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Hazelcast Goes Live on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Hazelcast Pivotal Cloud Foundry Tile enables companies to deploy Hazelcast clusters seamlessly on-demand without operator intervention

Hazelcast, the leading open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) with hundreds of thousands of installed clusters and over 17 million server starts per month, today announced that Hazelcast is now available as a Tile on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). Hazelcast for PCF 1.2 is an on-demand service broker that dynamically creates and scales Hazelcast clusters without pre-provisioning blocks of VMs (virtual machines). The Tile integrates with Cloud Foundry to provide a frictionless user experience, requiring no PCF operator intervention.

The table below provides a comparison of similar Pivotal Cloud Foundry data service integrations currently available on the Pivotal Network (“PivNet”):

 

Hazelcast for PCF 1.2

Redis for PCF

Gemfire for PCF

Highly available?

Yes

No

Yes

Custom-size clusters?

Yes

No

Partially

Scale-out cluster?

Self-service

Operator

Operator

Increase node size

Self-service

Operator

Operator

Add new cluster

Self-service

Operator

Operator

Requiring no operator intervention (both Redis for PCF and Gemfire for PCF require pre-provisioning of VMs by the PaaS Operator ahead-of-time), Cloud Foundry users are now able to provision and scale new Hazelcast clusters, and add and remove nodes seamlessly as required. After downloading the Hazelcast tile from PivNet, the PaaS Operator simply uploads the tile into Pivotal Ops Manager, enters any required configuration into the GUI, and clicks ‘Install’. After installation, the PaaS Operator need have no further interaction with the Tile.

Users have the ability to choose from a variety of VM types, allowing them to increase the amount of RAM available to each node. Each Hazelcast cluster is provisioned on exclusive VMs, ensuring privacy of data and high availability. In addition, developers are able to use Hazelcast Spring Cloud connectors to automatically have a ClientConfig object available in their applications.

Hazelcast for PCF uses an on-demand services Software Development Kit (SDK), which is a part of Pivotal Cloud Services SDK, to fully utilize BOSH-2.0 (bosh outer shell, an open source project which offers a tool chain for release engineering, deployment & life-cycle management of large scale distributed services) features in order to achieve flexibility and on-demand provisioning. As the Hazelcast on-demand PCF tile deploys directly onto BOSH-managed VMs, it is not subject to the limitations of running inside a containerized solution – providing users with the flexibility to configure nodes as if they were manual instructions.

Greg Luck, CEO of Hazelcast, said: “Many of our customers are choosing Pivotal Cloud Foundry for their PaaS as they commence the migration of their computing infrastructure to the cloud. We believe in the vision of Pivotal Cloud Foundry and have made a large engineering investment in Hazelcast for PCF to bring the true self-service benefits of PCF to Hazelcast and Pivotal users.  In so doing we have lifted the standard for caches and IMDGs running on PCF.  Hazelcast for PCF delivers on the promise of self-service Platform-as-a-Service. I would like to thank Pivotal for their engineering assistance and their partnership, without which this would not have been possible.”