Analyst Coverage: Philip Howard
GridGain was formed initially in 2007 but not incorporated until 2011. In 2014 it donated its code base to Apache Software Foundation as the open source Apache Ignite project. The company now (April 2019) provides support for Ignite as well as offering Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate Editions that provide additional capabilities over and above those of Ignite. The products are available for deployment on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments, and they are available as a GridGain Cloud managed service as well as through the AWS, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Marketplaces.
GridGain is funded through VC backers and is based in California but also has offices in London, Paris, Russia and Hong Kong. The company has an extensive partner program, across systems integrators, cloud platforms, independent software vendors and technology providers. In the last category, perhaps Confluent (Kafka) is the most significant. GridGain initially focused on the financial sector but now has customers spanning industry sectors and including organisations such as American Express, ING, Marketo, Tui and American Airlines.