Raima Corp is this week launching its Velocis embedded database engine, targetted at client-server applications. Based around a networked – rather than relational – database engine, the product is less flexible but very fast, according to the company, and is targeted at C and C++ developers rather than end-users. Including ANSI-standard SQL multiple application programming interfaces and support for Microsoft Corp’s Open Data Base Connectivity, Velocis is available as a NetWare Loadable Module, and in versions for Windows NT, OS/2 and AIX; versions should be available soon for stand-alone Windows, Santa Cruz Operation Inc Unix, Solaris and HP-UX. The company reckons that most developers – such as Sybase Inc, Oracle Corp and Ingres Corp – concentrate too much on end-user features. Velocis, it proudly says, is produced by developers for developers. Development flexibility is heightened, says the company, by multiple programming interfaces to the engine, along with hooks for developers to build applications programming interfaces – mixed and matched within a single application. Support for user-defined functions enables developers to write C routines that execute on the server as independent extension modules or as extensions to the SQL language. Velocis can run on a system as low-featured as an 80386 personal computer with 4Mb of memory, according to the company. While the company’s earlier db_Vista product – now renamed Raima Database Manager – product comes in a royalty-free run-time version, everybody will have to pay for Velocis – but pricing for it remains comparatively low it will cost about UKP1,730 for an eight-user Unix licence, and UKP1,035 for a run-time licence. Raima has only just introduced a new version of its Raima Database Manager for Novell Inc NetWare, but it reckons that the new scalable Velocis embedded database engine, which will be launched at DB World, Olympia, London this week, will eventually replace its flagship product.