Cincom Systems (UK) yesterday launched, exclusively in the UK, a version of the Supra relational database management system for the DEC VAX. The system was developed by Cincom at its base in Maidenhead and will not be launched in the US for another two or three months. Priced at between UKP25,000 and UKP150,000 it is aimed at the manufacturing-oriented DEC user and comes with a complete set of application tools. The company says that development on the new product has been going on since Supra for IBM systems was announced in 1985 and that it will replace Ultra, Cincom’s previous DEC database manager. The program was written mostly in C and employs a three schema architecture, the same as the IBM Supra, claimed to be a first for the VAX/VMS environment. Cincom has also set up a new business unit aimed at promoting its DEC system software, saying it feels that DEC’s efforts to compete in the mainframe market have created a demand for its product. The market would appear to be well served by both Oracle Corp’s Oracle and Relational Technology’s Ingres but Cincom feels that the system’s performance plus the company’s experience in the IBM mainframe world will give it the necessary edge. Terry Booth, managing director of Cincom, said that there will be announcements regarding Unix and support for SQL within Supra later this year.
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