InterSystems boosts database app

InterSystems Corp. is rolling out a new version of its database that it claims will enable users to run real-time analytical queries in transactional processing applications such as a hotel booking system or patient tracking application.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based software company last week announced Cache 5, which has an enhanced indexing capability meant to appeal to developers looking to quickly build robust transactional applications.

"High-performance analytics for data warehousing has been around for years, but the poor update performance of the bitmap indexes used in warehousing applications has made them unusable in transaction processing environments," Paul Grabschied, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning, said in a statement. "Our new Transactional Bit Map Index technology makes Cache the first database to address this need."

A recent report from Boston-based Aberdeen Group Inc. noted that object databases such as Cache can be "particularly effective in creating new e-business applications involving complex logic or data -- such as data-intensive e-commerce applications, XML-based links to favored suppliers or wholesale customers, or industry-specific situations such as health care."

Among its other features, Cache 5 also includes support for both Microsoft Corp. .Net and Java Enterprise Edition technology. It has also been enhanced so that stored functions can be exposed as Web services with Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language support.

Cache 5 costs US$200 for the single-user version; multiple-user packages start at $1,000. It runs on Windows, Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Sun Solaris.

A beta version is available now, and the final product will ship Nov. 1.

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