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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 (www.rocketsoftware.com) is a technology company that helps organizations in the MultiValue ecosystem modernize and optimize solutions to meet today's needs while extending the value of their technology investments for the future. Thousands of companies depend on Rocket to solve their most challenging business problems by helping them run their existing infrastructure and data, as well as extend those assets to take advantage of cloud, mobile, analytics, and other future innovations. Founded in 1990, Rocket is based in Waltham, Massachusetts with locations in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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About UniData

A MultiValue application platform for developing fast, flexible and secure applications

Organizations rely on Rocket UniData, a best-in-class of the MultiValue application platform, for scalable business apps that can evolve as needs change. As a stable, secure, fast data server engine with high availability and low administrative overhead, Rocket UniData is ideal for rapid development using modern tools. On-premises or in the cloud, UniData serves nearly a million users worldwide.

Performance by design

  • A unique and resilient architecture delivers performance advantages compared to traditional SQL databases
  • variable length records and tables within tables simplifies database design, eliminating the constraints of SQL normalization
  • using direct-read capabilities that result in fewer I/O operations than required by SQL, UniData is faster than many other databases
  • variable length records mean less data is transmitted within the entirety of the system which translates to:
    • more responsive mobile applications
    • more efficient replication (for disaster recovery, high availability and more)
  • Rapid development means rapid returns

    UniData includes multiple, easy-to-use programming languages (including Python) with multiple standard supplied interfaces (Node.js, .NET, Java, ODBC, JDBC, RESTful via JSON) for multi-tier solutions. Accelerate your teams productivity by selecting the best development tools based upon your staffs capabilities.

    Security is paramount

    Rocket embeds the most effective security standards for encryption technology deep within the data server, so your data is secure no matter its location, and whether in-transit or stored on disk.

    • SSL/TLS secures connections to the MultiValue server and encrypts data in transit for protection from snooping or eavesdropping. Third parties can also validate and accredit our cryptographic modules for FIPS 140-2 compliance.
    • Automatic data encryption ensures only trusted users with the encryption key can view data. Stolen data is rendered useless without the encryption key.
    • UniData also offers role-based security for users accessing the application. Required DBA maintenance to implement and maintain these capabilities is simple and efficient.

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

    About UniVerse

    Fast, flexible data management and app development for your enterprise

    Rocket UniVerse, a component of the MultiValue application platform, is a fast, flexible data server for developing enterprise apps. Its variable length, table-within-table architecture means speedy data access and low maintenance with user interfaces for Windows, Linux, and UNIX. Deployable to the cloud or on-premises, thousands of customers globally depend on UniVerse to run their businesses.

    Performance to spare

    • Extremely flexible data structures with high-performance data access, storage, and resource management capabilities
    • Industry-proven design with direct read capability means fewer I/O operations and faster access to data
    • Dynamically allocates available resource to maximize processing throughput of available resources

    UniVerse makes it easy for them to build for your success

    Powerful, easy-to-use programming languages with standard supplied interfaces (.NET, Java, ODBC, JDBC, RESTful with JSON) enable your programmers to become immediately productive in this fast environment.

    Efficiency and speed to market mean faster returns on your investment

  • Does not require a large administrative or programming staff to implement, operate, or maintain
  • Accelerates the time to value for applications, and provides exceptional short- and long-term ROI
  • Includes multiple programming languages, including Python, with multiple interfaces for your tiered architecture so you can pick and choose the best development solutions based upon your staffs capabilities
  • Secure and auditable

    • SSL/TLS secures connections to the data server, in addition to securing data in transit from snooping or eavesdropping.
    • Automatic data encryption makes it easy to adhere to the highest security standards, protecting data at rest on the disk.
      • Only trusted users with the encryption key can view data, and stolen data is rendered useless without the encryption key.
      • Access is granted at the user or group level via role-based security, reducing the time required for DBA maintenance.

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

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