March 22, 2007

Mobile WiMAX Base Stations to Integrate HA DBMS

Ted Kenney writes "McObject announced that SOMA Networks, a leading provider of mobile WiMAX technology, will incorporate McObject's eXtremeDB™ High Availability (HA) in-memory embedded database in its award-winning FlexMAX™ Mobile WiMAX System.

Within FlexMAX base stations, eXtremeDB-HA will run on embedded Linux and on Wind River Systems' VxWorks real-time operating system, providing real-time, fault-tolerant storage and retrieval of network traffic routing data.

In SOMA Networks' pre-development testing, the eXtremeDB-HA embedded database outperformed other database alternatives, SOMA Networks engineers said. On average, as the number of data elements increased, so did eXtremeDB-HA's performance edge, they said. In exhaustive testing, engineers achieved transactions-per-second throughput that met the real-time performance needs of SOMA Networks' customer premises telecommunications equipment.

"SOMA Networks chose to embed a commercial database in its device to seamlessly manage the large volumes of complex data that underlie advanced communications system features," stated Scott Woodworth, SOMA's senior vice-president of manufacturing and operations. "The McObject product's all-in-memory responsiveness, and its intuitive C/C++ application programming interface, drove the choice of eXtremeDB-HA."

"eXtremeDB-HA's proven high availability sub-system is an ideal fit for products such as SOMA's FlexMAX Mobile WiMAX System that require carrier-grade reliability in all critical software and hardware components," McObject CEO Steve Graves said.

"eXtremeDB-HA meets this demand via deployment of multiple fully synchronized eXtremeDB databases within the same hardware device or across multiple, widely distributed systems. With synchronous (2-safe) and asynchronous (1-safe) replication, and a host of other options, developers have the flexibility to configure eXtremeDB-HA to exactly match requirements," Graves said.

WiMAX, or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is described by the industry group WiMAX Forum as "a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to wired broadband like cable and DSL." WiMAX "will provide fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with a base station," according to the group, and "has been incorporated in notebook computers and PDAs, allowing for urban areas and cities to become `MetroZones' for portable outdoor broadband wireless access."

SOMA Networks' FlexMAX Mobile WiMAX System is a complete broadband wireless system portfolio that allows carriers to offer high-margin applications and a superior subscriber experience to residential and SoHo consumers though service providers, worldwide. Advanced antenna technologies allow for the widest coverage area and maximum revenue, while enabling low market entry and expansion costs. The FlexMAX System includes base stations, multiple types of mobile station devices, advanced multi-antenna processing, traffic management middleware, integrated applications, network management and network gateways -- all backed by world-class partners, global field support and professional services.

About SOMA Networks

SOMA Networks is a leading provider of Mobile WiMAX solutions. Focused on bringing broadband wireless access and advanced applications to the home, SOMA's FlexMAXTM Mobile WiMAX and SoftAirTM Multimedia Application Systems provide a complete solution using an all IP-based architecture. SOMA technology enables service providers to drive revenue through value-added multimedia applications and services, delivering wireline performance over a broadband wireless infrastructure. SOMA is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum®, and its FlexMAX Mobile WiMAX System supports the 802.16e-2005 Mobile WiMAX standard. Deployed on five continents, SOMA is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Delhi, and Singapore. Visit www.somanetworks.com for more information.

About McObject

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, EADS, JVC, Tyco Thermal Controls, F5 Networks, CA, 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 +1-425-831-5964, or visit www.mcobject.com."

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