June 6, 2011 – For the latest version of its virtualization software for big data, Composite dug in deeper with some big names.

Central to Composite 6 is integration support for unstructured data for Cloudera Distribution with Apache Hadoop, IBM Netezza and HP Vertica, according to a company news release.   

To offset MapReduce coding for Hadoop queries, Composite 6 uses a standardized SQL approach, according to a news release. Building on previous data warehouse capabilities for IBM Netezza, the new software has native support for Netezza analytics functions during queries and enables Netezza to be set as a cache target. In addition, Composite 6 includes expanded use of source optimizers and full support for Sybase IQ and HP Vertica data sources.

Additional data governance features in the updated release include incremental, synchronized edge data caching for wider real-time access, more fine-grain use and connection data for auditing, and extended automation to multisource relationship discovery.

Shawn Rogers, research vice president at Enterprise Management Associates, said in a statement that proliferation of data sources like Hadoop has put the pressure on enterprises for virtualized big data answers.

“Composite 6 provides significant features that not only solidify Composite Software's position as the data virtualization performance leader, but also other enterprise-class data governance and usability features that make Composite Software's data virtualization platform the most advanced and enterprise ready today.”

After beta testing, Composite 6 is expected to be available in July.

For analyst/blogger James Kobielus' recent take on the importance of Hadoop, click here.

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