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CTO Greg Luck Leaves Software AG Terracotta to Join Startup Hazelcast

Fueled by Venture Capital, Hazelcast turns up the heat on competitors Software AG Terracotta and Oracle Coherence

Palo Alto, CA – Jan 20, 2014 Hazelcast® ( the maker of the leading open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), announced today that Greg Luck will be leaving Software AG and joining Hazelcast as its CTO. Greg is the founder of the Ehcache open source project, the most widely used Java cache in the world with one million developers across 190 countries on 2.5 million deployments.

Greg was named by JavaLobby as one of the “Heroes of Java” for his industry leadership including:

  • CTO of Terracotta at Software AG
  • Founder of Ehcache, most popular Java Cache in the world
  • Executive Committee Member of the Java Community Process (JCP)
  • Co-specification lead for JCache, a new API coming to Spring and Java ee 8
  • Presenter of Java Caching: State of the Union at JavaOne 2013

“Greg is without question one of the world’s top authorities in Java Caching,” said Rod Johnson, creator of the Spring project and investor in Hazelcast. “This transition represents a huge validation of Hazelcast and its competitive position in the market.”

“Software AG Terracotta, Oracle Coherence and Pivotal Gemfire be warned,” said Talip
Ozturk, CEO of Hazelcast. “In 2014 Hazelcast will build the world’s best team and
products for in-memory data grids.”

Hazelcast announced its first round of institutional Venture Capital in September of 2013, a $2.5M round led by Salil Deshpande of Bain Capital including the addition of Rod Johnson to the board. It announced the hiring of its Silicon Valley Management team in October of 2013.

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Mr. Luck will improve Hazelcast’s position against key competitors including Software AG Terracotta, Oracle Coherence and Pivotal Gemfire. He will raise awareness of Hazelcast at industry events, and will be instrumental in aligning the company with the upcoming JCache specification (JSR107). JCache is part of Java EE 8 and was submitted as a Final Spec in December 2013.


About Hazelcast, Inc.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto, Hazelcast is the leading operational data management company which addresses the growing demand for enhanced application performance, data processing speed and scalability.

Hazelcast has two products: Hazelcast IMDG, an operational, in-memory computing platform which enables enterprises to manage their data and distribute processing using in-memory storage and parallel execution to achieve breakthrough application speed and scale; and Hazelcast Jet, the ultra fast, application embeddable, Stream and Batch Processing Engine.

Hazelcast is relied upon by 32 of the Fortune Global 500 including four of the world’s ten largest banks, six of the world’s twenty largest e-commerce companies, and four of the world’s twenty largest telecommunications companies.

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