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Ingres Debuts its Business Intelligence Appliance

Ingres Corporation, the leading open source information management company for enterprise applications, delivered the first open source application-specific software appliance. The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance enables Ingres to offer enterprise customers an integrated solution for Business Intelligence (BI) applications with a cost effective price point, easy installation, and single maintenance and support for the entire software stack.

The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance builds upon the company's leadership position in open source database appliances and creates a powerful enterprise-class ecosystem for customers and partners.

"Business Intelligence projects are one of the highest priorities for CIOs worldwide," said Deb Woods, Ingres Vice President of product management. " Our BI appliance software offering represents a strong commitment by Ingres to the business intelligence arena. This optimisation of our products combined with our relationship with JasperSoft offers customers a comprehensive solution that can address costs of ownership, integration and maintenance. When combined with our subscription model, we are delivering unparalleled value to our customers."

"The new Ingres IceBreaker BI Appliance is a great solution for Ingres customers who need advanced analysis and reporting capabilities, as well as enterprise-class support," said Paul Doscher, CEO of JasperSoft.

"JasperSoft BI products are already popular with many of Ingres'

enterprise customers around the world."

Software appliances are applications that are combined with a customised operating system where all the components are integrated and tested to work together with only a single install required. The Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance is a fully featured suite: the BI software resides on top of the company's Icebreaker foundation - which consists of the Ingres 2006 database integrated with Linux - and is powered by JasperSoft's open source BI suite.

This combination addresses the existing challenges in BI deployment and application, including costs of developing a data warehouse, expanding BI to additional users and managing and maintaining the software stack. This has the potential to greatly accelerate time to market for new BI projects for end-users and ISVs.

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