Gupta Technologies Releases SQLBase 8.5

Gupta Technologies, LLC. announces the latest release of its embedded
database, SQLBase.

SQLBase is a relational database that has historically run on a variety of
operating systems including DOS, Win 3.1, Win 32, Novell NetWare platforms
3X/4X. SQLBase 8.5 runs on Win32 platforms, Novell NetWare 5 and 6. A
LINUX version of SQLBase is underway and will be available in the near term.

The product is known for its DBA-less operations that reduce database
administration almost to zero. Gupta Technologies Charlie McLouth stated
“It’s an embedded database you can deploy worry free; it’s a non-DBA
database meaning you don’t have to have an expensive DBA to maintain it, in
most cases it’s the receptionist that’s the DBA for SQLBase.”

Gupta Technologies was formed in 1985 by Umang Gupta and Bruce Scott (the
original author of the Oracle Database engine). Scott and Gupta broke away
from Oracle and formed their own company with a vision to have the first
relational database that ran on a PC. Their goal was realized in ’87/’88
with a product called SQLBase. Currently, there are over one million
deployments of SQLBase worldwide.

New Features in 8.5

The most compelling feature for new and existing customers alike are the
performance improvements in this particular release. SQLBase 8.5 is 40%
faster than version 7.5.1, the most commonly deployed version of SQLBase.
McLouth claimed, “We also have customer quotes that indicate that they’re
experiencing performance improvements anywhere in the range of 125% all the
way up to 250%.”

In addition to over all performance improvements, SQLBase 8.5 has
significantly improved scalability. This improvement is a bonus in
addition to the long-term performance work being done. This additional
feature addresses locking and concurrency issues specifically. McLouth
stated, “SQLBase has a page granularity locking level but we’ve reduced the
length of time locks are held internally, we’ve seen significant
improvements in multi-user systems with this new enhancement. What this
means to our valued VARs and OEMs is that they can write one application
suitable for a single-user lap-top installation – or a fifty-user system and
they can deploy SQLBase for any type of installation without changing their
application code.

SQLBase 8.5 now supports ANSI-join syntax for SQL99. This new feature
provides enterprise-wide compatibility with other ANSI-99 compliant
databases and SQLBase developers are no longer limited to one outer join in
their SQL statements; multiple outer joins are now possible.

A feature unique to SQLBase is the ability to safely have multiple servers
running on a single machine. McLouth told Database Journal “First and
foremost our many VARs and OEMs must be able to deploy their applications
or solutions to customers worldwide without being concerned if a customer
has another application using SQLBase already installed. SQLBase allows
VARs and OEMs to install their solutions in complete safety and isolation
from other possible SQLBase installations. This also brings up the other
important side benefit, which is the ability to have more than one SQLBase
engine running at the same time, on the same machine. This presents a real
competitive advantage in the embedded database market.”

SQLBase 8.5 will be available to the general public on September 8th.
The desktop version will be available for $495 and the SQLBase 8.5 Developers Edition, (for development only, not for deployment), will be available for $29.95.

Gupta Technologies
Gupta Technologies ( specializes in embedded
relational databases and visual development tools for e-business. The
company’s core products include SQLBase and Team Developer. SQLBase is a
relational database that features the highest level of security in the
market, with more than one million copies in use worldwide. GUPTA has sales
offices and distributors in 46 countries, and counts numerous Global 2000
companies as its customers. GUPTA is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., and
is owned by Platinum Equity.

Platinum Equity
Platinum Equity ( is a global acquisition firm
specializing in the strategic operation of mission-critical services and
solutions businesses according to a unique M&A&OSM model of value creation.
Since its founding in 1995, Platinum has completed over 40 privately funded
transactions, leveraging a multi-billion dollar revenue base derived from
the continued growth of its portfolio. With an established infrastructure
in North and South America and Europe, Platinum employs a workforce of more
than 15,000 serving over 600,000 customer sites worldwide.

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