SQLFire is a memory-optimized distributed SQL database from VMware. SQLFire is built for applications that need higher speed and lower latency than traditional databases can offer, but also require strong support for querying and transactions.
This webinar introduces the basics of SQLFire, including a discussion of why traditional databases are not scalable enough to deal with the demands of modern applications. I cover some of the extensions SQLFire makes to the SQL standard in order to be a truly horizontally-scalable SQL database.
The demo presented with the webinar shows how SQLFire can transparently scale to processes requests faster. In the demo a number of inserts are made, but not before a complex validation processes is done on the data being inserted. As a result the inserts are very slow. With SQLFire though you can simply add or remove nodes at any time, so if you anticipate a period where you need more processing power you can add a node and process inserts faster. SQLFire is designed to be horizontally scalable in all features, so you can scale not only inserts but also queries, transactions, etc.
Full source code for the demo is available (see the slides for details).