Pervasive Enhances Embedded Database

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-12-02 Print this article Print

Pervasive Software Inc. this week is announcing the availability of Pervasive.SQL 8.0.

Pervasive Software Inc. this week is announcing the availability of Pervasive.SQL 8.0, its embedded database software, with added performance and enhancements to the products integrated Client Cache engine and Dynamic Cache.

Corey Malcom, quality assurance engineer for Timberline Software Corp., an independent software vendor in Beaverton, Ore., whos been beta testing the software for a number of months, said the speed gain is im-pressive. "Were looking at between four to 15 times the performance," Malcom said.

Other new features include a SQL relational database engine that delivers a host of new interfaces: ODBC, Java Database Connectivity, Active Data Objects and OLE DB.

Thats what embedded database users are clamoring for, said Mark Shainman, an analyst for Meta Group Inc., in Los Angeles. "In most cases, [Pervasives customers have] specific development environment codes for their SQL database," Shainman said. "As [Pervasive] moves foward with more open standards for their interfaces, it allows more developers to write their applications to go on top of their databases."

Also new is an enhanced Turbo Write Accelerator, which improves the performance of applications that update, delete or insert records frequently. Performance enhancements to the development environment include improved SQL syntax, which assists in developing new applications or in leveraging existing data with the use of third-party development tools.

Pervasive, in Cambridge, Mass., has priced the desktop workgroup engines for Pervasive.SQL 8.0 at $25. Full client/ server engines start at $845 for a six-user license. Volume discounts and upgrade pricing are also available.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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