OpenLink Software Unleashes Powerful Client Connectivity Kit for Big Data

Turning Big Data into Smart Exploitable Data via Fusion of Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and Linked Data Middleware

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts -- May 23, 2012 -- OpenLink Software, the technology innovation leader in high-performance and secure data access, integration, and management technology, today announced immediate availability of its latest data access and connectivity middleware for public and private big data spaces. The new technology provides existing Web or ODBC-compliant applications with transparent access to data across enterprise databases and publicly accessible big data spaces such as: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and many others. In a nutshell, this technology provides desktop productivity tools, application development tools and frameworks, and Web Services with transparent access to disparate data sources using familiar patterns of RDBMS backend access and interaction.

Web Scale Database Connectivity and Big Data Challenge

Agility is the timeless pursuit of enterprises and individuals alike. In all cases, access, integration, and dissemination of data is pivotal. In recent times, the integration of the Internet and World Wide Web (Web) into our daily activities has lead to exponential growth in the volume, velocity, heterogeneity, and dispersion of data as expressed via the industry-wide 'Big Data' meme. As a consequence, tactical insight discovery and dissemination is becoming harder to achieve, within ever decreasing decision-making time-frames.

The new connectivity kit extends the data access range of ODBC-, JDBC-, ADO.NET-, or OLE DB-compliant applications beyond RDBMS-oriented data sources by including transparent access to social media-oriented big data sources such as DBpedia, the Linked Open Data Cloud, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, etc. Access and connectivity are delivered via familiar interaction patterns and tabular data representation formats associated with RDBMS access.

Twenty Years of Relentless Data Access-, Integration-, and Management-Oriented Technology Innovation

"ODBC, JDBC, and ADO.NET are powerful tools for redistributing data from enterprise RDBMS-driven line-of-business applications, but inadequate for Big Data scenarios where data structure heterogeneity is endemic," said Kingsley Idehen, Founder and CEO, OpenLink Software. "Virtuoso's Open Data Connectivity prowess takes the conceptual virtues of RDBMS-oriented connectivity to new heights by enabling existing ODBC-, JDBC-, ADO.NET-, and OLE DB-compliant applications to seamlessly tap into the vastness of Web-scale Big Data sources. As has been the case for the last twenty years, our product focus is a direct reflection of our passion, innovation, and leadership at OpenLink Software," he added.


RDBMS technology no longer defines the apex of the data access, integration, and management value pyramid. Web-accelerated Big Data is now the biggest impediment to individual and enterprise agility pursuits. As would be expected, OpenLink's data access and connectivity technology has evolved to embrace the reality of the Big Data challenge by providing a solution that empowers existing ODBC-compliant applications while also providing a powerful data access solution for Web and/or Mobile applications and services.

Product Availability and Pricing

As always, current versions of Virtuoso are available for immediate download and free evaluation. ODBC-based SQL/SPARQL access via Virtuoso's ODBC driver for the Linked Open Data Cloud and World Wide Web is free across Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, etc. Access is rate-limited, with an option to acquire licenses for increased access rates or to commission your own Virtuoso server instances in the cloud, enterprise data center, workgroup, or individual setup.

Through July 31st, 2012, all commercial licenses for Virtuoso are available on a special offer basis placing entry-level Workstation license at $499, and offering significant savings for all deployments through to the highest-end, enterprise-grade Cluster Edition.

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About OpenLink Software

OpenLink Software is a privately held software company with offices in the USA and the United Kingdom. It has been the leading provider and technology innovator in the universal data access middleware market since 1993, and over 10,000 companies currently use its products worldwide.

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