Java memory limitations and garbage collection problems "are long-term issues and Java shops have learned to work around them using manual testing and tuning techniques," said Matthew Aslett, senior analyst for enterprise software at the 451 Group. "While there will be some that will jump at the chance of an alternative, others are bound to be skeptical and may prefer to stick with their own work-arounds, at least until Terracotta can deliver real-world performance figures that demonstrate its claims to deliver predictable latency times."
BigMemory for Enterprise Ehcache will be generally released in October.
Another vendor, Azul Systems, also attempts to solve the issue with Java performance via the company's Managed Runtime Initiative, which is intended to improve execution of managed runtimes via enhanced interfaces and functionality across components of a systems stack, such as the managed runtime, OS kernel, and hypervisor. Azul's Zing software, billed as an elastic runtime platform for Java applications, includes open source components of the initiative.
But Azul, Allen said, offers an "intrusive solution."
"They're trying to solve Java garbage collection using one approach. We're looking at it in a very different way," he said.
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