Ingres rolls out cloud database offerings

Ingres is announcing managed services for cloud application building, analytics and archiving

Database vendor Ingres is targeting public and private clouds, announcing on Wednesday three managed services for application development, storage and analytics.

The company's new SkySafe platform includes a single repository for transactional, real-time or analytic data stores as well as an array of security features.

Along with SkySafe, Ingres announced SkyInsight, an analytics offering that uses its VectorWise analytic database technology. Customers will be able to use the reporting and analysis tools of their choosing, according to the company.

A third offering, SkyArchive, provides data archiving and uses advanced compression to cut costs, Ingres said.

SkySafe is available on "the most popular public clouds," including Amazon Web Services, as well as in private cloud form. Pricing will vary depending on the particular customer's configuration. SkyStorage and SkyInsight are set for release in April.

Ingres made its moves based on feedback from customers, who wanted the elasticity cloud deployments provide, said senior vice president of marketing Ketan Karia.

Moving forward, the company intends to aggressively court partners that will offer services, tools and applications on top of SkySafe, said CEO Terry Garnett. Ingres will be able to serve as a compelling alternative to rivals such as Oracle, Garnett said.

"The customer control and pricing that Oracle is going to eventually extract from you, that's going to be a lot more painful than working with us," he said. He referred to Salesforce.com's recently announced Database.com service, which is based partly on Oracle's database.

Still, Ingres' plans drew a lukewarm response from analyst Curt Monash of Monash Research.

"This is a completely me-too announcement," he said. "Every software-only analytic DBMS should run in the public cloud, and almost all the others already do," he said. And although VectorWise has "a clever architecture," the technology is still maturing, Monash said.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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