Large-scale enterprise deployments
Microsoft continues its shopping spree to bolster its SQL Server database platform to make it more suitable for large-scale enterprise deployments. On Thursday the company said it plans to buy DATAllegro, a privately held maker of data-warehouse appliances.
Purchase of a data quality vendor
The terms of the deal, which comes on the heels of one announced last week to purchase data-quality technology vendor Zoomix, were not disclosed. Microsoft will retain most of the 93 DATAllegro employees, who will continue to work out of their existing office in Aliso Viejo, California.
Data warehouse appliances
DATAllegro provides data-warehouse appliances, which combine data-storage functions with business-analytics software. According to the company, its appliances allow companies to rapidly query large volumes of data and have the flexibility and scalability enterprises need, but at a cost-effective price.
To manage and mine data
Microsoft plans to use DATAllegro’s technology to extend the capabilities of SQL Server for enterprise customers, making it easier and more cost-effective for them to manage and mine data. The company is expected to reveal more details about what it plans to do with DATAllegro’s technology in October at its Business Intelligence Conference, according to IDC analyst Dan Vesset. Microsoft may run into some challenges when integrating DATAllegro’s technology with SQL Server. One technical challenge will be to replace the open-source Ingres database that the acquired company’s appliance is based on, wrote Forrester analyst James Kobielus in a research note released Thursday.
Migration to SQL Server
Another will be to convince customers to use SQL Server in favor of Ingres, he wrote. “Clearly, that migration to SQL Server may alienate a substantial portion of DATAllegro’s existing customer base,” Kobielus wrote, adding that it also will likely raise the price of Microsoft’s version of DATAllegro’s appliance.
However, on the plus side, Microsoft will provide what “DATAllegro has most critically lacked — global sales, marketing and support — “in spades,” he wrote.
Business Intelligence has been a problem for customers
Managing and getting relative business intelligence from data has always been a problem for business customers, particularly large enterprises, and customers long have used data warehouses to store and manage large quantities of data.
The data-warehouse appliance market, which combines storage and management with analytics, has been growing over the past several years because it provides an all-in-one package, Kobielus wrote.