VoltDB, Actuate team up to offer speedy 'big data' management

VoltDB and Actuate have partnered to offer rapid-fire 'big data' management, plus more data management technology news from around the Web.

VoltDB Inc., a database management system vendor, and Actuate Corp., a business intelligence software specialist, have teamed up to offer what they call an all-in-one "big data" processing and analysis package.

Under the new partnership, VoltDB's namesake in-memory database will enable customers to handle transactions at "lightning speed," while Actuate's ActuateOne business intelligence (BI) package will provide data analysis and visualization capabilities in real time, company officials said.

The overarching goal of the partnership is to provide customers with a way to manage and analyze big data stores quickly and effectively, then "operationalize" the resulting insights, Eric Sansonetti, VoltDB's vice president of business relationships, said in an interview. VoltDB is "aimed specifically at the big data segment of the market," he said.

VoltDB software operates solely within memory using NewSQL and JavaScript semantics "to address real-time high volumes of [high] velocity data," such as the data that flows through online trading systems, digital ad exchanges and network optimization programs, Sansonetti explained. VoltDB formed and launched its enterprise data management offering about a year ago after company founders saw a need in the IT marketplace for an in-memory product that offers such features as "high availability, durability [and] replication," he said.

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The company is uniquely focused on "ultra-high throughput," said Bruce Reading, president and CEO at VoltDB. "Think of us as being wicked fast," he said. "We're anywhere from 45 to 100 times faster than traditional databases."

ActuateOne, which was developed on Actuate's BIRT [Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools] platform, provides a set of interactive applications that "gives enterprises the tools they need to create and deploy custom BI and information applications," according to the company. The ActuateOne package offers operational dashboard and analytics features that combine real-time and historical data for trend analysis and data tracking.

"By bringing together Volt and Actuate, what we've been able to accomplish, we believe, is unique in the marketplace," Reading said. "The combined solution adds not only functionality but unique capabilities that our customers will be able to effectively manage from the moment the data arrives all the way through to the deep analytics and the complex analytics processing."

Liaison expands cloud integration offering

Liaison Technologies LLC, a provider of cloud-based enterprise data management and integration services, has acquired Hubspan, a provider of cloud-based business integration services, company officials said in a press release.

The newly combined company is positioning itself to help organizations address critical integration requirements stemming from business-to-business, managed file transfer, master data management and data security initiatives.

With the acquisition of Hubspan, Liaison hopes to address end user needs in an array of industries, including biotech, life sciences and financial services. Among Hubspan's current customers are NetSuite and Visa.

"This is exciting news for both Liaison and Hubspan customers," Liaison CEO Bob Renner said in a statement. "Hubspan's marquee customer base, commitment to its customers' and partners' success, and deep integration expertise fit well with our focus on the customer."

Solix strikes distribution deal with government specialist

U.S. government agencies now have access to Solix Technologies Inc.'s information lifecycle management (ILM) and data privacy software products, thanks to a new distribution deal with Carahsoft Technology Corp.

Under the terms of the deal, Carahsoft, an IT systems provider that focuses on government agencies, will distribute the Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite (EDMS) under its contract with the U.S. General Services Administration.

The Solix EDMS is an integrated set of tools designed to address problems associated with growing data stores and information security. It lets organizations tier data through an ILM framework with the help of testing, data discovery, database archiving and application retirement tools. As a result, according to Solix, organizations are better equipped to deal with growing data stores.

"We are excited to work with Carahsoft, and especially, government IT managers, to improve application performance, reduce expense and enhance data security," Solix chairman John Ottman said in a statement.

DataSift launches new 'social big data' tools

DataSift Inc., which bills itself as the social data platform company, has released two new tools -- Push and Query Builder -- that it says are designed to make it easier for organizations to mine the social Web for insights and integrate them into BI platforms.

When used together, DataSift says, Push and Query Builder allow organizations to create filters and combine social data with back-office-analysis tools. The goal is to help organizations make sense of "important data" about customers, competitors and markets, according to the company.

"We are giving our customers an advantage by offering a way to seamlessly integrate social data into the business systems they already have in place," DataSift CEO Rob Bailey said in a statement.

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