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  • February 17, 2012

2011 Was a Banner Year for Berkeley DB!

Guest Author

I’ve been wanting to write this post since December, and
only just now getting around to it. Fortunately, the contents of the post
itself will serve as a pretty good explanation for the delay. :-)

I realize we’re already in February here. But I still think
it’s worth mentioning what an amazing year 2011 was for the Berkeley DB team.
Therefore I’d like to take a moment and look back at the major events of 2011,
product by product.

Berkeley DB:

We set the bar pretty high, with TWO major releases in one
year: 5.2 and 5.3. Both releases added exciting new features, too many to list
here. Some of the main areas to receive enhancements were the SQL API, High
Availability, HEAP, and XA. Expanded platform support now includes more Java
platforms and per-application Android support.

Berkeley DB Java Edition:

Serving as the basis for a major new Oracle product (NoSQL
Database) might have been enough for some products. But not Berkeley DB JE! In
addition to that accomplishment, the team put out a major release as well, 5.0.
This release included the much anticipated DiskOrderedCursor class, a
plethora of performance improvements, and some High Availability enhancements
to boot.

Revamped product launch: Database Mobile Server 11g

Database Mobile Server 11g is Oracle’s newly re-architected
sync and device management solution for mobile, embedded and M2M platforms. It
replaces Database Lite, and is designed to use Berkeley DB as the remote data
store. DMS, as we call it, is also compatible with the very popular open-source
SQLite database. There has been a lot of focus on mobile and embedded/M2M as
they relate to enterprise recently, and every indicator points to these topics
becoming even more important. This one is definitely a product to keep an eye

New Product Launch: NoSQL Database

I’m not prepared to say I saved the “best” for last, since
all these products are truly great. But certainly NoSQL Database product got a
huge amount of attention last year, and deservedly so. Oracle’s entry into this
red-hot space promises to be exactly what many of our customers have been
waiting for. The data management solution to their Big Data problem from
the company they already trust to store the rest of their data.

To recap, that’s 3 major product releases, and 2 product
launches. All from one team. That is amazing, by any standard. Congratulations
to the development team, your work output last year was the stuff of legends!
Of course, these folks are not ones to rest on their laurels. I know for a fact
they are already hard at work on future versions of all the products listed
above, and Berkeley DB XML too. The best is yet to come!

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