We're hosting a GigaSpaces Users Conference in London tomorrow, Tuesday, June 12th.
You can find more details about the event on Geva's blog here.
"What is particularly cool about this is that most of the presentations will be given by GigaSpaces customers on how they are using the product."
In this event I'm going to unveil some of the stuff we have been working on for our new release (6.0). We're going to name this release XAP, which stands for eXterme Application Platform (pronounced Zap). The release is a major milestone for us. Many of the ideas and concepts behind the release were inspired by those same customers and partners that are going to present at the London event.
Beyond covering the new release, we'll be discussing the answers to the questions listed below, which we have been hearing from our customers and partners in anticipation of this event. I would be very interested in getting more such questions and I'll do my best to cover all of them during the event (and if not, then on my blog), so feel free to shoot me more questions of this kind. Note that I kept the questions anonymous, as I'm not sure those involved would have liked them to be published.
A lead architect from a large global European investment bank asked: "We see an increasing convergence between data virtualization, distributed caching and grid technologies. How does GigaSpaces see the future in this context and how are you preparing for it?"
The same architect asked about how we intend to help train and make our customers successful with the platform: "How does GigaSpaces intend to develop and encourage independent technology evangelists around its platform? Today if we want to hire a distributed data cache expert who is proficient enough to help us make a platform decision, it may be difficult because such people are hard to come by. One way to encourage this may be through the use of certifications, but this may be onerous for the company of your size, but perhaps providing documentation on best practices, recommended patterns, reference architectures and making them openly available may be helpful. In the short run it may affect your consulting revenue but in the long run it will boost the credibility of your product base."
An executive from a very large Latin American consumer goods company asked about how GigaSpaces can work in conjunction with other SOA products: "What benefits can you provide in an SOA/ESB COTS based environment?"
A telco customer from the UK asked: "I would be keen to see overviews of architectures that use GigaSpaces in environments that are not specific to crunching numbers as fast as possible, i.e. messaging, scalability, redundancy, etc... Virgin's ordering system would be a good example."
And, finally, many customers asked about our future roadmap.
So like I said, we'll be covering all this and more at our customer event tomorrow.
If you have more questions just post them here or send me a email directly.