Gartner covers Cisco’s data virtualization solutions within their data management and integration research. Key analysts include Merv Adrian, Mark Beyer, Roxane Edjlali, Donald Feinberg and Ted Friedman. Recent Cisco Data Virtualization related reports include:

Report: The Logical Data Warehouse Will Be a Key Scenario for Using Data Federation
September 26, 2012

Report: Hype Cycle for Information Infrastructure
July 31, 2012

Report: Understanding the Logical Data Warehouse: the Emerging Practice
June 21, 2012

Case Study: Critical Capabilities for Data Integration Tools: Common Data Delivery Styles
December 15, 2011

Forrester Research

Forrester covers Cisco’s data virtualization solutions within the Data Virtualization and Business Intelligence coverage areas. Key analysts include Boris Evelson, Mike Gilpin, Michele Goetz, Brian Hopkins, Gene Leganza and Noel Yuhanna. Recent Cisco Data Virtualization related reports include:

Press Release: Cisco Named a Leader in Independent Research Firm's Data Virtualization Report
January 2012

Whitepaper: Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass
June 2011

Press Release: Independent Research Firm Publishes Report Touting Data Virtualization Successes
June 2011

Report: Seven Top Integration Trends for 2011 To 2012
April 2011

Report: Forrester's Data Management Reference Architecture
February 2011

Report: Empower BI HEROes With Self-Service Tools
October 2010

Press Release: Agile BI Out of the Box
April 2010

Press Release: Information-as-a-Service Wave
February 2010


Led by Barry Devlin, 9sight Consulting is dedicated to moving Business beyond mere Intelligence towards real Insight.

Article: Virtualization comes of age…again!
June 2011

Athena IT Solutions

Led by Rick Sherman, Athena IT Solutions maximizes the ROI of data warehouse and business intelligence initiatives.

Whitepaper: Analytics Best Practices: The Analytical Hub
February 2013

Whitepaper: Analytics Best Practices: The Analytical Sandbox
January 2013

Whitepaper: A Better Way to Fuel Analytical Needs
October 2012


Business Application Research Center — BARC — specializes in Data Management and Business Intelligence

Whitepaper: Integrating SAP and non-SAP Data For Comprehensive Business Intelligence
January 2011

BI Leadership Forum

Led by Wayne Eckerson, the BI Leadership Forum promotes best practices and knowledge sharing among BI directors worldwide.

Blog: The Good News From Composite Software/Cisco: To ‘Global’, Faster Data Virtualization And Beyond
October 2013

Whitepaper: BI Leadership: Data Virtualization Perceptions and Market Trends
April 2013

Data Virtualization Day 2011: Interview With Wayne Eckerson of TechTarget

BI Research

Led by Colin White, BI Research helps its clients use business intelligence and data management technologies and products to build the smart and agile business.

Thoughts From Colin White on Big Data

Bloor Group

The Bloor Group is an analyst company, formed by Eric Kavanagh and Robin Bloor in an effort to establish an alternative approach to technology analysis, that leverages media and new media.

Thoughts From Robin Bloor on Upcoming Trends

Article: Cisco Dives into Data Virtualization
May 2013

Whitepaper: The Information Oriented Architecture
May 2011

Whitepaper: The Information Oriented Architecture Poster
May 2011

Bloor Research

Bloor Research is one of Europe’s leading IT research, analysis and consultancy organisations. Philip Howard covers Cisco Data Virtualization. 

Data Virtualization Briefing - London, October 2011

Report: Cisco Information Server for Netezza
June 2011

Report: Cisco 6 In-Detail
June 2011

Report: Data Discovery, Market Update
February 2009

Report: Data Discovery, Bloor Spotlight
February 2009

Cutter Consortium

Cutter Consortium is a unique IT advisory firm, comprising a group of more than 150 internationally recognized experts.

Report: The Latest in Data Virtualization from Cisco
June 2011

Datasource Consulting

Datasource Consulting brings a wealth of knowledge, industry leadership and a passion for Data Integration and Business Intelligence to every engagement.

Video: Steve Dine of Datasource Consulting on BI Agility

Video: Steve Dine of Datasource Consulting on Getting Value out of Corporate Data

Article: Enabling Agile BI through Data Virtualization

David S. Linthicum LLC

David Linthicum is an internationally known Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Web 2.0 expert.

