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New e-DBMS Software Release Targets e-business Infrastructure Needs

Cambridge, MA – October 23, 2000 – InterSystems Corporation today introduced CACHÉ 4, a new release of its flagship CACHÉ post-relational e-DBMS. Delivering comprehensive new functionality, CACHÉ 4 is designed to meet the demand for high performance, highly scalable, database software optimized for today’s e-business applications.

A technology leader in the embedded database market, InterSystems provides high performance database products for Web applications. “Our business and R&D focus has always been on delivering database software that is very fast and highly scalable,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning. “For IT organizations, software vendors, and application service providers (ASPs), speed and scalability are the two key e-business success factors. CACHÉ 4 fulfills those e-business requirements and provides advanced capabilities to deliver the highest level of performance for Web transaction processing.”

Caché Server Pages: New Way to Build Web Applications

Highlighted in CACHÉ 4 is Caché Server Pages technology, which enables fast development and deployment of dynamic Web applications. Caché Server Pages supports concurrent development by programmers and Web page authors by fully integrating code-based and tag-based development.

Concurrent Web application development significantly cuts time-to-market-a necessity in the competitive e-business environment. “Typically, Web application development involves two separate processes. In one, designers with HTML expertise build Web pages. Programmers involved in the other process typically use some type of SQL and middleware components to create the application business logic. Eventually, the process results are joined on the Web server,” Grabscheid explains. “By enabling concurrent development, Caché Server Pages makes it possible to focus on business requirements and easily access and leverage CACHÉ object functions, as well as to offload business logic from the Web server. Development is simplified, and the resulting application is fast, scalable and reusable.”

Complex Real-Time Search Facilities and More

CACHÉ 4 also offers new facilities that support the complex database queries that are becoming the norm in many e-business scenarios. Traditionally, database queries could be divided into two categories, according to Grabscheid. Transaction processing applications were typically optimized to handle relatively simple, repetitive information requests from many users in a dynamic environment. Business intelligence applications, in contrast, were characterized by infrequent, complex queries from a small end-user population in a static environment.

“Today’s Web user wants the best of both worlds,” says Grabscheid. “E-business systems must provide sophisticated search functionality with data that is always up-to-date for applications that are never offline. CACHÉ 4 offers the strong query and search capabilities typical of a data warehouse for live, online transactional databases.”

Additional Key Capabilities Included in CACHÉ 4

Multilingual Programming -Support for multiple integrated scripting languages enables developers to leverage their existing language. Alongside the existing Caché ObjectScript language, CACHÉ 4 adds support for Basic. International Data Corporation, an IT research firm in Framingham, MA, reports that more than half of the programmer population worldwide is knowledgeable about Microsoft Visual Basic. By including Basic in CACHÉ, the learning curve is substantially flattened for this huge base of VB developers. In addition, the business logic in the large number of existing VB applications can be saved as those applications are moved from client/server to Web architectures, because that code can now run on a wide variety of Windows and non-Windows servers.

Legacy Database Gateway-CACHÉ 4 provides transparent access from Caché Objects and Caché Server Pages to legacy relational information stores such as Oracle and SQL Server databases. As a result, organizations can utilize the development strengths of CACHÉ with older database structures and facilitate building applications using multiple databases.

XML / Object Connection-A two-way direct connection between Caché Objects and Extended Markup Language (XML) makes it easy to enable XML as a universal data interchange mechanism. Existing Caché Objects applications are automatically XML enabled, with no additional development effort required. “The rich object model of CACHÉ makes XML a natural fit, without the ‘impedance mismatch’ that makes connecting XML and relational databases so difficult,” said Paul Grabscheid.

Pricing and Platforms

CACHÉ 4 introduces two new licensing models for Web applications. Per Request Licensing, which is targeted for Internet applications with unpredictable usage levels, levies a charge of $0.005 per Web request. Concurrent Session Licensing is based on the number of users connected to CACHÉ via the Web. Pricing under this model begins at $140.

CACHÉ 4 runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Linux, Compaq OpenVMS, and major UNIX platforms including IBM AIX, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Compaq Tru64 UNIX, and Sun Solaris.

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, InterSystems Corporation ( is the leading provider of high-performance database systems for Web applications, with over three million users worldwide. InterSystems’ flagship product, CACHÉ, is a post-relational database with a multidimensional data and application server offering ultra-fast and massively scalable objects and SQL. CACHÉ features breakthrough rapid development technology for building objects and object applications.

Trademark Notes:  Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation.  Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Editorial Contacts

Rita Shoor
Shoor & Company
(803) 699-0710

Maureen Flaherty
InterSystems Corporation
(617) 621-0600