Groovy SQL Switch Sets New Standard For Databases

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Delivers 105x faster response time and processes 37x more orders per minute than relational databases; Exhibits consistent real-time behavior across all data points

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Mass-market relational databases were never designed for real-time. Many data-driven businesses developed solutions to work around this issue as the value of real-time became more obvious, but these fixes most often resulted only in a near real-time experience and a costly infrastructure

Groovy Corporation, the provider of parallel SQL processing software for the live web, released new data today that confirms the Groovy SQL Switch's ability to significantly outperform relational databases. The performance metrics, based on the Dell DVD Store Database Test Suite, detail how the Groovy SQL Switch was 105 times faster and processed 37 times more orders per minute than the fastest relational database. The data revealed by Groovy Corporation today at the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford 2009 indicates that a truly real-time, live data experience is available now without the cost and complexity associated with the standard approach of massively scaling data centers to generate a real-time experience.

"Mass-market relational databases were never designed for real-time. Many data-driven businesses developed solutions to work around this issue as the value of real-time became more obvious, but these fixes most often resulted only in a near real-time experience and a costly infrastructure," said Joe Ward, chief executive officer of Groovy Corporation. "The Groovy SQL Switch democratizes real-time data. By offering the scalability required to deliver the real-time experience on a small foot print and at an affordable rate, Groovy Corporation is extending the benefits of the live web to any enterprise that wants to make the leap to the next generation of online services."

The Dell DVD Store Database Test Suite is an open source benchmark designed and written by the Dell Enterprise team that simulates an online DVD retailer. It produces simulations of implementations running on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL, incorporates driver programs and Web applications present in a common online retailer setting and produces results based on the orders per minute generated during the test cycle. Groovy leveraged the benchmark to examine the behavior of the Groovy SQL Switch under a heavy load, to compare the Groovy solution's performance against a well tuned version of MySQL, the relational database that previously reported the fastest Dell DVD Store Database Test Suite performance, and to determine the suitability of the Groovy SQL Switch as a real-time bolt-on to MySQL.

The results of Groovy's tests leveraging the Dell DVD Store Database Test Suite indicate that the Groovy SQL Switch significantly outperforms the fastest relational database. The Groovy SQL Switch generated a 2.33 millisecond response rate compared against the previous 244 millisecond record response time of the previously fastest performance recorded on the Dell DVD Store Database Test Suite. The Groovy solution also produced 168,845 orders per minute compared against the 4,614 orders per minute of the previously fastest database. Furthermore, the Groovy SQL Switch was capable of managing more connections while maintaining low CPU loads and actually had more performance available than the Dell DVD Store Database Test Suite drivers were capable of testing.

In the past, real-time applications were reserved for the most data hungry businesses such as financial services and massive-scale consumer Web applications. Due to the cost, real-time was a luxury. Today, less that 1% of IT applications are real-time. The advantage of the real-time architecture is that data is pushed to the user and does not require a refresh for an instant update, enabling a live Web experience that delivers benefits in business-to-business and business-to-consumer settings. By unlocking a true, real-time experience, the Groovy SQL Switch enables new capabilities such as faster transactions for online retailers, immediate news updates for media companies and up to the second sales or marketing data for businesses.

The performance results announced today are the first in a series of planned benchmark announcements that will highlight how the Groovy SQL Switch is faster than today's leading relational databases. Groovy Corporation is working in conjunction with its technology and investor partner Intel Corporation to generate a series of performance results that will highlight how the Groovy SQL Switch produces a true, real-time experience based on industry-recognized benchmarks and in customer scenarios. Through the partnership, the two companies seek to pioneer a substantial lead in high performance and scalable, live data management.

For more information, visit http://www.groovycorp.com or follow Groovy Corporation on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/groovycorp.

About Groovy Corporation
Groovy Corporation is the provider of parallel SQL processing software for the Live Web. Its multicore-optimized, SQL standards based solution called The Groovy SQL Switch delivers increased performance and efficiency for databases that power real-time applications. Groovy Corporation secured initial financial backing and go-to-market support from Intel Corporation, and recently relocated its headquarters to San Mateo, CA from Australia.

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