With the typical fanfare, GigaSpaces' XAP 8 gets released today. If you want to get into the mind numbing set of cliches that every press release pumps out in spades, then you'll be wont to check out this one. Openness and continuous scaling with zero down time are some of XAP 8's big boasting points. They've also simplified administration and they're leveraging. The press release uses the term 'leveraging' several times. so you know that these people are doing some serious work with a lever and a fulcrum.
"With XAP 8.0, distributed, scalable and highly performing applications can be designed, modified, and implemented quickly while leveraging existing knowledge and technology resources."
More to the liking might be todays blog by Nati, the CTO of GigaSpaces. Addressing the question: "What would be your scorecard for second-generation PaaS and how would it be different than an App Server scorecard?" Nati comes up with a set of criteria for evaluating a good Paas solution, with elasticity, multi-tenancy and continuous deployment as perhaps the top three topics of evaluation.
TheServerSide developer might be interested in the 'diss' Nati takes on middleware services, placing it last on the list, like it was Phil Kessel at the NHL All Star Fantasy Draft. His reasoning is flawed, yet interesting nevertheless. The flaws in his logic could be easily explained away here, but like Fermat's Last Theorem, the margin here is simply too small to contain it.