Ted Kenney writes "GigaSpaces Technologies has integrated the Perst™ open source, object-oriented all-Java® embedded database from McObject for real-time data management in its massively scaleable distributed enterprise application technology.
GigaSpaces embeds the Perst Java database in version 5.1 of its software, where Perst provides persistence for applications that are deployed and optimized using GigaSpaces’ highly scalable, self-managing distributed solution.
Perst’s all-Java architecture was a good fit for GigaSpaces. The company’s software products are developed in Java, both for maximum portability across diverse enterprise platforms, and to take advantage of advanced Java capabilities, including JavaSpaces, a simple unified mechanism for dynamic communication, coordination, and sharing of objects between Java technology-based network resources. Perst is specifically integrated within the GigaSpaces In-Memory Data Grid, as an embedded object-oriented database offered as an alternative to a relational database due to its superior performance and minimal resource (CPU cycles and memory) requirements.
“A major advantage of Perst is the efficiency provided by its ability, as an object-oriented database, to store application data as ‘plain old Java objects’ (POJOs), rather than requiring translation of this data to a relational format,” said Guy Nirpaz, vice president for research and development of GigaSpaces.
GigaSpaces implements a unique space-based architecture that incorporates aspects of grid computing and service-oriented architecture and dramatically boosts the scalability and performance of both new and existing applications. GigaSpaces’ software meets the requirements of high performance, low latency and grid-based applications, and adds new possibilities and flexibility by introducing advanced application design patterns. It has been tested extensively in large financial applications with proven linear scalability and extremely high performance.
Perst is McObject’s high-performance, object-oriented open source embedded database for Java and C#, and is tightly integrated with these programming languages. In contrast to object-relational databases, or tools that provide object-relational mapping, Perst stores data directly in Java/C# objects. This eliminates the need for expensive (in performance terms) runtime conversions between representations of the data.
Unlike many other object-oriented databases, Perst requires no dedicated compiler or pre-processor, yet provides a high degree of application transparency. The Perst API is convenient, flexible and easy-to-use. Perst also offers a very small footprint. The engine’s core is just 5,000 lines of code, and the run-time requires between 30K and 300K of RAM. Perst requires no end-user administration, and despite its simplicity, Perst ensures integrity via transactions that adhere to the “ACID” properties (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Durability) with very fast recovery.
The Perst open source software distribution also includes Perst Lite™, a micro-footprint version of Perst targeting embedded systems and intelligent devices developed on the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME). For more information see www.mcobject.com/perst.
GigaSpaces provides a single platform for end-to-end scalability of high performance and stateful distributed applications. GigaSpaces' unique approach enables developers to write their business logic once and then seamlessly scale the application linearly, so that it is available anywhere, on-demand. It targets applications characterized by high-volume transaction processing and low-latency requirements and provides an alternative to Web services for implementing high performance and scalable service-oriented architectures.
GigaSpaces customers include leaders in the financial services and telecommunications sectors, and government institutions, including: Nortel, Societe Generale, Hutchinson 3G, Virgin Mobile, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Dow Jones, where the need for mission-critical high performance, low-latency, reliability and scalability necessitates an alternative to traditional approaches. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris and Israel. It is a privately held company, funded by BRM Capital, Intel Capital, and is an affiliated company of the Formula Group (NASDAQ: FORTY). For more information, please visit www.gigaspaces.com."