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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-10-22 Print this article Print

: Database Market to Top $10 Billion by 2003"> Meanwhile, Objectivity Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., announced that Silicon Graphics Inc., also of Mountain View, has chosen Objectivitys Objectivity/DB as the platform for SGIs ASIC/DB semiconductor design system. The ASIC/DB serves as a platform for collaborative development for SGI engineers, the company said.
SGI engineers at the companys Design Automation Department in Chippewa Falls, Wis., developed the ASIC/DB as a tool to assist in the development of SGI workstations and servers.
And because the SGI developers in Wisconsin have to work with designers at SGI facilities in California, Minnesota and New Jersey, ASIC/DBs ability to allow users to work concurrently and collaboratively was a plus, the company said. "Because we needed to serve geographically dispersed design teams, Objectivity seemed like the natural fit for ASIC/DB, since we knew from experience that it was by design a high-performance, distributed object database," said Joel Trevino, computer-aided design manager for SGI, in a statement. Leon Guzenda, chief technology officer at Objectivity said: "Versant [Corp., Fremont, Calif.] and eXcelon used to be direct competitors when we were all simply trying to address the generic market for object databases, which was largely technical and scientific. Nowadays eXcelon is focused on the market for XML databases, generally attached to an intranet or the Internet." While "Versant has focused more on B2B and seems to be earning most of its revenue from [IBM] WebSphere consultancy," he said. "Objectivity is strongly focused on providing a highly scalable solution to equipment and software vendors and on the Very Large Database market, where we are pretty much out on our own," Guzenda said. In other database news, Austin Sierra Technologies Inc., of Seattle, announced Query Studio 1.1, a visual SQL builder that generates SQL code for Microsoft Visual Studio .Net. Also, Seattle-based MySQL Inc., the maker of a popular open-source database, announced that its latest quarter, ended September 30, 2002, was its most profitable yet. Company officials said revenues for the quarter were seven times those for the same period last year.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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