InterSystems Caché

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InterSystems Caché
Developer(s) InterSystems
Initial release 1997; 17 years ago (1997)
Stable release 2014.1.2 / July 31, 2014
Operating system multiple
Type database management and application development
License Proprietary
Website InterSystems.com

InterSystems Caché is a commercial object-oriented database management system from InterSystems, used to develop healthcare management and telecommunications software. Customer software can use the database with object and SQL code. Caché also allows developers to directly manipulate its underlying data structures: hierarchical arrays known as M technology.

Description[edit]

Internally, Caché stores data in multidimensional arrays capable of carrying hierarchically structured data. These are the same “global” data structures used by the MUMPS programming language, which influenced the design of Caché, and are similar to those used by MultiValue (aka PICK) systems. In most[quantify] applications, however, object and/or SQL access methods are used.

Caché ObjectScript, Caché Basic or T-SQL can be used to develop application business logic. External interfaces include native object binding for C++, Java, EJB, ActiveX, and .NET. Caché supports JDBC and ODBC for relational access. XML and web services are also supported.

Caché Server Pages (CSP) technology allows tag-based creation of web applications that dynamically generate web pages, typically using data from a Caché database. Caché also includes InterSystems Zen, an implementation of AJAX that enables component-based development of rich internet applications.

History[edit]

InterSystems was founded in 1979 to commercialize MUMPS hierarchical databases. It launched Caché in 1997 as its flagship product.[1]

Market[edit]

InterSystems claims Caché is the world’s fastest object database.[2] However, high performance is achieved only for transactional operations that have a significantly hierarchical nature.[citation needed]

This database management system (DBMS) is used as part of hospital patient tracking, electronic medical record and medicine management systems, in products developed by Axis Clinical Software and Epic Systems.[3] Sungard includes Caché in the AddVantage asset management software to finance industry customers such as banks.[4] Telecommunicatons vendors BT Group and Vodacom also use Caché.[5]

As of 2014, the DB-Engines website ranks Caché as the most popular object oriented DBMS.[6]

Platforms[edit]

Caché runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, Tru64 UNIX, AIX, Mac OS X and OpenVMS platforms. Old, still supported versions of Caché, also run on Data General AViiON and SCO UnixWare.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Passion: Company milestones". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "InterSystems Caché – World's fastest database". InterSystems. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Case studies – By Industry". InterSystems. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ InterSystems (June 19, 2002). "SunGard’s AddVantage Exceeds Performance Benchmarks". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Interystems case study: Vodacom. http://www.intersystems.fr/page/fr/case_study_vodacom
  6. ^ "DB-Engines Ranking of Object Oriented DBMS". DB-Engines. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 

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