Hazelcast Cluster in the Cloud

| July 17, 2013

Nowadays large companies need scalable and continuous applications. As a rule such environments use several server apps. So, if your application is running on multiple servers, you have to share data in some way among these servers or cache your data to get faster response times. Here's where Hazelcast comes into the game nicely allowing you to easily share and distribute your application data across all nodes of a cluster.

Today's post is fully focused on clustering. We'll show you how you can use clustering and data distribution platform Hazelcast on Jelastic cloud. It's very fast, fail-safe, highly scalable and user-friendly solution. If you need to share data among multiple servers, cluster your Java application, cache your data, provide your servers' secure communication or fail-safe data management, Hazelcast is what you need.

Hazelcast uses multicast for discovery by default or TCP/IP for environments where multicast is not available. So, Jelastic is a perfect solution for your Hazelcast cluster hosting. Let's take a look on how these two platforms work together.

Create environment

1. Log into Jelastic.

2. Create an environment with a Tomcat 7 HA cluster, set up the cloudlet limit and switch on Public IPv4 for it.


Wait a few minutes until your environment is created.

Download Hazelcast

1. Navigate to hazelcast.com and download the latest stable release of the platform.

hazelcast download

2. Extract the files from the package you've just downloaded.

Create application

We will create a simple Java server and client apps using Hazelcast cluster for further deployment into the Jelastic environment we have created earlier.

Server application

1. Create your server application Java class and import all the necessary Hazelcast libraries, which are included in the package you've downloaded (hazelcast-x.x.x/lib). In our case we use sample Hazelcast application, which starts the first server and uses the customer's map and queue:

package com;
import com.hazelcast.core.Hazelcast;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.Queue;
public class HazelcastServer {
public void run() {
Map<Integer, String> mapCustomers = Hazelcast.getMap("customers");
mapCustomers.put(1, "Joe");
mapCustomers.put(2, "Ali");
mapCustomers.put(3, "Avi");
System.out.println("Customer with key 1: " + mapCustomers.get(1));
System.out.println("Map Size:" + mapCustomers.size());
Queue queueCustomers = Hazelcast.getQueue("customers");
System.out.println("First customer: " + queueCustomers.poll());
System.out.println("Second customer: " + queueCustomers.peek());
System.out.println("Queue size: " + queueCustomers.size());

2. Create your servlet listener, which will run your code automatically after its deployment.

package com;
import javax.servlet.ServletContextEvent;
import javax.servlet.ServletContextListener;
public class AppServletContextListener implements ServletContextListener{
public void contextDestroyed(ServletContextEvent arg0) {
System.out.println("ServletContextListener destroyed");
public void contextInitialized(ServletContextEvent arg0) {
System.out.println("ServletContextListener started");
new HazelcastServer().run();

3. Add <listener> section to your web.xml file.

<web-app version="3.0" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_3_0.xsd">

4. Build your project into WAR archive.

Client application

Create the Java class using Hazelcast Native Java Client API. We use Hazelcast sample, which connects to both nodes in our cluster and displays the number of customers in the map:

package com;
import com.hazelcast.client.ClientConfig;
import com.hazelcast.client.HazelcastClient;
import com.hazelcast.core.HazelcastInstance;
import com.hazelcast.core.IMap;
public class HazelcastClientClass {
public static void main(String[] args) {
ClientConfig clientConfig1 = new ClientConfig();
ClientConfig clientConfig2 = new ClientConfig();
HazelcastInstance client1 = HazelcastClient.newHazelcastClient(clientConfig1);
HazelcastInstance client2 = HazelcastClient.newHazelcastClient(clientConfig2);
IMap map1 = client1.getMap("customers");
IMap map2 = client2.getMap("customers");
System.out.println("Map1 Size:" + map1.size());
System.out.println("Map2 Size:" + map2.size());
Note: You can see your Public IPs by clicking on the additional button for your server nodes like it's shown on the next screenshot:

The port number for each node should be the same for the case when you use two different nodes for your cluster.

Deploy application

1. Go back to the Jelastic Dashboard and upload your server app WAR package to the Deployment Manager.

hazelcast cluster upload

2. Deploy it to the clustered environment you've created.

hazelcast cluster deploy

3. Click the Config button for Tomcat and upload hazelcast-all-2.6.jar to the lib folder.

hazelcast cluster config

4. Restart your servers in order to apply new settings.

hazelcast restart

5. Check your server logs to ensure that your Hazelcast cluster was created.

hazelcast cluster
Note: According to logs you can see that both our Tomcat instances have been successfully clustered and Hazelcast server applications successfully communicate between each other.

6. Run you client application locally. You'll see that client connects to both servers and gets the size of the map on each Hazelcast cluster node.

hazelcast cluster client app

As you can see, Jelastiс was specially designed for highly scalable, clustered application hosting. That's why it so easy to host such apps on our cloud platform. Now developers can save a lot of their time developing and deploying large clusters, especially when application is distributed.