MarkLogic's new version of its database is designed to help companies deal with growing volumes of unstructured data.
MarkLogic released a new version of its database Oct. 19 with a host of new
features aimed at helping organizations deal
with unstructured data.
In MarkLogic Server 4.2, the company has added a new ETL (extraction, transformation
and loading) tool for managing the data. According to Ken Chestnut, vice
president of product marketing at MarkLogic, the tool, Information Studio, is
meant to simplify the loading and processing of information by allowing users
to "drag and drop files and load them as [is] without normalizing or preprocessing
Chestnut said, "Information Studio allows organizations to build
sophisticated loading processes without having to write any code. This means
less code to write and manage and fewer opportunities to introduce errors or
performance problems. As your application and information processing
requirements evolve, Information Studio provides a way extend the built-in
functionality without having to reinvent all of the plumbing to do things like
progress reporting and error handling."
In addition to Information Studio, the company added a number of other
features, including replication, database rollback and failover. The company
also added support for XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) to
allow organizations to "more quickly support new devices/channels or
update existing ones all while leveraging their investment in existing XSLT
style sheets and skills," Chestnut said.
MarkLogic's target market is industries dealing
with volumes of unstructured information
such as images, tweets, blogs and
research data. "The information explosion makes MarkLogic 4.2 increasingly
applicable to companies outside of MarkLogic's traditional key verticals of
media, government and financial services," Matt Aslett, an analyst with
451 Group, said in a statement.
"As the increased amount of unstructured information makes the need for
a specialized database more necessary than ever, we expect increased adoption
of MarkLogic," Aslett said.
"Existing relational databases (RDBMS) are suited to manage data that
is predefined and in standardized format such as payroll, accounts payable
[and] contacts," Chestnut explained. "It is data that is highly
structured and fits into rows and columns. With the explosion in ... volume as
well as different forms of information such as contracts, Web content, e-mails,
documents, e-books, videos, images, etc. (we call this unstructured),
organizations are struggling with both managing and exploiting this information
using existing technologies."