Pivotal Gemfire Replacement

Learn the benefits of using Hazelcast IMDG as a Pivotal Gemfire replacement.

Enterprises demand proven high performance transactional systems that can scale out elastically, and provide concurrency across distributed application nodes.

This often drives the purchase of expensive and proprietary solutions such as Pivotal Gemfire across a host of projects. Although Gemfire is a mature product with deployments across many industries such as Finance, Travel, Gaming and others, several critical issues are driving projects to use Hazelast IMDG in preference to Gemfire in many customers worldwide.

These issues include:

Licensing model: Gemfire’s licensing model is less restrictive than Oracle Coherence. Still, it provides a traditional closed-source proprietary license which often creates restriction in how the product can be used and deployed. Hazelcast IMDG is offered under the Apache 2 open source license (although if the customer needs a commercial license for Hazelcast IMDG, it’s also possible to obtain one). Open source licensing provides more freedom and flexibility to customers with more user control and less vendor lock-in.

Aging technology: Gemfire is feature rich, but the origins of Gemfire come from Gemstone an object database company for Smalltalk that was founded in 1982.  This product was built on much earlier versions of Java, and the production status of Gemfire deployment prohibits rearchitecting the product. This means a radical slowdown in product innovation and a tendency to create complex workarounds for more advanced use cases. 

Inability to support the product: The brain-drain associated with new acquisitions and the complexity of the new Pivotal organizational structure makes it harder for VMware to support Gemfire customers. Although their pre-sales technical team is still quite good, their ability to support customers post-sale through deployment and beyond is diminishing. In contrast, Hazelcast is concentrating its hiring and technical talent around a sole focus- to be the #1 open source in-memory data grid company.

Complex configuration: Gemfire is complex to configure and get running. In contrast, Hazelcast’s open source model enables the technology team to go hands on with Hazelcast IMDG within minutes and to go to deployment in the time that Gemfire is provisioning evaluation licenses or negotiating a paid proof-of-concept or pilot.

Increasingly, organizations are turning to Hazelcast IMDG in preference to Pivotal Gemfire. Many top banks, ecommerce companies and telecommunications vendors are currently engaged in this process. Most of these companies report that they enjoy Gemfire and think it is a good product (we also think Gemfire is a good product) but the ownership and cost issues listed above eventually become too much for them.

Whenever anyone asks us about competitive products, we are happy to name them and suggest that users try them. We think after trying them all you will love Hazelcast IMDG the most.

Hazelcast IMDG has been reported not only to be more cost-effective and to provide a better ownership experience through open source, but it is also considered radically easier to deploy and more performant.

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