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VMware Advances In-Memory Scale with Gemfire 7

Relying on traditional spinning disk-based database platforms isn't always what is required for modern application deployment. It's a challenge that VMware is aiming to solve with its new Gemfire 7.0 release.

"With Gemfire, we are focused on enabling the next generation of applications that require an in-memory approach for the data tier, David McJannet, VMware's director of Cloud and Application Services, told Database Journal.

Gemfire is a standalone in-memory data grid technology that can in some cases replace a traditional database. McJannet said that as performance demands on applications grow, increasing volumes of data are moving to an in-memory approach.  VMware acquired the Gemfire in-memory technology in 2010.

McJannet noted that Gemfire can also be used as a distributed caching layer for existing database technology, including VMware's version of the PostgreSQL database.

"Your data may sleep in a database, but it lives in memory," McJannet said.

Read the full story at Database Journal:
VMware Gemfire 7 Scales In-Memory Data Grid

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.