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CodePro AnalytiX integrates seamlessly into Rational Developer, IBM WebSphere Studio or any Eclipse development environment. It extends the functionality of the host IDE, resulting in greater capability, and it allows developers to work with the tools of their choice.

Tangosol provides in-memory data management, caching and grid computing solutions for mission critical J2EE applications. The company's Coherence software strives to lead the market in helping organizations achieve extreme performance, continuous availability and unlimited scalability predictably and economically -- even under the most demanding and erratic load conditions, the company says.

The company's recent Tangosol Coherence 3.1 Pre-Release (build 325) download is now posted. This build adds the following new features and enhancements:

  • Management Framework Enhancements
    - Ability to register any compliant Standard or Dynamic MBean type with the Management Framework.
  • A number of additional attributes to the ClusterNode and Service MBeans.
  • New StorageManager MBean type that surfaces additional management attributes and operations for the storage-enabled portion of a partitioned cache.

  • Extend-JMS Enhancements
    - Significantly optimized and improved the performance of a NearCache backed by a JMS NamedCache stub
    - Ability to map a cache name directly to a JMS caching scheme in a cache configuration descriptor file.
    - Support for additional NamedCache operations to the JMS NamedCache stub and to the NearCache when a JMS NamedCache stub is used as the back map.
    - Additional configuration capabilities.

  • Web Enhancements
    - New HttpSessionManager MBean for managing and monitoring Coherence*Web installations.
    - Support for JSPs that extend a base Servlet class.
    - Coherence*Web Installer Ant task upgraded to Ant 1.6.5.

  • Berkeley DB External Caching Scheme
    Coherence 3.1 introduces support for Berkeley DB backed overflow maps. When enabled within a Coherence overflow scheme any data overflowing a cache from this scheme will be moved into an on-disk Berkeley DB binary store. This functionality requires the Berkeley DB Java Edition class libraries which may be obtained separately.
  • Overflow Caching Enhancements includes dramatically expanded overflow caching functionality
    - OverflowMap now supports the full CacheMap API, including expiry.
    - Support for re-entrancy and caching misses was added.
    - Concurrency (and thus multi-threaded throughput) has been improved.
    - A number of optimizations have been added for high-latency disk stores
    - The memory footprint of the overflow feature has been reduced in general, and a new overflow option has been added to support overflowing very large data sets to disk without using any additional memory.
ClearStory Systems Announces Availability of Enterprise Media Server (EMS) for IBM WebSphere Application Server
ClearStory Systems has extended support for industry-leading application servers with the availability of Enterprise Media Server (EMS) for IBM WebSphere Application Server.

"Leading companies rely on ClearStory to help them achieve business agility and accelerate time to market through the management of their rich media supply chain," said Hank Nelson, ClearStory president and chief executive officer. "Support for IBM WebSphere expands the application server options available to our customers, allowing them to leverage existing technology investments for a lower total cost of ownership.

Unlike the second-generation DAM products on the market, EMS is a pure Java(TM) 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform with a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for a peerless third-generation solution for the management of rich media-video, multi-media presentations, graphics, images and publishing documents-the fastest growing content in most enterprises today. EMS provides a scalable enterprise-class platform for developing rich media applications or integrating this content into enterprise business processes.

As the foundation of the IBM WebSphere(R) software platform, WebSphere Application Server, provides a J2EE and Web services offering to deploy, integrate, and manage dynamic e-business applications, with full J2EE V1.4 compatibility, multiple deployment options, improved ease of use and broad cross-platform support. This recent release of EMS allows ClearStory customers to take advantage of the benefits of WebSphere Application Server.

The Enterprise Media Server platform is also certified for the BEA WebLogic and JBoss application servers and supports IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle 9i databases. EMS can be deployed as a stand-alone product or can be incorporated as part of a comprehensive, enterprise content management strategy.

OpenPages Announces Availability of SOX Express for IBM WebSphere Application Server
OpenPages, the leading provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance management (GRCM) solutions, today extended support for industry-leading application servers with the availability of SOX Express for the IBM WebSphere Application Server.

"The world's largest corporations rely on OpenPages to reduce the time and cost burdens of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance," said Peter Emerson, vice president of business development at OpenPages. "With support for IBM WebSphere, our customers can deploy SOX Express on their choice of application servers, leveraging existing technology investments and conforming to corporate standards."

As the foundation of the IBM WebSphere software platform, WebSphere Application Server, Version 6.0 provides a Java 2 Enterprise Edition J2EE) and Web services offering to deploy, integrate, and manage dynamic e-business applications, with full J2EE V1.4 compatibility, multiple deployment options, improved ease of use and broad cross-platform support.

OpenPages SOX Express is an enterprise compliance management solution that reduces the time and resource costs associated with ongoing compliance for Sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. SOX Express combines powerful document management, business process management and flexible reporting capabilities in an extremely easy-to-use environment that enables an organization to document financial controls and automate the ongoing test and review process. Completely web-based, SOX Express maximizes end-user participation with little training. Its dashboards can be used by project managers, documentation team members, internal auditors and external auditors to plan, document and test the internal controls framework of the company, and to attest to the financial statements.

Oracle to Partner With IBM to Further Develop Industry-Leading Applications on AIX Operating Systems
Oracle today announced that the company will join the IBM AIX Collaboration Center (IACC) as a founding partner. As a member of the IACC, Oracle developers will work closely with IBM to more tightly integrate Oracle(R) applications with the current and upcoming versions of AIX 5L, and will continue to deliver Oracle applications on AIX concurrent with their availability on other platforms. Through this collaboration, customers will benefit from greater exploitation of each platform's leadership features including virtualization, security and cross-platform portability. Today, Oracle and IBM share more than 11,000 customers.

"Our applications provide customers with the tools they need to manage the information that runs their businesses," said Charles Phillips, president, Oracle. "IBM has become the leader in the UNIX marketplace and our partnership with the company will allow Oracle to take advantage of the momentum they have generated over the last few years."

IBM System p5 and eServer p5 systems lead the industry with more than 70 key computing performance benchmarks. Earlier this year, Oracle and IBM announced a world record TPC-C benchmark for performance for a 32-processor system.

"Oracle's interest and investment in the AIX development platform is a recognition of IBM's leadership in the Unix marketplace, and our focus on creating technologies that are fundamental to the futures of both our customers and partners," said Adalio Sanchez, General Manager, IBM eServer pSeries.

AIX 5L runs across the entire range of IBM eServer pSeries systems, from entry-level servers and workstations to powerful supercomputers systems, which runs some of the most complex commercial and technical workloads in the world.

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