Microsoft acquires DATAllegro, a data warehouse appliance vendor

Microsoft to buy data warehouse appliance vendor


Passionned Group is a leading analyst and consultancy firm specialized in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence. Our passionate advisors assist many organizations in selecting the best Business Analytics Software and applications. Every two years we organize the election of the smartest company.

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‚Äôs 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.
Source: Microsoft

Comment on this post by Rick Van der Linden

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A selection of our customers

Become a customer with us now

Do you also want to become a customer of ours? We are happy to help you with microsoft acquires datallegro, a data warehouse appliance vendor or other things that will make you smarter.

Daan van Beek, Managing Director

DAAN VAN BEEK MSc

Managing Director

contact me directly

Fact sheet

Number of organizations serviced
106
Number of training courses
107
Number of participants trained
108
Overall customer rating
8.9
Number of consultants & teachers
109
Number of offices
3
Number of years active
14