JBoss Data Grid – Making Big Data Work

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This week Red Hat extended the Early Access program for JBoss Data Grid with the availability of the BETA – available to existing customer and future customers.

Traditional (typically relational) spinning-rust data stores have become one of the biggest economic and technical impediments to extracting the true value from the increasing amount of data that is available to organizations today.

JBoss Data Grid is a distributed, in-memory, fault-tollerant key-value store that is architected for large scale, mission critical applications. JBoss Data grid is built on the Infinispan open source project which is the natural evolution of JBoss Cache – which has been a core part of JBoss products for many years.

There’s a huge amount of activity around BigData and NoSQL as people look for more appropriate solutions to store, manage and analyze data – JBoss Data Grid and in-memory solutions in general provide orders-of-magnitude performance and scalability benefits without necessarily having to completely re-architect the data tier. The intrinsic distribution also provides a high-degree of fault-tollerance without the additional cost, complexity and overhead involved in traditional data stores.

So, give it a spin; and give us some feedback.

JBoss : Vision and Execution

Another nice score card from Gartner puts JBoss Enterprise App. Platform in the leader’s quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers. That’s the fourth year in a row, in case you were wondering. Unscientific as it is – comparing with last year I’d say the leaders are widening the gap (cumulative advantage ?) and JBoss specifically has inched up on the Ability to Execute axis.

Interestingly, Salesforce.com were joined by a couple of other PaaS vendors in the MQ this year – it will be interesting to see if there really is a new wave of infrastructure bearing down on the established platforms. The contemporary PaaS offerings I see today under-achieve as general purpose developer platforms and that leaves them competing with IAAS based on more traditional / established technology (Java, .NET) on cost and convenience terms. It will be good to see “Cloud” get beyond the current over-hyped phase so we can see how this will play out.

More Red Hat commentary here.

Tab Sweep : JBoss

Another couple of super-busy months here at JBoss. If anything the pace of new releases and new projects is increasing. Here are some of the more prominent Community announcements I managed to bookmark :

JBoss App Server 5.1.0 CR1 – 5.1 is a pretty big milestone – it includes the new Jopr powered embedded console  – something you’ll like but also something we really need some early feedback on. Also a preview of Web Beans / JSR-299. [release notes, downloads]

Data Integration goes Open Source – I missed the launch of the Teiid Project you can find out more on the project page.

This has been brewing for a while and Manik has finally announced Infinispan – I predict that this is going to  be a pretty disruptive technology. [home page, quick guide]

JBoss Tattletale is a new tool that will analyze your code and produce detailed dependency reports – for example highlighting duplicate jars / classes, missing jars / classes, etc. [downloads, project]

The latest release of Jopr (2.2) is out – Jopr is the upstream project for JBoss Operations Network (see below). There are a shedload of UI enhancements, support for JBoss EWS and Performance improvements among other things.

Also a nice article on JBoss Cloud over on DZone.

On the JBoss Enterprise side of the house :

JBoss Operations Network 2.2 is out and JON receives a pretty decent makeover (see Greg’s post on some of the major enhancements) – product page is here.

One of the new capabilities of JON 2.2 is support for JBoss Enterprise Web Server (EWS) which was also released a few weeks ago – more on that in a future post.

If you’re currently stuck with Oracle Weblogic or IBM Websphere and need help getting off – here’s an opportunity you can’t ignore.

Sorry for the length of this post – I need to do this more frequently. The next couple of months are going to be even more hectic and you can follow the @JBossNews via Twitter. Finally, something from the happy news files – we’re still hiring.