Computer Associates (CA) has finally overhauled its database offering by releasing Open Ingres 2 in what it claimed was the biggest upgrade to Ingres in its 12-year history.
Marc Sokol, CA senior vice president of advanced technology, said: ?This has to be the most important release of Ingres since we acquired The Ask Group [Ingres? former owner] three years ago.
?With Oracle, Informix and Sybase currently in play, we had to come out with a pretty substantive release to make people consider us. We?ve delivered on promises that have been made over the past 10 years by The Ask Group and Ingres.?
Among the additional features in Open Ingres 2 are enhanced replication, row-level locking technology, support for Java, and expanded Web connectivity through native API support for the Microsoft, Netscape and Spyglass Web servers.
The database includes a macro processor, allowing developers to embed SQL statements directly into an HTML page. The Web server can then process queries at runtime. Other features include improved cross-platform connectivity and network support.
The implementation of row-level locking makes it possible that applications from vendors such as SAP and Baan may appear on Open Ingres. Sokol claimed that discussions continued with these companies.
Open Ingres 2 is immediately available on Solaris and Windows NT, with other Unix flavours, Digital Open VMS and ICL platform support to follow within 90 days.
Mike Rollins of UK software house Apertus System, which develops Ingres-based applications, said: ?Open Ingres 2 has ironed out all the bottlenecks that were in the server.?
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