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Red Hat releases Data Grid 6 beta

NoSQL with a brand
Thu Apr 12 2012, 15:46

LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has released a beta of its Jboss Data Grid 6 NoSQL implementation.

Red Hat announced its Jboss Data Grid Early Adopter Program last year, however it has taken until now for the firm to release an actual product, albeit in beta. Red Hat's JBoss Data Grid 6 is the firm's NoSQL implementation that it claims can handle the glut of user generated data.

Red Hat said its Data Grid 6 can be deployed and used by applications coded in a multitude of languages including Java, .Net and Python. The firm also tacked on the usual buzzwords to try to sell the virtues of Data Grid, claiming it has high availability, is elastic to meet demand cycles and scales well, something every NoSQL proponent has been claiming.

Data Grid is a significant product for Red Hat, as it intends to compete with traditional 'rows and columns' relational databases and other NoSQL databases.

Red Hat promotes Data Grid's ability to run in system memory, saying that writing to disks is only an option rather than standard practice. Given that Red Hat envisages Data Grid to work on large datasets, such statements are music to the ears of impoverished DRAM manufacturers.

Although NoSQL is relatively new, vendors such as Couchbase have won a number of high profile customers such as Cisco, Salesforce and Zynga.

Red Hat will be looking to build on its enterprise Linux image to push what is looking like one of the hot technologies that is powering the present crop of applications. It did not say when it expects Data Grid 6 to come out of beta. µ


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