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Versant And Fraunhofer FOKUS Enter Into A Strategic Lab Partnership

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and BERLIN, Germany, June 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), an industry leader in high performance data management software, and Berlin based Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (Fraunhofer FOKUS) have entered into an applied research agreement. Teaming-up together as strategic lab partners, the IT company and the German research facility aim to demonstrate how IPTV technologies can benefit from object databases to advance the multimedia industry, content providers and telecom enterprises.

The first milestone of the joint project was successfully completed in the beginning of June 2010. The partners integrated Versant's Object Database into key components of the Open IPTV Ecosystem, a technology under development by Fraunhofer FOKUS. This proof of concept demonstrates how certain IPTV services and applications may perform up to 10x faster and provide a much more robust and scalable platform, essential for serving large numbers of subscribers.

"We are excited about our new lab partnership with Fraunhofer FOKUS, helping us to further validate Versant's versatility in leading edge telecom applications. The Open IPTV Ecosystem is a perfect software environment to benchmark Versant's outstanding performance for current and future telecommunication services," says Dirk Bartels, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Product Management at Versant. "The lab partnership will help telecom service providers evaluate database requirements in a real world context of a highly demanding use case, including low to zero latency session management and a large volume of content requests.  Implementing the IPTV Content & Media Guide of Fraunhofer FOKUS and their IPTV Session Controller in our database provides a robust carrier grade sub system. The newly developed solution benefits from Versant's high performance database engine, horizontal and vertical scalability, and its toolset for enterprise-class high availability," stresses Bartels.

The Open IPTV Ecosystem provides for seamless Web based media functions into IPTV and telecommunication environments. As a result, interactive elements for personalized media experience can be used across TV, Mobile and Internet platforms. Developed in line and ahead of standardizations, including specifications from Open IPTV Forum (OIPF), ETSI TISPAN, HbbTV and OMTP, the Fraunhofer FOKUS Open IPTV Ecosystem is the first to offer practical end-to-end implementations. All components are adapted specifically to the customer's needs in such markets as consumer electronics, telecommunications and broadcasting.

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