Niche Players

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Niche companies have provided technology to search unstructured data, including Verity Inc., which recently partnered with Yahoo Inc. to deliver Web search results within its enterprise search platforms. Autonomy Corp. and are two other players among many that recently announced new enterprise search moves. And then there are technologies such as Software AG Inc.s Tamino XML Server that natively store XML. The problem there, Perna said, is that such products lack relational database support and therefore lack RDBMSes scalability, security and performance.
Beyond the appeal of a hybrid relational/XML database lies the appeal of going with a player whos been around for a long time, Warzecha said. "Yes, this has become a huge issue for organizations in terms of looking at how technology can help suspend some of the problems theyre facing," he said.
"Translate that in terms of who is best-positioned to benefit from this … since this is fundamentally about risk over a long-term time, and you get into the issue of trust. Which vendors do you trust who have the capability of solving these problems with you? You find large-scale vendors around a long time are better-positioned versus small, privately held companies in this arena." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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