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Posted Dec 9, 2002

CACHE Database to be Offered on Mac OS X

By DatabaseJournal.com Staff

InterSystems Gearing Up To Deliver Post-relational Enterprise Database Software On Mac Platform

InterSystems Corporation today announced that the high performance CACHE database will be available on the Mac OS X platform in early 2003. A favorite technology choice for developers building innovative transaction processing applications on Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms, post-relational CACHE features an advanced object database as well as robust SQL and a multidimensional database engine.

"With CACHE, Macintosh developers will finally have the ability to build and deploy massively scalable high performance applications across even the largest enterprise," says Robert Nagle, InterSystems director of software development. "CACHE is the database software professional developers select when they're creating new Web applications that push the curve for transaction processing performance and scalability -- the applications for which legacy relational databases simply can't deliver optimum results because of their static two-dimensional design."

Industry experts view the synergy between CACHE and the Macintosh platform as likely to deliver positive results. "Mac developers are noted for delivering user-friendly object-oriented applications, especially in the creative arts and education, but difficulties in accessing scalable relational databases are a prime cause of the Mac's inability to take its fair share of corporate desktops. By using the "post-relational" architecture of CACHE, which enables developers to build both SQL and object-based systems that are high performance on an enterprise scale, these developers can provide applications that link Mac end users' creativity with enterprise customer and supply-chain data for competitive-advantage innovation," notes Wayne Kernochan, senior vice president of Aberdeen Group, a leading Boston-based market research firm.

Enterprise Functionality On the Way

Going far beyond the typically limited feature sets of database products currently available for Mac OS X, CACHE provides the sophisticated functionality needed for enterprise applications.

Highlights of the product will include:

  • Real-time Data Analytics - New Transactional Bit Map Index technology provides the query performance benefits of advanced indexing technology with update performance equal to that of traditional indexes. CACHE is the first database provider to deliver real-time data analytics for transaction processing.

  • CACHE Web Services - Built-in support for Web Services, without requiring a separate application server or other complications. CACHE is fully compatible with both .NET and Java frameworks for Web Services.

  • CACHE Enterprise Java - Another breakthrough in database technology, CACHE automates Bean Managed Persistence, making it easy for developers to work with Java Enterprise Edition while enabling very high performance.

  • CACHE Enterprise Cache Protocol (ECP) - Including a new distributed concurrency engine and support for massive distributed cache memory, ECP delivers top-tier performance and scalability for multi-server configurations.

CACHE pricing for Mac OS X is expected to start at US $200 in a single-user version and about US $1,000 for a multi-user configuration.

CACHE is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Press release text courtesy of InterSystems Corp.

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