NEW YORK // April 15, 2015 —
GigaSpaces Technologies today released the latest version of its XAP in-memory computing software, version 10.1. The new version adds new capabilities in response to customer feedback, focused on enhanced monitoring, memory utilization for large data sets and Java 8 support.
More than 100 new features, refinements and bug fixes were added to the new version, which is a direct result of feedback from users of the most feature-rich in-memory computing platform available.
XAP 10.1 enables a metric collection and reporting framework using InfluxDB as a default reporting backend, allowing long-term metric storage and analysis. The open source tool Grafana was used to build a dashboard front end for the new feature. This new framework allows users to collect metrics in any resolution, then send those metrics to various targets for storage and analysis.
Memory Utilization Advancements
The new version of XAP supports large data sets using memory storage outside the JVM (Java virtual machine) heap. This allows XAP to manage tens and even hundreds of terabytes of data on a single server with a single JVM. This is a necessary enhancement for advanced memory requirement that often reach hundreds of gigabytes per server, with far less JVM overhead.
Java 8 Support
XAP now supports the latest and greatest Java language additions. As an example, it is now possible to send lambda expressions to be executed across the cluster, or use them as XAP event listeners. Lambda expressions lend themselves well to XAP’s task execution and administration APIs. XAP also natively supports the new Java datetime API, allowing users to define new java.time properties and query them natively with XAP’s SQLQuery.
Improvements to the XAP User Interface
Now, XAP users will enjoy more a more powerful user interface that supports larger deployments and allows for better contextual navigation between the various components.
Additional features new to XAP 10.1 include:
• Central SSD Support — Users can now use MemoryXtend capabilities with support for central storage SSD arrays, including the ability to recover the data from the central array even after complete machine failure.
• Quiesce Mode — This feature provides the ability to hold off or block any operations on the space for maintenance purposes, simplifying procedures like upgrades or code updates.
• REST API for Data — XAP now supports languages other than .NET and JAVA by exposing a RESTful API that allows clients from any environment and program language to access the XAP data grid.
“We’ve packed a great deal of enhanced functionality into this upgrade, in direct response to what our customers asked for,” said Uri Cohen, GigaSpaces executive vice president of product management. “XAP users are getting a lot of bang for their buck with version 10.1, and features like enhanced monitoring, improved memory utilization for large data sets and Java 8 support expands what users can do, making XAP the most feature-rich in-memory computing platform on the market.”
“We use XAP 10.1 as messaging infrastructure for the newest version of our Magic xpa Application Platform. Since XAP is a self-healing and scalable architecture, this enhances our product and allows our customers to benefit from a robust environment. In addition, we use XAP 10.1 as a database accessible to Magic xpa applications. This provides the opportunity to work with asynchronous persistency, enabling apps built with our platform to handle extremely large transaction loads. Data can be uploaded from a backend database and updated to the space. The gateway developed for accessing the space allows access to the data that is connected to the application, allowing our customers to benefit from significantly improved performance.”
—Yuval Asheri, vice president technical product management & community relations | Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.
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GigaSpaces Technologies provides software for cloud application orchestration and in-memory computing through two product lines, Cloudify and XAP In-Memory Computing. Hundreds of Tier-1 and Fortune-listed organizations worldwide—such as Morgan Stanley, UBS, Bank of America, RBS, Goldman Sachs, Societe Generale, Reuters, Telefonica, Wolters-Kluwer, Kohl’s, CLSA, Avaya, IBM and VMware—leverage GigaSpaces technology to enhance IT efficiency and performance. Primary market sectors include financial services, e-commerce, online gaming, healthcare and telecom. GigaSpaces offices are located in the US, Europe and Asia. More at www.gigaspaces.com and blog.gigaspaces.com.
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