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May 22 2017   9:24AM GMT

MarkLogic 9 targets bitemporal messy data

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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MarkLogic has hit iteration version 9 of its eponymously named operational & transactional enterprise NoSQL database.

What marks this product out is its data integration capabilities i.e. it is positioned as a database for integrating data from silos.

The firm aims to fire a blow across the bows of (as MarkLogic puts it, “Cumbersome relational databases with ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) tools to integrate data from silos.”

Flexible toughness?

What you have then, if this technology proposition works for intended data stacks and workflow use cases, the flexibility of NoSQL combined with enterprise-hardened features like certified security and high availability.

Advanced features here include bi-temporal (or bitemporal, if you prefer), semantics and cloud support.

Bitemporal Modeling is an information modeling technique designed to handle historical data along two different timelines — this makes it possible to rewind the information to “as it actually was” in combination with “as it was recorded” at some point in time.

Messin’ with messy data

MarkLogic 9 also includes what are known as ‘Entity Services’ — this function helps manage “messy” ever-changing data sources by allowing them to define and evolve a data model (and corresponding vocabulary) that “harmonises” real-world entities, such as customers and products and the relationships between them.

… and for developers?

There is also Optic, a new API that lets developers view their data as documents, graphs or rows… and there are also new monitoring and enhancements for non-disruptive operations.

“In order to innovate and drive positive business outcomes from their most critical data assets, companies must be able to move and integrate their data across company silos and multi–hosted environments without compromising data lineage, security or governance,” said Carl Olofson, Research Vice President, International Data Corporation (IDC). 

“Few databases on the market today can offer a full package of enterprise grade data agility, governance and security features to address those requirements. MarkLogic has been able to deliver capabilities in each of these areas with its NoSQL database technology. As more companies look to gain a competitive advantage from their data, NoSQL can be a key digital transformation technology that provides a bridge to the future where companies can blend emerging third platform data with conventional managed data, taking advantage of cheap infrastructure, and elastic compute power to achieve a 360-degree view of the company’s data assets.”

Other product enhancements

·       Ops Director is a foundational new tool that eases management for system administrators across multiple clusters, cloud and on-premises systems and production, test and development environments.

·       Telemetry is an opt-in feature that enables better and faster support by collecting, encrypting and sending diagnostic system-level information to MarkLogic so it is there immediately when needed.

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