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OpenLink Unleashes Virtuoso 8.0

Virtuoso Transforms Digital Business with Fusion of Artificial Intelligence & Multi-Model Relational Database Technology

BURLINGTON, MA. -- September 20, 2017 OpenLink Software, Inc., today unveiled the latest edition of Virtuoso, its modern multi-model relational database management and conceptual data virtualization platform, that provides a secure, cross-platform, high-performance, massively-scalable, and cost-effective solution for cognitive management, integration, and creation of public and/or private semantic webs of linked data (i.e., conceptual entity relationship graphs over disparate data sources).

This major upgrade delivers key innovations aimed at the natural fusion of artificial intelligence with data diversity, with particular focus on Digital Transformation to leverage Data Analytics, Data Virtualization, Data Flow, and Sophisticated Data Security.

Accelerating Digital Transformation through Fusion of Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Model Database Management

Enterprises are looking to increase the degree to which Artificial Intelligence informs Digital Transformation strategy. Digitized cognition is increasingly being applied to the perennial challenge of conceptually integrating and harnessing data that's been spread across DBMS-backed Systems of Record, Engagement, and Intelligence.

Rather than requiring that users "rip and replace" their legacy technology investments, Virtuoso's new Custom Reasoning & Inference module infuses Artificial Intelligence into native and virtualized data that's accessible by existing applications and services using existing open standards such as HTTP, SPARQL, SQL, ODBC, JDBC, and ADO.NET.

Using Cognitive Attribute-based Access Controls (ABAC) to drive Data Privacy and Security

Data virtualization across disparate systems requires a loosely-coupled conceptualization of identity, identification, authentication, and data access.

Virtuoso 8.0 provides a unique and scalable solution, based on a combination of rules and cognition, that addresses contemporary challenges associated with data access control, at massive scales. Rather than reusing outdated Role-based security and coarse-grained User Identity, this latest release of Virtuoso exploits fine-grained attributes such as distinct User, Application, and Relationship Type Identity to construct access controls (rules) that inform data access privileges.

Technology Leadership via Pragmatic Innovation

Even in recent times, the urge to accelerate digital transformation through exploitation of artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, and machine learning remains challenged by the perennial hurdles presented by disparate data virtualization and data access security,” said Kingsley Idehen, Founder & CEO of OpenLink Software.

Consistent with our technological leadership and pedigree of innovation, Virtuoso 8.0 transforms these challenges into massive opportunities for agility enhancement, aimed at individuals and enterprises alike, without introducing undue complexity, expense, or privacy compromises, and without disrupting existing data access, management, or integration infrastructure,” he added.

Benefits Summary

  • Cognitive Agility uses declarative reasoning and inference to aid in creation and adoption of new Systems-Of-Intelligence (SOI) that are loosely-coupled to existing Systems-Of-Record (SOR) and Systems-Of-Engagement (SOE).

  • Intelligent Security applies relationship type semantics to contemporary challenges such as verifiable identity and data provenance that scales to use across the Web and Internet.

  • Cost Effective coherently incorporates innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Multi-Model Data Management, without ripping and replacing” their investments in existing legacy systems.

Feature Highlights in Virtuoso 8.0

  • Custom Reasoning and Inference Rules build upon open standards such as SPARQL and the SPIN Vocabulary

  • Enhanced Relation Mapping uses terms from the W3C's R2RML Vocabulary to map SQL Relation Tables to RDF Statement Graph(s)

  • Enhanced Security with ABAC (Attribute-based Access Controls) and the WebID+TLS+Delegation Protocol, existing open standards (such as TLS, HTTPS, URIs, and RDF) are leveraged to aid the development and deployment of new and more-agile services and solutions


The shrink-wrapped Enterprise Edition of Virtuoso 8.0 is available now for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Builds for other Unix-like OS are available on request.

Special Offers

To help introduce these remarkable new features, OpenLink is offering a number of special and upgradeable licensing deals on Virtuoso 8.0.

  • Our Personal-scale license brings most enterprise-grade features to the desktop, fitting an individual’s budget and without requiring enterprise-grade administration or training.

  • Several Developer-scale licenses enable cost-effective learning and experimentation, priced from $99 to $999, depending on the features you choose to explore.

  • Extra-special, limited-time offers on Deployment-scale licenses bring the full power and benefit of the new Release to any enterprise, at unimaginably-low price levels.


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. Follow @OpenLink on Twitter,, or visit our website for more information,


Helen Heward-Mills,
OpenLink Software, Inc.
Tel: +1 781 273 0900