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December 20, 2006

ANTs unwraps new data server

ANTs Software Inc has marched out an updated version of its in-memory database system which it gave users a sneak preview of at IBM's Information On Demand conference in October.

By CBR Staff Writer

ANTs Data Server 3.60 comes with new and upgraded features for improved performance, better systems management and easier integration.

Jeff Cozak, CEO of Burlingame, California-based ANTs, said the company had worked especially hard to get the product to market on time.

Release 3.60 of the ANTs Data Server takes compatibility to the next level while offering significant improvements in performance and manageability to handle the most demanding applications.

Performance enhancements in 3.60 include a speedier (up to 400%) data loader utility, improved buffer manager, query prioritization, tweaks to the SQL query optimizer and better handling of stored procedures.

Administrators get a brand new enterprise Manager GUI with new tools for prioritizing queries. ANTs has also introduced a new information schema that serves up granular statistics on operational performance that can be pulled up from native Oracle database system management tools. Also included are new options for performance tuning and configuration optimization, and event log tools for tracking down problems.

Integration with other relational database systems has also been tightened up with a new set of APIs that connect to the Oracle Call Interface. The 3.60 release also supports Oracle Packages that allow developers to group procedures and functions into common groups typically based upon their functionality.

There are also new extensions for Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server databases.

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The enhanced integration is in line with ANT’s database consolidation strategy, which includes an embedded deployment mode that supports Oracle-TimesTen applications.

Other enhancements in the 3.60 release include enhanced replication and synchronization (between data Server and relational databases), incremental online backup, automated restore, localization using Unicode an expanded platform support for IBM real-time Linux, Windows x64 and Windows Services for Unix.

The ANTs Data Server is a high-performance relational database that incorporates a patented technology that avoids the locking mechanisms used by other databases to protect data but which also slows down performance. ANTs builds its initial database in RAM, but can shuffle little used data to disk as needed.

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