Terracotta Pushes Java Performance

Michael Vizard

Terracottatoday rolled out an enhanced version of its cache server for Java applications that can now store up to 1TB of data in a single cache.

According to Terracotta CEO Amit Pandey, the significance of the 1TB barrier is that it shows that even the largest Java applications can now run in memory. This development has significant implications for database technologies in that rather than relying on expensive database licenses and comparatively slow disk drives, Java applications can run totally in memory and then store data in either an inexpensive database or some other No SQL equivalent.

Ehcache 2.2 is similar in concept to the memcached server software that is becoming increasingly popular with open source developers. But Pandey says the EhCache has been specifically built to handle the requirements of Java applications typically used in enterprise scenarios.

In addition to the larger version of Ehcache, Terracotta is also making available an enhanced management console that helps Java developers to analyze their applications so they can design them to take maximum advantage of distributed cache server technology.

The console, said Penday, is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes developers to not only master distributed cache servers, but to also identify performance bottlenecks in their applications. That capability should prove to be especially attractive to developers asan expected resurgence of interest in Java applications puts an additional premium on the performance of those applications.

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