|By Maureen O'Gara||
|September 27, 2012 01:00 PM EDT||
Terracotta would love to stick its knee in the groin of the relational database and figures its new BigMemory Go, a free version of its BigMemory in-memory caching widgetry for Java apps, will put it in easy striking distance by expanding its installed base.
It's counting on users not being content with the single-node 32GB production instance Go offers even if they can put it on as many servers as they want.
The company, now an independent subsidiary of Software AG, calculates that Go users will upgrade within a year to the full, more scalable BigMemory that goes for $500 a gigabyte. And the more mainstream BigMemory goes to speed application performance the less competitive disk-backed databases will be.
They aren't fast enough to serve up data at Big Data scale anyway, Terracotta general manager Gary Nakamura says. And that goes for specialized appliances with limited capacity too.
BigMemory and its attendant - and cheap - server RAM is supposed to deliver up to 1,000 times faster access to terabytes of data than any other technology.
That's why Gary figures the free Go is "the disruptive leader of the in-memory data management revolution" and "the perfect on-ramp to Big Data for every enterprise."
Terracotta is chasing the nine or 10 million Java developers in the world and expects half of the three-four million users of Ehcache, its de facto caching standard for enterprise Java, to upgrade to BigMemory Go, further shifting the balance of data management to in-memory solutions.
Go will give the Ehcache contingent more in-memory capacity as well as search and management capabilities.
BigMemory Go offers:
- A massive in-memory data store - Companies can store as much data in memory as their servers have available
- Very fast searches - There are APIs for searching in-memory data in a predictable manner at extremely low latencies
- Comprehensive management & monitoring - A new web-based dashboard handles the management, administration and monitoring of Go deployments
- Fast restartable store - Go provides a fault-tolerant persistent store that supports the latest SSD and disk technologies.
Go users can purchase additional memory as well as support.
Terracotta claims a majority of the Global 1000 including Visa and Sabre.
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