Oracle makes the Java Discovery Service free for everyone

Oracle is making the discovery capabilities of its cloud-hosted Java Management Service available to all users free of charge. Previously, the feature was only available to users with an Oracle Java SE (Standard Edition) subscription or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure users.

Java Management Service is a native Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) service that monitors Java deployments on instances running in OCI or in customer data centers. Its discovery capability allows users to identify Java runtime installations and their versions. The feature also tracks which applications are using which Java runtimes.

Java Management Service’s basic discovery features will be available free of charge to all users, while its more advanced features, such as the ability to install and remove Java runtimes, will be available only to Java SE subscribers and OCI customers. Oracle will not include Java Management Service features under development, such as the ability to identify cryptography usage or third-party library usage. Oracle also develops customizable installations of Java Management Service.

Discovery service users will be required to pay the underlying costs of monitoring OCI data, described as nominal by Oracle and often covered by incentives for opening new OCI accounts. Since the Java Management Service is an OCI service and not part of the Java Runtime Environment, it has a faster release cadence, as many cloud services do. New features, at least theoretically, should appear more frequently in Java Management Service than in Java.

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