What's new in
FileMaker Server 12
Faster, more reliable data serving
Get greater performance over a wide area network (WAN) with FileMaker Server 12. You'll see up to 40% faster data retrieval as FileMaker Server 12 sends less data across the network with fewer round trips. For example, when searching for data in a field formatted as a value list, find results come back in typically less than a second. Also, when filtering data in a portal, data is usually retrieved in less than a second.
Now a 64-bit application, FileMaker Server 12 can have more memory available to run even faster, especially with large databases or a large number of client connections. By temporarily storing more data in memory and only writing changes to the disk, FileMaker Server 12 processes data faster and more efficiently and reduces the possibility of file corruption.
Enjoy greater stability in FileMaker Server 12 with a re-architected database server. In addition to ODBC running as a separate process, now scripts and plug-ins run together as a separate process, and Progressive Backups run independently as well. So if one of these processes happens to fail, it won’t affect the database server. The server will continue to serve data, just as expected.
FileMaker Server 12 takes advantage of the newly re-architected container fields in FileMaker Pro 12. Leveraging Apache Tomcat, an open source servlet, FileMaker Server 12 has even more processing power allowing you to progressively download videos and other media to your FileMaker Pro client. Now you can flip through records without waiting for files to completely download before moving to the next record.*
* Streaming (progressive download) not available when SSL is turned on.
Backing up large data sets using FileMaker Server 12 is faster and more efficient than ever. Once you have a baseline backup, only files that have changed in your solution are backed up again. When storing data externally using the enhanced container fields in FileMaker Pro 12, only the container data that has changed is backed up.
FileMaker Server 12 introduces new Progressive Backup, which tracks the bits that have changed in your database, bundles and applies them to the baseline backup. Choose how often you want to run Progressive Backup – as frequently as one minute, up to every 60 minutes. Now you can rest assured that even data that is accidentally deleted can be recovered from the most recent backup.
The web publishing engine in FileMaker Server 12 has been completely re-written and now faster than ever. With the ability to handle multiple data requests at the same time, along with more efficient memory processing, you'll see performance improvements of up to 65%.