Terracotta and companies in the new world of distributed data environments have an increasingly important role in the cloud computing universe.

Simply due to the fact that they are forcing more change in the database market then we have seen in the past 20 years.

Terracotta is a case in point. Today, the company announced its new version of Ehcache, which can store a terabyte of data and 100 million objects in a single cache.

Terracotta says the new capability is ready out of the box and does not require changes to the application code. It can be turned on with two lines of configuration.

Significant is the flexibility that the service provides. Java applications of any size can now be served in memory.

This offers enterprises an option. It means a database does not have to be over provisioned in order to manage large scale application deployments.

Terracotta's Ehcache 2.2 represents a trend that we are seeing as more companies seek to establish a foothold in the market by offering distributed database services. The company competes with the likes of Oracle.

Terracotta, started in 2003, specializes in scaling Java environments. The company acquired Ehcache last summer. Ehcache has traditionally held the spot as the most popular open source Java cache library.

Data scales in the cloud but the traditional database does not without a lot of tuning. Distributed stores provide elasticity. It's why NoSQL is gaining popularity.

It's not to say the database market will deflate. Legacy databases will remain in production for some time.

Buit the future is with services like those from Terracotta.