Reduce Your Java Support Cost and Avoid Vendor Lock-In

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Nobody likes security exposures or surprise fees. Don't be caught offguard by the Oracle Java SE licensing changes. 

Effective January 2019, will no longer provide free security updates to Java Version 8. And if you ignore Oracle's license changes, your Java development teams may incur large licensing fees. More than ever, businesses are looking to organizations like AdoptOpenJDK for free-to-use, vigorously tested, enterprise-grade, and secure distributions of Java. 

The blog "Java licensing has changed, and you could be affected" that was posted earlier this year outlined what changed and your options. A new analysis by Creative Intellect Consulting (CIC) goes into more detail. Below is an excerpt from the report:

"As of January 2019, under Oracle's new licensing terms, customers will need to be aware of key changes to understand the compliance, security and support posture of their Java investments. It is especially vital for those commercial users who need to understand what they will need to pay if they wish to use in production or distribute a Java application (whether desktop or server-based) and require update patches to essential security and bug fixes. Even though we reference JDK licensing, readers should be aware that this also applies to the corresponding JRE.


For many organisations, especially those in regulated industries, it will be impossible not to pay the licence fee unless they choose to move away from Oracle's JDK implementation. Java applications that are deemed to be mission critical will most likely be already covered by a support contract enabling defects to be resolved and security updates and bug fixes to be continuously and seamless administered. There will, however, be a sizeable number of applications used within an organisation, either for internal operations or for applications that are not deemed mission critical but can still deliver important functionality and service. 

Not being able to secure or fix critical bugs that arise will create a vulnerability point that threat agents will only be too happy to exploit, especially if it provides a way to more lucrative and damaging areas of the business. Given the weak security posture of many organisations and the capacity for trust, confidence and privacy woven into the foundations for digital transformation, there is only one question to ask: How lucky does your organisation feel?"

The report goes on to explain the consequences of inaction and their recommended free-to-use alternatives to the Oracle Java JRE commercial licensing.

Webinar: How To Reduce Your Java Support Cost & Avoid Vendor Lock-In

In the webinar "How To Reduce Your Java Support Cost & Avoid Vendor Lock-In," speakers Bola Rotibi, CIC Research Director, and Clive Howard, CIC Principal Practitioner Analyst, will present their analysis. IBM's Java CTO Tim Ellison will also explain IBM's support for open source Java tailored to development shops who want control over which deployments require enterprise critical bug fixes and security patches and which can safely rely on community-based support. 

Don't be caught unprepared. Register for the webinar today.

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