"The strategic partnership with Versant Corporation enables us to integrate an object database into the Open IPTV Ecosystem," says Dr. Stefan Arbanowski of Fraunhofer FOKUS. "The Open IPTV Ecosystem definitely benefits from Versant's multi-session management, transparent object persistence and enterprise class high availability and scalability. The transition from our traditional implementation was easy and straight forward, and the technical benefits in terms of performance and scalability are quite impressive."

Versant Object Database

The Versant Object Database (VOD) provides powerful advantages to developers creating C++, Java or .NET object models, supporting massive concurrency and large data sets. The advantages of VOD's performance and scalability provide for a more efficient production environment, often supporting 10x more concurrent users and 10x faster data access speed compared to relational databases.

FOKUS Open IPTV Ecosystem

The Open IPTV Ecosystem represents a test environment and reference implementation for standardized IPTV, as specified by different Standard Development Organizations (SDO) including ETSI TISPAN ( http://www.etsi.org/tispan/) and the Open IPTV Forum ( http://www.oipf.tv/ ). ( http://www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/en/fokus_testbeds/open_iptv_ecosystem/index.html )

About Fraunhofer FOKUS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems ("Fraunhofer FOKUS") is a Berlin-based research facility devoted to studying and developing communication and information technologies. In particular, it specializes in multi-domain networks and interoperable, user-centered solutions.

With more than 20 years experience, Fraunhofer FOKUS ( www.fokus.fraunhofer.de ) is an important IT research partner for the telecommunications sector, the automobile industry, media services, and public administrations. It frequently cooperates with governmental agencies and software companies to create need oriented e-government solutions, and is a leading collaborator in projects funded by the European Union as well as by national-level sponsors.

About Versant

Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT) is an industry leader in database management software, helping software developers to create unique applications handling complex information and high performance / high availability requirements. Versant customers cut hardware costs, speed and simplify development, and significantly reduce administration costs. Versant's solutions are deployed in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, and defense. With over 100,000 installations, Versant has been a highly reliable partner for Global 2000 companies such as Ericsson, Verizon, Siemens and Financial Times, as well as the US Government. For more information, call 650-232-2400 or visit www.versant.com.
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