Attunity Brings New Features to Its Integration Suite

Attunity has announced the release of Attunity Integration Suite Release 5 (AIS 5.0). With this release, customers will benefit from new and improved features across all three product-lines that make up the suite (Attunity Connect, Attunity Federate and Attunity Stream). These improvements include support for more data sources, enhanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities, new integrated functionality for SQL Server and SSIS, and greater management facilities for large-scale deployments.

Attunity Stream is Attunity's change data capture (CDC) product, allowing the efficient capture and transfer of only the changed data items from a source database to a target database. AIS 5.0 introduces several new and enhanced CDC agents for Attunity Stream, including CDC for SQL Server. Now organisations using SQL Server 2000, can enjoy the same enterprise-class, efficient and real-time data movement capabilities that were previously only available in other data environments, resulting in dramatically improved time-usage of ever decreasing batch windows.

AIS 5.0 also introduces the industry's first and only CDC Accelerator for SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS), allowing the automatic and rapid creation of efficient and real-time ETL (extract, transform and load) solutions, leveraging SSIS ETL capabilities and Attunity Stream's CDC technology.

Other AIS 5.0 additions to Attunity Stream include support for Adabas running on OpenVMS, and for DB2/400 with support for System Managed Journals, both again enabling the capture and movement of only the changes made in either of these source database systems.

According to a recent Gartner report titled "Survey Shows BI Users Want Fresher Data", written by analysts Bill Gassman, Kurt Schlegel and Mark A. Beyer, the importance of timely data updates is continuing to increase dramatically. As the analysts point out, "organisations are seeing a five-fold increase in demand for data to be updated more frequently than daily and a two-thirds drop in demand for data that takes more than a day to be refreshed." The analysts later state that "if intraday BI requirements are going to be delivered from information in the data warehouses, organisations are either going to have to increase the frequency of batch jobs for extraction, transformation and loading or embrace change data capture methods for data integration."

Attunity Connect is Attunity's data access, integration and data-adapter product. AIS 5.0 provides Attunity Connect with two new adapters to queuing systems, including the CICS Queue on the mainframe and Tuxedo Queue on open systems. It also includes support for JCA 1.5 as a standard interface to any Attunity adapter, supporting advanced integration features such an inbound messaging.

Attunity Federate is Attunity's advanced Enterprise Information Integration (EII) product. AIS 5.0 introduces new facilities in Attunity Federate to enhance distributed query processing and optimisation across heterogeneous data sources, as well as support for Oracle Hints for data access and federation.

AIS 5.0 also features significant enhancements made to support Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). For example, AIS 5.0 now offers advanced XML Database Services that support update and insert operations for all data sources, in addition to the read operations available previously. Development of these data services is achieved without any coding, as Attunity Connect automatically generates virtual services based on user configuration and metadata.

Finally, as more customers choose to standardize on AIS, some significant new capabilities have been added in AIS 5.0 to make overall deployment of AIS solutions simpler and more manageable, particularly in very large or enterprise-wide installations. As an example, Attunity has developed a new Enterprise Deployment Utility. This utility provides enterprise customers with an easy and manageable solution for packaging and deploying Attunity Servers in development, test and production environments.

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