Grid Dynamics Introduces Grid4Search

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Grid Dynamics solution will speed response times for eRetailers to meet higher customer demand, especially during holiday season. Grid4Search is an open source solution that combines Oracle Coherence with Apache Lucene to increase scalability of online portals.

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“For brick and mortar eRetailers, scalability of their online portal is vital,” explained Cameron Purdy, vice president, Development, Oracle.

Grid Dynamics, the authority on enterprise systems scalability today announced Grid4Search, a new open source solution that will help integrate the newest version of Oracle Coherence, one of the most popular in-memory data grid middleware solutions, with Apache Lucene, the widely used open source search toolkit. Grid4Search will speed response time and scale search queries.

Grid4Search helps combine Oracle Coherence with Lucene to create the scalability that eRetailers and Internet portals require to meet increased business demand. A new feature in Oracle Coherence 3.6 makes it possible to make any indexing engine such as Lucene work as a secondary index for cache.

“For brick and mortar eRetailers, scalability of their online portal is vital,” explained Cameron Purdy, vice president, Development, Oracle. “The eCommerce solutions that originated more than a few years ago do not necessarily provide the level of service expected by today's shopping public, both in terms of instant response times and the ability to easily find what they are looking for. By using the Oracle Coherence data grid, Grid Dynamics is able to address both of these challenges simultaneously with a solution that will have scalability headroom both for handling peak-load shopping days and planning for future growth."

This is especially true for eRetailers with more than $1 billion in online revenue, where new eRetail architectures must support at least 1000 transactions per minute.

Oracle Coherence and Lucene are a common choice of technologies for these types of initiatives. Oracle Coherence helps organizations predictably scale mission-critical applications by providing fast and reliable access to frequently used data, significantly improving scalability and the availability of data. It is widely used in Internet commerce to speed up the response times and increase the reliability of popular Internet portals. Lucene, the full-featured text search engine library, is very good for implementing full-text, cross-platform search.

“Until now, there had been challenges trying to combine Oracle Coherence and Apache Lucene, so IT teams had to invest significant money, time, and effort to build point-to-point integration between the two,” explained Victoria Livschitz, CEO, Grid Dynamics. “We have developed the means to combine Lucene with Oracle Coherence, thus creating an out-of-the-box solution that makes it possible to leverage the strengths of both products.”

The Grid4Search solution consists of a reusable library of code that helps Apache Lucene integrate with the Oracle Coherence 3.6 API. Grid4Search has two modules: a common module that provides a simplified API for index developers, and the Lucene integration module, which helps combine Lucene with Oracle Coherence.

As an open source solution, it is publically available for download from the Grid Dynamics Web site.

About Grid Dynamics
Grid Dynamics helps companies achieve better performance, higher availability, faster time-to-market and lower operational costs by scaling mission-critical systems. Using the latest advancements in grid and cloud computing technologies, the company helps customers turn monolithic applications into scalable services; and static, underutilized server clusters into virtualized compute clouds. http://www.griddynamics.com

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