Oracle's Java Losing Out To Amazon's
Written by Janet Swift   
Monday, 09 May 2022

From having around three-quarters of the Java market in 2022, Oracle's share has now fallen to just over a third. In the same period Amazon has gone from a 2% share to 22%.


These figures come from application monitoring company New Relic. The data for New Relic's 2022 State of the Java Ecosystem Report comes from applications reporting to New Relic in January 2022 and comparisons were made with its first such report made in March 2020.

Sun made Java free and open source back in 2006 and when Oracle, the world's largest database company acquired Sun in 2010 and took over the "official" Java distribution, there were other computing Java distributions including those from Eclipse IBM, RedHat and Ubuntu.

Despite a move towards the Open JDK many enterprises opted to stick with Oracle - but obviously this is starting to change. Although the chart below shows Oracle still has the largest share of the market its share has reduced by over a half. In 2020 Oracle had "roughly 75% of the Java market" it now has less than 35%.

It is Amazon that is in second place according to New Relic's figures, after a sharp rise in its share since the release of Java 17 in November 2021 when its share was almost identical to that of Eclipse Adoptium.newrelic

In his recent look at Where's Java Going In 2022? based on findings from JRebel, Nikos Vaggalis reported that Oracle's share of the market had gone down from 48% in 2020 to 36% in early 2022. Due to the very different nature of the sample the second largest share was "Generic OpenJDK"W with 27% and then AdoptOpenJDK/Adoptium in third place with 16%. Amazon Coretto, in 4th place was only 7%, just ahead of Azul Zulu in 5th place at 6%.

When it comes to Java versions the two reports are also at odds. While New Relic reports that more than 48% of applications are now using Java 11 in production (up from 11.11% in 2020) and is slightly ahead of Java 8 which was used by 46.45%. JRebel, on the other hand showed that Java 8's share (37%) still exceeded that of Java 11 (29%). 




More Information

New Relic - 2022 State of the Java Ecosystem Report

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