Composite Software Offers Namesake Information Server

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2003-10-13 Print this article Print

A startup founded by a WebMethods veteran takes a shot at enterprise information integration with software that collects data from different sources and returns it in any format the user requests.

p>Former CTO Jim Green left a high profile post at WebMethods Inc. last year to launch his own company in the Silicon Valley startup tradition—with cash from a handful of private investors, venture capitalists and bankers. Just over a year later, Greens company, Composite Software Inc., of San Mateo, Calif., on Monday announced its first product: the Composite Information Server. Billed as an enterprise information integration product—versus the more traditional enterprise application integration technology on which Green cut his teeth—the Composite Information Server is designed to collect data from a variety of sources and feed it back to the end user in any format requested.
"There are multiple data sources sitting across a network in an enterprise, and the advent of new technologies like Web services introduces more and new places where data resides," said Composite Software CEO Green in a phone interview. "[Information Server] accesses data as if it were in the same place and in the same format—even though its scattered all over the place."
Once data is accessed, the Information Server aggregates it into Composite Views—building blocks of the Information Server—and provides an abstraction layer over multiple data sources so all data appears to exist in a single location, officials said. The server is based on Composites View Services Architecture query-processing engine, which includes data streaming and query-optimization intelligence that looks at each request and creates a plan to optimize processing and speed performance. According to the company, the architecture also includes a meta data repository that manages links between Views and their underlying source systems, while handling explicit and derived metadata. The Information Server is available now, starting at about $100,000. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.

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