The Java Posse podcast guys were kind enough to mention us again, specifically our 5.2 release. One of the comments they make, though, is that we seem almost afraid to mention that GigaSpaces is a Jini/JavaSpaces implementation, as we don't mention it in the press release and it is not featured on our web site. They say it's a shame for Jini/JavaSpaces fans everywhere.
Well, first, I take that as a compliment. So thanks, Java Posse.
Second, let's make it clear: we are damn proud of being a Jini/JavaSpaces implementation, and associated with the technology and the community around it.
The reason that we do not emphasize it in our marketing material is straightforward. We get more bang for the buck by talking about our features, benefits and customer results than we do by talking about the underlying technology, which sometimes ignites silly religious wars.
Another reason is that, frankly, our product goes well beyond Jini-JavaSpaces (as Patrick Logan notes), so we don't want to sell ourselves short. We definitely take advantage of the underlying Jini-JavaSpaces capabilities, but not necessarily as a programming model. That's why we prefer talking about Space-Based Architecture.
Our biggest contribution to the Jini/JavaSpaces community is creating a robust, enterprise-grade, commercially successful product.
In the meantime, and despite Sun having originally mis-marketed J/JS ("Your toaster will talk to your microwave oven and together they'll order a pizza"), the technology is clearly growing in popularity.