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eXcelon General Availability Announced

Object Design Announces General Availability of Industry's First XML Data Server

Company begins shipping eXcelon(TM), a revolutionary data server for building eXtensible Markup Language (XML) Web applications

BURLINGTON, MA. March 1, 1999.

Object Design, Inc. the leading provider of object data-management solutions for Java-, XML- and C++-based applications, today announced the general availability of eXcelon, the industry's first eXtensible Markup Language (XML) data server.

eXcelon is a revolutionary XML data server that enables companies to build and deploy highly scalable XML-based business-to-business and business-to-consumer Web and electronic commerce applications. eXcelon is an easy-to-use, general-purpose solution that works with all data sources, application servers and client software and it fully complies with XML and all related standards as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium.

Unlike products that are modified to offer simple XML "support," eXcelon is based on field-proven technology for the caching, storage, management and distribution of XML data. As a result, eXcelon is "dynamically extensible," which means that users can define, manage and extend the XML driving their applications without compromising performance. This enables them to fully leverage the simplicity, extensibility, flexibility and portability of XML.

"With eXcelon, Object Design has delivered a crucial piece of the puzzle for developers creating Windows DNA Web applications: a high-performance data-management solution that enables developers to truly leverage the portability, flexibility and extensibility of XML," said Adam Bosworth, general manager, Microsoft Corporation. "eXcelon makes XML ready for 'prime time' and will become a key enabling technology for the impending explosion of new XML Web applications."

eXcelon provides all of the data-serving needs of e-commerce and integrated enterprise applications by being dynamically extensible and providing a unified view of all data, regardless of data source (documents, databases, Web sites, packaged applications, etc.) and without slowing application performance.

eXcelon can be used as an XML application cache for existing data sources or as a complete data-management system for new XML-based applications. Several of Object Design's customers are creating eXcelon-based applications to solve business problems in areas such as Web electronic commerce, knowledge management, enterprise systems integration and customer service.

"Since the very earliest days of testing, eXcelon has proven to be a perfect complement to the development of highly distributed and scalable XML applications," said Philippe Richard, managing associate with Micro Modeling Associates' (MMA) Strategic Technology Practice. MMA, a high-growth business technology consulting firm and a charter member of Object Design's eXtreme Advantage Partner Program (see related release: "Object Design Announces Partner Program For eXcelon XML Data Server"), is currently marketing an eXcelon-based enterprise knowledge-management service offering to Fortune 500 companies. "eXcelon's adherence to standards and extraordinary data management capabilities enable it to live up to its promise as a world-class XML data server."

eXcelon comprises two components:

  • The eXcelon Server -- A dynamically extensible data server that provides the element-level XML data management, caching and distribution required for today's multitier application architectures.

  • The eXcelon Toolset -- An integrated set of tools for server administration, XML data management and XML schema definition.

"The on-schedule delivery of eXcelon firmly positions Object Design at the head of the new market for XML data-server solutions," said Larry Alston, vice president of marketing for Object Design. "eXcelon is easily the most comprehensive and powerful product available today for building XML e-commerce applications. If you're using XML, you need eXcelon."

Platform Support

eXcelon supports the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 platforms. Unix support will be available soon.

Pricing and Availability

eXcelon is available now from Object Design's eXtreme Advantage Partners. Pricing for development licenses start at $995 per developer. Pricing for deployment licenses start at $15,000 per CPU. Additional information on eXcelon and the eXtreme Advantage Partners Program can be obtained from the Object Design Web site (, by calling 1-800-962-9620, or by sending e-mail to

About Object Design

Object Design, Inc. (, the leading provider of object data management solutions for Java-, XML- and C++-based applications, develops and markets the ObjectStore database management system and related tools, the ObjectStore PSE Pro suite of small-footprint embeddable databases and the eXcelon XML data server. All of Object Design's products provide superior performance and scalability for Java, XML and C++ applications. The company backs its products with comprehensive training, services, and support. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design sells and supports its products through branch offices across the U.S., international subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and Australia, and a worldwide network of distributors.

NOTE: Object Design, the Object Design logo and ObjectStore are registered trademarks of Object Design, Inc. eXcelon is a trademark of Object Design, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


     Object Design, Inc.         Technology Solutions, Inc.
     Andy Murphy                 James Carter
     781-674-5300                617-742-5520

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