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Terracotta Heats Up Competition in Distributed Caching

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Terracotta announced today the immediate release of "Terracotta for Caching," which integrates Ehcache and Terracotta.  For Terracotta, this was the natural first step after acquiring Ehcache (so named to be palindromic) in August.  In a telephone conversation with DZone, Jeff Hartley, Terracotta VP of marketing, said Terracotta for Caching "combines the power of Terracotta with a ubiquitous API.  Terracottta is poised to be everywhere."

Terracotta is now heating up the competition with larger companies like Oracle and JBoss for supremacy in distributed caching.  Unlike some of their larger competitors, Terracotta and Ehcache are also open-source.

Greg Luck, Ehcache chief technology officer at Terracotta, says "In [Ehcache] 1.7, developers can turn on Terracotta Clustering with a one-line change in ehcache.xml, and then turn on each cache they want clustered with another one-line change. There are no code changes - it could not be simpler.”

Terracotta for Caching easily upgrades from single to multi-node deployments of Ehcache with high throughput and coherent distributed caches.  "We want to make it dead easy to start from Ehcache and move to clustered Ehcache with Terracotta with a minimum of effort." blogs Alex Miller, a tech lead for Terracotta.  

Customers can easily add capacity to facilitate growth in either traditional infrastructures or virtualized environments such as clouds.  "…customers can use these products out of the box for both new applications and for those already using Ehcache, and easily scale them up, particularly in private clouds where databases can present bottlenecks to growth,” said Ari Zilka, co-founder of Terracotta, who thinks facilitating growth is one of Terracotta's strong suits.  With the acquisition of Ehcache, and now the integration of its technology, Terracotta is well positioned to facilitate its own growth and compete with big-name companies for developers' attention.

Terracotta for Caching has three versions:

  • Ehcache DX:  High-performance standalone; peer-to-peer
  • Ehcache EX:  Industry-standard on the Terracotta Server Array
  • Encache FX:  Massive scale distributed caching



Bruno Barin replied on Wed, 2009/10/07 - 9:27am

Oh no!!!

I stopped to check TheServerSide due to the avalanche of  posts about new releases of softwares and paid posts style. I hope the Javalobby admin filter out this kind of commercial posts.




Rick Ross replied on Wed, 2009/10/07 - 10:26am in response to: Bruno Barin

I'm between a rock and a hard place on this, Bruno. I happen to know that this Terracotta story was written from a genuine perspective by someone who doesn't gain anything from Terracotta. And the truth is, this IS news in the Java dev sector. In no way is this a "paid post" but it is news coverage that initiated from a routine press release from Terracotta. What would you have us do? Are we to completely ignore relevant news? Should we prohibit any discussion that involves industry players who may have commercial goals?

While you may not care that Terracotta has integrated one of the most popular distributed caching systems, I am confident that there are others who do. (At the time of this comment, the story has 22 up votes on DZone - a significant number.) Someday the shoe could be on the other foot. There could be something you find interesting or worthwhile, but other readers could care less.You can't please all the people all the time, can you?

In an ideal world more people in the "community" would be writing and sharing interesting, compelling, articulate postings that engage the rest of the "community" in useful dialogue. In reality most people are absolutely passive consumers whose only active contribution is (usually unduly harsh) criticism of other people's contributions

This is a tough problem. DZone and Javalobby will not casually follow TheServerSide into obscurity, but it would be helpful if more community members recognized that they can take easy, direct steps to help make the whole place more interesting and valuable. I would like to challenge you to submit a good posting of the type you'd like to see as a model for others to learn from and follow. That would be helpful, and you would make a positive difference.


Bruno Barin replied on Tue, 2009/10/13 - 6:09am


I completely undesrtand your point  of view and I think that release annoucements have your value. To be clear,

I'm not agaisnt companies that makes profit and for instance I'm a very big fan of Terracota who made the object distribution easier. But, in my opinion those kind of posts should be placed in a different topic instead of put at the main page. Don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't like to see Javalobby becomes a new TheServerSide, that's completely irrelevant nowadays. I invite you to take a quick look at TheServerSide and I think you'll agree that the articles lost space comparing the release announces that in my opinion shouldn't be the focus of tech web sites. I would produce a lot of release annouce posts but I prefer don't post anything that don't have quality enough to stay at Javalobby (including technical articles).


I hope you undestand my point of view.

PS: Take a look in how many post this author wrote about release announcements...



Yogesh Kumawat replied on Sat, 2014/03/15 - 8:45am

If your readers grope they’re educated something valuable or fascinating  they’ll get a benevolent mark of your composition, customessay  furthermore if they’re grading it that’s truly what you absence.

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