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Gemfire Corporation

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About Gemfire Corporation

Gemfire is a developer of Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLC) and specializes in applying planar semi-conductor-type processing technology to create a family of high-performance components and modules for Optical Networking applications. The Gemfire PhotonIC optical circuit technology comprises a suite of materials, processing techniques and packaging methods that enable the integration of multiple optical functions on a single device. These capabilities result in a shift in the way that fiber optic components are manufactured. This large-scale, highly-integrated, planar processing capability enables higher functionality and performance, along with the ability to scale production as in the semiconductor industry. GC Holdings, the umbrella company of Gemfire, is committed to take advantage of leading edge materials technologies and the advantages they bring to Photonics. Partial funding for Gemfire falls under GC Holdings. In May 2013, Gemfire was acquired by Kaiam. The valuation of Gemfire was undisclosed. Other terms of the deal were not released.

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2570 North First Street Suite 440

San Jose, California, 95131,

United States

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Gemfire Corporation Patents

Gemfire Corporation has filed 8 patents.

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Latest Gemfire Corporation News

TIBCO Snaps Up SnappyData: Spark + Geode on Steroids

Mar 8, 2019

Analytics software consolidation continues TIBCO Software has bought SnappyData, an in-memory data platform service powered by Apache Spark and Apache Geode, for an undisclosed sum. SnappyData’s team is know for building Geode, a distributed data management platform used on Wall Street trading platforms. They sold a managed Geode provider, GemFire, to VMware in 2010. It is now owned by Pivotal. The deal, announced Thursday, is the latest sign of industry consolidation in the data analytics sector, amid growing demand for effective data science tools. SnappyData’s CTO Jags Ramnarayan describes the company’s mission as to “simplify the overly complex big data architectures we see today, created by stitching together batch oriented (Hadoop, MPP databases) and real-time products (operational databases like MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, messaging like Kafka, and point streaming solutions).” “We reduce this complexity by fusing Spark with a hybrid in-memory database capable of both analytic and real time workloads, creating a single unified platform. Spark is a data processing engine that can do extract, transform and load, analytics, machine learning and graph processing on large volumes of data at rest (batch processing) or in motion (streaming processing). Geode is a data management platform that pools memory, CPU and network resources to manage application objects and behavior. It was first deployed as a low-latency data engine on Wall Street. Reflecting on the sale,  Ramnarayan said in a blog: “Our journey started with  GemFire , an in-memory data grid targeting enterprises… looking to build a new generation of sub-second transactional systems that could scale to 1000s of users.” (VMWare acquired GemFire in 2010.) He added: “Years of customer experiences with GemFire led us to new big data opportunities… focused on the benefits of in-memory performance, scale-out, real-time updates and access to ever increasing amounts of data.” “As we started to work with customers, we soon realized that customers had to deal with complex architectures – a range of Hadoop products, streaming, in-memory technology like GemFire and MPP databases.” “Apache Spark was in its infancy but was quite appealing as a general purpose distributed computational framework for big data. We experimented on the amalgamation of Spark with our in-memory technology, validating our ideas with Pivotal customers and decided to launch SnappyData as a independent company”. Matt Quinn, chief operating officer, TIBCO, said the acquisition will make “TIBCO Connected Intelligence platform one of the best solutions for driving real-time insights, such as predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, and more.” Adding SnappyData’s portolio to TIBCO’s offering enables it to enhance existing offerings, such as visual analytics (Apache Spark with better data refresh intervals, faster query times, and increased productivity); streaming analytics and DataOps (orchestrating and streamlining management of analytics data pipelines) it said.

Gemfire Corporation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Gemfire Corporation founded?

    Gemfire Corporation was founded in 1995.

  • Where is Gemfire Corporation's headquarters?

    Gemfire Corporation's headquarters is located at 2570 North First Street, San Jose.

  • What is Gemfire Corporation's latest funding round?

    Gemfire Corporation's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did Gemfire Corporation raise?

    Gemfire Corporation raised a total of $213.6M.

  • Who are the investors of Gemfire Corporation?

    Investors of Gemfire Corporation include Kaiam, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Palo Alto Investors, U.S. Department of Defense, Centaurus Capital and 15 more.

  • Who are Gemfire Corporation's competitors?

    Competitors of Gemfire Corporation include Hazelcast.

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