Sleepycat Software Rolls Out Berkeley DB XML 2.0 with XQuery Support

12/16/2004 - Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB XML, the leading open source, native XML database, announced the general availability of Berkeley DB XML 2.0. The major new release includes support for XQuery 1.0, the emerging standard for XML data access, as well as significant performance and usability enhancements.

"This is a major upgrade of Berkeley DB XML and is a significant advancement in native XML database development," said Mike Olson, CEO of Sleepycat Software. "Our new XQuery support benefits customers that have been waiting for a standard for XML databases similar to the SQL standard for relational databases."

"Berkeley DB XML combines the extremely reliable database engine of Berkeley DB with the tremendous ease-of-use of native XML storage," said Steve Bishop, CTO at WildCard Systems, Inc., a leading developer of solutions for electronic payment systems using pre-paid smart cards. "Sleepycatís new support of XQuery gives us greater confidence in moving critical financial transaction support infrastructure to Berkeley DB XML."

"Since AllPeers is a consumer application, it was extremely important for us when choosing a database to find a system that is fast, lightweight, embeddable and needs zero administration," said Matthew Gertner, CTO of AllPeers, developers of a peer-to-peer information sharing platform. "Berkeley DB XML not only meets all of these requirements but also offers excellent native support for XML. The AllPeers platform supports a massive peer-to-peer network for the sharing of millions of files. By storing the XML metadata for each file in Berkeley DB XML, we have achieved much faster time-to-market and a cleaner, more consistent architecture."

New features in Berkeley DB XML 2.0 include:

"XQuery is clearly the emerging standard for XML databases," said Jerry King, general manager for Stylus Studio, the leading supplier of XML integrated development environments. "The small size and high performance of Berkeley DB XML makes it an ideal XQuery cache for XML developers looking for a fast and lightweight way to store XML documents."

About Sleepycat Software
Sleepycat Software ( makes Berkeley DB, the most widely used open source developer database in the world with over 200 million deployments. Customers such as, AOL, British Telecom, Cisco Systems, EMC, Google, Hitachi, HP, Motorola, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO and VERITAS also rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable, reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a privately held company with offices in California, Massachusetts and the United Kingdom.

Sleepycat Software and Berkeley DB are trademarks of Sleepycat Software, Inc.

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