Terracotta’s newly updated BigMemory 3.7 in-memory management platform extends capacity by a reported 10x, allowing businesses to scour terabytes of data in search of insights. In-memory data management could prove vital to companies with massive amounts of data to handle on a daily basis. In addition to a tenfold increase in capacity and in-memory search, BigMemory 3.7 includes “transport level security” via SSL and strengthened security access. Users can leverage all RAM in terabyte servers, adding servers as needed. For companies involved in lots of online transactions per minute, the ability to speed up data-crunching can translate into speedier customer experiences, whether streaming video or booking a ticket to an event. “The explosion of big data volume, velocity and variety creates business challenges that legacy platforms simply cannot address,” Gary Nakamura, general manager of Terracotta, wrote in a statement. “BigMemory not only simplifies and dramatically improves big data management performance, but it does so at terabyte scale, creating real opportunities for business innovation for our customers.” More affordable memory technology has sparked a rise in in-memory database systems. Offerings include SAP’s High Performance Analytics Appliance (HANA) database platform, EXASolution from Exasol AG, and Starcounter AB’s eponymous system. Robin Bloor, principal of IT market-research firm Bloor Group, recently said that company interest in in-memory databases is being driven by the need to provide faster responses to queries: “If you can make the database independent of the disk, we’re talking about making applications a thousand times faster than they are today.” Speeding up the rate of database queries, in turn, can enable businesses to deploy next-generation analytics applications. SAP, for example, is already incorporating HANA support into other products, including the recently unveiled feature pack 3 for the 4.0 release of its SAP BusinessObjects B.I. solutions, extending the latter’s analytical abilities to the petabyte scale.   Image: Terracotta