|Industry||Computer software, IT Services|
|Headquarters||Burlington, Massachusetts, USA|
Kingsley Uyi Idehen, CEO & Founder
Virtuoso Universal Server,
|Revenue||private company (Software Magazine's Software 500, 2006)|
|Employees||~50 world-wide (Sep 2007)|
- Transparent access to SQL data sources via ODBC and JDBC drivers, and OLE-DB, ADO.NET, and XMLA data providers;
- Enterprise Data Integration of heterogeneous SQL and XML and RDF data sources;
- Web Services Composition and Deployment;
- Business Process Management and Integration.
OpenLink Software is creator and owner of the Universal Data Access drivers suite (comprising OpenLink ODBC Drivers, OpenLink JDBC Drivers, OpenLink OLE-DB Providers, OpenLink ADO.NET Providers, and OpenLink XMLA Providers); the Virtuoso Universal Server; the iODBC driver manager; the OpenLink AJAX Toolkit for RIA development; OpenLink Data Spaces; and other leading-edge middleware products.
With approximately 50 employees spread over 7 countries and 4 continents (figures from September 2007), OpenLink Software products are used by enterprises of all sizes from sole proprietorships to Fortune 100 companies. The company's products are in use in over 10,000 production deployments worldwide.
OpenLink Software revenues derive from selling support, consulting services, and training for their open-source products, as well as licensing fees for their closed-source and dual licensed products.
As an example: OpenLink Software makes the Virtuoso Universal Server (Open Source Edition) available under the GPL at no charge and also sells it under other 'more traditional' licenses to clients who do not find the GPL suitable for their purposes (such as inclusion of OpenLink Software technology in a closed source product).
Other sources of revenue for OpenLink Software include providing support and consulting as well as training and certification for the Virtuoso Universal Server and their Universal Data Access drivers. OpenLink Software products are also embedded in products by other companies including: Apple, North Plains Systems, Avaya, Lucent, Sungard Bi-Tech, Open Text, and others.
- 1992 Company founded (as PAL Consulting) by Kingsley Uyi Idehen
- 1993 Shipped first ODBC functionality on non-Windows platforms, Universal DataBase Connectivity (UDBC); name changed to OpenLink Software
- 1995 Shipped iODBC, the first ODBC Driver Manager for non-Windows platforms
- 1998 Acquired full rights to Kubl, which evolved into the Virtuoso Universal Server; Orri Erling joined staff
- 1998 Shipped Virtuoso 1.0, including Virtual Database / Federated Database / Hybrid Data Sever Functionality
- 2000 Shipped Virtuoso 1.5, adding a Validating XML Parser (supporting XML Schema), XSLT processor, SQL-to-XML transformation, XQuery, XPath, WebDAV support, and a native XML datatype
- 2001 Shipped Virtuoso 2.0, adding
- Execution of native or third party SQL Stored Procedures over HTTP
- Execution of native or third party SQL Stored Procedures via SOAP (by publishing SQL Stored Procedures as WSDL and SOAP compliant Web Services)
- Proxy Generation for third party Web Services
- Exposure of saved SQL, SQL-to-XML, XQuery, and XPath queries as Web Services
- 2001 Shipped Virtuoso 3.0, adding
- DBMS hosting of the Java, Microsoft .NET CLR, and Mono runtime environments
- User Defined Types (UDT) support with implementation in SQL, Java or .NET
- Use of UDTs for abstracting web services, generating a UDT from a WSDL.
- SQL Stored Procedures extensibility via code associated with hosted runtimes
- Dynamic Language & Web page hosting for PHP, ASP.NET, JSP, Python, Perl, and Ruby (a recent addition)
- Procedure Views (Table Valued Functions in SQL Server and Table Functions in Oracle)
- Improved Cost based Distributed Query Optimizer for handling heterogeneous SQL joins
- Bi-Directional Transaction Replication
- XA-based 2-Phase Commit for Distributed Transactions
- 2006 Shipped OpenLink Data Spaces 1.0, incorporating
- Web Application Framework
- Weblog Publishing Platform
- RSS/Atom/RDF Feed Aggregator
- Photo Sharing system
- Discussion Server
- Wiki Engine
- BPEL Process Manager (application layer above the in-built BPEL core)
- Unified Storage (that includes automatic metadata extraction and resource classification using RDFS and OWL)
- Social Networking Framework
- 2006 Shipped Virtuoso 4.0, forking Open Source (no Virtual DBMS features) and Closed Source (including VDBMS features) editions
- 2006 Shipped OpenLink ODBC Adapter for Ruby on Rails / Active Record
- 2006 Shipped OpenLink AJAX Toolkit 1.0
- 2007 Shipped Virtuoso 4.5, adding --
- 2007 Shipped Virtuoso 5.0, adding --
- Full Text Indexing of Literal Objects in SPARQL Queries (this includes the magic predicate "bif:contains")
- Subclass and Subproperty Support (Inferencing)
- SPARQL Aggregate Functions
- SPARUL support (SPARQL Inserts, Updates, and Deletions)
- SPARQL Endpoint ("/sparql") is equipped with in-built RDF Middleware that enables non-RDF Data Sources (e.g., (X)HTML Pages, Microformats embedded in (X)HTML, and Web Services [e.g., Googlebase, Flickr, Del.icio.us and others]) to be treated as bona fide SPARQL Graph URIs
- Improved Support of XML Schema Type System
- Enhanced SPARQL to Relational Mapping (RDF VIEWs of SQL Data)
- 2012 Purchase of software vendor Solar
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