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Understanding the New Java SE Release Cadence and Commercialization Models for Java SE

Understanding the New Java SE Release Cadence and Commercialization Models for Java SE

This IDC Perspective examines recent changes to the commercialization and release model for Java SE and the implications of these changes for technology buyers of Java SE. "The conjunction of a new release cadence and a new commercialization model for Java SE renders the task of identifying the best path for their organization's usage of Java SE nuanced and complex," said Arnal Dayaratna, research director, Software Development at IDC. "In addition, assessing the financial and operational impact of obtaining a commercial subscription for Java SE requires careful consideration of how an organization plans to use Java SE for development and testing use cases as opposed to production-grade deployments."

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
Summary of Changes to Java SE
New Release Cadence
Transition from License to Subscription Model
Perpetual License-Based Model
Subscription-Based Model
Oracle JDK Versus OpenJDK
Long-Term Support
Advice for the Technology Buyer
Develop a Java SE Strategy for Your Organization
Commercial Java SE Subscriptions: Oracle JDK or OpenJDK Releases
Conduct a Thorough Review of Your Java SE Assets
Quantify Your Need for Java SE Installations in the Next One to Three Years
Decide on a Java SE Upgrade Strategy that Suits Your Organization
Make Plans to Transition to OpenJDK Binaries Before a Java SE Subscription Ends
Understand the Advantages of Time-Boxed Feature Releases and Long-Term Support Releases
Use a Structured Framework to Compare Commercial Distributions of OpenJDK Releases
Be Prepared to Change Your Java SE Strategy as the Landscape of Commercial Support Evolves
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