Data management specialist Informatica has unveiled Vibe, a virtual appliance designed to give developers a simple way to store and manage application data.
The company said that the platform, which it described as a virtual data machine (VDM), would aim to solve common problems in data warehousing and reporting for enterprises looking to build applications that rely on large data stores.
Rather than forcing developers to rewrite their applications or change languages in order to access data stores, the VDM will provide a managed, policy-driven Hadoop system that is automatically able to solve the translation issues that had previously plagued big data applications.
Informatica's vice president of solutions and platform product marketing Judy Ko said: “If they do not have a platform and a VDM that is architected to handle the change, then it is becoming an overwhelming problem.”
Ko told V3 that the Vibe VDM would seek to provide a virtualised system that can free developers from having to port through multiple platforms. Much like the Java Virtual Machine allowed web developers to run their applications on a common virtual platform, Informatica believes that its VDM can provide a similar medium for handling data sets.
In doing so, the company hopes to simplify application development and eliminate much of the tedious coding activity commonly associated with crafting big data applications.
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