Oracle Buys GoldenGate for Data Integration -

Oracle Buys GoldenGate for Data Integration

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) late last week said it's buying GoldenGate Software in a move to buttress its offerings with new high-availability and data-integration capabilities.

For Oracle, the deal enables it to offer continuous access to business-critical applications as well as high-performance data integration. GoldenGate's transactional data management platform for real-time data integration — movement, replication and synchronization — and high-availability enterprise apps makes it easier to maintain application uptime during migrations and upgrades.

GoldenGate also provides real-time data warehousing and change data capture, live reporting and transactional data integration, rolled into enterprise solutions for business intelligence and service-oriented architectures — key application areas in which Oracle plays.

Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Oracle also gains the ability to offer these benefits for customers using competitors' environments, including those using Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase ASE and Teradata.

"The need to improve operating performance in a global 24x7 environment has led to the need for data integration to support real-time and high-availability capabilities," Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware product development, said in a statement. "With the addition of GoldenGate, Oracle expects to help our customers achieve better performance through improved business intelligence and business continuity with real-time information."

Oracle and GoldenGate have been working together as partners for more than a decade, executives said.

"Now our joint vision can help companies make better decisions based on more timely, accurate information across multiple systems," GoldenGate CEO Ali Kutay said in a statement.

Oracle said the purchase is subject to customary closing conditions, and is slated to wrap up later this year.

The deal comes as the latest in Oracle's dozens of acquisitions over the past several years. The company is nearing the finish line on its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA), which will give Oracle not only Sun's hardware, but a dominant role in Java, which underlies Oracle's increasingly important Fusion middleware offerings.


In other merger news, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that it will acquire business analytics firm SPSS (NASDAQ: SPSS) for $1.2 billion.

Pund-IT analyst Charles King lauded the acquisition and IBM's business analytics plans in his weekly newsletter, noting that "without adding value to information through analysis, evolving technology is a bigger, faster car on a road to nowhere" (see Making Money with Data Storage).

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