REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), a worldwide leader in developing data management software infrastructure for complex, mission-critical applications, today announced the general availability of Versant JPA, a Java-based API that supports high-performance database and analytics operations for the new era of Big Data applications. The new release greatly reduces the cost and risks of migration to other proprietary NoSQL technologies by being fully compliant with the latest JPA specifications, and offers several unique features, including the industry's first solution for zero-downtime schema changes, a Java standards-based analytics framework, and compliance with the highly popular JBoss Application Server. Versant JPA's Java standards-based API allows developers to use existing coding skills to process previously unmanageable Big Data sets, and perform highly complex operations at speeds and scales unmatched by any other NoSQL technology. Enterprises can visit Versant's website now to learn more about how Versant JPA's Java-based interface can immediately tackle Big Data's challenges without the vendor lock-in risks of having to learn proprietary NoSQL programming languages. The Versant JPA server adds several features that were built based on direct feedback from thousands of Versant users around the world, and which expand on the original Java Persistence API's capabilities to offer true one-of-a-kind functionality. Foremost among these new features is Versant's Application Evolution, a first of its kind technology that ensures zero application downtime during schema modifications, allowing enterprises to seamlessly change application data models without impacting customer experiences due to restarts. Additionally, the Versant JPA server is compliant with the extremely popular JBoss Application Server, which is also Java standards-based, and ships with an Eclipse IDE plugin that allows for easy code development, offering enterprises further protection against vendor lock-in and future upgrade complications.