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Berkeley DB XML Speeds Up Service Oriented Architecture at Starwood Hotels.

Native XML Database Powers Web Services Based Global Property Search Service

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleepycat Software, makers of the Berkeley DB family of open source developer databases, today announced that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has deployed Berkeley DB XML for its global property search service. Starwood Hotels, one of the world's largest hotel and leisure companies, uses Berkeley DB XML to store property descriptions in XML format and power high speed searches from the Starwood and third party websites.

"Thanks to Berkeley DB XML, we have deployed a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) enabling our guests to quickly find hotel information such as property description, room availability, weather and location," said Jason Sabotka, senior manager, enterprise search and GIS at Starwood Hotels. "We evaluated several other databases and found that Berkeley DB XML was faster and more scalable, enabling us to support more hotels and languages as we grow. We use Berkeley DB XML in a redundant configuration with workload balancing and automatic failover to ensure the service has low latency and high availability."

"With the growth of SOA impacting more areas of the IT computing stack, we're seeing increased demand for technologies that can manage and optimize XML data," said Sandra Rogers, director of IDC's SOA, Web Services and Integration research. "Native XML databases like Berkeley DB XML can help address XML storage and step processing involved in deploying a SOA."

"As more of our customers move to SOA, they find that our native XML database gives them fast, local persistence with zero administration, perfect for the distributed components that make up a SOA," said Mike Olson, CEO of Sleepycat Software. "We're pleased that we could help Starwood give their guests a richer web experience while reducing the time spent waiting for Web pages."

About Sleepycat Software

Sleepycat Software ( ) makes Berkeley DB, one of the most widely used open source developer database in the world with over 200 million deployments. Customers such as, AOL, Cisco Systems, EMC, Google, Hitachi, HP, Motorola, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO and VERITAS also rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable, reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a privately held company with offices in California, Massachusetts and the United Kingdom.

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