40 Vendors We're Watching in 2011

For our 2011 40 Vendors to Watch list, we rang up our most-trusted columnists and a few selected other sources for input, added our own ideas, did some background work and came up with a list we shaped and pared down to our standard. It's an editor's choice, to be sure, and like last year, we're happy to find many more positive stories than we can account for in our latest two score. Click here to skim the full list.

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What: Open source database/engine

Why: Fast interactive reporting, BI and conversational analytics leveraging vector-based processing and on-chip memory. That's a mouthful, but Ingres has working deals with Jaspersoft, Pentaho and others in OSS; just set some new benchmark performance standards and ranks high on the relevance meter of our advisors

Headquarters: Redwood City, CA

Of note: Ingres Corporation was divested out of Computer Associates. It lately gained new recognition when VectorWise broke the TPC-H record in February 2011 "at scale factor 100, delivering 340 percent of previous best record."