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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
August 18, 2000 Issue
  By Rachel Rasmussen

Torrent Systems Partners With FileTek to Deliver Next Generation Data Management and Analytical Solutions

Torrent Systems, Inc. (Torrent), a provider of scalable solutions for analyzing massive volumes of clickstream and transaction data, announced that is has partnered with FileTek, Inc. Under this agreement, the two companies have integrated Torrent?s Orchestrate and FileTek?s StorHouse to form a solution that manages, mobilizes and analyzes the quantities of data necessary to drive business intelligence, customer relationship management (CRM) and e-business initiatives. StorHouse solves the problem of managing the explosion of data for e-business, telecommunications and other firms by providing an end-to-end data management solution.

Orchestrate uses parallel processing to enable high-performance data transfer between FileTek?s StorHouse applications and Unix servers ? giving customers high-speed access to transaction data stored on tape. Businesses can now access relational data at the row (or record) level and mobilize massive quantities of information without needing to pass it first back to disk. This allows database users to exploit cost-effective storage media such as tape and optical devices without sacrificing rapid and precise accessibility to the data. As part of this agreement, Torrent and FileTek also will embark on joint sales and marketing activities demonstrating the value of the combined solution.

"FileTek?s partnership with Torrent greatly enhances the value of StorHouse in enterprise data management systems," says David Beamer, president and COO of FileTek. "With the parallel file transfer offered by Orchestrate, FileTek is able to provide accelerated access to archived information. In addition, this partnership provides StorHouse customers with a seamless extension to Orchestrate, the only solution that allows companies to build the advanced analytical applications necessary to derive business insight from massive quantities of data."

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Cerebellum Software Announces General Availability of Cerebellum 2.0 for Delivering Internet Data Integration Solutions

Cerebellum Software, Inc. announced the general availability of Cerebellum 2.0, the Internet data integration (IDI) solution that provides e-commerce applications and enterprise portals with real-time access to corporate data sources.

Cerebellum 2.0?s new features allow customers to speed development of e- business projects that use component technologies, extend their application server investments and improve delivery of distributed information to end users. As an IDI solution, Cerebellum 2.0 gives developers a universal way to provide Web-based applications with the ability to access, integrate, update and delete information from relational, legacy and ERP data sources in real time.

"As e-business is creating new revenue opportunities and fiercer competition, an advantage can be achieved through faster time to market and improved use of enterprise information," said Todd Olson, chief technology officer of Cerebellum Software. "Cerebellum 2.0 offers an excellent data integration solution for companies building e-commerce applications or for companies looking to deploy enterprise portals to deliver corporate information to employees and customers."

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Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing Market Exploding

Research results recently published by, a leading e-research services company, revealed that the worldwide business intelligence and data warehousing (BI/DW) market grew at a blistering rate in 1999. With a year-over-year growth rate for revenue of 62 percent, the market, excluding in-house expenditures, topped the $28 billion mark in 1999.

"The growth rate for the BI/DW market in 1999 was just phenomenal," said Nancy Stewart, senior analyst with "We found robust growth in all the segments of the market: systems, storage, software and services. IBM held steadfast to the top spot on the vendor list, at a fair distance from its competitors, despite not being able to match the growth rate of the overall market."

According to the study, IBM was number one in BI/DW market share, overall, and held the number one position in three of the four segments. Only EMC topped IBM in the storage segment. In the software sector, IBM and Oracle both closed in on the billion-dollar mark in revenue for the year. "While the top eight vendors in the market all had estimated 1999 revenues of $700 million or more, none were able to grow at the rate of the overall market," Stewart said. "Of the leading vendors, only Oracle and Sun Microsystems had growth rates of over 40 percent for the year."

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