Sleepycat Software Unveils Java Database Edition

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-06-16 Print this article Print

Sleepycat answers customers' requests for a pure Java implementation of its Berkeley DB product.

Running in step with the growing popularity of Java among the developer community, Sleepycat Software Inc. on Wednesday announced the availability of Berkeley DB Java Edition, a Java version of its flagship open-source database. Berkeley DB Java Edition incorporates an open-source dual-license business model and has been built to allow the non-relational database to take advantage of Javas portability, deeply integrated threading, and ease of application development benefits, said officials of the Lincoln, Mass., company. Although Sleepycats core Berkeley DB product featured a Java interface that enabled users to write Java applications, the data management company said customers requested a pure Java implementation of the tool capable of handling memory management tasks and higher concurrency requirements that Sleepycats C-language product could not.
Berkeley DB Java Edition offers roughly the same storage services as Berkeley DB, as well as the inclusion of full source code for simplified integration and debugging. According to Mike Olson, president and CEO of Sleepycat, customers have already registered 4,000 downloads of Berkeley DB Java Edition.
The Java product starts at $40,000 with an average deal size ranging from around $100,000 to $150,000, said Sleepycat officials. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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