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Versant -- Ten Years At The Heart Of EidosMedia's Methode Cross-Media Publishing Platform

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and MILAN, Italy, Dec. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ten years ago, EidosMedia, a worldwide leader in developing content and knowledge management systems for news and media organizations, chose Versant Corporation's (Nasdaq:VSNT) advanced object-oriented database to power its highly successful Methode editorial platform. Today, EidosMedia is one of Versant's leading vertical Independent Software Vendors (ISV). The partnership between the companies provides EidosMedia's customers, including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, a scalable database platform powering a robust editorial platform.

"When we drew up the blueprint for the editorial system that was to become Methode, we knew that we were going to need an object-oriented database," said Stefano Delli Ponti, EidosMedia's chief system architect. "The kind of data we would have to handle was complex and relatively unstructured - news stories with associated multimedia, page layouts with their geometry and multi-edition information. We knew that storing that kind of data in a conventional relational database would result in performance penalties. At the same time we wanted maximum flexibility to add and change data fields without having to completely modify the database structure."

With these requirements in mind, the EidosMedia team began to examine the various object-oriented database solutions available, subjecting each to a programme of stringent comparative testing. "Performance, robustness and scalability were the characteristics we were looking for," said Stefano. "The Methode platform would be serving up to a thousand or more users in fast-moving news environments. Editorial platforms are mission-critical systems and have to provide 24/7 reliability for their users."

After examining the alternatives, the choice fell upon the Versant solution. "We were impressed by the speed of response delivered by Versant's dual-cache system and the robustness of the solution," said Stefano. "We noted that Versant had proved its reliability in demanding environments such as banking and defense."

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