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Posted Sep 23, 2010

CACH� Embraces Java and Developers Rejoice

By Linda Cole

InterSystems CACHÉ 2010, a soon to be released new version of the high-performance object database for transactional systems, answers the demand for an economical high availability solution and the longing from Java developers for high-performance and persistent storage.

CACHÉ Database Mirroring is a new alternative for high availability. It gives CIOs a new dimension to make the trade-offs required in terms of availability demanded by business units, compared with the cost and complexity of managing such an environment. Database mirroring can be deployed much less expensively than many of today's options since it uses redundant servers and redundant storage connected by TCP. It doesn't require a shared SAN or cluster management software.

CACHÉ Database Mirroring minimizes risk, is flexible for planned downtimes and can be housed in separate data centers. Automatic failover between any two CACHÉ-based systems is automated and doesn't require specialized storage or network hardware or software.

Robert Nagle, Vice President of Software Development at InterSystems explained that InterSystems' goal is to build tools that provide developers with a rich framework to build their applications and that extreme high performance and extreme levels of availability are a key factor.

Previously, in order to take advantage of this high performance and availability, developers had to adapt to InterSystems server-side programming languages. Support for programming languages has been extended over the years, but developers still had to work in the server-side paradigm. CACHÉ 2010 has now been opened up for Java developers. InterSystems has given Java developers the ability to tunnel directly into the CACHÉ kernel, providing them the ability to manipulate their persistent data as objects, while at the same time manipulating it as SQL tables or SQL views.

CACHÉ 2010 provides a solution for Java developers that are building applications with a very high rate of incoming data with low latency requirements. Previously, developers had to build an in-memory database or customized storage solution. CACHÉ eXTreme for Java gives them the ability to meet their objectives directly through Java.

Nagle said InterSystems always looked for a way to drive down deployment costs of solutions by keeping the environment simple to manage. There's no need for a bevy of database administrators, a warehouse full of hardware or a lot of storage. This accrues as a huge benefit to the ISVs and VARs that are building applications based on Cache since they can sell their applications at a lower cost.

Priced from $220 to $1,380 per user, CACHÉ is available on Windows, Linux, Mac, UNIX and OpenVMS platforms. The product is scheduled to be released on Sept. 27, 2010.

InterSystems Corporation is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with offices in 25 countries. InterSystems Ensemble goes beyond a simple transactional environment, providing the ability to create composite applications. InterSystems DeepSee is an ancillary product for CACHÉ and for Ensemble, that allows application developers to embed real-time business intelligence applications, providing a different paradigm for business intelligence.

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