IMDG Spaces: Active or Not
March 11, 2021

IMDG Spaces: Active or Not

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Score 4 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO ActiveSpaces

Tibco ActiveSpaces was introduced in our company years back, the original purpose was to add the IMDG caching layer on corporate foundation services to boost the response performance. It is still used together with other Tibco products like EMS, business work, and business events.


  • Like all other IMDG solutions, Tibco ActiveSpaces provides a scalable and distributed cache solution, which is supposed to have high throughput and high availability.
  • As it is under the Tibco umbrella, it is seamlessly integrated with other Tibco products.
  • It breaks the traditional "local cache" boundary and limitation, instead unifies many "local physical memory" to create one huge "In-Memory Data Grid", and serves the data provider/consumer application logically as one "Memory Cloud."
  • A lot of non-frequently updated data can be cached in this IMDG, to allow fast access, which saves the I/O latency caused by many traditional file system-backed storage solutions.


  • TIBCO ActiveSpaces Tuple-based data structure is not flexible enough to support customized native data objects.
  • There is no secondary index option.
  • Doesn't provide "predicate based In-Grid distributed search and result aggregation."
  • only can be used as data cache, the node's only contribute memory but can not use the data partition owner node's computation power to apply the distributed computation customized by the user.
  • Cross data center replication (geographically) is a pain.
  • Encounter the performance issue when the data volume is huge, even according to the architecture design, linear scaling up should not have that issue.
  • The cost of Tibco ActiveSpaces is quite high, while the added value it brought is not as we expected.
Actually, we are gradually replacing the Tibco ActiveSpaces with Redis (for caching purpose only) or Hazelcast (for embedded mode and also for in-memory distributed computation purpose + in-memory distributed IPC purpose).

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TIBCO ActiveSpaces is only suited in the company where Tibco suites have been already used, the license cost is not a concern, it is only required for data caching purposes and only works in the client/server mode for middle-sizes of data. If the expectation is data cache + distributed computation or embedded IMDG is also one requirement or the data cluster needs span multiple data centers, other light-weight OpenSource IMDG solutions should be considered


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