Illuminate May be Gaining Traction

I’ve talked about ADBMS vendor Illuminate in two posts already this year, and for a small firm with little North American footprint, they continue to drive a surprising number of questions I receive. I had a quick chat with Andrew Fletcher, the VP responsible for building out the partner network, and he’s upbeat about the firm’s progress. Read more of this post

Infobright Bids to Anchor An Open Source DW Ecosystem

I recently sat down for a talk with Miriam Tuerk, CEO of Infobright – an open source, commodity hardware-based analytic database (ADBMS) vendor focused on the data warehousing market. Infobright is another of the leaders in the open source information management wave IT Market Strategy has been tracking. Founded in 2006, Infobright has assembled a remarkable team now committed to exploiting this economic model to reduce the startup costs of data warehousing. Like other open source players, MySQL-based Infobright has two versions: a Community Edition (ICE, whose community gathers at and an Enterprise Edition (IEE). This bifurcation allows it to distribute starter software broadly at minimal direct cost, then upsell; along the way, it gets to tap into the vibrant innovation provided by the user community that forms. As the product matures, such vendors fund the more hardened features large firms require by charging them for those added capabilities that they need. And now (July 7), Infobright has partnered with Jaspersoft for tighter integration with a report server and OLAP analysis. Read more of this post

Illuminate Update – Not Closed, or Static

I had a few comments on my recent piece on Illuminate, which deserve a quick reply. This will be brief. Several correspondents said they felt that an insistence on their own front end made iLuminate a bad choice – and it would if that were true. In fact, the database supports tools that can use ODBC, and I haven’t heard any evidence that the typical BI tool has any problems with it – in fact, they typically produce results much faster than non-analytic DBMSs will. We’ll need more data to see how iLuminate competes with other specialty engines over a broad set of use cases, but they certainly seem to win their share when they get the POCs they ask for.

The other question raised was the “lack of SQL-based update.” That’s true strictly speaking, but it doesn’t mean you can’t update iLuminate. You use the same mechanism you used in the first load, with the new feed being added as an increment. While I’m not in touch with specific load case studies, the company asserts that integrating update data is seamless and fast.  And since everything is indexed and most queries simply run against the indexes themselves, queries that took 2 seconds yesterday will take 2 seconds after the new data is added.

The bottom line remains the same. Illuminate is worth shortlisting. Take them up on your challenging needs, and see how they do.

iLuminate Aims To Enable Exploratory Analytics

iLuminate 4.0 has just been released, and its parent firm, Illuminate, is ramping a campaign to join the “new analytic DBMS” party. With a very different architecture based on storing and indexing values in an inverted-list like model, the “correlation database” or CDBMS has been winning some traction with a powerful value proposition: shorter “time to analytics” with minimal design time, lightning fast performance, and lower cost. It will catch the eye of its avowed target market: the “business middle class” defined by character, not size. Illuminate believes mid-sized companies and departments within larger ones are an under-penetrated market, because enterprise data warehouse (EDW) projects look too big and scary. DB and BI tech-savvy analysts and especially non-savvy ones alike often have tools and marts but no larger model. But like it or not, they can be successful without it, and they will pay for the privilege. Read more of this post


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