GridGain Upgrades Its Live-Action Big Data Processing Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-28 Print this article Print

Newcomer GridGain Systems makes a Java-based open-source middleware platform for processing big data workloads in memory and in real time.

Apache Hadoop, Cassandra and others are getting a lot of attention as batch data analytics tools as enterprises become more aware of them. And they certainly can handle huge amounts of data that are becoming all too common.

But the data on which they operate cannot be in a live production environment; it all has to be completely offline for the analytics applications to work.

Enter newcomer GridGain Systems, which makes a Java-based open-source middleware platform for processing big data workloads in memory and in real time. The Foster City, Calif.-based company on March 26 launched version 4.0 of its homegrown software platform.

Big data doesn't simply indicate volume of data; it also entails velocity and variety of files, logs and machine data, whatever is fed into the batch. GridGain addresses the velocity of big data workloads in addition to volume and variety by processing live data using its own integration of highly scalable compute and in-memory data grid IT.

"Once data is batched, it's dead and there's no way to bring it back to life," Nikita Ivanov, founder and CEO of GridGain Systems, told eWEEK. "If a system isn't processing live data, it isn't delivering big data in real time. There's no point in having the right information too late. Given the global 24-hour work cycle that now exists, companies want and need to be able to take action on data fast."

Ivanov said GridGain 4.0 features the following:

  • Big Data Anywhere capabilities with native lightweight clients for Java, .NET, Python, PHP and C++ as well as native clients for the two largest mobility platforms, iOS and Android.
  • Native language support for Java, Scala and Groovy programming languages.
  • An easy-to-use monitoring and management console for large-scale grid topologies, with both a scriptable command-line-based interface and a GUI-based console.
  • GridGain CloudBoot for efficient deployment and provisioning of GridGain in public cloud deployments, which will ease deployments for cloud service providers such as Rackspace OpenStack, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Microsoft Azure.
  • Enterprise-grade security with a comprehensive security model for node discovery and grid clients. The new solution also includes passcode-based security, Java Authentication and Authorization Service-based (JAAS-based) security, as well as secure session support.
GridGain's big data platform is available as free open-source Community Edition and as Enterprise Edition or OEM Edition, both of which include advanced features as well as enterprise-grade support and maintenance.

eWEEK will be examining real-time analytics processing closely in the coming weeks and months.

Chris Preimesberger is eWEEK's Editor for Features and Analysis. Twitter: @editingwhiz

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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