INPRISE/BORLAND FORMS NEW COMPANY TO OPEN-SOURCE INTERBASE® 6
Inprise/Borland and Venture Capitalists to Fund New Company Called InterBase
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. -- February 14, 2000 -- Inprise/Borland (Nasdaq: INPR) today announced the formation of a new company that will provide service, support and hosting for a new version of InterBase®, the first open-source embedded relational database product. The formation of the new company comes on the heels of Inprise/Borland's announcement last month to release InterBase 6, which is currently in beta, in open-source form for multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows NT and Solaris. The source code for InterBase 6 is scheduled to be available mid-2000.
The executive team of the new company, called InterBase, will be led by Ann Harrison as president, Paul Beach as vice president of sales and marketing, and Jim Starkey, the founding architect of the original InterBase product, will serve as the technology software architectural advisor for InterBase.
InterBase is a high-performance, structured query language (SQL) database that is well known for its low-maintenance, enterprise-class relational database management system (RDMS). Designed for business-critical, mobile computing and Internet-based applications on Linux, Windows NT, Solaris, and UNIX, InterBase supports many high-profile customers such as Nokia, Societi Generale and Deutsche Telekom.
"We plan to finance InterBase with funding from the announced Inprise/Borland Venture Fund, announced last month, as well as several of our venture capital partners," said Dale Fuller, interim president and CEO of Inprise/Borland. "By combining the InterBase technology with an experienced management team in a start-up environment, we are enabling users to leverage the power of this world-class database for multiple platforms, including Linux, Solaris, and Windows NT. We believe the open-source process will greatly increase the distribution of InterBase in the marketplace."
As president, Ann Harrison is responsible for helping InterBase develop and implement a strategic plan for achieving substantial long-term growth in the open-source market. Harrison brings over 15 years of database experience to the new evolution of InterBase 6, and will be responsible for a wide array of technology and business initiatives for the company. With Jim Starkey and Don DePalma, she formed the original company that developed the innovative database architecture that became InterBase.
Prior to his appointment to VP of sales and marketing for InterBase, Paul Beach was the general manager at Inprise/Borland for the InterBase product. Based in the United Kingdom, Beach was responsible for sales, marketing and business development activities for the product. During his tenure at Inprise/Borland, Beach increased revenues of InterBase by US$4 million annually.
The source code for InterBase 6 is currently scheduled to be available mid-2000 and will be open-sourced under the MPL 1.1 model.
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