Composite Software

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Composite Software, Inc.
Industry Computer software
Fate Acquired
Successor Cisco Systems
Founded 2001
Area served

Composite Information Server
Composite PerformancePlus Adapters
Composite Discovery
Composite Active Cluster

Composite Monitor

Composite Software, Inc was previously a privately held data virtualization software company based in San Mateo, California. Composite Software was founded in October 2001 by Michael R. Abbott. In 2003, former Active Software founder and webMethods CTO, Jim Green joined Composite Software as CEO.[1] On July 30, 2013,Composite Software was acquired by Cisco Systems for approximately US $180M.[2]

Composite Software was cited as an "industry leader" in the Forrester Research "2012 Forrester Wave: Data Virtualization" study for its help in advancing data virtualization to its current form, known under a variety of names including data federation and Information as a Service.[3]

Composite Data Virtualization Platform[edit]

The Composite Data Virtualization Platform is data virtualization middleware that "brings together data from multiple, disparate sources -- anywhere across the extended enterprise-- into a unified, logical virtualized data layer for consumption by nearly any front-end business solution including portals, reports, applications and more."[4]

The Composite Data Virtualization Platform consists of:


Composite Software's data virtualization software is used in financial services companies, pharmaceutical companies, energy companies, communications, consumer and industrial companies, and government agencies including the U.S. Army and the Environmental Protection Agency.[citation needed]

Post-Acquisition Development at Cisco[edit]

Composite Software was incorporated into Cisco as the Data Virtualization Business Unit. The Composite Data Virtualization Platform was renamed Cisco Data Virtualization, and Composite Information Server (CIS) became Cisco Information Server (CIS). It continues to be sold to address the same use cases at large enterprise customers,[5] and is also central to Cisco's move into data and analytics [6] associated with the Internet of Things.[7]


  1. ^ Ericson, Jim (December 2007). "Virtual Reality". Retrieved 2011-03-29.  Information Management
  2. ^ "Cisco Has Acquired Composite Software". Retrieved 2013-07-30.  Cisco Press Release
  3. ^ "2012 Forrester Wave Report: Data Virtualization". Retrieved 2012-01-05.  Forrester Research
  4. ^ Bishop, Tony (2008-03-10). "Information as a service". Retrieved 2010-03-26.  InfoWorld
  5. ^ "Cisco Data Virtualization". Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Redefining Cisco as a Big Data Analytics Company". 9 October 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Cisco Video Portal". October 2015. Retrieved April 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)