McObject Selects Object Computing Inc. As Preferred Solution Provider
January 10, 2005 — McObject has chosen Object Computing Inc., a St. Louis-based software systems consultancy, as a McObject Solution Provider. Under the arrangement, OCI becomes a preferred provider of consulting and services for McObject’s eXtremeDB in-memory embedded database and related technology.
OCI’s role will include eXtremeDB integration, optimization and application development for McObject customers as well as database customization, porting, testing, and training, McObject President and Co-founder Steve Graves said.
McObject selected OCI as a Solution Provider in part for OCI’s expertise in key market segments and technologies, Graves said. “With deep experience in object-oriented technologies, and many successful client engagements in the aerospace, finance and telecommunications industries, OCI presents the ideal fit with McObject’s products and growing customer base,” he said.
The two firms’ relationship began, though, via an earlier OCI consulting project in which OCI ultimately credited McObject’s eXtremeDB with delivering a ten-fold performance increase, as well as enhanced reliability, for its client’s real-time securities trading application.
In spring 2004, a leading Chicago-based private securities firm that trades in multiple markets contracted with OCI to develop a high performance software library to support desktop trading.
The innovative architecture called for a shared information source with features – such as support for transactions and multi-user access – typically found in database management systems. Performance and reliability were paramount for this component.
Only an entirely memory-resident database could meet both the performance and reliability requirements for the project. Traditional databases with disk I/O, caching and related functions entailed too much processing overhead. In earlier projects, OCI implemented its own persistent in-memory data management, using a simple synchronized file system with logging to ensure recoverability.
However, for the new trading system, OCI sought to shorten its development cycle and enhance performance by adopting a proven off-the-shelf in-memory database system.
During its design investigation, OCI learned about McObject’s eXtremeDB in-memory database. eXtremeDB has been adopted for its real-time performance and reliability in applications ranging from telecommunications call routing to industrial process control. This track record, along with thorough testing, led OCI to select eXtremeDB for the desktop trading system.
“We were not disappointed. eXtremeDB exceeded our expectations,” said Kevin Heifner, principal software engineer for OCI.
“eXtremeDB was selected because of its high throughput and transactional support,” Heifner added. In particular, eXtremeDB’s new transaction logging support, which improves database durability in the event of hardware or software failure, improved greatly on OCI’s earlier logging implementation and sealed the decision to move to McObject’s database. Initial testing by OCI shows eXtremeDB’s non-buffered transaction logging provides a 10x performance increase over the firm’s previous synchronized file-based approach, Heifner said.
“McObject’s support was outstanding. They answered email questions quickly and completely and followed up with phone calls to ensure complete understanding,” Heifner said.
About Object Computing
Object Computing Inc. (OCI) is a privately held software engineering company. OCI was founded in 1993 with a commitment to object oriented technology. Today OCI provides software systems consulting, product development, and educational services to progressive corporations across the United States in the Aerospace, Finance, Healthcare and Telecommunication market segments. The St. Louis-based OCI Education Center has one of the most extensive object technology and Java training curricula in the Mid West. OCI has a significant presence in Phoenix as well as St. Louis, where its corporate headquarters are located. OCI is a Sun Authorized Java Center and member of the OMG. For more information see our web site www.ociweb.com.
Founded by embedded database and real-time systems experts, McObject offers proven data management technology that makes intelligent devices smarter, more reliable and more cost-effective to develop and maintain. McObject counts among its customers industry leaders such as DaimlerChrysler, Tyco Thermal Controls, F5 Networks, Genesis Microchip, Motorola and Boeing. McObject, based in Issaquah, WA, is committed to providing innovative technology and first rate services to customers and partners. The company can be reached at +1-425-888-8505, or visit www.mcobject.com.
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