Versant has unveiled version 5.0 of its object database along with a couple of add-on products.
The upgrade, which is due to ship in May, includes such enhancements as support for multiple sessions and multithreaded clients and servers. Versant claims this makes the database run up to three times faster than it did.
The product now also runs on symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) machines and supports Iona Technologies', Expersoft's and Sun?s object request brokers (Orbs). This means users no longer have to bolt their Orbs on to the side of the database manually.
Versant has also announced its Versant Web cache engine for Web sites that are based on the Versant database. The add-on product cuts down on the need to undertake multiple searches against the same data due to a lack of local storage in the browser. It is due to ship next month, but pricing has not yet been decided.
The company also started shipping its Versant SQL Suite product last month. This is a binding that enables users to run any ODBC or JDBC-compliant query and reporting tool such as ESP?s Forest and Trees against its database to generate reports. It costs #600 per user.
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