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InterSystems Launches CACHÉ 5
Post-Relational Database Wins Race to Deliver Real-time Analytics for Transaction Processing

Runs 200 Times Faster than Oracle in Benchmark Major New Release Also Delivers
Fast Web Services, Enterprise Java Support

Cambridge, MA— September 23, 2002— InterSystems Corporation today raised the database performance bar with the announcement of CACHÉ 5. The new version of the company’s post-relational database enables real-time analytics in transaction processing environments, a technology breakthrough in an area where demand from application developers and IT executives is building quickly.

“High performance analytics for data warehousing has been around for years, but the poor update performance of the bit map indexes used in warehousing applications has made them unusable in transaction processing environments,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning. “Our new Transactional Bit Map Index technology makes CACHÉ the first database to address this need.”

The world’s leading database provider in healthcare and recognized as a database technology innovator in transaction processing, InterSystems delivers high performance, highly scalable database products for Web and client/server applications.

Benchmark Results Validate CACHÉ Speed

The new Transactional Bit Map Indexing available in CACHÉ 5 will be especially useful for complex queries, according to Ken Billings, CIO at Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, a CACHÉ 5 beta user. Molecular Pathology specializes in genomic laboratory medicine, including DNA testing for infectious diseases, molecular oncology, mutational analysis, and human identity testing. “We went live in August on the Web with a CACHÉ-based lab system that we built in-house,” Billings says. “The ability to handle non-standard data types like graphics, images, DNA sequences, microarrays, and time series data was critical. We’ve converted a lot of our indexes to CACHÉ Transactional Bit Map Indexing, and the search speed is simply incredible.”

CACHÉ 5 provides the query performance advantages of advanced indexing technology with update performance equal to that of traditional indexes, explains Grabscheid. Based on benchmarks run by InterSystems during CACHÉ beta testing, the result is an extremely powerful combination. “When benchmarking query and update performance of CACHÉ compared to Oracle on a 10-million row table, CACHÉ ran more than 200 times faster,” Grabscheid says.

From its inception, CACHÉ was targeted to enable developers to rapidly build and deploy high performance, highly scalable transaction processing applications, according to Grabscheid. “That’s been our niche and the focus of our R&D efforts since the first CACHÉ product release went to market. Legacy relational technologies have not traditionally been optimized to deliver comparable functionality in the areas of performance, scalability and rapid development, and the difference shows clearly in performance benchmarks,” he says.

Grabscheid cites a study published earlier this year by the KLAS Enterprises research and consulting firm as another example of the results of InterSystems’ focus on transactional performance. The KLAS study compared the performance of leading healthcare applications using InterSystems or Oracle database systems. Based on a survey of 110 healthcare IT executives, InterSystems’ software rated higher than Oracle on every measure.

CACHÉ 5 Flexibility: Fast Web Services, Fast Enterprise Java

CACHÉ 5 also includes high performance support for both Microsoft .Net and Java Enterprise Edition (J2EE). “Most IT organizations, VARs, ISVs and professional application developers are working with either Microsoft .Net or Java Infrastructures—some with both,” says Grabscheid.

“CACHÉ 5 provides the flexibility to enable organizations to make their own framework choice and the speed to build high performance applications quickly in either or both environments,” Grabscheid says. Key features include:

  • CACHÉ Web Services — Built-in support for Web Services, without requiring a separate application server or other complications. CACHÉ is fully compatible with both .Net and Java frameworks for Web Services, but is not dependent on either. Any CACHÉ object method or stored procedure can automatically be exposed as a Web Service, with full SOAP and WSDL support. Existing CACHÉ applications can be Web Services enabled without modification and new Web Services applications can be built very rapidly. CACHÉ 5 features bi-directional XML and there is no need for developer-defined mapping of XML to internal database structures.
  • CACHÉ Enterprise Java — In the past, J2EE developers had to choose between Container Managed Persistence (CMP), which is easy to work with but slow, or Bean Managed Persistence (BMP), which requires extensive development work but can deliver fast performance. CACHÉ 5 automates BMP, making it easier to work with than other vendors’ CMP, while enabling very high performance.
  • CACHÉ Enterprise Cache Protocol (ECP) — The successor to InterSystems’ Distributed Cache Protocol, which was optimized for large-scale client/server applications, ECP is architected for the extensive thin client deployments typical of enterprise Web systems. Including a new distributed concurrency engine and support for massive distributed cache memory, ECP delivers top-tier performance and scalability for multi-server configurations.

Caché 5 will be priced at US$200 in a single-user version and starting at US$1,000 for a multi-user configuration. Supported platforms include Windows (Windows 95 upwards), Linux, HP Open VMS, and Major UNIX platforms including IBM AIX, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, Tru64 UNIX and Sun Solaris.

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., InterSystems Corporation ( is the leading provider of high performance database systems for Web applications, with over four 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, real-time analytics and outstanding transactional performance. 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.

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