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Aerospike Open Sources Visionary Database That Operates at In-Memory Speed and Global Scale With Enterprise-Grade Reliability

Aerospike Inc. today announced open source licensing for the Aerospike in-memory NoSQL database. The Aerospike client software development kit (SDK) is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0, and the Aerospike database server is licensed under the Affero General Public License (APGL). The first database to be built from the ground up to take advantage of modern processors and flash memory, Aerospike operates at in-memory speed and global scale with enterprise-grade reliability. This move gives entrepreneurs and enterprises access to the same horsepower as proprietary in-house database technology built by Internet giants, such as Google, Amazon and Facebook.

The Aerospike database has already helped companies in the digital marketing sector grow from start-ups handling gigabytes of data at tens of thousands of transactions per second (TPS) to global-scale operations managing terabytes of data and billions of objects at millions of transactions per second. Fast on the heels of these early adopters, enterprises in retail, financial services, and telecommunications are now also scaling their applications.

Aerospike was built by developers who had worked at Internet companies and experienced the limitations of relational and first-generation NoSQL databases. Brian Bulkowski, Aerospike co-founder and CTO, explained, “We founded Aerospike because we wanted to simplify scaling and empower all developers—not just the few who worked at companies with deep enough pockets to build their own technologies.”

Srini V. Srinivasan, Aerospike co-founder and vice president of engineering and operations, added, “Now that Aerospike has been in production non-stop for close to four years in some of the world’s most data-intensive environments, we are fulfilling our commitment to developers by open sourcing the technology and expanding our community.”

Proven in Production, Powering Some of the Largest Real-Time Bidding Exchanges and Digital Marketing Platforms

Aerospike has established a reputation for being the database of choice for user stores and ID-mapping stores in real-time bidding (RTB) and digital marketing. The modern architecture for Internet enterprises consists of Aerospike as the real-time “system of engagement” behind a Web application tier and in front of a Hadoop cluster. Insights from Hadoop analytics are periodically moved into Aerospike and combined with “hot analytics” in Aerospike to give consumers precisely what they want at the moment it matters most.

Applications are now also facing overwhelming pressure from mobile devices, exceeding the capacity of caches and existing databases, often doubling memory requirements and the costs of scaling. This is leading more enterprises to deploy Aerospike behind their Web application tiers and in front of legacy databases.

The visionary Aerospike database has established many firsts:

  • First database to scale up using a patent-pending combination of indexes in RAM and data in direct-attached flash storage, such as solid-state drives (SSDs) for near in-memory speed at flash storage prices.
  • First database to scale out supporting mixed read/write workloads and a combination of transactions and patented “indexed map-reduce” technology for “hot analytics” on terabytes of up-to-the-moment user context, such as clicks and swipes, geo-location, demographics, and audience segments.
  • First in-memory NoSQL database to ensure enterprise-grade reliability with strong consistency and ACID properties. Additionally, because even a few seconds offline can lead to millions of dollars in lost revenues, Aerospike was designed to ensure zero downtime with manual intervention only for hardware changes and software upgrades. Proven in production in numerous global-scale deployments, the Aerospike database successfully delivers on its promise of non-stop service.

Community Applauds Aerospike Move to Open Source

“AppNexus operates at massive scale, and Aerospike has given us the price, performance and reliability we need to grow our business. By open sourcing its technology, Aerospike is making exactly the right move to introduce many more developers to its technology and to inspire them to build entirely new classes of high-performance applications.” – Timothy G Smith, senior vice president, technical operations, AppNexus

“As the leading programmatic search partner marketplace, we have seen great success scaling up to handle billions of data events per day using Aerospike. Our proprietary platform demands a powerful real-time database with ultra low latency, high throughput, and predictable scalability to maintain a reliable exchange for our advertisers and publishers. In all respects, Aerospike was the right choice for us. We are thrilled that Aerospike is open sourcing their product. The widespread availability of their technology will foster innovation throughout the developer community and wider adoption by the marketplace.” – Mike Yudin, CTO, adMarketplace

“Aerospike has helped Chango quickly scale to handle 100 billion algorithmic decisions every day. We are happy to see Aerospike go open source and look forward to being an active member of the community.” – Mazdak Rezvani, CTO, Chango

