David Richards
David Richards, chief executive officer and chairman of WANdisco.
Rebecca Wayman

Leeds' WANdisco launches new product with IBM

WANdisco, a LiveData company, has launched a new joint engineered solution with IBM to support relational database technology for the first time.

This is set to significantly expand the group’s addressable market.

The ‘IBM Db2 Big SQL’ solution was jointly engineered between IBM and WANdisco to extend the capability of IBM Big Replicate (IBM’s product name for WANdisco Fusion) to support scenarios where customers are looking to take advantage of hybrid cloud.

SQL is a language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system.

This is the first time that WANdisco has supported relational database technology, building upon existing Hadoop solutions to include SQL applications and private cloud.

David Richards, chief executive officer and chairman of WANdisco, said: “This co-engineered SQL solution with IBM is an exciting breakthrough for WANdisco as this is the first time that our technology has been applied to SQL data.

“This launch also represents a significant advancement of our relationship with a key partner and the scope of our addressable market in IBM’s channel.”

David added: “WANdisco’s unique technology presents great opportunity to collaborate with partners to address novel data requirements that previously have not been possible to meet.

“Our close relationship with IBM was built upon further in 2018 with an increased royalty percentage and substantial client contracts.

“We look forward to growing opportunities with IBM in the year ahead, leveraging our new co-engineered product to address as yet untapped data requirements.”

IBM Db2 Big SQL is a hybrid SQL engine for Hadoop. Big SQL is said to offer low latency queries; security; SQL compatibility; Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW); and federation capabilities.

WANdisco’s relationship with IBM strengthened in 2018 as the group increased its royalty percentage to 50 per cent (compared to 30 per cent previously) and agreed a guaranteed annual royalty commitment.

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