Bloor Research and Enterprise Management Associates author research reports touting the new capabilities of Composite Software’s data virtualization software

SAN MATEO, Calif.: Composite Software, the data virtualization performance leader, announced today the availability of analyst research reports from Bloor Research International Ltd. and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) detailing the new features and benefits of Composite 6, the latest version of Composite Software’s flagship data virtualization software introduced last week.

Composite 6 enriches the enterprise with “big data” integration support for the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH), IBM Netezza and HP Vertica data sources.

Composite 6 extends Composite Software’s enterprise-scale data virtualization leadership position with unsurpassed performance optimizations, cache enhancements, new data governance capabilities and ease-of-use features.

Bloor Research International Ltd., one of Europe’s leading independent IT research, analysis and consultancy organizations, has published an InDetail research paper, the Composite Data Virtualization Platform, authored by Philip Howard, Bloor Research research director focusing on data management. In the research report, Howard states that data virtualization is now a mainstream technology with a significant number of major organizations employing it for a variety of purposes.

“Composite Software’s strength is that it specializes in data virtualization solutions, as opposed to it being simply a component within some other solution,” Howard said. “We would therefore expect its capabilities to be more advanced and to perform more effectively. Further, pure-play suppliers are, almost by definition, vendor-neutral. Given that we are usually talking about heterogeneous environments this is a significant advantage for Composite.

“The upshot is that Composite has few direct competitors,” Howard continued. “In our view, it is the leading independent pure play vendor in the marketplace, especially for query-based data virtualization, and we would argue that it is the leading vendor in this area as a whole, certainly in terms of its functionality, performance and ease of use.”

Enterprise Management Associates, which provides IT and data management research, analysis, and consulting services to IT professionals, line of business users and IT vendors, has published an Impact Brief detailing the Composite 6 release. The Impact Brief, Composite Software Releases Composite 6 Data Virtualization Platform, written by Shawn Rogers, Vice President Research, Business Intelligence at EMA. In the research note, Rogers writes, “The release of Composite 6 aligns with industry trends focused around eliminating IT complexity, meeting demands of a more sophisticated user and delivering a wider variety of data to the enterprise,” Rogers said. “Composite 6 delivers a comprehensive and well thought out Big Data strategy that further confirms Composite Software’s position as a leader in the space.

“In previous coverage EMA has identified Composite Software as a fast-mover in the data virtualization space and a company to watch,” Rogers added. “This release demonstrates the continued maturity of Composite’s overall strategy and product execution. EMA identifies significant value for customers planning to upgrade.”

In addition to the Bloor Research and EMA analyst reports, Composite 6 received favorable blog coverage from industry expert Dr. Barry Devlin, a founder of the data warehousing industry and among the foremost worldwide authorities on business intelligence. In the blog, Virtualization comes of age….again!, Devlin details the history of heterogeneous data access dating back to the early ’90s when he worked at IBM.

“Access to heterogeneous data is back on the agenda big time, this time under the name virtualization and the launch of Composite 6 ups the ante again,” Devlin said. “Beyond the welcome performance, caching and governance improvements, I was particularly impressed by the managed and well-structured integration of ‘big data’ using Hive metadata.”

Also covering the Composite 6 announcement was John Myers, principal with Blue Buffalo Group, a telecommunications consulting organization specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing and systems integration solutions. In his blog, Managing Mixed Data Sets in Telecom, Myers commented that one of the best uses of Composite 6 is its ability to virtualize big data sources like Hadoop, Netezza and SAP into a seamless environment.

“Using the Composite ‘optimizer’ functionality, organizations can take advantage of the relatively new big-data processing environments without delaying the ‘time to value’ of those new data sources into existing implementations,” Myers said. “This will be particularly important as organizations begin to ingest data sets like social media interactions; RFID sensor information; and other big-data sources that haven’t matured sufficiently to including in existing data environments, but still have excellent value to the organization.

“All in all, I believe that the continued advances in the Composite virtualization suite make it one of the better options for telecoms to overcome the legacy (network, billing) and ‘next generation’ (social, geo-spatial) data silos that seem to impact telecom organizations more than others,” Myers concluded.

“We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive analyst reaction to Composite 6, which mirrors the response we have received from our enterprise customers and prospects,” said Composite Software Executive Vice President of Marketing Robert Eve. “The release of Composite 6 reinforces Composite Software’s vision and commitment to innovation and support of our customers’ needs while further extending our data virtualization market leadership position.”