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Open-source Java clustering startup Terracotta is today expected to announce an acquisition that'll potentially boost the speed of clustered Java applications.

The company said it's buying the IP behind the Apache-licensed Ehcache along with Ehcache founder Greg Luck, who'll be joining the Terracotta team. The goal is to integrate Ehcache with Teracotta.

In the short term, integration of Terracotta and Ehcache will focus on allowing Ehcache users to easily add enterprise availability, reliability, and data integrity capabilities through the Terracotta Server Array.

Recent Ehcache updates have boosted speed and provide support for Google's AppEngine.

Ehcache is used by major customers and ships in a number of open-source products including Hibernate ORM, the Spring Framework, Alfresco CMS and Liferay portal.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Terracotta is a start up funded by Accel and Benchmark Capital, including Benchmark which funded SpringSource and saw it's sale to virtualization giant VMware.

Luck said both the Ehcache and Terracotta communities would benefit from the deal. The Ehcache users will get accelerated development of new features while the Terracotta community will have a "seamless single vendor experience with easy access to a rich and robust caching solution that scales with their business," he said.

Amit Pandey, Terracotta chief executive, said in a statement the deal would enable the further construction of distributed caches and other in-memory data management systems that simplify application scale-out. ®

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