Report: Importance of Data Virtualization
May 2009

Enterprise Management Associates

EMA’s Business Intelligence practice under Shawn Rogers and John Myers provide deep insight to help clients understand how IT organizations are applying technology to solve business problems.

Thoughts From John Myers of EMA on Upcoming Trends

Thoughts From Shawn Rogers of EMA on the Hybrid Data Ecosystem

Video: Thoughts From EMA Data Virtualization Day

Impact Brief: Data Virtualization Meets the Network
October 2013

Report: Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility
September 2011

Report: Composite Extends and Enhances Data Virtualization Solutions
July 2010

Report: Composite 6 Platform Impact Brief
June 2011

Infostructure Associates LLC

Lead by Wayne Kernochan, an early advocate of EII and now data virtualization, Infostructure Associates provides competitive analysis, marketing consulting, TCO studies, and white papers/reports on leading-edge information technologies.

Book Reviews: The Why, How and What Next of Data Virtualization

Article: Data Virtualization and Big Data: A 'Virtual Case Study'

Report: Composite Software's Data Virtualization Day

Report: Composite 6.2: Big Data, Analytics, and Agile Support

Intelligent Business Strategies

Under Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies is a leading research analyst and consulting firm helping companies understand and benefit from business intelligence and enterprise business integration.

Data Virtualization Briefing - London, October 2012

Whitepaper: Maximizing Business Value from Data Virtualization
January 2009

Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Founded in 1992 by Claudia Imhoff, PhD, Intelligent Solutions, Inc. provides data management consulting, education, and literature to business and government organizations worldwide.

Thoughts From Claudia Imhoff on BI Collaboration

Thoughts From Claudia Imhoff on Updates to the Corporate Information Factory

Thoughts From Claudia Imhoff on Self-Service BI

Whitepaper: To V or Not To V: Business Intelligence Gets Virtual!
April 2008

Knowledge Integrity, Inc.

Since 1999, Knowledge Integrity, Inc. led by David Loshin, has developed technical and management methodologies for instituting Data Quality, Master Data Management, Data Standards, and Data Governance programs.

Whitepaper: Effecting Data Quality Improvement through Data Virtualization
June 2010


Ovum provides clients with independent and objective analysis that enables them to make better business and technology decisions.

Report: Composite Information Server 4.6 Technology Audit
March 2008

Radiant Advisors

Radiant Advisors offers its BI, Information Management and Analytics clients an exclusive partnership with trusted and experienced advisors whose purpose is to add unique value.

Article: Cisco Systems and Composite Software: Partners in Innovation
October 2013

Article: Composite Software Extends the Value of Hadoop SQL Access
June 2013

Sixth Sense Advisors

Sixth Sense Advisors provides consulting on strategy and implementation of business intelligence and data warehousing solutions to our clients.

Video: Analyst Krish Krishnan on Data Platform Trends


TechTarget, via,, and is the leading provider of independent, peer and vendor content to the technology market.

Thoughts From Hannah Smalltree of TechTarget on Upcoming Trends

Thoughts From Ron Powell of TechTarget

Thoughts From TechTarget on Data Virtualization Day

eBook: Federating Architectures For BI Professionals
December 2011

The 451 Group

The 451 Group is a leading technology-industry analyst and data company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation.

Report: Composite Software targets Hadoop via data virtualization update.
June 2011

The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI)

TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute™) provides education, training, certification, news, and research for executives and information technology (IT) professionals worldwide. Founded in 1995, TDWI is the premier educational institute for business intelligence and data warehousing.

Video: David Wells on TDWI’s Data Virtualization Class

Report: TDWI Checklist Report - Data Federation
November 2009

Third Nature

Third Nature is a research and consulting company specializing in business intelligence and information delivery and the technology infrastructure required to support them

Video: Mark Madsen of Third Nature on Trends in Data Management

Ventana Research

Ventana Research is the leading benchmark research and advisory services firm. We provide expert guidance to help organizations manage and optimize performance – to become not only more efficient but more effective.

Report: Composite Makes Data Availability a Reality through Virtualization
May 2010