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Groucho Marx

“Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant, if not the only, source of competitive advantage.”

Peter F. Drucker

"Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction."

Albert Einstein

“We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.”

Woodrow Wilson

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete!”

Jack Welsh, CEO, General Electric

“Above all else show the data”

Edward Tufte in “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”

"Nobody ever washes a rental car. Without established data ownership, don't expect clean data."




Composite is known for its data virtualization offering, allowing customers to gain more business insight from their data, respond faster to ever changing analytics and BI needs, successfully evolve their data management approach and save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation.

What is Data Virtualization?
Data virtualization is a data integration technique that allows organisations to access data across multiple, disparate internal and external data sources through a virtual integration layer. This provides the organisation with complete, high quality and actionable information without the need to physically copy and move existing source data into physical, integrated data stores.

In other words, data virtualization leaves source data in place and uses a set of virtual views and data services to access, integrate, represent and deliver the data to business users and applications.

The ability to leverage the sea of data available within organisations today is critical for business success and maintaining the competitive advantage. Data virtualization provides instant access to all the data you want, the way you want it.

Enterprise, cloud, big data, and more, no problem!

What Are The Benefits of Data Virtualization?

With data virtualization, you benefit in several important ways.

  • Gain more business insights by leveraging all your data: Empower your people with instant access to all the data they want, the way they want it.
  • Respond faster to your ever changing analytics and BI needs: Five to ten times faster time to solution than traditional data integration.
  • Fast-track your data management evolution: Start quickly and scale successfully with an easy-to-adopt overlay to existing infrastructure.
  • Save 50-75% over data replication and consolidation: Data virtualization’s streamlined approach reduces complexity and saves money.

The Composite Data Virtualization Platform

Demo: Introduction to Composite’s Data Virtualization Platform

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The Composite Data Virtualization Platform empowers business users with instant access to all the data they want, the way they want it.
  • Complete information – Business needs the complete picture. Composite’s data federation technology virtually integrates data from multiple sources, without the cost and overhead of physical data consolidation.
  • Up-to-the-minute information – Composite’s query optimization algorithms and techniques are fastest in the industry, delivering the timely information business requires without impacting source system performance.
  • Fit-for-purpose information – Incredible complexity challenges IT’s ability to meet business’s diverse information needs. Composite’s powerful data abstraction functions simplify complex data, transforming it from native structures and syntax into easy-to-understand business views and data services.

Composite Information Server

The Composite Information Server forms the core of the Composite Data Virtualization Platform.

The Composite Information Server is a data virtualization server that connects to existing data non-invasively, federates disparate data, abstracts and simplifies complex data, and delivers the information as data services. The server includes a graphical development environment that enables rapid design and development of database-centric objects such as relational views and service- oriented objects such as XML Web services.

The Composite Information Server capabilities include:

  • Modeling – Design views and services using a high-productivity development environment
  • Transformation – Transform complex data structures
  • Metadata Repository – Store and manage metadata
  • Version Control - Manage development and changes in a controlled manner
  • Governance – Provide complete visibility, traceability and control
  • Data Quality – Ensure correct and complete data

Composite PerformancePlus Adapters

Composite PerformancePlus Adapters simplify and accelerate high-performance access to a wide range of data sources including popular enterprise applications, relational and multi-dimensional data sources, “big data” stores, as well as Web content.
Beyond simple metadata (schema) mapping and lowest common denominator access standards such as ODBC or JDBC offered by other vendors, Composite PerformancePlus Adapters provide performance optimization capabilities and development acceleration.

Key capabilities include:

  • Certified Vendor-Specific Connectivity API –
    Access proprietary data using vendor-approved access methods
  • Interactive Metadata (Schema) Mapping –
    Enable fast and accurate modeling
  • Standard SQL to Vendor-specific SQL Resolution –
    Ensure precise SQL translation and execution
  • Statistical Analysis and Cardinality Estimation –
    Accumulate critical metrics used by Composite’s cost-based optimizer
  • Capability Introspection and Coordination –
    Determine configurations, functionality, and parameters required to enable optimal performance
  • Vendor-specific Engineered Functions –
    Supercharge performance beyond vendor’s standard capabilities
  • Relational Representation of Source Data –
    Standardize data structures to accelerate development
  • Business Canonical Abstraction of Source Data –
    Standardize data semantics to simplify development

Composite Discovery

Many large companies and government agencies are burdened by a complex information environment with numerous scattered data sources with few documented relationships. Understanding your data assets is a critical prerequisite to implementing successful IT projects. However, in complex environments, this task is a cumbersome manual process, often times performed inconsistently, leading to delays and perhaps even failures.

Composite Discovery, a product option of the Composite Information Server, enables IT professionals to go beyond profiling to examine data, locate key entities and reveal hidden connections in their enterprise data. This knowledge can then be used to build rich data models for data virtualization and other information initiatives. The models allow you to access and show live data, making it easier to validate business requirements with end users.

Once you have validated that the models match business requirements, you can transfer them to the Composite Information Server with a push of a button to continue on with the software development life cycle. The Composite Information Server applies the query optimization algorithms and techniques necessary for high-performance production operations.

Discovery lets IT and business professionals simplify and accelerate the requirements gathering and data validation process; not only speeding time to solution, but also ensuring that end solution meets the business objectives.

Composite Monitor

As data virtualization deployments grow in complexity and become more mission critical, enterprises need proper tools to ensure reliable operations and agreed service levels are met. Overseeing an environment with a single or multiple Composite Information Servers requires more than just a simple administration console designed for a single server environment.

Composite Monitor provides a comprehensive, real-time view of your Composite Data Virtualization Platform environment. Whether the environment is a single Composite Information Server or a cluster of instances, Monitor displays all the pertinent system health indicators necessary to assess current conditions. If processes slow down or operations fail, your IT operations staff can use these insights to guide the actions required to maintain agreed service levels

Composite Active Cluster

As you expand Composite data services across your organisation, you also need to ensure uninterrupted operations, minimal downtime, and availability of capacity as needed. You need to maintain continuous availability of Composite Information Servers, while ensuring high performance.
Composite Active Cluster allows you to substantially scale your Composite deployments and maintain continuous availability of your data services. Composite Active Cluster enables you to fulfil service level agreements by easily increasing capacity on demand, simplifying scaling, and improving manageability of your data services environment.

Capabilities include:

  • Active/active Clustering - Provides maximum scalability of the enterprise platform and allows companies to expand capacity on-demand by simply adding new servers to the cluster
  • Shared Cluster Cache - Improves overall cluster performance by coalescing redundant data source hits and reducing data latency
  • Replicated Metadata Repository - Simplifies deployment of large clusters and improves manageability of the overall solution