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Oracle Takes to Tangosol

Oracle  moved to fortify its processing capabilities today, agreeing to acquire software maker Tangosol for an undisclosed sum.

Tangosol makes Coherence Data Grid, a piece of data-grid software designed to boost application performance for companies that need to process a high volume of transactions in a short amount of time.

Data grids automatically provide "in-memory" replication across a grid of computers ensuring guaranteed data availability in the event of a server failure because data is stored within the computers in the grid and not on the disks.

Such software is prized by financial services firms, whose brokers or traders rely on mainframes or computer servers to handle millions of transactions.

The grid software's processing capabilities are also popular among telecommunications businesses, which need software for processing requests by large numbers of customers.

With many businesses moving toward a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to handle the distributed computing workloads foisted upon them by the Web 2.0 era, Coherence Data Grid's ability to process transactions with speed and precision makes it an attractive product.

"Service-oriented architecture (SOA), Web 2.0, and event-driven architecture (EDA) are pushing backend infrastructures to their growth limits," Oracle said in a statement.

To offload the burden from the backend processing systems, Oracle said more real-time transaction processing capabilities need to be built into the middleware infrastructure. Tangosol addresses this problem.

The deal was applauded by at least one Tangosol competitor, Appistry, which also makes a data grid product.

"It represents a strong vote of confidence in an emerging technology approach pioneered by companies like Tangosol, Appistry and others -- one that dramatically simplifies the process of developing agile, scalable applications," Appistry CEO Kevin Haar said in a statement sent to internetnews.com.

"When a large, incumbent vendor like Oracle not only takes notice, but takes action, it's a clear indication that a sea change is occurring and that an early adopter market is starting to 'cross the chasm.'"

Oracle, which expects to seal the deal for Tangosol next month, will tuck Coherence Data Grid into its Fusion Middleware to complement the Oracle Database family, which includes Oracle RAC, Oracle TimesTen for in-memory relational database access and Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition for disk-based cache overflow.

Together, Oracle expects the products will deliver customers "mainframe quality of service using a lower cost grid infrastructure."

The Tangosol transaction was triggered three weeks after Oracle bid $3.3 billion for business intelligence software power Hyperion.