Software AG Plan Cloud Strategy

Software AG Acquire Terracotta

The distributed caching and in-memory computing company, Terracotta Inc, has been acquired by Software AG, home of the ARIS platform and the CentraSite Business Service Repository for SOA and BPM.

In the press release, Software AG state that, with the addition of Terracotta solutions, they expect accessing in-memory data to be as much as 1,000 times faster than database access. Software AG also state that Terracotta will provide the "cornerstone technology" for the company's cloud strategy. The new offering will consist of Ehcache with BigMemory coupled to Terracotta Server Arrays. Terracotta founder Ari Zilka describes this new offering as being "standards-based and open, to work with most application servers, development frameworks, and data stores. In fact, we plan to make it the most open platform on the market, with interoperability as a core value proposition."

Software AG plan to maintain Terracotta's product line (Ehcache, Quartz and the Terracotta platform) as open source technologies. Greg Luck of Terracotta elaborates on the future of Ehcache, stating that it will continue to be available as open source under the Apache 2 license, and as a commercial edition with additional features. Terracotta will continue to host the same web sites, domains and services.

"Software AG and Terracotta intend to take your app from local-only simple caching, to distributed in-memory solutions, and all the way to datacenter-wide or cloud-scale deployments on the order of petabytes," concludes Ari Zilka.

Jessica Thornsby

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