Progress Tunes ObjectStore for Enterprise

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-03-03 Print this article Print

Progress Software Corp. is giving its ObjectStore embeddable database enhancements in speed, reliability and flexibility.

Progress Software Corp. is giving its ObjectStore embeddable database enhancements in speed, reliability and flexibility.

The Bedford, Mass., developer this week will release ObjectStore 6.1, the first upgrade of the object-oriented database since Progress acquired it in its October purchase of Excelon Corp.

ObjectStore 6.1 has more enterprise features, including increased availability and clustering and replication support, to improve operational effectiveness.

The merging of the two companies technologies unites Progress simple interface and ease of use with ObjectStores more complex approach to data handling. In an ObjectStore world, integration between an application and the database is more seamless than with relational databases, where applications must map to records and fields, Progress officials said. ObjectStore uses a flexible data modeling paradigm that allows users to create an application virtually any way they want, rather than being mapped to a schema that sets data-specific fields and records, they said.

This simplicity obscures the fact that ObjectStore handles vastly complex data structures that dont lend themselves to being broken down into fields, such as CAD drawings.

Analysts say ObjectStore 6.1 may be one harbinger of vendors move to bring the strengths of object-oriented databases—the capability to handle intensively complex data thats rapidly processed—to sectors outside the technologys traditional homes in telecommunications, bioinformatics and the like.

"Most people dont look to [object-oriented databases] as enterprise databases," said Carl Olofson, an analyst at International Data Corp., in Framingham, Mass. "It may be that Progress brings it to a whole new group of customers."

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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