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January 28, 1998

CLOUDSCAPE SHIPS JAVA OBJECT-RELATIONAL DATABASE

By CBR Staff Writer

Cloudscape Inc will next week begin deliveries of its JBMS Java database designed for embedding within applications in much the same way that Pervasive Software’s Btrieve database is used as an under-the-hood local data store in many C language applications (CI No 3,271). JBMS – also aimed at mobile, remote or otherwise disconnected users – can be used as the local data store on platforms which support a JVM. It uses SQL as its query language and JDBC for connectivity. Java data structures and logic are supported through SQL using extensible Java class libraries. It runs in around 1.5Mb memory. Cloudscape says MCS is creating a database-enabled email system with JBMS enabling email to be stored and searched in a database rather than cumbersome folders. Its first big win is Compaq Computer Corp’s Tandem Computers Inc, which is evaluating JBMS for use in new decision support and e- commerce applications. There’s history in the relationship as some of Cloudscape’s management hail from company Illustra Technologies which before it was bought by Informix Software Inc had been working to optimize its object-relational database technology for use with Tandem’s ServerWare software technologies. It claims 25 beta users and a raft of third party ISVs have integrated their programs to work with JBMS including Marimba, Vision Software and Electric press. Developer versions are $500, deployment costs $200 per seat. Cloudscape is investigating JBMS’ use in point-of-sale applications via the recently drafted JPOS Java specifications in the area plus its use for smart card systems. A Windows CE implementation is in beta – Microsoft has only just shipped a JVM for use with Windows CE – support for Redmond’s latest handheld architecture, Palm PC is promised by mid-year. The first of its replication tools – JBMS Hub – that enable local data to update corporate SQL data stores and visa versa is due mid-year. It’s got funding enough to last through mid-to-late second quarter and looks to be up to 50 staff by year-end. It’s opening a New York office and has hired former Red Brick Systems Inc VP worldwide sales Tom Henn as CEO. Cloudscape positions JBMS as a distributed object-relational database versus Sybase’s mobile Adaptive Server Anywhere database which it describes a distributed relational technology; and Oracle’s Oracle Lite and Object Design Inc’s ODI PSE for Java is says are distributed object-oriented technologies.

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