Cisco Data Virtualization, formerly Composite (acquired July 2013) is, as the name might suggest, a data or datacenter virtualization platform.
Data Virtualization Tools
Data Virtualization Tools Overview
What are Data Virtualization Tools?
Data virtualization provides access to data while hiding technical aspects like location, structure, or access language. This allows applications to access data without having to know where it resides. This can be used in (for instance) data federation, where data in separate data stores are made to look like a single data store to the consuming application.
Data virtualization tools are confused with Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) as both concern data integration. But EAI supports passing data between enterprise applications. Data virtualization allows querying across multiple databases and data management tools as though they were one data store.
Data virtualization is also distinct from Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) technologies which normalize and stream data to a data warehouse. Unlike ETL, data virtualization tools provide real-time answers to queries while the data remains in place without replication. Data virtualization tools are faster and less resource intensive than ETL.
Data Virtualization Tools Features & Capabilities
Data virtualization tools generally provide these features:
Treat multiple data sources as a single source
Combine, transform data to produce virtual data model
Graphical or codeless data modeling, data design tools
Advanced transformation (e.g. for non-relational data)
Virtualize real-time access to data without moving it
Advanced query engine
Centralize metadata control
User-friendly view of enterprise data
On-demand data publication
Business directory and controlled, easy data search
Virtual data layer provides data firewall, secure access control
Data virtualization provides a relatively inexpensive means of acting upon combined data from disparate sources. Many tools are available on a trial basis, after which they are available on a monthly or annual subscription. Licensing cost scales with the number of data sources drawn from, as well as the number of queries to be run.
Data Virtualization Products
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Denodo is the eponymous data integration platform from the global company headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Informatica Data Virtualization, also Informatica Data Services, is that company's data / datacenter virtualization offering.
DataCurrent provides business users the ability to include data stored in NoSQL repositories, cloud services and even application data into their reports and analytics in real-time. DataCurrent enables users of business intelligence tools to connect to these data sources as though they are simply...
SAS Federation Server is a data integration service.
Actifio Sky, from Massachusetts based Actifio, is a data virtualization platform.
Enterprise Enabler is a data virtualization or data integration platform from Stone Bond Technologies in Houston, Texas.
Forest offers a universal back office that aims to help companies execute fast and at scale, with no time wasted on internal tools developed in-house. According to the vendor, key benefits are: Save time for developers: No more design, development, and maintenance. Forest lets you focus on your ...