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Getting Started with Hazelcast - Second Edition by Mat Johns

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Breaking the mould

Hazelcast is a radical, new approach towards data that was designed from the ground up around distribution. It embraces a new, scalable way of thinking in that data should be shared for resilience and performance while allowing us to configure the trade-offs surrounding consistency, as the data requirements dictate.

The first major feature of Hazelcast is its masterless nature. Each node is configured to be functionally the same and operates in a peer-to-peer manner. The oldest node in the cluster is the de facto leader. This node manages the membership by automatically making decisions as to which node is responsible for which data. In this way, as the new nodes join in or drop out, the process is repeated and the cluster rebalances ...

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