Venture buyout firm Garnett & Helfrich Capital acquired venerable database vendor Ingres after CA Technologies spun it off in 2005. After Ingres acquired Vectorwise (home of the Vector analytic database) in 2010, Garnett & Helfrich dubbed the vendor Actian.
It subsequently acquired object database vendor Versant 2012, Pervasive Software (home of embedded database PSQL) and ParAccel (known for its columnar database technology that underlies Amazon RedShift), the latter two in 2013.
Today, Actian faces a massive rebranding and product rationalization effort. It has renamed most of its products, and it’s well on its way to implementing a cloud control backplane based on DataCloud, its data integration product (from Pervasive) which integrates many of its products.
In the shorter term, Actian has been incorporating technology from some of its products into others in order to improve capabilities and performance. For example, Actian X is a combination of the Ingres transactional database and the Vector analytic database, along with integration from the DataCloud product and a monitoring tool as well.
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