Popular data warehouse tools

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Data warehouse tools are therefore something that every company must look at going into the future. Here are some of the most popular data warehouse tools that can help your company meet its growing and comprehensive needs in a successful manner.

1. Ab Initio Software

Developed by Ab Initio Software, the products produced by this company are aimed at helping companies to perform functions related to fourth-generation data analysis, batch processing, data manipulation and graphical user interface (GUI) based parallel processing software. (GUI based software is commonly used to extract, transform and load data.) The Ab Initio Software is a company that specialises in producing high volume data processing application and was founded more than 20 years ago, giving them considerable expertise in this field. Some of the products manufactured by the company include Graphical Development Environment, Co-operating System, Enterprise Meta, among others. Further, the company also introduced a free feature-limited version known as Elementum in 2010, though it was only available to customers who have a commercial license from the company.

2. Amazon Redshift

Another hosted data warehouse product, Amazon Redshift is a part of the Amazon Web Services, which is basically a large cloud computing platform. Built on top of technology from the massively parallel processing, Redshift is different from other database offered by Amazon. This is because Amazon Redshift can handle analytics workloads of large quantities. In order to handle such huge data, the company make use of massively parallel processing. Some of the partners of Amazon Redshift that provide data integration tools include Alooma, Attunity, FlyData, Informatics, SnapLogic, Talend and Xplenty.

3. AnalytiX DS

A software vendor, AnalytiX DS provides specialised data mapping and tools for data integration, data management, enterprise application integration and big data software and services. With its main office in Virginia, the company has offices in Asia and North America with an international team of service partners and technical assistance. The founder of AnalytixX DS, Mike Boggs was responsible for coining the term pre-ETL Mapping. Further, the company launched the AnalytiX Mapping manager, a premier tool that is capable of automating pre_ETL source to the target mapping process. With an investment of 50-100 crore, AnalytiX Ds might soon open a new development centre in Bangalore in the coming years.

4. CodeFutures

Founded in 2001 by Andy Grove, CodeFutures is based in the United States. The main software of this company is called dbShards, a NewSQL platform based on database sharing. What sets this apart from other SQL products is the fact that dbShards has been designed to provide scalability to companies and can be used with traditional database platforms like MySQL and PostgreSQL. This means that companies will not have to replace their existing database engine but dbShards can be used along with them.

5. DATAllegro

Another database warehouse tool, DATAllegro is specialised in providing companies with appliances that perform a wide range of data warehouse functions. Founded by Stuart Frost in 2003, it was a direct competition to the data warehouse appliance created by Netezza. While Netezza used commodity PowerPC chips, DATAllegro was implemented on the commodity hardware. These included hardware on systems like Dell, Cisco and EMC Corp. However, like Netezza, DATAllegro also used open source software stack. In 2008, Microsoft acquired the company and the SQL Server Data Warehouse is a successor to DATAllegro that uses a version of the SQL Server database engine.

6. Holistic Data Management

A framework that is AHISDATA, holistic data management is used for implementing software within a company network. The framework can also perform a range of functions that include data governance, data quality, data integration and master data management. Some of the specifications of Holistic Data management is the following: 1. All data objects in the warehouse must either be a child data object or a parent data object 2. The data network scope must have only one parent data object Data mapping link must be present within all child data objects 4. In the data management modules, there must exist at least one data object relationship

7. Informatica Corporation

A software development company, Informatics was founded in the year in 1993 in California. With a product portfolio that focusses on data integration, cloud data integration, B2B data exchange, ETL, Information lifecycle management, data replication, data virtualisation, complex event processing among other functions. Together these components come together to provide data warehouse facilities to companies across sectors. The informatics Power centre has three main components namely Informatica Power centre client tools (installed at the developer end), Informatics Power centre repository (the place where all the metadata for an application is stored.) Informatica Power Centre server (the place where all the data executions take place.) With a customer base of over 5000 companies, Informatics has also launched Informatica Marketplace to allow the company to stop share and leverage data integration solutions. With a host of features, this tool has over 1300 pre-built mapping, templates, connectors to help companies manage and empower their data in an effective manner.

8. ParAccel

A California based software company, ParAccel provides a database management system for companies and organisations across all sectors. The company was acquired in 2013 by Actian. Two of the products offered by ParAccel are Amigo and Maverick. Amigo has been designed to speed up the process of queries that are generally directed towards the existing data warehouse. In relation, Maverick has been designed to be a stand-alone data store for companies. Amigo was scrapped by ParAccel in favour of Maverick which later evolved to become the ParAccel Analytic Database. A parallel relational database system, the ParAccel Analytical Database uses a shared nothing architecture with columnar orientation, and memory-centric design to provide data analysis in a comprehensive manner. In addition, ParAccel also offers built-in analytic functions like standard deviation and two off the shelf Analytics packages called Base package and Advanced Package.

9. Teradata Corporation

A publicly held international company with its headquarters at Ohio, Teradata offers analytic data platforms and related services to different companies. The analytic products of Teradata is supposed to help companies to consolidate data from numerous sources and help them infer unique and important insights from them. It has two divisions namely data analytics and marketing applications which look after data analytics platforms and marketing software respectively. By providing a parallel processing system, Teradata allows companies to recall and analyse data in a simple and effective manner. One of the most important feature of this data warehouse application is that it segregates data into hot and cold, where cold data is that which is not frequently used. Further, Teradata is considered one of the most popular database warehouse application.

Scriptella: An open source ETL and script execution tool, Scriptella is written in Java. It allows the use of SQL or another scripting language for the data source. It, however, does not offer any graphical user interface. In addition, Scriptella is used for database migration, database creation/update scripts, cross-database ETL operations, import/export, among other functions.

Overall the number of database warehouse tools available to companies are many. That is why companies need to access their requirements and figure out which data warehouse tool can effectively help them grow and empower their growth story in a strategic and successful manner.



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