Pervasive.SQL Gets Security Boost

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-22 Print this article Print

Pervasive on Tuesday rolled out the beta of an update to its embeddable database engine that's bristling with security enhancements.

Pervasive Software Inc. on Tuesday rolled out the beta of an update to its embeddable database engine thats bristling with security enhancements. Pervasive.SQL V8 Security comes with a unified security model thats designed to protect critical data across Pervasive.SQL access interfaces, down to the operating system. The release also features enhanced encryption of data as it travels through a network. That path through a technology stack encompasses the application layer, the network, the database and the operating system. The enhanced encryption will help prevent capture of data as it moves through those layers, said officials at the Austin, Texas, company.
The update provides configurable backward compatibility with existing Btrieve and Pervasive.SQL applications, with no additional development required, officials said.
The update will be generally available later in the year. Its a free upgrade for those whove already purchased Pervasive.SQL V8. For others, costs depend on what theyre upgrading from and how many seats they purchase. For example, upgrading from Version 2000i would cost $595 for 10 users. The beta download is available now from the companys site.
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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