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Data Virtualization Technology Advancements Deliver New Value

End user findings from new Forrester Report on data virtualization

As a follower of Virtualization technology, you have likely heard about the June 2011 Forrester Research report on Data Virtualization entitled Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass: Technology Advancements, New Patterns,  And Customer Successes Make This Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution.

As an employee of a data virtualization vendor, I especially enjoyed the section of the report that described data virtualization’s latest technology advancements and how these are delivering new value to data virtualization adopters across multiple industries.

Six Data Virtualization Technology Advancements Highlighted
Forrester highlights six particular technology advancements that are breaking down the barriers to data virtualization adoption and delivering new value to data virtualization users.  These include:

  • Cost-based query optimization performance improvements that open the door for additional use cases and wider adoption;
  • Distributed caching which sets the framework for global deployments;
  • Improved discovery tools that simplify understanding of data and accelerate new development;
  • Data masking and other security enhancements to better govern data delivery;
  • Third party technology integration such as CDC and ESB to extend data virtualization tooling; and
  • Big data integration to create new opportunities for analysis and insight.

Composite 6 Advances on the Same Dimensions
Interestingly, just a week prior to Forrester's report, my company, Composite Software launched Composite 6, the latest release of our data virtualization offering.  As a validation, I mapped key new features highlighted in the Composite 6 Brochure to Forrester’s data virtualization technology list above.  It’s quite aligned.

  • Query Optimization
    • Oracle, Sybase IQ Data Ship Joins
    • Star Schema Optimization
    • Analytic Function Optimization
  • Distributed Caching
    • Incremental Caching
    • Synchronized Edge Caching
  • Improved Discovery Tools
    • Multiple Discovery Enhancements
    • Introspection Acceleration
    • Improved Developer Experience
    • Productivity Enhancements
  • Data Masking
    • Enhanced Single Source Virtualization
  • Third Party Integration
    • Enhanced Auditing
    • CDC for Incremental Caching
    • ESBs for Synchronized Edge Caching
  • Big Data Integration
    • Hive/Hadoop Connectivity
    • Netezza Enhancements
    • Sybase IQ and HP VerticaPerformancePlus™ Connectivity
    • Additional “Big Data” Integration Support

It is not a surprise that Composite’s technology advancements so closely align with what Forrester believes is important.  Since 2002, Composite has been 100% focused on this virtualization-based style of data integration.  As such, our offerings are the most advanced in the data virtualization market.

Enteprises Adopt Data Virtualziation
Forrester places significant value on customer adoption.  Three Composite Software customers (Pfizer, Qualcomm and Deutsche Bank) were included in this report as a showcase of advanced data virtualization adoption in several industries.  You can learn more about their use cases in the following articles:

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Robert Eve is the EVP of Marketing at Composite Software, the data virtualization gold standard and co-author of Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility. Bob's experience includes executive level roles at leading enterprise software companies such as Mercury Interactive, PeopleSoft, and Oracle. Bob holds a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley.