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Embedded Linux vet joins database company

Dec 20, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Issaquah, Washington-based McObject has hired former Metrowerks VP Christopher J. Mureen as chief operating officer (COO). Mureen will have primary responsibility over sales and marketing at the company, which sells the ExtremeDB in-memory, real-time database for embedded platforms, including Linux.

Mureen (pictured at left) will help the company ramp up sales and increase its international presence, says McObject. Mureen has worked for over 20 years in software sales, marketing and business development, most recently as senior VP for worldwide sales and support at embedded software tools vendor Metrowerks. At Metrowerks, which was owned by Motorola SPS — and which later was absorbed into Freescale Semiconductor — he was said to have led sales growth that exceeded 300 percent in four years.

Prior to his stint at Metrowerks, Mureen worked at Pervasive Software and Simba Technologies, which was acquired by Pivotal Software. Mureen was VP for worldwide sales at Surgient, where he helped lead Surgient's Virtual Lab automation efforts, and he also worked at virtualization software company Platespin. Before that, he held positions at embedded database vendors MDBS, Inc. and Raima Corporation, which first developed the db.* Linux-based database.

ExtremeDB architecture

Mureen reports directly to McObject CEO and co-founder Steven Graves, who stated, “Chris has deep experience building and managing sales teams in fast-growing operations, and in ramping up revenue. With line and executive positions in our embedded database market segment, and proven entrepreneurial accomplishments, he greatly rounds out McObject's skill set.”

ExtremeDB runs in memory, rather than from disk, in order to achieve “real-time” performance. It supports transactions, concurrent access, and high-level data definition language, while maintaining a code footprint as small as 50KB, according to the vendor. The database is said to be designed for set-top boxes (STBs), communications equipment, industrial automation, consumer electronics, military/aerospace applications and other intelligent embedded systems. McObject also sells a high-availability version that supports local or distributed replication, with automatic fail-over.

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