Object Design To Relaunch, Refocus On XML
Object databases are getting a new lease on life thanks to the demandsgenerated by E-commerce systems. This week, Object Design Inc., one
of the original object-oriented database vendors, will unveil plans
to focus on its Excelon line of Extensible Markup Language server
Object Design's ObjectStore database provides the underlying technology
for the Excelon line. The 12-year-old company will also change its name
to Excelon Corp. Such moves might appear to be a death knell for object
databases. But industry observers say the market for E-commerce
software is giving sales of object database technology a boost.
While object databases never took off as expected, they are finding
their way into new applications. They are more effective than relational
databases for storing complex data types, such as video and graphics,
and they're better than relational databases at handling the huge
numbers of simultaneous users E-commerce Web sites can attract.
This week, Excelon will unveil its Excelon B2B Integration Server,
which will let companies with information systems using different
versions of XML communicate and conduct business electronically.
The software will ship later this quarter, starting at $75,000.
The company will also unveil XML software targeting vertical markets
such as the insurance, banking, and health-care industries that run
on top of the other Excelon products
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