While major vendors have been making the case for forklift upgrades to in-memory databases, GridGain opted to develop in-memory software that can be inserted between existing applications and their data sources. After making that software available under an open source license earlier this year, this week GridGain announced that its software is now an open source project called Ignite that will be managed under the auspices of the Apache Foundation.

GridGain CEO Abe Kleinfeld says that since making its software available under an open source license, downloads of its in-memory data fabric software have reached 7,000 to 8,000 per month. Kleinfeld attributes all that interest to the simple fact that IT organizations want to be able to take advantage of more memory without having to rewrite existing applications and deploy entirely new classes of databases to support them.

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