectures and modern tools for Java applications. BellSoft engineers have been contributing to the OpenJDK project since its inception.The company drives a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and compact containers with Liberica JDK targets microservice solutions on. Using popular as well as in-house performance optimization techniques and tools allows BellSoft to work on performance tuning for industry leaders.

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About VMware

VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to customers globally, aided by an extensive ecosystem of partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact.

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