Managing Java SE the easy way
November 10, 2021
Managing Java SE the easy way
Score 7 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Oracle Java SE Subscription
As an educational institution, we have thousands of machines that need to be loaded with a variety of different software and systems for our students to be able to achieve the goals set by the university. I am based in a School of Computing and we utilize Java as one of our core programming languages, as such we needed to find a cost-effective way of licensing Java across all of these machines. This is why we chose to use the Java SE subscription as it simplifies the distribution of licenses, is cheaper, and covers cloud functionality which has been significantly useful with the transition to more cloud-based services.
- Cost effective options for smaller organizations.
- Great automated security and patching options.
- Cross-platform support (Desktop, Cloud etc.).
- Some interesting ML options.
- Easy to use developer environment.
- User based subscription could be replaced with an enterprise level option.
- Core features not always updated as quickly as the free alternative Java SDK.
- No backup facility.
- Improved Java deployment efficiency.
- Reduced costs.
- Real time diagnostics minimizes downtime.
During the setup process, Oracle's team was very supportive of working with our team to help introduce the subscription services for both Desktop machines and their cloud-based options. We have contacted them several times since and they have always been able to provide experts who could quickly help us with a large variety of problems. Having 24/7 access to this kind of support has been a significant stress relief for the organization and we are happy to recommend them because of this.
As Java has been developed by Oracle, you can rely on them being the best providers for support and implementation of Java across a large variety of systems. The support staff around the SE subscription have been exceptionally helpful throughout the entire process from purchasing to post-installation support. The subscription itself gives you a strong development platform along with access to a variety of useful tools all of which are on par with other industry-standard systems. The simple UI and strong inter-connectivity with other Oracle systems far exceed what other providers are trying to provide.
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The Oracle Java SE Subscription is a useful service that can support larger organizations that need to implement quick feature development and need to do so with maximum support with minimal fuss. Performance can vary due to the nature of Javas JVM having to boot upon every start and there can be some compatibility issues with a few third-party systems. Smaller organizations would be better off utilizing Java SDK or OpenJDK as these are free but don't have the benefit of direct support from Oracle. If a larger organization has a long history of using Java and has legacy systems running on older versions of Java, then the extra support needed will more than justify the cost If you are heavily invested in Java and need to support applications running on older versions such as Java 8, or you want to use OracleJDK, then you would want to consider getting the subscription for its support and patches.