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Rocket Software Delivers SystemBuilder Extensible Architecture (SB/XA) 6.0.1

Brings the most modern User Interface (UI) on the planet to UniData and UniVerse

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Release Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rocket Software, a global developer of Enterprise Infrastructure products, today announced the availability of SystemBuilder Extensible Architecture (SB/XA) 6.0.1, designed to maximize its customers' investments in U2 technology. SB/XA is a Rapid Application Development ( RAD) and deployment environment that delivers up-to-the-minute interface design and portable reporting capabilities. Existing SB+ applications can automatically convert without requiring changes to the underlying code.

"Our customers have long enjoyed the powerful data management capabilities inherent in our data servers, and are invested in applications that use them," says Susie Siegesmund, Vice President and General Manager, U2 Brand. "At the same time they have to stay current with modern interface and reporting standards – without breaking the bank. SB/XA gives them the tools they need to quickly and cost-effectively bring their SB+ applications into the 21st century."

Tools Product Requirements Manager Vinnie Smith says "Many of our customers have devoted years of development effort to creating robust, feature-rich SB+ applications, but until now they've lacked a way to update their visual interface. Some applications have as many as 3,000 or more screens to update and the cost and effort required to re-code each and every one would be prohibitive. Worse, it would probably destabilize the underlying logic. We decided to create a new User Interface (UI) using XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language) to present existing SB+ application in a fresh, new, visually compelling UI without requiring changes to the underlying business application logic."

Using Microsoft .NET Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the U2 development team created new XAML clients that could deploy existing SB+ applications securely inside a browser or rich client without changing the existing application logic. SB/XA applications can be animated, scaled, and resized without loss of screen resolution, interfaces can be branded or updated to improve usability, and data can be displayed in customized formats which change dynamically based on application data or events. XAML and WPF gave the team the tools it needed to deliver the most modern UI available on the planet today.

Leveraging Microsoft .NET Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Rocket created a new middle-tier Communication Server that provided connection resilience so dropped connections are reconnected without administrator intervention. Automatic transport security insures that every connection from the new clients to the middle tier is encrypted to the highest standard of Internet security. ClickOnce capabilities allow the new clients to be deployed automatically without the need for users to install any client software. ClickOnce also allows client updates to be automatically detected and deployed immediately without additional administration effort. SB/XA takes advantage of the new middle tier to automate security connections and remove the need for multiple User Ids and passwords after initial configuration of a users system. This simplifies the need for additional password administration, and users avoid the frustration of having to supply different ids and passwords.

XML Paper Specifications (XPS) provides support for SB+ ReportWriter and Query reports. These are converted automatically and can be viewed with a new XPS viewer that further extends existing report capabilities with options to save, publish and share reports as XPS portable format. Rocket understands that any change to an established application can be cause for concern, so it continues to provide support for all existing SB+ applications in character and GUI. Customers can upgrade to SB/XA and take advantage of the new packaging and bundled pricing without immediately converting their existing application. This provides the peace of mind to try out the new clients in SB/XA before committing to a major change. SB/XA V6.0.1 will allow users to build on the established strengths of SB+ in the business-based applications space by delivering the visual capabilities they need to compete with any other applications in the marketplace.

 

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About Rocket Software

Rocket Software is a global software development firm that builds and services Enterprise Infrastructure products for the world’s leading OEMs, networks and software companies and enterprises. The company’s current lines of business complement and extend strategic OEM offerings in the areas of database, business intelligence, storage, networks and telecom, terminal emulation and FTP, integration, modernization and SOA, and security. Rocket is engaged in business and technology partnerships with IBM, EMC/RSA, HP/EDS, Nortel, Motorola, and many others. Rocket Software is based in Newton, Massachusetts.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.rocketsoftware.com

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About UniData

Power and Performance without the Maintenance.

Deliver Even Better Availability, Interoperability and Security for Your Data.

UniData is an extended relational data server ideal for embedding in a variety of industry-focused solutions. Its extended relational model, with NoSQL access to data, is perfect for rapid cost-effective applications serving the needs of businesses from SMB to the enterprise where outstanding performance, reliability, scalability and manageability are needed.

Product Highlights:

  • Delivers low TCO and exceptional scalability to meet the challenges of on demand business in the SMB and large enterprise markets
  • Provides intuitive design and high-performance queries using an extended relational data model
  • Supports security and robustness via encryption, authentication and high availability features
  • Features native high-performance interfaces for .NET, Java and more
  • Includes U2 Dynamic Objects for easier exchange of data with web services

Emerging Technologies:

  • Data Type Enforcement provides an optional check on data written to a file in order to assure only valid data is stored.
  • Replication with External Database Access (EDA) can be used to replicate your data to a SQL database on the same server.
  • U2 MetaData Manager (U2 MDM), a user-friendly tool, quickly and easily builds and maintains mappingsfor your SQL tools accessing UniData.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.rocketsoftware.com/​products/​rocket-​unidata

About UniVerse

Fast and Flexiblefor the Enterprise.

Modern data. Managed.

UniVerse is an extended relational data server optimized for embedding in vertical applications. UniVerse offers a nested relational (MultiValue) data model , with NoSQL access to data, means intuitive data modeling and fewer resulting tables.

Product Highlights:

  • Delivers high performance to business solutions through super-efficient database structures
  • Speeds your time to market while providing a lower total cost of ownership
  • Advanced management with audit logging and account-based licensing
  • Protects your data and provides around-the-clock availability to your enterprise application
  • Integrates easily with third party software and external data sources

Emerging Technology:

U2 MetaData Manager (U2MDM), a user-friendly tool, quickly and easily builds and maintains mappings for your SQL tools accessing UniVerse.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.rocketsoftware.com/​products/​rocket-​universe

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