Today, I noticed an announcement of an acquisition within the computer software industry with ties into the Spring Framework, VMWare/Cloud Computing, Distributed Data Grids and even the Smalltalk communities. It appears that SpringSource has decided to purchase GemStone Systems!

GemStone, for those not familiar with this company, is a key player in the Distributed Data Grid space. GemStone also has deep ties to the Smalltalk community and within the Object Oriented Database space. SpringSource is the main driving force behind the infamous java-based Spring framework and is operated as a division of VMWare. This is a very interesting acquisition and leads to the possibility of GemFire (GemStone’s flagship distributed data grid product which competes with Oracle’s Coherence product) becoming better integrated with the Spring stack.

If you are not yet acquainted with Data Grids, at a basic level they are in-memory, real time, managed caches used to increase the performance of intensive processing tasks such as real-time data analysis and computations and parallel transaction processing. Distributed Data Grids take this concept to the next level, distributing the data and processing amongst a number of machines. While support for and adoption of Data Grid computing techniques is on the rise, in my opinion, it has not yet become part of the mainstream developer's toolbox.

I believe that this acquisition will be a very good thing for our industry. With the backing of and associating with SpringSource, GemFire may finally get some quality airtime and finally be recognized as the most powerful, versatile and technically superior solution within its category. It may also accelerate the adoption of Data Grids within the industry which would be a welcome development.

This news is particularly interesting to me as, previous to joining my current employer, I was an architect with GemStone Systems for many years. I am thus well-versed in the underlying principles and technologies used in distributed data grids such as GemFire and Coherence. I am very excited about the potential benefits this acquisition may bring to both SpringSource and Gemstone as well as to java developers in general and I wish all of my good friends at GemStone the best of luck in capitalizing on this fantastic opportunity.

The announcement of this acquisition is currently featured front-and-center on the SpringSource home page. For more details, here is the official announcement, an entry on the SpringSource blog and the official announcement on GemStone's website.

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