Business Objects has released a new virtual business intelligence appliance system based on technology from EMC subsidiary VMware.
The product is the first fruit of Business Objects’ Open Appliance Initiative, which it launched in March this year to deliver pre-packaged hardware-software combos that take advantage third-party data warehousing, BI and virtualization technologies.
Early partners to sign up for this include Netezza, Datallegro, Greenplum, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, rPath and NCR Teradata.
The virtual BI appliance offers a pre-installed and pre-configured BI system comprising of Business Objects Crystal Decisions Standard edition running on VMware’s virtualization platform.
Business Objects, which maintains dual headquarters in Paris, France and San Jose, California, is aiming its virtual BI appliance squarely at mid-market firms looking for a flexible BI system. It will be sold through VMWare’s Appliance Marketplace and Business Objects channels.
Over 20,000 companies have deployed VMWare’s virtualization infrastructure that manages and presents servers as a single logical IT resource regardless of their physical location. Virtualization creates an abstraction layer between a physical object and managing software application.
Systems integrators like Andrews Consulting, Brightlight Consulting and Headstrong will help to implement Business Objects’ virtual BI appliance, which will be made available to customer in the first quarter of 2008.
Business Objects also said that as part of its Open Appliance Initiative it will roll out similar appliances through the course of next year that bundle in other technologies with its BI software.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware was acquired by storage giant EMC in 2004.