Raima Introduces Popcorn Samples (It’s not a snack, it’s software!)

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Software sampling provides users the tools to evaluate data management systems better. The Popcorn Samples allow others to easily evaluate database functionality and test performance.

Raima, provider of high performance, multi-platform database technology, today announced a new innovation in software evaluation. Software sampling (called “popcorn samples” by Raima) is destined to become a requirement by any provider of sophisticated system software.

Software sampling creates a “tasting room” for software evaluators that need to make serious decisions based on their unique needs. Rather than downloading a complete product, reading manuals and building example programs (a process requiring several hours or days), an evaluator is able to download a sample (normally less than 1MB), unzip it, build it in his/her development system, step through the code, get it, then delete the sample. A software sample is a taste, where a software example is a meal. Samples are instant (normally less than 5 minutes) but examples require preparation.

Raima’s new Popcorn Samples (see http://www.raima.com/popcorn and http://www.raima.com/performance/) cover the two major areas that evaluators of database management systems are concerned about: functionality and performance.

Functional popcorn samples begin with “Hello World” and build in complexity from there, where each sample shows a major functional feature of Raima’s RDM DBMS. “Hello World” is written for Raima’s supported APIs (Core, native SQL, ADO.NET, ODBC, JDBC, and Object Oriented), development systems (Windows, Linux) and languages (C, C++, C#, Java, VB and Objective-C). After sampling “Hello World,” which demonstrates how a simple program is written, compiled and linked into an executable program, an evaluator will see a complete series of samples with increasing complexity, each using the API and language of choice.

Performance popcorn samples begin with an in-memory database being filled with 50,000 simple records, updating the records, then deleting the records. Each phase is timed so that evaluators can see the times on their own computer. Again, this basic sample is available for multiple operating systems, APIs and languages. Additional performance samples become more complex, to the point where multiple transaction processes and multiple query processes using MVCC read-only transactions are running concurrently.

According to Wayne Warren, Raima’s Chief Technology Officer, “Software sampling allows an evaluator to become familiar with the functionality and performance of a complex software system without the typical investment. Successive ‘tastes’ of software can provide a sufficient basis for deciding to move forward with the evaluation or move on.” Either way, it’s a simple yet innovative way to optimize the time of those looking for solutions to their needs in software system development.

About Raima
Raima is a provider of high-performance, always on database management technology for both in-memory database usage and persistent storage devices. Raima delivers database solutions tailored for the following application types: Mobile, Embedded, Desktop and Server, and Enterprise Lite. The RDM System solutions are cross-platform, small footprint, fast and reliable database solutions. Today, these products are used worldwide in a wide range of data management solutions in industrial automation systems, military flight control systems, telecom routers & switches, financial trading systems, medical equipment, data backup solutions, consumer electronic devices and more.

Raima, RDM, RDM Embedded and RDM Server are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Raima, Inc. “®” indicates registration in the United States of America. All other company and product names mentioned may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Scott Meder
Director of Marketing
Web:    http://www.raima.com
Email:     scott.meder(at)raima(dot)com
Phone: +1(206) 748-5300

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