Compatibility

Proposed changes to future releases of Caché and Ensemble

Development Platform Support

March 25th, 2015 by andreas

Beginning with the next major release after March 2015, InterSystems has updated the supported CentOS Platform version to CentOS-7 x86_64.  CentOS 6.4 will no longer be supported.

CentOS is supported only for development purposes.

Products: Caché, Ensemble

Expected Availability: next major release

Supported Client Bindings – Objective C

March 24th, 2015 by andreas

With the next major release of Caché after February 2015, the Objective-C binding interface will no longer be supported.  The documentation will be updated and the installer will no longer include this binding.

Supported Platforms

March 24th, 2015 by andreas

Future product releases, beginning with the next major release after August 2015, will no longer be available for the following platforms:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for x86-32

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for x86-64

Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue support for this version on July 14, 2015.

Products: Caché, Ensemble

Expected Availability: next major release after August 2015

Minimum Platform Requirements for REST Support in Caché and Ensemble

March 17th, 2015 by andreas

Beginning with Caché and Ensemble 2014.1,  a new feature was implemented to enhance creating and providing RESTful APIs.  This blog post is intended to provide a clarification with regard to what platforms are supported for REST.

There are Java dependencies in the REST implementation.  So the same restrictions referenced here apply for REST.   The consequence is that REST is supported on all platforms covered by the Supported Platforms guides for Cache and Ensemble with the exception of OpenVMS.

Zen Reports on OpenVMS

March 17th, 2015 by andreas

Zen Reports has dependencies on various 3rd party software products for successful operation.  These include Apache FOP, various parsers, and the JRE used by Zen Reports to process requests for reports.

All of these now require at least Java 7 as documented in the linked blog post here. OpenVMS does not support Java 7  and so Zen Reports can not successfully run on an OpenVMS server.

Caché and Ensemble customers wishing to deploy reporting against an Open VMS server should contact InterSystems WRC to discuss alternatives.

Supported Browsers

March 17th, 2015 by andreas

The next major release of Caché and Ensemble after February 2015 will no longer be available for the Windows XP platform.

At that point, every supported version of Windows will be able to run current versions of Internet Explorer. Therefore, as of the next major release, Internet Explorer 8 will no longer be a supported browser on any Caché and Ensemble portal (this includes, for example, Deep See).  The supported versions are Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11.

BMC Patrol

January 24th, 2015 by vik@intersystems.com

BMC PATROL is a tool for monitoring and managing various software systems. Caché has supplied PATROL extensions, known as knowledge module files (*.km), so that you can monitor and collect information about Caché.

Over the past several years, however, the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) has vastly overtaken more esoteric monitoring protocols.  Caché and Ensemble provide a robust SNMP interface, along with continually evolving Management Information Base(s) (MIB’s) for various system and performance metrics.

BMC provides an SNMP interface for their PATROL product, thus allowing you to continue to use PATROL for your monitoring needs, while leveraging a more standardized monitoring protocol.

As of early 2015, InterSystems will stop enhancing the supplied PATROL knowledge module files. In 2016, InterSystems will remove these PATROL knowledge files from supplied kits. We will continue to evolve the SNMP functionality in Caché and Ensemble to ensure that all of your monitoring needs continue to be appropriately met.

Over the past several years, however, the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) has vastly overtaken WMI for Windows-based systems. Caché and Ensemble provide a robust SNMP interface, along with continually evolving Management Information Base(s) (MIB’s) for various system and performance metrics.
Beginning mid-2014, WMI support will be deprecated in new versions of Caché and Ensemble, and instead InterSystems will continue to evolve the SNMP functionality, as a

Supported Platforms

January 22nd, 2015 by andreas

Future product releases, beginning with the next major release after March 2015, will no longer be available for the following platforms:

Oracle Solaris 11 Express for SPARC-64

Oracle Solaris 11 Express for x86-64

This edition of Solaris is no longer supported by Oracle.

Products: Caché, Ensemble

Expected Availability: next major release after March 2015

Supported Platforms

November 19th, 2014 by andreas

Future product releases, beginning with the next major release after March 2015, will no longer be available for the following platforms:

Apple Mac OS X 10.8 for x86-64

IBM AIX® 5L V5.3  for Power System-32

Products: Caché, Ensemble

Expected Availability: next major release after March 2015

Deprecation and Plans for Current Java APIs in 2014.2

August 25th, 2014 by hutchinson

This summarizes planned changes to previously released Java interfaces within Caché and Ensemble.

  1. The following technologies and APIs will be deprecated:
    • Full and Light Java Binding
    • Jalapeño
    • Java Dynamic Object Interface
    • Extreme Dynamic Objects
  2. Java Persistence Architecture (JPA) is the recommended persistence technology for complex object hierarchies in Java projects. Caché and Ensemble currently support JPA 1.0 and 2.0 via the Hibernate implementations of the JPA specifications.  Hibernate version 3.6.10 is the latest version with support for Caché and Ensemble.  We are in the process of readying support for Hibernate 4.3.x series which will bring JPA 2.1 support to Caché and Ensemble.  Specific dates and build information will be made available in the coming months.  For now, use of Hibernate version 3.6.10 is recommended.
  3. Extreme Event Persistence, XEP, is the recommended persistence technology for high-performance simple to medium complexity object hierarchies in Java projects.
  4. In 2015, JDBC API and supporting features will be updated to support the latest specification in Java 1.8.

The planned timeframe is the first release available in 2015.  However we want to encourage all feedback as we move forward.  Please communicate through this blog in the comments as well as your account managers.

This affects all InterSystems Caché based technologies that can leverage Java [Caché, Ensemble, TrakCare, HealthShare].