Red Hat has launched an open source project called Teiid, which provides data virtualisation, and is designed to simplify data management.
Data virtualisation enables real-time access to data across different database systems without the need for the user to copy or move the data from the systems of record. The Teiid software effectively acts as a SQL database server, which connects to back-end database servers.
"When Red Hat acquired MetaMatrix in April 2007 we committed to releasing the data services technology in the open source community and Teiid is the result of that promise," said Craig Muzilla, vice-president of Red Hat's middleware business. "The demand for applications and services leveraging the data stores of a typical organisation never ends."
Red Hat said Teiid would provide the backbone for future versions of the JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform.