Industry's First Universal Database Cache

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 29, 2008


An industry first, solidDB Universal Cache relies on relational, in-memory database software to accelerate IBM’s own DB2 and Informix Dynamic Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase, increasing their performance up to ten times, according to a statement.

When storing performance-critical data from one of the supported disk-based databases into solidDB’s in-memory cache, applications can access data with extreme speed because it is always kept in the computer’s RAM rather than on disk. With Universal Cache, both existing and new applications can now generate data workloads of more than 120,000 transactions per second and rely on microseconds to support growing numbers of users and data volumes allowing companies to unlock the business value.

The acceleration can be valuable for performance-critical data frequently accessed by users, for applications such as ticketing and reservation systems, e-commerce applications, event processing and alerting, online gaming, and software as a service (SaaS) application platforms. Since the Cache can be co-located and linked with the application, it avoids network latency, overhead of inter-process communication, and context switching in the operating system.

“In January, we acquired Solid Information Technology, and shortly thereafter, released solidDB Cache for DB2 and Informix Dynamic Server. Today, we are announcing that the extreme speed capabilities of solidDB will be available to an even larger number of businesses, allowing them to process their growing data volumes faster than ever before,” said Arvind Krishna, vice president, IBM Data Management. “solidDB Universal Cache is the industry’s first database caching technology that complements our competitor’s databases as well as our own, and helps all businesses process data in real time while leveraging their existing database investments.”