Sybase Acquires German Data Integration Vendor Solonde

Solonde's ETL capabilities augment Sybase's overall enterprise strategy by providing a more complete range of data integration solutions to its global customers.

Enterprise and mobile software maker Sybase, needing to round out its data integration software product set, announced June 14 that it has acquired Hamburg, Germany-based Solonde, a privately held provider of leading-edge products for data integration and interface management needs.

A Sybase spokeswoman said it was an all-cash transaction for an undisclosed amount that closed on June 12.

Solondes ETL (extract, transform and load) capabilities augment Sybases overall enterprise strategy by providing a more complete range of data integration solutions to its global customers, Sybase Vice President of Infrastructure Platforms Kathleen Schaub told eWEEK.

"This enables enterprises to make better business intelligence decisions based on a consolidated view of data from multiple sources," Schaub said.

Sybase already offers software for replication, data federation and event propagation capabilities, but it lacked some basic techniques for data integration, Schaub said, including an automated method to move data from location to location from multiple databases.

Solondes ETL capabilities, certified for SAP integration, utilize a unique grid-type architecture that comprises one common data transformation platform, Schaub said. "This is scalable on a data grid," she said.

Sybase IQ uses query performance and storage efficiency for structured and unstructured data. In addition, because it is scalable to a grid, ETL will bolster Sybases mission-critical data management system, Sybase ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise), as it aims to meet the increasing demands of large databases and high transaction volumes, Schaub said.

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ETL also complements Sybases IQ analytics server for business intelligence and ASE, Schaub said.

"Solonde brings Sybase a newly architected ETL platform to build upon, along with certified SAP integration technology," said Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager of Sybases Information Technology Solutions Group.

"Enterprise IT organizations are facing what IDC has dubbed the software complexity crisis, which is characterized by a large and highly complex software infrastructure accumulated over years of enterprise software deployments," said Nathan.

These systems are in need of improved integration, organization and management, Nathan said, adding that ETL helps organizations achieve this by reconciling siloed applications and data across the enterprise.

"We are so happy to be becoming a part of such a respected company as Sybase," Solonde CEO Gerrit Kolb told eWEEK. "Our ETL suite complements Sybases strengths in analytics-ready data management, and we will continue to find new ways to improve storage software."

Kolb said he will stay with Sybase and remain based in Germany after the merger.

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