updated 11/16/2010 3:47:43 PM ET 2010-11-16T20:47:43

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and PUNE, India, Nov. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), an industry leader in high performance data management software, and CRL (Computational Research Laboratories Ltd.), a Tata Group company and one of the first companies to provide full service provisioning of HPC (high performance computing) solutions in the public cloud, are entering into a strategic partnership agreement. Many of today's emerging HPC applications must handle complex and large volumes of data, which if not managed appropriately, may result in a serious performance bottleneck. Together, Versant and CRL are committed to meeting the end-to-end performance needs of its customers by integrating one of the world's fastest database engines into one of the world's fastest supercomputing environments. The provisioning of end-to-end high performance solutions in a tensile (hyper-elastic performance resilient) cloud infrastructure at CRL will provide a perfect launch pad for innovators in cutting-edge industries and expanding markets in the high performance computing space.

Versant and CRL are demonstrating a Proof of Concept (POC) of the combined offering at Super Computing 2010 being held in New Orleans, LA from November 15 – 18, 2010.  In this POC, CRL's Platform as a Service (PaaS) leverages Versant's database engine, running on a highly scalable Linux cluster, to demonstrate seamless performance oriented scalability of elastic database services underpinned by a tensile computing infrastructure. The live demonstration showcases sustained performance of complex analytics in the face of increasing data.

"We are excited about entering a strategic partnership with CRL, helping us to further validate Versant's versatility as the leading edge high performance database engine. Over the next several months, CRL and Versant are planning to introduce new services for the high performance computing (HPC) markets," says Dirk Bartels, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Product Management at Versant. "At Super Computing 2010 in New Orleans this week, we are demonstrating a Proof of Concept, a highly scalable, high performance graph database implementation, to showcase the benefits of the combined offering," explains Bartels.

Computational Research Laboratories Ltd. is a member company of the prestigious Tata Group and is committed to be a global leader in the provisioning of HPC cloud services, enabling its clients to harness the full power of supercomputing without incurring huge upfront capital expenditures, experiencing delays, or requiring specialized skills which are in short supply.

"Enhancing complex data management capabilities of HPC applications without sacrificing performance allows us to offer a comprehensive solution stack to our data-intensive HPC customers," says Dr. Vipin Chaudhary, CEO of CRL. "Having a proven high-performance data engine from Versant in our tensile cloud will be of significant value to our customers."

CRL and Versant are targeting to introduce combined services in the 1st half of calendar year 2011.

Versant Object Database

The Versant Object Database (VOD) provides powerful advantages to developers creating C++, Java or .NET object models, supporting massive concurrency and large data sets. The advantages of VOD's performance and scalability provide for a more efficient production environment, often supporting 10x more concurrent users and 10x faster data access speed compared to relational databases.

About CRL

Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) Ltd., is the world's first company to offer HPC services in the public cloud. CRL is a member of the prestigious TATA Group and is a wholly owned subsidiary of TATA Sons Ltd. CRL provides a full portfolio of services to make it easy for organizations to exploit the full potential of HPC without the headache of long setup times and huge capital layouts. With its 'Eka' Supercomputing Facility, which is among the world's largest, CRL provides cloud access all over the globe and has proven domain expertise in major HPC verticals such as Automotive, Aerospace, Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, and Material Sciences.

About Versant

Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT) is an industry leader in database management software, helping software developers to create unique applications handling complex information and high performance / high availability requirements. Versant customers cut hardware costs, speed and simplify development, and significantly reduce administration costs. Versant's solutions are deployed in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, and defense. With over 100,000 installations, Versant has been a highly reliable partner for Global 2000 companies such as Ericsson, Verizon, Siemens and Financial Times, as well as the US Government. For more information, call 650-232-2400 or visit www.versant.com.

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