Aqualogic update aims to simplify the integration of data across apps

BEA Systems has released a new version of its Aqualogic Data Services Platform (ALDSP) designed to automate the addition of services to existing applications.

BEA Systems has released a new version of its Aqualogic Data Services Platform (ALDSP) designed to automate the addition of services to existing applications.

ALDSP version 2.1 can automate the process of creating and maintaining services, improving performance, and creating uniform management and control across heterogeneous data sources.

In addition to helping increase an enterprise's ability to enable data access across its IT infrastructure, ALDSP is designed to provide greater business agility, while helping to reduce total cost of ownership. It can also enable faster development and roll-out as it provides a common data layer across all systems.

Analyst firm Forrester Research said Aqualogic was among several "information fabric" products. This technology provides a virtualised data layer that integrates heterogeneous data and content repositories in real time.

Information fabric products are designed to overcome the growing challenges of using disparate sources of data managed by different applications, such as problems with data integration, security, performance, availability, and quality, said Forrester.

To provide users with access to multiple data sources, ALDSP 2.1 supports Microsoft ADO.net. This enables interoperability with .net applications and gives users the ability to access and update data through the ADO.net standard to multiple back-end data sources, BEA said.

The Aqualogic product also offers an audit framework which supports flexible auditing of events across heterogeneous sources for greater compliance and control of user-access. A new operational monitoring tool captures metrics associated with execution of data services and can allow them to be used for computing and tracking service level agreements.

What's on the market for data integration

BEA: BEA Aqualogic Data Services Platform provides a single location to capture logic that is relevant to data access and data updates.

Datasynapse provides grid infrastructure software that virtualises access to computing and data resources.

GemStone Systems: GemStone offers Gemfire, a middle-tier data layer that supports data virtualisation across disparate data sources and data types including objects, XML and relational data.

IBM: IBM offers some information fabric capabilities through its Websphere Information Integration platform.

Kx Systems: Kx provides an in-memory database technology that processes tens of thousands of messages per second in real time for applications that demand high performance.

Oracle: Oracle's recent purchase of TimesTen helped fill a gap in its offering to include in-memory database technology.

Sybase: Sybase acquired Avaki earlier this year, a company that focuses on enterprise data virtualisation for disparate applications and data.

Tangosol: Tangosol focuses on in-memory data management and caching solutions for J2EE applications.

Terracotta: Terracotta focuses on eliminating I/O bottlenecks by providing distributed data cache to support large scale Java deployments.

Source: Forrester Research

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