As Wall Street firms continue to open new offices in foreign countries and to outsource around the globe, one challenge for IT departments is to make sure that work, data and documents flow quickly and smoothly among widespread offices and data centers. Adobe and GemStone are announcing today a joint solution designed to meet this challenge: they've embedded GemStone's GemFire data virtualization software, which harnesses the memory resources of many computers to speed up data retrieval and improve scalability and fault tolerance, into a version of Adobe's LiveCycle workflow and document management software.According to Juan Menendez, vice president of business development and alliances for GemStone, Adobe is seeing more customers deploy its LiveCycle Enterprise System across widely diverse geographies. "With these deployments come challenges of maintaining data consistency, scalability and low latency across multiple LANs and WANs -- a host of issues that are difficult for some," he says. "Embedding GemFire into LiveCycle enables customers to deploy the software without compromising on performance or scalability on a global basis."
Asad Ali, senior product marketing manager at GemStone, says the company's GemFire Enterprise technology is being used in financial services firms to assist multinational handoffs of outsourcing work and to move data among data centers in far-flung cities such as London, Tokyo and New York.
A trial version of the software can be downloaded here.