“eXelate’s smart data platform collects six to seven billion data points a day and provides accurate, actionable, and agile data and analytics on household demographics, purchase intent, and behavioral propensities of over 800 online consumers. Aerospike has given us a competitive edge and helped us scale our business rapidly and reliably. We are happy to see Aerospike open source its technology and plan to participate actively in the community.” – Elad Efraim, CTO and co-founder, eXelate

“A young company in India like Snapdeal simply could not have achieved the kind of unprecedented growth we did without open source. An open source version of Aerospike will level the playing field for more entrepreneurs with Internet-scale dreams.” – Amitabh Misra, vice president of engineering, Snapdeal

“The real-time bidding market in China is accelerating. We were able to grow into one of the biggest players in the market because of our technology and products, with help from Aerospike. Open source will free more developers to use Aerospike and expand the community significantly.” – Ning Hu, CTO, Media-V

“Aerospike has helped So-net Media Networks scale to become a leading demand-side platform in Japan, which has one of the highest growth rates in the world for real-time bidding. With open source, more developers will discover that Aerospike is an order of magnitude better than anything else out there.” – Takahiro Yasuda, a chief architect, So-net Media Networks

"Aerospike's revolutionary use of Intel® solid-state drives with DRAM demonstrates the potential of a new era of database architecture providing microsecond user space performance with amazing consistency. This move to open source will significantly accelerate the adoption of Aerospike and Intel SSD technology.” – Chuck Brown, director of ISV development for flash and non-volatile memories, Intel Corporation

Aerospike Community Edition

The Aerospike client software development kit (SDK) for the Aerospike database is available under the Apache License, Version 2.0, giving developers the freedom to use, distribute and modify the code. The Aerospike Community Edition server software is available under the Free Software Foundation GNU AGPL Version 3.0, enabling developers to use the code while also protecting their long-term interests by requiring modifications made by Internet giants and others to be contributed back to the developer community.

“Some of technology’s greatest innovations emerge from collaboration with open source communities,” said Dr. Greg Papadopoulos, PhD, former CTO, Sun Microsystems. “The open source licensing of Aerospike’s database will enable even more developers to take advantage of this fundamentally innovative technology; there is great potential here for sparking an explosion in real-time big data driven applications.”

Aerospike Community Edition has no limits on the number of servers, transactions per second, or terabytes of data managed. Developers can download Aerospike Community Edition and get started at http://www.aerospike.com/free-aerospike-3-community-edition with community support.

Aerospike Enterprise Edition

Aerospike Community Edition can be upgraded live to Aerospike Enterprise Edition. It includes additional features, such as Aerospike Cross Data Center Replication (XDR), which ensure business continuity and disaster recovery and enable global-scale applications to operate out of data centers located close to consumers around the world.

Available under a commercial license, Aerospike Enterprise Edition provides access to tested and certified production-ready binaries, hot patches and 24x7 enterprise support. There are no limits on transactions per second, and operators have the freedom to deploy an unlimited number of servers, clusters, or data centers. Subscriptions are based on the volume of unique data managed, starting at $1,000 per month for 100GB, and there is no charge for replicated data. Developers can sign up for a free trial version of Aerospike Enterprise Edition at http://www.aerospike.com/aerospike-3-enterprise-edition.

About Aerospike

Aerospike is the world’s first flash-optimized database and the fastest, most reliable in-memory NoSQL database that operates with unprecedented speed at scale on just a handful of servers. Aerospike enables a new class of applications that combine transactions and hot analytics, and process billions of objects, 20K-2M+ transactions per second (TPS) and 100GB-100TB+ of data with predictable sub-millisecond latency and ACID reliability. Aerospike requires minimal operator intervention and has been in production non-stop for almost four years as the user context store for real-time bidding and cross-channel marketing at customers like AppNexus, eXelate, Chango and [x+1]. Aerospike is headquartered in Silicon Valley. Investors include NEA, Alsop Louie and Draper Associates. Download the free Aerospike Community Edition at www.aerospike.com and follow @aerospikedb.

Aerospike is a registered trademark of Aerospike, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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