It's been 6 years already that I've been preaching on Space Based Architecture, and its potential scalability and reliability.
We're now getting closer to the end of the sixth year and there is nothing better that I could have dreamed of than seeing Virgin Mobile's recent PR as a new year present. Not just for myself but for everyone in GigaSpaces and throughout the world who believes in the technology and the concepts that we've been pushing for such a long time. There is nothing like the following testimonial to prove what we've been saying for a long time:
"The decision to move away from a traditional application server approach to the far more elegant and maintainable Spaces model was an easy one," Browne explained, "but what really appealed to us about the GigaSpaces product was its potential scalability and fault tolerance."
The new GigaSpaces-based OMS at Virgin Mobile proved itself under fire in November, 2006, when some key back office systems were unavailable for a time. While the OMS continued running, many orders were stalled in the state of being ready for processing by the back office systems. When it was restarted, every pending order was processed.
Pay attention for the following statement:
"The decision to move away from a traditional application server approach to the far more elegant and maintainable Spaces model was an easy one"
You're going to see more of that in the coming year … stay tuned .
Julian, thanks for the wonderful testimonial – I know of many organizations that think the same way but didn't have your courage or weren't able (due to company policy) to be public about it as you were.
As Madona used to say in her song, even though we're already six years in this business, "it really feels like the very first time."
BTW the full story can be found at http://www.gigaspaces.com/ne_pr06.html.