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Versant and Electrotank Tackle Online Gaming's Big Data Challenges With Java and NoSQL at QCon New York

(June 13, 2012)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), a worldwide leader in developing data management software infrastructure for complex, mission-critical applications, today announced that it will deliver a joint speaking session at QCon New York 2012 with one of the leading providers of high-performance online game technology, Electrotank. Big data's challenges of volume, variety and velocity are highly-prevalent in the multiplayer online gaming industry, and this joint session will offer a practical example of how Java-based standards and NoSQL technologies can be used in conjunction to solve these problems.

Versant's VP of Technology, Robert Greene, will present the session, "Can Java Still Be Sexy? NoSQL says YES!" with Electrotank's Director of Platform Engineering, RJ Lorimer. The session will explore how Electrotank used Versant's new JPA for NoSQL solution to increase the persistence, performance and scalability of the Electrotank Universe Platform (EUP), a Java-based client-server development framework that provides scalable and extensible architecture, systems and tools for creating data-driven, content-rich MMOs, virtual worlds, social games, and serious games for browsers and mobile devices.

"Multiplayer games live and die by their performance," said Lorimer. "And given how feature rich and interactive these games are today, it's absolutely critical that developers aren't limited by the performance or complexity of their persistence model. Developers should to be able to focus their efforts on implementing critical game features, and the storage model should cater to their scaling and performance needs; not the other way around. Being able to leverage the benefits of NoSQL without having to abandon standard and familiar coding models has been invaluable in reaching this goal. I think there is a lot of value in this talk for anyone that has struggled with these issues."

Session Details:


Speaking Session: "Can Java Still Be Sexy? NoSQL says YES!"




Robert Greene, VP of Technology, Versant; 


RJ Lorimer, Director of Platform Engineering, Electrotank




Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 4:50p.m. – 5:50p.m. EDT




QCon, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, NY; Room: Roebling/Gleason

RJ Lorimer has an extensive background in the gaming industry, working as the technical lead for game technology products at Electrotank. He oversees research and development, and manages integration and implementation with partner technologies and projects. Versant's Robert Greene is responsible for providing strategic guidance for Versant's product portfolio. He has more than 20 years experience working on high-performance, mission-critical software systems, has frequently been featured in mainstream IT media including GigaOM and eWeek, and has been invited to speak at numerous industry events including NoSQL Now! and Supercomputing.

If you will be at QCon New York and are interested in setting up a meeting with Versant to discuss the big data challenges in the gaming industry and beyond, please contact Robert Greene via email at

For more information on QCon, please visit, and for more information on either of the two speakers and their companies' respective products and solutions for gaming and big data, visit and

About Versant

Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT) is an industry leader in building specialized NoSQL data management systems to enable the real-time enterprise. Using the Versant Database Engine, enterprises can handle complex information in environments that demand high performance, concurrency, and availability, significantly cut hardware and administration costs, speed and simplify development, and deliver products with a strong competitive edge. Versant's solutions are deployed in over 150,000 installations across a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, energy, financial services, transportation, manufacturing, and defense. For more than 20 years, Versant has been a trusted partner of Global 2000 companies such as Ericsson, Verizon, Siemens, and Financial Times, as well as the U.S. Government. For more information, call 650-232-2400 or visit

About Electrotank

Electrotank is a leading provider of high-performance game technology. Our products include ElectroServer, the most robust real-time multiplayer networking engine for Flash, Unity 3, iPhone, Android, XNA, and HTML5; and, the Electrotank Universe Platform (EUP), an extensible end-to-end platform for the rapid development of unique virtual worlds, MMORPGs, social games and serious games in Flash and Unity 3. For over a decade Electrotank's game technologies been delivering data-driven real-time multiplayer experiences to millions of online and mobile gamers.

CONTACT: Versant Corporation
Nate Hubbell
March Communications
Tel. 617.960.9857

Karen Ffinch
Tel. 252.281.5781

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