Greenplum, JasperSoft and Kinetic Networks unveiled on Wednesday a software and hardware bundle that includes data analysis tools and an early version of Greenplum's specialized business-intelligence database. It is available through the Greenplum-sponsored Bizgres Project.
The collection is built around Greenplum's Bizgres, a version of the PostgreSQL open-source database designed specifically for building large-scale analysis databases.
Greenplum also released on Wednesday version 0.7 of Bizgres at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore.
Open-source databases areoverall, particularly for low-end offerings, according to analysts. PostgreSQL and MySQL are examples of two general-purpose databases that are widely used.
With the bundle, Greenplum and its partners intend to bite away at the dollars spent on business intelligence, an area that has seen relatively steady spending over the past few years.
JasperSoft offers an open-source reporting tool, and Kinetic Networks provides consulting services and data-moving tools.
Another open-source business-intelligence offering is available through the Eclipse Foundation. It's called Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) and was started by business-intelligence vendor Actuate. The project released version 1.0 in June.