Solid Rolls Out Autonomic Data Management 4.1 with Hot-standby

11/12/2003 - Solid Information Technology Corp., the first provider of an Autonomic Data Management Platform, announced the availability of Version 4.1 of its platform.

The Solid Autonomic Data Management PlatformTM is the first data management solution that assures developers that the data will take care of itself. The Solid platform supports the creation of applications that are self-configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protecting. The Solid Autonomic Data Management Platform is a software suite made up of three tightly coupled components:

This optimized combination is encapsulated in a low-maintenance framework to create an easy-to-manage platform that can take care of sophisticated data management needs in complex environments like network infrastructure applications running on blade servers. Solid customers realize dramatically reduced cost of development and reduced time to market. Their customers see a compellingly low total cost of ownership (TCO).

The new version introduces the ability to protect unstructured data (as well as the previously supported classical alphanumeric data) with carrier-grade hot-standby technology. This extends the Solid carrier-grade support to new and exciting markets such as digital media content distribution. The Solid CarrierGrade OptionTM provides a self-healing pair of hot-standby databases that Solid maintains in an identical state at all times. If one of the servers fails, applications can switch over to the other in a few tens of milliseconds with no data loss, preserving application continuity for high-value media-based applications.

Version 4.1 also supports hot-standby for in-memory tables. The Solid BoostEngineTM allows a developer to specify table by table which data should be stored in memory for speed, rather than on disk for economy. The new version allows Solid to self-protect in-memory tables with hot-standby technology, combining the highest speed with absolute data safety.

Version 4.1 extends the ability of Solid to be self-protecting by ensuring that in-memory tables do not exceed the capacity of the system to handle real and virtual memory.

Many applications require a scratch pad for data that is needed during operations but does not need to be recovered when the server restarts. With Version 4.1, Solid introduces two new kinds of scratch-pads: transient tables for shared use, and temporary tables for use by a single application. These tables are not checkpointed or stored on disk, so they provide the highest speed access for scratch-pad operations.

As part of Solid’s support for self-configuring systems, Solid V4.1 supports rolling upgrades to a live hot-standby pair of databases. Using this new functionality, customers can upgrade a carrier-grade application from an earlier Solid version to Version 4.1 without interrupting the application running against the hot-standby servers.

“Version 4.1 rounds out the functionality of the Solid BoostEngineTM high performance data manager,” said Ari Valtanen, chief technology officer for Solid Information Technology, Corp. “We are constantly striving to provide better value for our customers, especially in the area of carrier-grade applications. This release brings significant speed-ups at no additional hardware cost, as well as solidifying our support for carrier-grade and media-based applications.”

About Solid
Solid Information Technology Corp. delivers the first next-generation Autonomic Data Management Platform. Built on a sophisticated architectural foundation, Solid’s solutions power inherently distributed applications in the network infrastructure, telematics, digital content delivery and retail applications. Small and large visionary companies including EMC, Hewlett-Packard, MediaSaturn, Nokia, Nortel, Sonim Technologies, Turin Networks and Watercove Networks use Solid technology in their solutions to build high-performance, fault-tolerant, and scalable self-managing applications. Solid is a privately held company with worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, California. The company also has regional offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. For more information, visit the Solid web site at

The Solid logo, Solid Autonomic Data Management Platform, Solid Autonomic Data Management Suite, Solid EmbeddedEngine, Solid BoostEngine, Solid CarrierGrade Option, and Solid SmartFlow Option are trademarks of Solid Information Technology Corp.

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