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GigaSpaces Launches Version 7.1 of eXtreme Application Platform (XAP), Making Dynamic Scaling Simpler than Ever

XAP in-memory middleware platform provides easy scalability and multi-tenancy for traditional, virtualized and cloud environments, dramatically reducing development efforts and operational overhead

New York, April 14, 2010 – GigaSpaces announces the release of eXtreme Application Platform (XAP), version 7.1, which automatically implements dynamic scalability and multi-tenancy, based on an organization’s individual business requirements. This significantly simplifies development, deployment and operations while enabling enterprises to maximize utilization of modern IT resources with no change to the way they do business.

“We have always delivered reliable technology that guarantees dynamic scalability and high availability with millisecond latency,” says Nati Shalom, GigaSpaces CTO. “Now we are simplifying operations for developers and administrators. With each new generation, we focus on features that most benefit the enterprise’s bottom line.”

Simplified API Streamlines Development & Operations
XAP eases development, deployment, and operations with its new API for the Elastic Data Grid. Users input their business requirements, and XAP deploys and configures the data grid cluster automatically, saving substantial effort and cost involved in sizing, hardware provisioning, and configuring distributed middleware.

“Enterprises perpetually need to reduce costs and optimize utilization of hardware and software resources,” says Massimo Pezzini of Gartner. “They look for application platform technology providing elasticity, “continuous” availability as well as automatic deployment and scaling of applications, while reducing administration burdens.”

XAP automatically maintains SLAs during production, doing everything necessary to continue meeting the business requirements. When existing machines exhaust their resources, when a machine fails, when loads change, or when machines are added, XAP automatically adjusts the cluster and rebalances the application. Users do not have to manually intervene to make sure there is enough computing power or memory.

If an organization has special requirements, XAP is flexible enough to allow for custom deployment behavior via its administration API, which provides fine-grained control and monitoring over all deployment parameters.

Built-in Multi-tenancy Eases Resource Sharing
XAP 7.1 is the world’s first middleware platform with built-in multi-tenancy. Not only does it significantly simplify development, but it also provides better isolation among multiple users and independent life cycle management for each tenant. The Elastic Data Grid offers one simple parameter defining the isolation level, allowing a variety of configurations such as allocating a dedicated machine per application, allowing multiple instances of the application to share the same resources while isolating others, or sharing everything among everyone.

Hardware Efficiency Creates Cost Savings
XAP 7.1 features concurrent transaction management for improved utilization of multicore processors. This follows previous improvements in multicore utilization, which resulted in up to 300% performance improvement on the Intel Nehalem processor.

GigaSpaces XAP 7.1 is certified for use with Cisco UCS, which can form a cluster that reaches a memory capacity of several terabytes with massive computing power. This combination offers a full, scalable stack – from the hardware to the application level – enabling deployment in one API call for even the largest in-memory operations. New benchmarks will be released shortly.

Additional Features in XAP 7.1
• Extended in-memory querying capabilities – brings the data grid closer to the querying capabilities of traditional databases
• Real-time troubleshooting – administrators can automatically gather dumps and logs from a large number of machines when any suspicious event occurs or get logs and dumps from an entire distributed system at the click of a button
• First milestone of web-based dashboard – version 7.1 gets closer to making XAP’s full management and monitoring GUI accessible using a regular web browser

AvailabilityDownload the latest XAP 7.1 Product Version
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We invite you to attend the following two webinars related to the 7.1 release:
• April 21: How a Top Financial Firm Uses XAP for Dynamic Scaling and How 7.1 Makes It Simpler than Ever
• April 28: XAP 7.1 Webinar and Live Demo: What’s New in 7.1

About GigaSpaces
GigaSpaces Technologies is a leading provider of a new generation of application platforms for Java and .Net environments that offers an alternative to traditional application servers. Its flagship product, XAP 7.1, is an enterprise-grade application server for deploying and dynamically scaling distributed applications under any requirement.

GigaSpaces customers depending on our reliability and millisecond latency include dozens of Global Fortune 100/500 companies, including Soci?t? G?n?rale and British American Tobacco; six of the world’s top 10 investment banks and financial services companies like Dow Jones; leading telecommunications carriers and eCommerce companies like Nortel and eBay; and five of the world’s top online gaming companies and Internet media organizations. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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