SOURCE: Progress DataDirect

Progress DataDirect

November 30, 2009 08:00 ET

Network Technologies International Selects Progress DataDirect for Round-the-Clock, High-Performance Data Connectivity

Pioneering Data Replication Product, DRNet™ Benefits From Robust Progress® DataDirect Connect® for JDBC™ Type 4 Functionality and Reliability

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2009) - Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive, today announced that Network Technologies International (NTI) has embedded the Progress® DataDirect Connect® for JDBC™ database drivers in its pioneering DRNet™ data replication engine. This enables DRNet to provide high-performance Type 4 JDBC drivers for all major databases, including Oracle, DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, Informix and MySQL.

Designed to maximize application availability with disaster avoidance solutions developed exclusively for HP non-stop server applications, DRNet creates immediately available, multiple database environments and supports all database types, with or without Transaction Management Facility (TMF) protection. DRNet is used by major banking institutions and emergency call-centers for disaster recovery protection, system backup and the guaranteed, continuous availability of mission-critical applications.

To ensure 100 percent system uptime and real-time data access, NTI sought a comprehensive, standards-based data connectivity solution that can easily support various database environments and database versions out-of-the-box -- with no additional code or integration requirements.

"Progress DataDirect offered us a single source for standards-based data connectivity that was able to meet our immediate connectivity needs while positioning us well for future customer engagements," said Alphonse Hoge, technical director for NTI. "With Progress DataDirect products in place, we have seamless connectivity between heterogeneous clients and heterogeneous data sources and don't have to devote tireless man hours keeping up-to-date with changes to database releases or versions. The Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC driver gives us the interoperability and performance needed to maximize application availability and deliver superior system backup and recovery solutions."

Having worked with Sun Microsystems to develop the original JDBC standard and as a participant on the JDBC Expert Panel since its inception, Progress DataDirect is an industry-leading expert and innovator in JDBC. Dedicated to pushing the market forward by introducing support for the latest features and database versions and offering cutting-edge enterprise functionality and runtime features, the DataDirect Connect for JDBC database driver is in a class of its own.

"The Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC driver solves the limitations of most Type 4 drivers and has been shown to enhance the performance, functionality and simplicity of applications that use them," said John Goodson, vice president and general manager of Progress DataDirect, the data-infrastructure division of Progress Software. "For rigorous, extreme environments like those that NTI supports, there's no better option for secure, high-functioning, guaranteed connectivity than the Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC driver."

The DataDirect Connect for JDBC comprehensive suite of Type 4 JDBC drivers feature codeless configuration, which allows all performance features to be tuned without the need to change application code. With its clean implementation, support for all features is available via a single Java™ Archive (JAR) file. There are no requirements to load shared libraries or components outside the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

In addition to these unique features that can help improve developer productivity and lower operating costs, the DataDirect Connect for JDBC driver includes enterprise functionality and application runtime enhancements. Flexible application failover automatically redirects requests to an alternate database server if the primary server is unavailable because of a hardware failure or traffic overload. Faster business analytics can be achieved with the DataDirect® Bulk Load feature. The complete, driver-based implementation delivers the best performance for bulk-load scenarios without the need for database vendor tools or client libraries, and has been shown to accelerate data warehousing and enable faster ETL operations. Advanced security features like Kerberos, SSL encryption, and a unique secure architecture ensure distributed applications using the Progress DataDirect driver are well protected. For a complete list of product features, visit

About Progress Software Corporation

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur -- to capitalize on new opportunities, drive greater efficiencies and reduce risk. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class infrastructure software spanning event-driven visibility and real-time response, open integration, data access and integration, and application development and deployment -- all supporting on-premises and SaaS/Cloud deployments. Progress maximizes the benefits of operational responsiveness while minimizing IT complexity and total cost of ownership. Progress can be reached at or +1-781-280-4000.

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