InterSystems Official
· Apr 18, 2023

InterSystems announces General Availability of InterSystems IRIS, IRIS for Health, HealthShare Health Connect, & InterSystems IRIS Studio 2023.1

InterSystems is pleased to announce the 2023.1 release of InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, InterSystems IRIS for Health, HealthShare Health Connect, and InterSystems IRIS Studio are now Generally Available (GA).

2023.1 is an Extended Maintenance (EM) release. Many updates and enhancements have been added in 2023.1.

There are also brand-new capabilities, such as production-ready support for Columnar Storage, ability to use Bulk FHIR, and support to MacOS 13 Ventura. Additionally, a new feature to provide the ability to use Foreign Tables is being released as "experimental" and will be accessible through an Early Access Program (EAP).


Release Highlights

Platform Updates

InterSystems IRIS Data Platform 2023.1 expands support to include the following new & updated operating systems for production workloads:

  • MacOS 13 Ventura.

Enhancing Analytics and AI

Columnar Storage:  now supports production-ready Columnar Storage as a new storage option for IRIS SQL tables that offers an order-of-magnitude faster analytical queries compared to traditional row storage on IRIS, for specific use cases.

Interoperability and FHIR

Bulk FHIR Support: InterSystems Bulk FHIR export is a new capability of our FHIR server, which is a feature that is rapidly gaining favor in the market.

Enhancing Speed, Scale and Security

Foreign Tables: This release introduces a new (experimental) capability for leveraging external data in InterSystems IRIS. Foreign Tables present themselves as regular IRIS tables to any queries you write in IRIS SQL, but their data is not physically stored on IRIS. It may be in a remote file, a third-party database (on-prem or DBaaS), or a separate IRIS server to which an ECP connection would not be practical. In other words, the data in these tables is not managed by IRIS, but it is projected to IRIS. Remember that this feature is being released as "experimental" and will be accessible through an Early Access Program (EAP).

Memory Settings: New installations of InterSystems IRIS will now use smarter defaults for shared memory and lock table size settings. The new defaults will apply best practice configurations based off the configured global buffer size (which in turn considers available system memory if not set by the user) and work well for most workloads. Users may still override these defaults with specific values as before. Existing settings are not affected.

Platform Scalability: This release includes scalability enhancements that enable large production deployments to meet the most demanding workloads. This includes asynchronous reading of journal files when de-journaling and specific optimizations to the Enterprise Cache Protocol infrastructure to optimize resource usage and limit contention under very high load.


How to get the software

As usual, Extended Maintenance (EM) releases come with classic installation packages for all supported platforms, as well as container images in Docker container format.  For a complete list, refer to the Supported Platforms document.

Installation packages and preview keys are available from the WRC's InterSystems IRIS Data Platform Full Kits or HealthShare Full Kits pages. Additionally, kits can also be found in the evaluation services website.

InterSystems IRIS Studio is available from the Components distribution page.

Container images for both Enterprise and Community Editions of InterSystems IRIS and IRIS for Health and all corresponding components are available from the new InterSystems Container Registry web interface. For additional information about docker commands, please see this post: Announcing the InterSystems Container Registry web user interface.

The build number for this release is 2023.



Details on all the highlighted features are available through these links below:

In addition, check out this link for upgrade information related to this release.

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