If you have other questions regarding the Start-Up Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Start-Up Program allows individuals and start-up companies, defined as companies with less than US $1 million in revenues, to use the GigaSpaces products for any purpose, including production, indefinitely - for free. There are no time, functionality or CPU limitations to this program.
Any individual or company with less than $1 million in revenues during the 12 months before signing up to the program can qualify. We review the applications and reserve the right to reject any application for any reason.
Please note that if you decide to use GigaSpaces with EC2, or any other GigaSpaces' cloud/pay-per-use/utility offering, you will have to pay for the GigaSpaces EC2 license, even if you are a start up. You are still eligible for the startup license, but only for your "on premises" servers.
Note that if you are a consultant applying for your customer, you will not be accepted to the program. Your customer should be applying.
Universities willing to use GigaSpaces can usually apply to the Academic program.
If your company has a parent company which has revenues of more than $1 million, you do not qualify to the start up program.
Companies with annual revenues of $1 million or above are not eligible for the Start-Up Program, and therefore, your license expires at that milestone.
Participants in the program can receive all minor upgrades at no cost. For major releases, you must re-qualify for the program in order to receive it at no charge. However, if you were signed up for the program you will still be able to purchase the Perpetual License Premium Edition of the next major release at a 50% discount.
Yes. Individuals, corporations of all countries and not-for-profit companies are all invited to join the program. If you are signing up as an individual, but would like to later on transfer your license to a company you will establish, we will work with you on that.
You can essentially do anything you want - development, testing and production. You can also embed the GigaSpaces product in your application, whether it is a Web application or packaged software.
You can use your Start-Up License for any general purpose, including development, testing and production, whether for a Web application or packaged software. The main limitations are:
I am involved in an open source project and would like to bundle the GigaSpaces product with it. Can I do that?
Yes, but not with the Start-Up Program license. You can do so with the GigaSpaces XAP Community Edition. GigaSpaces is already working closely with a number of open source projects including Spring, Mule, Hibernate and Jini.
You can post your support questions on the GigaSpaces support forums. GigaSpaces staff will regularly monitor and respond to these forums and will make a best effort to do so as quickly as possible. If you wish to have full 24/7 email, phone and Web support, you will have to buy the commercial license and pay annual support and maintenance fees. Please contact email@example.com for additional information.
In order to receive our Silver, Gold or Platinum support packages, you will need to purchase a commercial license and pay annual support and maintenance fees. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Our current price list is published here. Participants of the Start-Up Program can purchase the Perpetual License Premium Edition at a 50% discount off of the price stated in the price list.
Yes, and we do, but not from start-ups. GigaSpaces' products have been widely adopted by large organization in financial services, telecommunications, government, Web, media, manufacturing and other industries. These companies can afford to pay for our products. However, we want to encourage start-ups, who may be looking at inferior low-cost (or free) alternatives to use GigaSpaces, and only pay us when their business justifies it. Our assumption is that anyone who is doing anything of any economic significance with our products will eventually want 24/7 support and will purchase the commercial license. In a sense, we are sharing the risk of starting a new business with our customers.
If you simply want to read about the concepts behind the GigaSpaces products, a good place to start is to read the white paper Space-Based Architecture and the End of Tier-Based Computing and The Scalability Revolution.
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the "cloud". It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. You create an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) with your application and then deploy it on the Amazon hosted servers. You pay per-usage - on a CPU per hour basis. The smallest servers cost $0.10 per hour, and larger ones are available.
NOTE: You cannot use EC2 with a Start-up license key. As there is a different pricing model for usage on EC2 (and other SaaS that run GigaSpaces), you will need to apply for an EC2 specific license, and pay to both Amazon and GigaSpaces. See who qualifies for the start up program
At GigaSpaces we believe strongly in participating in and contributing to the developer community. It's good for the community and it's good for our business. In addition to the Start-Up Program, we have launched or are in the process of launching a number of community initiatives. These include the GigaSpaces XAP Community Edition and the OpenSpaces open source framework. We are also providing integration for and working closely with a number of open source projects, including Spring, Mule, Hibernate and Jini.
Both offerings allow the free use of GigaSpaces XAP, but are intended for different purposes. GigaSpaces XAP Community Edition is available for free, but is functionally constrained to a single node. It is useful for testing, development and small-scale deployments. This edition is targeted for developers who are building applications that do not currently have special scalability or performance requirements - but anticipate such requirements in the future and would like to prepare for their future needs by architecting their system around scalable concepts. It is also ideally suited for open source projects that wish to bundle or distribute GigaSpaces XAP with their product - thus giving their product enterprise-grade performance. End users can later upgrade to the full commercial version with its powerful clustering capabilities and no change in code! The Start-Up Program provides participants the free use of the full, un-constrained commercial edition of GigaSpaces XAP, but is limited to use only by start-ups, defined as companies with less than $1 million in revenues (at the time of joining the program).
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