June 26, 2008
GigaSpaces Offers Scale-Out Application Server on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
GigaSpaces Technologies today announced the availability of a "cloud application server" that enables rapid development of scalable, fault-tolerant applications on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Using GigaSpaces' eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) -- the scale-out application server -- the solution leverages the full benefits of the on-demand model of cloud computing. This includes transactional and data-intensive applications, such as those often used in Web 2.0, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and enterprise applications. Additionally, GigaSpaces is offering a usage-based pricing model (per CPU/hour) and enables cloud portability allowing businesses to move on-premise applications to the cloud and vice versa.
Customers utilizing the GigaSpaces "cloud application server" solution on Amazon EC2 will experience such benefits as:
-- On-demand scalability on the cloud: the application grows and shrinks across nodes in the cloud based on actual volumes, limiting costs of required resources only for when they are actually needed; -- Self-healing: in case of failure on the cloud, the application instantly fails-over. with no data loss and ensures reliability is constantly maintained; -- High-performance: the application performs with minimum latency in the cloud, with the GigaSpaces solution managing data in memory and ensuring it is co-located in the same cloud node as the relevant business logic; and, -- Simple and rapid development: applications are written as if to a single machine and GigaSpaces XAP handles deployment on the cloud including partitioning, load-balancing and fail-over.
GigaSpaces released the initial version of its Amazon EC2 offering in November 2007. Start-ups and larger enterprises alike are currently using GigaSpaces on Amazon EC2 as an intended production platform, as well as for large scale testing. BazuMedia Inc., a GigaSpaces customer, provides a cutting-edge social network and information distribution system for sports events, including race timings, results, scores through SMS messaging and interactive fan participation.
"By combining the GigaSpaces scale-out middleware with the Amazon EC2 cloud computing service, we now have a cost-effective application infrastructure that is fault-tolerant, flexible and scalable," said Paul Itoi, president, BazuMedia. "Our application, built on top of the GigaSpaces scale-out application server, is able to linearly scale on demand to handle peaks in traffic. Running GigaSpaces on Amazon EC2 allows us to utilize an on-demand, pay-per-use computing utility -- meaning we only pay for hardware and software we actually use, without any upfront infrastructure investments."
"We are pleased that GigaSpaces can leverage Amazon EC2 to bring their customers the scalable and highly available web infrastructure that they require," said Steve Rabuchin, director of developer relations and business development for Amazon Web Services.
In addition to customer interest in the GigaSpaces solution, GigaSpaces is building an ecosystem of partners and complementary technologies. GridDynamics, Excelain, ViewCade and CitiTech are a few of the professional services firms who have joined the GigaSpaces - Certified Partner Program.
GigaSpaces has integrated its EC2 offering with a number of products to make deploying and managing applications on the Amazon cloud simple and quick. The Company recently announced a joint solution with RightScale's automated cloud computing management platform as well as a joint solution with the Elastic Server On-Demand from CohesiveFT, enabling cloud portability. Additionally, GigaSpaces provides support for the recently announced Sun OpenSolaris platform on Amazon EC2 as well as Amazon's FireFox plug-in, ElasticFox.
"Cloud computing is poised to revolutionize the IT industry but for most companies, there still exists a significant gap between the vision and the reality," said Geva Perry, chief marketing officer, GigaSpaces. GigaSpaces aims to bridge this gap. GigaSpaces XAP is an application platform born for the cloud. The level of traction we are seeing with customers and partners -- before even officially announcing the solution -- seems to indicate that we are not the only ones who think so."
To learn more about GigaSpaces' solution on Amazon EC2 please visit: http://www.gigaspaces.com/ec2
A joint webinar with RightScale will take place on July 1, 2008, 1:00 PM ET. Registration is now open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/564744360. In this webinar, GigaSpaces and RightScale will present their joint solution on Amazon EC2 with a live demo.
A joint webinar with Amazon Web Services will take place on July 22, 2008. Registration is now open at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/911822725. During this webinar, GigaSpaces will introduce the solution and present a live demonstration.
GigaSpaces Technologies is a leading provider of a scale-out application server for Java, .Net and C++ environments. The GigaSpaces middleware is a single product that handles data, business logic and messaging -- and utilizes industry-standard APIs and an open source stack to provide a complete application infrastructure solution. With GigaSpaces, applications can be easily built for scalability, reliability and high-performance in distributed environments, such as SOA, clusters, grids and cloud computing.
GigaSpaces' customers include leading organizations in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and the Internet, where the need for mission-critical high-performance, reliability and scalability necessitates an alternative to traditional approaches. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices worldwide. For more information visit: http://www.gigaspaces.com
For more information, please visit http://www.gigaspaces.com, or visit the company's blog at http://blog.gigaspaces.com.