GigaSpaces Launches eXtreme Application Platform 8.0

Openness and continuous scaling are the foundations of GigaSpaces XAP 8.0, a virtual application platform.

Virtualized application platform specialist GigaSpaces Technology announced the launch of eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) 8.0. Openness and continuous scaling are the foundations of GigaSpaces XAP 8.0, a virtual application platform that enables end-to-end scalability with a single product. The platform supports all common interfaces for accessing data, such as Memcached, JPA, JMS, Document, and the native object-oriented API.
Another improvement with XAP 8.0 is its support for continuous scaling. Mission-critical enterprise applications - such as in the financial services sector - and Web-focused applications, like e-commerce, online gaming, and social media require continuous changes to the application without bringing the system down, and continuous scaling allows for rolling upgrades, continuous deployment, quick introduction of complex features, and real-time changes to the applications data model, business logic, or even underlying platform with zero downtime. This upgrade to the software is designed to help businesses react to market demands without worrying about downtime.
"Enterprises face the challenge of having to combine legacy systems with newer technologies to meet their ever-increasing user demands and simultaneous data growth," said Nati Shalom, GigaSpaces CTO. "8.0 enables organizations to easily transition their existing infrastructure into the more modern systems needed by today's applications, such as distributed architectures, virtualized environments, and the cloud."
Operations and administration are also simplified with 8.0; XAP's elastic middleware capabilities encompass the entire application stack, which helps simplify the administration of applications across large clusters and providing proactive scaling and recovery from failure based on predefined SLA rules.
In addition, the simplified Alerting API enables real-time problem isolation and prevention by identifying problematic or erroneous situations and reporting them to the user. The new multi-site deployment support also makes deploying and managing geographically distributed applications easier than with previous GigaSpaces platforms.
"Both traditional and web-focused enterprises are demanding solutions that enable them to leverage their existing assets, work with familiar technology, and speed time-to-value without increasing migration costs," said Massimo Pezzini, vice president and Gartner fellow at IT research firm Gartner. "These solutions also must work across operational environments - the data center, the cloud, and hybrid combinations of the two."