Citrusleaf Adds Real-Time NoSQL Replication

Citrusleaf, a real-time, distributed NoSQL database technology provider, has announced the immediate availability of Cross Datacenter Replication (XDR), a new product that enables flexibility for running real-time applications easily and seamlessly from different data centers. XDR runs on Citrusleaf 2.0, the company's flagship database platform for high-volume, data-intensive, web-scale and mobile businesses such as digital advertising.

According to Citrusleaf, two specific trends make XDR popular among Citrusleaf's customers. Applications require higher levels of reliability and data architects want to easily support multiple hosting companies or data center providers to avoid systemic failures.  And, because end users demand faster response, companies are placing their data in geographic locations physically closer to their customers. Citrusleaf XDR is intended to address both issues by supporting complex multi-master ring topologies. XDR also allows the assignment of different replication policies to individual data elements.

"Data has to move faster and faster and when latency is at a premium you need to move that data closer and closer to the end users," Brian Bulkowski, co-founder and CEO of Citrusleaf, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Being able to create a data center in northern, southern, eastern, and western U.S. and  have the data repository really act as one database even though it is fully geographically dispersed, that is a trend across industries, he says.

For example, one of the most critical needs in the real-time advertising business is uncompromised performance, extreme reliability and 24/7 uptime, says Bulkowski. In this use case, advertising customers must have confidence that the system will stay up under any conditions, including catastrophic events.

But Citrusleaf XDR has broader applicability as well, Bulkowski says, noting that he was recently in Japan to participate in a seminar and the attendees were all from banking, telecom, and transportation firms - standard enterprise companies.   The idea that they could have a database that is in two physical data centers and have it be fully synchronized was significant because they were very interested in solutions that could as seamlessly as possible provide business continuity, he explains.

In addition, XDR gives developers greater flexibility to quickly integrate data stores. It can link Citrusleaf 2.0 with warehouses, such as Hadoop, allowing the real-time components of its customers' business to seamlessly integrate with batch analysis. XDR supports multiple destinations from the same source cluster, allowing replication to local backup clusters, batch analysis warehouses, or geographic backups.

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