Good Timing: Red Hat Adds Data Virtualization, Data Services Tool

Loraine Lawson
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Enterprises are embracing open source software-and data management and integration (one category), along with application development, integration, architecture and governance are among the key projects where you'll see open source deployed, according to a survey by Gartner.


InfoQ reports that of the 547 corporate leaders in 11 countries queried by Gartner, more than half had adopted open source.


That's good news for Red Hat, which last week revealed the addition of a data integration and virtualization tool to its newly updated ESB solution, version 5.1 of the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform.


To be honest, I keep getting data services and data virtualization confused, particularly since "data services" is sometimes used as a synonym for data to which you subscribe (a.k.a., data-as-a-service). As TDWI's new director of research for business intelligence, David Stodder, explains on his blog, you have to virtualize the data-which includes integrating it-before it can be packaged as services.


The JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform does both. It can integrate data from various applications and data formats and, as the name suggests, create data services, which can then be delivered through the ESB.


The data services platform is based on MetaMatrix, which Red Hat acquired in 2007 and made open source in 2009, reports InternetNews.com. The article notes that two other open source projects are part of the JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform: Teiid, the data virtualization engine, and a repository project called Modeshape, which governs and "understands" the data services artifacts, according to the article.


Tools for creating data views, a metadata repository and a runtime environment for creating data feeds are also part of the tool, according to PC World's take on the announcement.


In a recent BriefingsDirect post, Interarbor Solutions President and Principal Analyst Dana Gardner contends an open source solution has an advantage in situations requiring multiple integrations:

We're beginning to see a real marketplace for open source-based integration and middleware, and in many ways the open source versions are advancing the value and variety of these services beyond where the commercial products can quickly tread. The advantages of community development and open source sharing really shine when multiple and fast-adapting integrations are involved.

InternetNews.com offered the best coverage of the data services part of the new release, but for more on how Red Hat's changed the SOA platform itself, check out eWeek's coverage of the news.


If you're looking for a completely different take on how data services and middleware can be used, check out this piece by Red Hat's Middleware Team explaining how the new release could impact the smartphone business.


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