Jakarta EE on Azure – November 2023

Josephine Qiu

Hi everyone, welcome to the November update for Jakarta EE on Azure. Microsoft partners with Jakarta EE application server vendors to create Azure Marketplace offers – with Solution Templates and Base Images that allow customers to quickly deploy their software on Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Red Hat OpenShift, and Azure Container Apps. Additionally, there is a wide range of Jakarta EE and MicroProfile documentation guidance in Azure Learn platform to make it as easy as possible to get started with production ready deployments utilizing best practices from both Jakarta EE application server vendors and Microsoft. To refresh your experience of using Java EE, Jakarta EE, and MicroProfile on Azure, here is the news you should know!


RHEL 8.7 Base Images for WebLogic on Azure VMs Now Available

We now have Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.7 Base Images for Oracle WebLogic on Azure Virtual Machine (VM).  The Azure Application Marketplace offers have been updated to allow users to choose these base images when deploying the offer.

Image WLS on Azure offers

You may find Azure Application Marketplace offers for WebLogic on Azure with the following short links:


Azure Extensions for MicroProfile Available in Maven Central

The Azure extensions for MicroProfile are now available in Maven Central.

The Azure/azure-microprofile repository hosts Azure extensions for MicroProfile, which are implemented by different Azure services. For example, the Config Source for Azure Key Vault extension allows users to interact with Azure Key Vault for securely storing and accessing secrets. The extension is now being published to Maven Central here com.azure.microprofile:azure-microprofile-config-keyvault (sonatype.com). Feel free to explore the following sample applications in the repository:

  • Open Liberty sample: This sample demonstrates how to configure an Open Liberty application to retrieve secrets from Azure Key Vault using the MicroProfile Config APIs to create a direct connection to Azure Key Vault.
  • Quarkus sample: This sample demonstrates how to configure a Quarkus application to retrieve secrets from Azure Key Vault using the MicroProfile Config APIs to create a direct connection to Azure Key Vault.


Quarkus on Azure Guidance Newly Published

Quarkus is the modern framework for developing Java applications that are optimized for cloud-native and serverless environments. Discover how to deploy a Java application with Quarkus on Azure Container Apps by following our comprehensive step-by-step guides.

The sample application in the article is a simple CRUD application with a JavaScript front end and a REST endpoint. Azure Database for PostgreSQL provides the persistence layer for the app. In the article, there shows how to test the Quarkus app locally and deploy it to Container Apps.

There are also guides that describe how to deploy a Quarkus app on Azure Kubernetes Service or Azure Functions. Feel free to explore these options on your own.


Open Liberty on Azure Guidance Newly Published

The Open Liberty Operator simplifies the deployment and management of applications running on Kubernetes-based clusters. Azure Container Apps (ACA) is a powerful Azure services for running containerized applications. It is more app-centric and provides a simpler serverless experience than Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) without exposing the underlying Kubernetes APIs or cluster management. It also supports event-driven architecture and scaling to zero. This guide, recently published, can expedite your journey towards Liberty on ACA.

Alternatively, there is a guide on deploying a Java application with Open Liberty or WebSphere Liberty on an AKS cluster. It uses the Azure Marketplace offer for Open Liberty/WebSphere Liberty to accelerate the journey to AKS. The offer can be found with this shortcut link directly: https://aka.ms/liberty-aks.


JBoss EAP on Azure Guidance Newly Published

Virtual machines are a mature, proven migration path to the cloud that provides maximum flexibility and control.  Microsoft and Red Hat provide robust options for migrating JBoss EAP workloads to Azure Virtual Machines (Azure VMs).  In most cases, Azure Marketplace solution templates can accelerate migrating JBoss EAP workloads.  It offers a complete and in-depth understanding with the tutorial below, which outlines the steps for manual installation of JBoss EAP Server on Azure VMs, along with instructions on configurating a cluster in domain mode on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Azure VMs.

If you prefer a fully automated solution that does all steps on your behalf on GNU/Linux VMs, refer to the following Quick Start guide, in which it uses the Azure Marketplace offer for JBoss EAP on Azure:


Building Cloud Native Application Based on MicroProfile

At the recent JakartaOne Livestream Conference, we delivered a session on Building Cloud Native applications based on MicroProfile. The sample application showcased in the session demonstrated how to build microservices using MicroProfile 6.0 and Jakarta EE 10. Find the session recording from YouTube DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES FOR BUILDING CLOUD-NATIVE APPLICATIONS BASED ON MICROPROFILE (in Chinese). For the sample code behind this demo, see https://aka.ms/microprofile-piggymetrics.

JakartaOne Livestream is a one-day virtual conference for developers and technical business leaders. It brings insights into the current state and future of Jakarta™ EE and related technologies focused on developing cloud native Java applications. Read more from JakartaOne Livestream.


Overview for Jakarta EE on Azure offers

Microsoft partners with IBM, Oracle, and Red Hat to bring their app server products to Azure. The Azure Marketplace offers are:

Besides, there are multiple supporting technologies for Cloud Native Java, which include but are not limited to the Quarkus extensions, the Azure MicroProfile library, and integrations into other Azure dev services.

Quarkus Azure Services Extensions are

Azure Extensions for MicroProfile are



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