REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and BERLIN, March 8, 2011 (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) today announced the results of a major applied research project into managing and controlling IPTV systems. The two partners benchmarked the use of Versant's Object Database (VOD) within the Fraunhofer FOKUS Open IPTV Ecosystem, achieving impressive results in two vital use cases compared to Oracle's MySQL, a traditional relational database. In the first test, delivery of complex broadband content guide (EPG) information was eight times faster using Versant's object database, while in the second test, researchers noted a 50% improvement in speed while controlling IPTV services. This translates into faster performance for consumers accessing IPTV services and an ability for content providers to deliver robust, scalable services using less processing power and hardware in a cost effective manner. Fraunhofer FOKUS has deployed the enhanced FOKUS Open IPTV Ecosystem with the Versant Object Database at two proof of concept sites in Singapore and Taiwan. Both sites are managed by the Open IPTV Forum. Analysts project that the number of global IPTV subscribers will grow at an annual rate of 24 percent 1 to 106 million subscribers by 2014. Databases are at the heart of successful IPTV systems and must provide fast access to complex data, integrate with evolving application code and support the requirements of millions of concurrent users. The results of the research found that, relational databases, which store data into rows and columns, are not as well-suited to manage complex data in IPTV implementations as the Versant Object Database, which performs up to 8x faster. "The IPTV marketplace is growing rapidly as more and more consumers look to receive and interact with a wider range of television services through high speed broadband networks," says Dr. Stefan Arbanowski of Fraunhofer FOKUS. "Delivering and controlling IPTV services is extremely complex, with a need for speed, robustness and scalability. The results using our standards-based Open IPTV Ecosystem comparing different database types are clear – Versant's Object Database offers significant performance advantages for content providers, broadcasters and telecom companies looking to implement IPTV."