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GigaSpaces, Cisco 'Tera-Scale' the App and Data Mountain

GigaSpaces Technologies, a company that describes itself as a provider of application platforms for Java and .Net environments has taken the wraps off of a new solution for the private cloud geared specifically towards network and data-driven applications.

Arguing that that because most large-scale data intensive applications were not originally aligned to fully utilize the capacity of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), GigaSpaces has singled out Cisco to now join forces with the company to provide a solution that help will development shops to run their memory-intensive applications with better performance and resource utilization.

Cisco itself is keen to try and highlight the large memory, high bandwidth and multi-core capabilities of its UCS offering. So in turn, GigaSpaces is attempting to position its eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) solution as a complimentary technology that should prove useful on the road to establishing a cloud-like infrastructure in its own data centers.

With the joint solution, GigaSpaces asserts that users of Cisco UCS can get the maximum utilization out of the product through the built-in multi-tenancy and the energy saving option to turn server blades on and off on-demand, or adding new blade capacity when needed.

"GigaSpaces XAP is the only solution that provides complete in-memory middleware with no reliance on disk I/O. This makes it possible to exploit the full power of multi-core and network bandwidth prov.ided by UCS, far beyond any alternatives built from a fusion of separate middleware pieces, and which rely on extremely expensive hardware," says Adi Paz, GigaSpaces executive VP. "This solution is perfect for enterprises that want to leverage the benefits of a multi-tenant/cloud environment without sacrificing security and transactional integrity as well as for any company running high-performance applications such as real-time analytics and transaction processing."

While developments such as this are interesting to observe, it is always interesting to question whether new agreements in this vein are the result of genuine market shifts -- in this case a true increase in the demand for advanced in-memory data grid technology -- or whether there is more than just a small element of corporate manoeuvrings involved.

Company A joins with company B to sell you something that you didn't think you needed until they told you it was the next big thing? Or corporate partnering for cosmetic marketing value alone? You decide.

Do you buy the adjective-rich option to grab hold of, "Pre-tuned for performance, data center optimization, thorough configuration management and deployment of high availability complex applications in a matter of minutes with automatic failover and self-healing functions to eliminate the costs of downtime?" Or do you read both sides of the story?

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