Oracle launches data-integration suite

Oracle Corp. on Monday launched Oracle Data Integration Suite, which combines traditional data-integration capabilities with an array of middleware and tools for constructing a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Data Integration Suite costs $60,000 per CPU for a package that bundles Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle/Hyperion Data Relationship Manager with the company's BPEL Process Manager, enterprise service bus, application server, business-to-business engine and business rules engine, according to a statement.

"This is really Oracle attempting to go a long way toward providing a credible alternative to IBM Information Server," said James Kobielus, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. IBM released Information Server in October 2006; the product sits at the center of the company's Information on Demand strategy.

In turn, Oracle's suite aligns its data-integration offerings with its Fusion Middleware line for SOA.

Additional options in the suite include a new pair of data quality tools, Oracle Data Quality for Data Integrator and Oracle Data Profiling, which the company developed with Harte-Hanks Trillium Software.

"Finally, Oracle now has best-of-breed data quality tools," Kobielus said.

Also, Oracle is offering its Coherence Data Grid technology acquired through Oracle's purchase of Tangosol Inc. last year and a number of adapters, including ones for applications and unstructured content, as options.

The company did not provide pricing information for the optional items.

Overall, the suite reflects the further integration of two key Oracle acquisitions, Sunopsis and Hyperion Software Corp., into the company's core Fusion Middleware lineup, according to Kobielus. "There's a lot of Sunopsis and Hyperion DNA in this," he said.

Oracle bought Sunopsis, maker of an extract, transform and load (ETL) tool in October 2006. The company plunked down $3.3 billion in March 2007 for Hyperion, which had a master data management product among its offerings.

IBM, Oracle and SAP AG are now the main industry contenders in terms of a truly broad data-integration suite, according to Kobielus. Other large enterprise stack vendors, such as Red Hat Inc. or Sun Microsystems Inc., might be wise to make some acquisitions in this space, he added.

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