Java is #1 choice for cloud according to VDC Research

January 20, 2022 | 3 minute read
Alexandra Huff
Director of Java Global Marketing
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In November 2021, VDC Research published a paper based on a research study on the usage and importance of Java in enterprises, titled Long-term Success and Security with Java. In this article we review the highlights of the study, and invite the reader to engage further, by downloading the paper on the full study and attending a live webinar on January 25, 2022 with one of the study’s researchers and authors Christopher Rommel, Executive Vice President, at VDC Research, and Manish Gupta, Vice President of Java and GraalVM Marketing at Oracle.


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VDC Research conducts an annual survey of Java in the enterprise, to maintain current data on Java adoption and important aspects of where and how Java is being used. The 2021 report based on 507 technology executives, managers and developers from around the world, confirmed that strong adoption of Java for new projects continues, both on-premises and in the cloud.


The study looked at more than 20 of the top programming languages in use today and found that Java continues to be the #1 rated language for top technology trends, and the highest-rated language developers trust to address security initiatives.




The study also found that organizations’ projects not using Java typically cost 22% more than those that do use Java.



Java is expected to be the most frequently used programming language platform in three years, outpacing JavaScript, C++ and Python, among others, the study revealed.


Cloud developers cite Java as the language most important to their organizations’ operations. This holds true for projects involving developing in or deploying on the cloud. Java’s presence in the cloud ecosystem has been building for years, with cloud-based JVMs now on a trajectory to grow 12.5% per year to reach an active installed base of 82 billion in 2025.


The VDC Research paper goes into more detail on the methodology used in the survey and provides more findings and commentary on the data. It covers how security needs are redefining development technology choices, along with the researchers’ thoughts on the costs and impact of these choices. It covers IT thought leaders’ views on top technology trends and much more. We think you will find the seven-page paper an interesting read.


For a deeper dive, complete with more details on the specific results, you may also find the discussion between the study’s main author, Chris Rommel of VDC and Manish Gupta of Oracle on the ramifications of these findings and how they apply to future technology choices particularly interesting. You can register now to attend the live webinar on January 25 at 8 am PT/ 11 am ET / 4 pm GMT.


As innovation in the Java platform continues, with the latest long term support release of Java 17 in September 2021 and Java 18 due to be released on the dependable 6-month cadence in March 2022, those who depend on its predictability, security, strong stewardship, world-class support and proven ability to adapt to changing times and needs are well-positioned to keep taking advantage of the full range of benefits Java offers not only for individual developers, but also for the world’s largest enterprises. 


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Alexandra Huff

Director of Java Global Marketing

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