InterSystems adds real-time analysis to database

Software company InterSystems is rolling out a new version of its database that it claims will enable users to run real-time...

Software company InterSystems is rolling out a new version of its database that it claims will enable users to run real-time analytical queries in transactional processing applications such as a hotel booking system or patient tracking application.

The company has announced Caché 5, which has an enhanced indexing capability meant to appeal to developers looking to quickly build robust transactional applications.

"High-performance analytics for data warehousing have been around for years, but the poor update performance of the bitmap indexes used in warehousing applications has made them unusable in transaction processing environments," Paul Grabschied, InterSystems vice-president of strategic planning. "Our new Transactional Bit Map Index technology makes Caché the first database to address this need."

A recent report from Aberdeen Group noted that object databases such as Caché can be "particularly effective in creating new e-business applications involving complex logic or data - such as data-intensive e-commerce applications, XML-based links to favoured suppliers or wholesale customers, or industry-specific situations such as healthcare".

Caché 5 includes support for both Microsoft .net and Java Enterprise Edition technology. It has also been enhanced so that stored functions can be exposed as Web services with Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language support.

Caché 5 costs $200 (£129) for the single-user version while multiple-user packages start at $1,000 (£645). It runs on Windows, Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Sun Solaris.

A beta version is available now while the final product is expected to ship on 1 November.

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