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Overview

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

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

These demands often drive the purchase of expensive and proprietary solutions such as Pivotal Gemfire. Although Gemfire is a mature product with deployments across industries such as financial services, travel, gaming, and others, several critical issues are driving projects to Hazelast IMDG for many customers worldwide. These issues include:

Licensing model: Gemfire’s licensing model is a traditional closed-source proprietary license, which restricts how the product can be used and deployed. Hazelcast IMDG is offered under the Apache 2 open source license (a commercially licensed version with additional capabilities is also available). Open source licensing provides more freedom and flexibility to get started quickly and validate your use cases.

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. It was built on much earlier versions of Java, and the production status of Gemfire deployments prohibits rearchitecting the product. This has led to a radical slowdown in product innovation and a tendency to create complex workarounds for advanced use cases.

Lack of support: The brain-drain associated with new acquisitions and the complexity of the Pivotal organizational structure makes it harder for the company to support Gemfire customers. 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 in-memory computing technology.

Complex configuration: Gemfire is complex to configure and get running. In contrast, Hazelcast is easy to use and enables your technology team to get hands-on with Hazelcast IMDG within minutes and to deploy in the time that Gemfire is provisioning evaluation licenses or negotiating a paid proof-of-concept or pilot.

Solution

Increasingly, organizations are turning to Hazelcast IMDG in preference to Pivotal Gemfire. Many top banks, ecommerce companies, and telecommunications vendors have done so. Most of these companies report the ownership and cost issues listed above eventually became too much for them.

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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