On Monday, clustering provider Terracotta announced that it is launching a new open source project around its Java Virtual Machine clustering product line. The company hopes to increase adoption of the technology by open source developers.
From what we've read, key members of the broader open source community are more than happy to get behind the company's efforts in this regard. Key contributors to other open source projects (Spring, Tomcat, Geronimo, just to name a few) have already voiced their support -- even their excitement -- at the prospect of open source clustering.
Apache Geronimo Project Management Committee member Jeff Genender says the Terracotta project could be " one of the most meaningful Java open source projects." Covalent Technologies CTO and founder of the Apache Foundation says that Tomcat users and Covalent customers will benefit now that they can "couple Tomcat and Terracotta in a much closer way."
The idea began, according to Terracotta's CTO, when customers, developers and partners repeatedly requested open source clustering products. The company is adopting a common open source business model: Users will have access to the products at no cost, with the option to purchase support contracts.