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Versant Announces Charter Membership in Newly Formed JDOcentral.com; Developer Community Website to Promote Emerging JDO Standard.

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JavaOne 2002

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2002

Versant Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNT), a leading provider of middleware infrastructure technology, announced its participation as a charter member in JDOcentral.com.

JDOcentral.com, also launched on March 22, 2002, is a developer community and communications platform for the promotion of the emerging standard, Java Data Objects (JDO).

JDO is a standards-based application programming interface (API), created through the Java Community Process (JCP), that allows programmers to transparently access data from a variety of transactional data stores without requiring expertise in specific database languages. JDO's primary benefit is that it standardizes access to any type of data source eliminating the coding effort between the Java object model and the database model, providing portability and database independence. JDOcentral.com primary mission is to be a communication platform for the promotion and development of the JDO standard. It is intended to nurture grass roots support for the standard, encourage widespread adoption of the standard, and focus thought leadership for JDO products and services.

"Versant has been a strong supporter of JDO from the outset," said Keiron McCammon, Versant CTO. "With our existing Java programming interface, which is part of our enJin product, we have been practicing the concepts of transparent object persistent, now embodied in JDO, for over 4 years. With JDO, our customers can take advantage of enJin's performance and scalability benefits for J2SE and J2EE applications without being locked in to a proprietary set of APIs."

JDO will be supported in enJin, Versant's "transaction accelerator." A beta release is scheduled for July 2002 with commercial availability scheduled for the end of 2002. enJin provides application state management and caching for J2EE-compliant application servers such as BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere. Performance gains of up to 50 times have been achieved when using Versant enJin as compared to storing the application state in relational databases. Up-to-date information about Versant's implementation of JDO is at www.versant.com/developer/jdo.

About JDOcentral.com

JDOcentral.com is a web community made up of businesses and individuals that share a specific interest in the emerging JDO standard. The web community complements the Java Community Process, by facilitating the communication among the community members. The site consists of Charter Members (sponsoring companies), Regular Members (JDO enthusiasts who sign up via a valid email address), Luminaries (notable JDO experts) and Visitors. JDOcentral.com is the one stop shop for JDO commentary, JDO links, resources, news, community forums, opinion polls, and expert advice and downloads.

About Versant Corporation

Versant Corporation (NASDAQ: VSNT) has led the industry in highly scalable, reliable object management solutions for complex enterprise-level systems since its founding in 1988. The company's Object Data Management System (ODBMS) serves as the core database for fraud detection, yield management, real-time data collection and analysis, operation support systems (OSS) and other large-scale applications in the telecommunications, financial services, transportation and defense industries. Versant enJin and Versant Developer Suite, based on the same proven technology and seamless object persistence, help accelerate both the development cycle and the transaction speed for e-business and Internet infrastructure companies. For more information, call 510-789-1500 or visit www.versant.com.

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Actual events or results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. These factors include, among other things, the continuing relationship between Versant and JDO Central, the availability for Versant's commercialization of JDO and an individual customer's J2EE-based application performance. This and other related risks are described in more detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company has no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Versant and Versant ODBMS are trademarks of Versant Corporation. All other company names and product names are trademarks of the individual companies.
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