Report: 80% of Oracle JDK customers contemplating various help choices


In 2019, Oracle decided that shook up the Java group. The corporate modified their licensing mannequin in order that solely these with a paid business subscription plan would obtain updates to Java SE. 

Whereas some corporations utilizing Java have caught with Oracle and handled elevated help prices, many are leaping ship. 

In accordance with a brand new survey by Azul Techniques, 80% of Oracle JDK customers are at present contemplating different choices. Oracle JDK customers beforehand made up a big share of Java customers, in response to a 2018 survey collectively commissioned by Snyk and Oracle. That survey discovered that 70% of respondents used Oracle JDK, 21% used OpenJDK, and 9% used different JDK implementations like Eclipse OpenJ9/IBM J9, Android SDK, and Azul. 

With 80% of that 70% of customers now contemplating alternate options, there’s a big hole out there for these various implementations to take maintain. 

“Main business analysts agree that almost all of Oracle’s JVM clients are searching for a cheaper open supply resolution which helps in any other case unsupported older releases,” mentioned Invoice Coleman, Azul’s Chairman of the Board.

In accordance with Azul Techniques, a more moderen survey from February 2020 confirmed that most well-liked use of Oracle JDK had dropped from 70% to 32%. The 2020 model of Snyk and Oracle’s survey confirmed related outcomes.

The 2020 JVM Ecosystem report additionally discovered that 86% of respondents weren’t paying for Java help. Seven % mentioned they’d be prepared to pay for help based mostly on launch cadence modifications, and 19% would take into account that risk. 

Of people who do pay for help at present, Oracle stays the winner with 55% of the market share. Following Oracle have been Purple Hat (17%), IBM (16%), and Azul (12%). 

“When builders do select to pay for JDK help, Oracle continues to be the clear winner whereas the opposite three distributors share the rest of the market somewhat equally. On reflection, because of this, if solely 9% of builders pay for JDK help (as seen in query 2), the overall inhabitants of builders that pay Oracle, is 5% – or 1 in 20 builders,” Snyk acknowledged of their 2020 JVM Ecosystem report.