Versant Proposes to Lead Open Source JSR220 in Eclipse Community Provides Standards-Based Object-Relational Mapping for Java



    FREMONT, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Versant Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   VSNT), an industry leader in specialized data management and data
 persistence software, today announced that it has proposed to lead a new
 Eclipse community project for standards-based, object-relational mapping.
 JSR220 is the specification defining the standard for object-relational
 mapping in Java. Object-relational mapping has emerged in the last year as a
 critical missing architectural piece in the drive to make the Java 2
 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform more powerful and easier to program.
 Versant contributes mapping tools and runtime for Enterprise Java Beans (EJB)
 3.0 persistence and Java Data Objects (JDO) 2.0 standards for
 object-relational mapping in the form of its commercial implementation already
 deployed in production use worldwide.
     "We're seeing a dramatic shift in the practices of Java programmers," said
 Robert Greene, vice president of product strategy at Versant. "The Java
 community is shifting to object-relational mapping as a way of bridging the
 gap between applications and databases. New standards are replacing the
 previous component-based persistence methods of EJB 2.1 while also addressing
 persistence in general for the Java community. Versant has been a leader in
 this shift with its focus on transparent persistence of objects and its
 founding membership in the JDO expert group. With the results of the EJB 3.0
 persistence standardization effort, of which Versant is a member, we can take
 the next step in leading the Eclipse community to highly productive,
 standards-based, object-relational mapping."
     Eclipse and open source are rapidly gaining popularity in the Java
 community. The addition of members such as BEA, Borland, and others to the
 Eclipse organization, and the 30 million download requests recorded by Eclipse
 in 2004 were clear signals to Versant that the time was right to take a
 leading role in open-source, object-relational mapping.
     "With a long history of leadership in object-relational mapping and data
 persistence, Versant is poised to enable standardization within this area for
 the open source community," said Nick Ordon, president and chief executive
 officer of Versant. "We are looking forward to working with the members of
 Eclipse, such as IBM, Oracle, BEA, Borland, and others to make J2EE more
 powerful and productive. Eclipse.org is a leading community in Java, and our
 leadership of this object-relational mapping project will dramatically expand
 our visibility in the Java community and result in direct interaction with a
 very large number of Java programmers. Based on this visibility, we expect to
 expand the success of our long-established professional services operation."
     "We are pleased to have Versant propose the JSR 220 object-relational
 mapping project," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse
 Foundation. "Object-relational mapping is an important technology for Eclipse.
 Versant's strong code base, unique background in this area, and their
 leadership of this project will bring a great benefit to the Eclipse
 community."
     For additional information and the source code, go to www.versant.com.
 
     About Eclipse Foundation
     Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on
 providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for
 building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span
 the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language
 development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance,
 business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A
 large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups,
 universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and
 support the Eclipse Platform.
     The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation
 that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse
 Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org.
 
     About Versant Corporation
     Versant Corporation is an industry leader in specialized data management
 and open data access software.  Using Versant's solutions, customers cut
 hardware costs, speed and simplify development, significantly reduce
 administration costs, and deliver products with a strong competitive edge.
 Versant's solutions are deployed in a wide array of industries including
 telecommunications, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, and
 defense. With over 50,000 installations, Versant has been a highly reliable
 partner for over 15 years for Global 2000 companies such as British Airways,
 US Government, Financial Times, IBM, and MCI.  For more information, call
 510-789-1500 or visit www.versant.com.
 
     Forward Looking Statements Involve Risks and Uncertainties
     This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
 Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those
 sections. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to,
 statements about Versant's involvement in the Eclipse community, its open
 source initiatives, and the potential outcomes of these activities. Investors
 are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of
 future performance, these forward-looking statements involve risks and
 uncertainties, and there are important factors that could cause our actual
 results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.
 These factors include, without limitation:  that Versant may not achieve or
 maintain the leadership role of this Eclipse project; that any such position
 obtained may not remain intact in the future; that object-relational mapping
 may not be a critical missing architectural component; the possibility that
 there may be shift with Java programmers away from object-relational mapping;
 the possibility that Eclipse and open source software may lose its growing
 popularity in the Java community; that adoption rates for this technology may
 not continue into the future; the possibility of delays in release of the
 product; that product refinements may be necessary, including the
 possibilities of inherent bugs and errors; that users may not realize the
 anticipated results and experience unforeseen problems; along with the
 possibility that there may not be a dramatic expansion of Versant's visibility
 into the Java community and a corresponding increase in direct interaction
 with Java community developers. The forward-looking statements included in
 this press release are made only as of the date of this press release; the
 Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking
 statement. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
 forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that
 could cause results to differ can be found in the Company's filings with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent
 Reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q made with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
     NOTE:  Versant is a registered trademark or trademark of Versant
 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other products
 are a registered trademark or trademark of their respective company in the
 United States and/or other countries.
 
 

SOURCE Versant Corporation

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