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Azul Systems and GigaSpaces Set New Application Performance Standards for Service-Oriented Architectures

Benchmark Tests Show Dramatic Reduction in Hardware Systems and Exponentially Better Performance for SOA.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 6, 2005 — Azul Systems, the pioneer of the industry’s first network attached processing solution designed to unbound compute resources for service-oriented applications such as those based on the Java platform, and GigaSpaces Technologies, a leading provider of innovative grid-based solutions for data-intensive, business-critical applications today announced test results showing phenomenal enterprise application performance with a 60 percent reduction in hardware costs using AzulΠCompute Appliances with the GigaSpaces Enterprise Application Grid (EAG). The test demonstrated the ability of Azul and GigaSpaces to significantly improve transaction processing efficiency across an enterprise service bus (ESB), which is typically at the heart of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). With the combined Azul and GigaSpaces solution, organizations can significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for their IT infrastructure by dramatically increasing throughput, consolidating hardware and reducing costs for real estate, electricity and cooling.

The benchmark test, conducted at the Azul Center for Unbound Compute, simulated a typical financial services SOA workload that correlates a trade order lifecycle from disparate order events. This correlation requires significant computation and generates large amounts of traffic to the database. Performing 100 million computations took 14 hours on six 4-way x86-based servers for a baseline of approximately 120 thousand computations per minute. GigaSpaces EAG was then used to create a cached shared object store of 16 million objects, thus moving database requests, which slow down application performance, into the application memory heap. The test compared the baseline to the total throughput achieved using GigaSpaces on the provided servers, then to a configuration of only one server attached to an Azul Compute Appliance.

GigaSpaces on Commodity Servers: By leveraging GigaSpaces EAG with the same six 4-way x86-based servers, the application was able to handle more than 1 million computations per minute (up from 120 thousand per minute), cutting the 14-hour job down to approximately one hour and 40 minutes.

The Azul Edge: Taking away 90 percent of the server resources, a single 2-way x86 server was then authorized to tap into an Azul Compute Appliance 1920B, and was able to double the throughput again to more than 2 million computations per minute. With the combination of GigaSpaces and Azul, the 14-hour job was accomplished in just 50 minutes. Furthermore, the Azul approach reduced the total infrastructure acquisition cost by more than 60 percent, from approximately $480,000 to $165,000. Fewer hardware systems and lower management, maintenance, real estate, electricity, and cooling costs would result in significant additional savings.

“This test reflects the power of Azul and GigaSpaces to address the cost and complexity our customers are facing as they scale their mission-critical applications,” said Yaron Benvenisti, CEO of GigaSpaces. “Building and scaling these high-throughput, low-latency applications is no easy task and the impressive results of this test demonstrate that our joint solution delivers the dynamic scalability and breakthrough performance our customers need.”

As more and more companies move to SOAs, they face a number of critical business issues such as ensuring service availability, maintaining adequate response times at peak periods and minimizing excess capacity. Current servers alone are weak in these areas, especially when running virtual machine-based applications, such as the Java-based applications that are the basis of many SOA deployments. Azul technology is optimized for such workloads and is transparently delivered – as a shared resource — to enterprise applications running on existing servers.

GigaSpaces EAG lets application developers rapidly build and deploy high-performance, highly-reliable, business-critical applications that run on a distributed set of IT resources. It enables an organization to dynamically distribute data and achieve in-memory levels of performance with significantly less administration and costs than dedicated hardware solutions. The EAG is based on a leading commercial implementation of clustered JavaSpaces that provides a rich set of tightly-integrated application services (such as JMS, Clustering, Caching, JDBC and parallel processing) — on top of a federated shared memory platform.

“This solution addresses what has traditionally been thought to be a database problem, by leveraging and enhancing the application tier,” said Stephen DeWitt, president and CEO at Azul Systems. “GigaSpaces, on its own, improves performance by providing data access and manipulation at in-memory speeds. Azul further reduces infrastructure costs by offloading Java application processing to the Azul appliance. This combination completely eliminates the typical scale-out requirements for transaction-intensive environments with huge performance and cost benefits.”

About GigaSpaces
GigaSpaces provides a grid-based application server that solves the performance, reliability and scalability problems of high-performance, transaction-intensive, business critical applications. Among the company’s customers are AIG, Nortel Networks, FXall, Hutchison 3G and others in a variety of industries such as Financial Services, Telecom and Defense. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices in New York, London and Israel. GigaSpaces is a privately held company, funded by BRM Capital, Formula Vision and Intel Capital. It is an affiliated company of the Formula Group (NASDAQ: FORTY – News), Israel’s largest publicly held IT group. For more information, please visit

About Azul Systems
Azul SystemsΠhas pioneered the industry’s first network attached processing solution, designed to unbound compute resources for service oriented applications. Without any application level modifications, binary compatibility requirements or operating system dependencies, this fundamentally new approach eliminates the need to capacity plan at the application level and dramatically lowers the cost and complexity associated with the traditional delivery of computing resources. More information on Azul Systems can be found at

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For further information please contact:

Ziv Leshem
GigaSpaces Technologies, Inc.
Tel: (646) 862-6935

Christine Shock
Public Relations for GigaSpaces
Tel: (508) 893-9933