Versant Releases Major Database Upgrade


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Focus on Multi-Core Scalability, Performance, Language
Standards and Production System Support

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Versant Corporation
(Nasdaq:VSNT), an industry leader in specialized data management software,
today announced the release of version 8 of its flagship product, the
Versant Object Database (VOD).

VOD 8 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, VOD 7, providing enhanced
support for high performance computing multi-CPU/multi-core server
architectures, significant optimizations in internal memory management and
caching implementations, and updates to its standard programming interfaces
for Java/Java Data Objects (JDO) and Microsoft.NET.

“VOD 8 is another important technological milestone for Versant,” said
Jochen Witte, CEO of Versant. “The performance and scalability of our
enterprise database server with VOD 8 allows our solution to outperform the
relational database competition by an order of magnitude in complex database

Pole Position, which provides an open source benchmark test suite,
demonstrates that VOD 8 performs an average of 10 times faster compared to
leading relational databases. In addition, internal scalability benchmark
results with VOD 8 show that a system may take full advantage of high
performance multi-CPU/multi-core server architectures with linear throughput
up to the maximum capacity of all utilized cores, making VOD 8 a premier
choice for demanding enterprise and high performance computing applications.

What Customers Say About VOD 8

“We’ve converted our MS-SQL Server.Net application to Versant Object
Database.NET and we’ve seen a 1,000 percent improvement in our data
read/write speeds,” said Jonathan Larouche, senior software architect at
Gestion Vision Globale, Inc., an enterprise software company located in
Quebec, Canada. “We have calculated that we will make our call center more
efficient and will also have a positive impact with order processing on our
customer website.”

VOD 8 – A Mature Mainstream Database

In general, object oriented application development (OOAD) has matured over
the past 10 years and is now considered mainstream. Microsoft is embracing
OOAD with its latest .NET application framework, which includes new object
oriented programming interfaces for databases, most notably LINQ (Language
Integrated Query) and ADO.NET’s Entity Framework. VOD’s new software
development kit for the Microsoft .NET Framework is fully integrated with
ADO.NET and LINQ and will create exciting new opportunities and markets for
the Versant Object Database by simplifying the adoption of an Entity
Framework based approach to application development.

VOD 8 also offers various enhancements to JDO, the existing Java database
standard, including upgrading the Versant JDO software development kit
compatibility to the latest JDO 2.0 standard.

A Breakthrough in Developer Productivity and Database Performance

Application developers are creating sophisticated applications for complex
markets including telecommunications, high performance computing, financial
services and computer simulation. Increasingly complex data models are
demanding higher performance and scalability from the database tier.
Breaking up these complex data models into tables for SQL databases, while
at the same time achieving performance and scalability requirements, has
become a daunting task for the developer.

With VOD 8, the developer can focus work efforts on the application and its
domain model. VOD 8 will handle the required persistence services, providing
performance and scalability, while managing availability and demand
requirements created by increasing concurrency and growing data volume.
Program coding by the developer may be reduced by an average of 40 percent
with VOD 8, with performance often 10 times faster than traditional database

Platform Support and Availability

VOD 8 is now available for all primary operating system platforms, including
Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, Red Hat Linux
5.3, Sun Solaris 5.10 (Ix86 and Sparc) and HP-UX 11.x (Itanium).

About Versant

Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT) is an industry leader in database
management software, helping software developers to create unique
applications handling complex information and high performance / high
availability requirements. Versant customers cut hardware costs, speed and
simplify development, and significantly reduce administration costs.
Versant’s solutions are deployed in a wide array of industries, including
telecommunications, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, and
defense. With over 100,000 installations, Versant has been a highly reliable
partner for Global 2000 companies such as Ericsson, Verizon, Siemens, US
Government and Financial Times. For more information, call 650-232-2400 or

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