IBM and GemStone Systems Speed Application Deployment and Migration in Blade Server Environments

Advanced data virtualization allows customers to rapidly deploy and migrate mission critical applications running on IBM BladeCenter

BEAVERTON, OREGON, APRIL 19, 2005 – GemStone Systems, a leading data services infrastructure software company, announced today that GemFire has been validated to run on the IBM eServer BladeCenter platform. The combined BladeCenter and GemStone solution is now being used by multiple organizations to speed the process of deploying and migrating applications to blade server environments.

The validation of GemFire on IBM eServer BladeCenter comes as organizations increasingly build out grid computing networks and service-oriented architectures (SOAs) built upon blade servers. As a result, organizations need the ability to quickly, securely and effectively migrate existing application infrastructure built on legacy systems to the new blade server architecture.

The deployment of new applications and the migration from legacy systems to grid computing networks and SOAs is a common hindrance. At the heart of the problem is a wide variety of underlying data sources that exist in the average organization, created by infrastructure and technology that often spans multiple computing generations. Since the majority of applications in today’s business environment are data intensive, the need for quick and efficient access to data sources is intensified.

GemFire running on BladeCenter solves many of the issues of application deployment and migration by creating a data fabric or data backbone that sits between the data layer and the application layer. GemFire stores information within the data fabric layer, which allows information to flow freely within an organization’s infrastructure.

"The rise of grid computing and blade servers has created the need to virtualize data stores away from the applications," said Shankar Iyer, executive vice president, marketing and strategy, GemStone Systems. "Our solution will bring customers running BladeCenter tremendous benefits by simplifying data flows, resulting in a vastly improved ability to deploy and migrate applications."

Grid architecture and blade server deployments have exploded in the past several years. According to Gartner, blade server sales surpassed $1 billion for the first time in 2004, with robust growth expected to continue. IBM leads the blade server market with nearly 43 percent of the market according to Gartner.

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