Ascential Software has launched a suite combining data profiling, quality and transformation applications.
The Enterprise Integration Suite is made up of new versions of three products - MetaRecon 6.0, Integrity 6.0 and DataStage 6.0 - integrated with a parallel processing architecture which the company says gives high linear scalability.
The product is aimed at organisations with large volumes of data which needs to be processed rapidly.
DataStage is the best known software element with some 1,500 users including banks and government agencies. It performs extract, transfer and load (ETL) data transformation and integration for many current and legacy formats.
MetaRecon automates the discovery of related data scattered across multiple systems, while Integrity cleanses and standardises data to eliminate redundancy and inconsistency.
The complete Enterprise Integration Suite is available immediately with a typical installation expected to cost close to £400,000.
It runs on various Unix flavours, Windows and IBM mainframe OS390. The company said that web services support and Linux would be added in the first quarter of 2003.
Peter Gyenes, chairman and chief executive officer at Ascential, told vnunet.com: "The Enterprise Integration Suite's scalability legitimises for the first time real-time handling of the entire data integration need.
"Its parallel processing engine 'auto-parallelises' data flows without the user needing to alter anything. The customer perceives it as serial data processing but an unlimited number of processors can be added."
Ovum business intelligence analyst Helena Schwenk explained that Ascential and Informatica, the two leading ETL vendors, had taken different steps to broaden their appeal.
"Ascential wants to own the data integration space and make it available outside the high-end data warehousing market, whereas Informatica uses third-party data quality and cleansing while moving into front-end business intelligence," she said.
She added that Ascential needed to raise its profile in order to penetrate new markets outside data warehousing, but said that there is an opportunity in enterprise application integration, and linking to customer relationship management systems.
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