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GigaSpaces Launches Cloudify Player Service on HP OpenStack

GigaSpaces Technologies announced today the launch of the Cloudify Player, a new patent-based service that makes testing and deploying  complex, multi-tier big data applications like playing a video on YouTube. The new service currently supports OpenStack-based clouds and is available as a free online service from HP Cloud Services and GigaSpaces’ Cloudify. The source code for the service is also available as an open source project on Github. The Player was developed in collaboration with HP Cloud Services, GigaSpaces’ cloud partner and leading provider of OpenStack-based public cloud services.

Unlike many of the current online deployment tools, the Cloudify Player was designed as a lightweight widget that can be easily embedded in any external website using JavaScript embed code, similar to the way one would embed a YouTube video.

The lightweight design makes the Cloudify Player a classic tool for open source projects and ISV’s such as NoSQL database providers, (e.g. Couchbase, ElasticSearch, MongoDB and Cassandra), as well as web framework owners such as the Play Framework, NodeJS, or even complete web platforms like Redmine or Drupal. These providers can use the Player as a tool for launching their product on the cloud from within their own website, personalizing the Player with their own logo and brand. The Player allows vendors to offer a single-click, hassle-free deployment experience for users who want to test drive their product. As the widget is based on Cloudify and Chef, users will have a streamlined experience from a simple trial to a full production environment on a public or private cloud of their choice, all using the same tool.

“With the Cloudify player, Couchbase users can instantly launch a full-blown Couchbase instance on the cloud and give it a test drive, without going through the usual download-configure-install cycle”, said Dipti Borkar, Couchbase Director of Product Management. “This can lower the barrier for new users as they evaluate our technology, and can help existing users to evaluate new Couchbase releases without needing to upgrade their already existing installation”.

Prior to the joint development of the Player, GigaSpaces worked with HP using Cloudify to enable on-boarding of enterprise applications to HPCS.

Cloudify users can also use the new Player to easily experiment with and test new tools online without downloading or installing Cloudify.

“One of the biggest challenges in managing applications in the cloud is keeping the right balance between control and convenience,” said Uri Cohen, VP Product Management at GigaSpaces.  “We have focused on making Cloudify the most open framework for deploying any application on any cloud, while also keeping the user in control over the environment, the stack and the cloud of choice. With the new Cloudify Player we provide both full control and convenience at a level that was previously unattainable, through a streamlined experience from a simple trial to full production deployment.”

GigaSpaces Releases XAP 9.5: Enhanced for Cassandra Big Data Store, .NET Framework

GigaSpaces Technologies has released XAP 9.5, a new version of its in-memory computing platform that enables a quick launch of high-performance real-time analytics systems for Big Data.

At the core of the latest release of the GigaSpaces platform is XAP 9.5’s enhanced integration with NoSQL datastores, such as Cassandra. Combining the Cassandra datastore with the GigaSpaces in-memory computing platform adds real-time processing and immediate consistency to the application stack, while also guaranteeing dynamic scalability and transactionality – all necessary elements for enterprises that need real-time analytics or processing of streaming Big Data.

In this combined architecture, XAP in-memory computing provide the real-time data processing engine that is interoperable with any language or application framework, while the Cassandra DB provides long-term storage of data for use in real-time analytics.

GigaSpaces benchmark done for the integration of XAP with Cassandra shows that this integration dramatically improves real-time performance for data retrieval operations. Putting the GigaSpaces in-memory data grid in front of the Cassandra Big Data solution resulted in performance of read that is up to 2000 times faster.

Up until XAP 9.5. this integration was only available for XAP Java users. XAP 9.5 further innovates by allowing .Net users to leverage the same built in Cassandra integration. This integration provides a seamless bi-directional translation between Cassandra’s columnar data model and the richer document and object oriented models available in XAP. This works for both Java & .NET XAP deployments allowing for .NET developers to speed up their Cassandra based big data applications.

“The GigaSpaces XAP Cassandra integration enables companies to enjoy both in-memory data grid capabilities and Big Data processing, easily and for any framework – Java or .NET,” says Uri Cohen, GigaSpaces VP of Product. “This enables companies to be more agile in meeting both current and future data processing challenges.”