Database Conversion

Database Conversion: Advantages of an Open Source Solution

IT groups wanting tools to facilitate the design and implementation of database conversion processes have traditionally been limited to two broad options, each with substantial drawbacks:

  • B uilding the tools in house. Custom development of database conversion tools takes time, and today's IT departments typically have little time to spare. In-house tools development also has the potential to create maintenance headaches, especially if multiple project-specific tools are built over time.
  • Purchasing a proprietary solution. Buying a proprietary database conversion solution from one of the big data management software vendors can be exorbitantly expensive. Particularly in today's tight budgetary environment, costly proprietary software purchases are out of bounds for many organizations; or if they are an option, they invariably entail a long, drawn-out process of business case-making and budget battling.

By contrast, by employing an open source solution, an organization can move rapidly to design and implement database conversion projects. The ideal open source solution is one that's mature, proven in the field, and backed by an experienced vendor.

Talend's Open Source Database Conversion Solutions

Talend is the leading provider of open source data integration software. Talend's solutions help organizations efficiently manage all aspects of data migration, data synchronization, and data quality management. Available under the GPL open source license since 2006 and continually adding new functionality, Talend open source data integration systems have been downloaded millions of times and are used by organizations ranging from small start-ups to some of the largest corporations in the world.

Talend offers two open source database conversion solutions, tailored to different organizational needs:

  • Talend Open Studio for Data Integration. Talend Open Studio for Data Integration is a freely downloaded solution that you can use for most database conversion projects, at no charge, for as long as you want. This solution features an Eclipse-based graphical development environment packed with features such as drag-and-drop job design, a unified metadata repository, ETL and ELT modes, real-time debugging, and more than 400 built-in data connectors that make it easy to bridge a wide range of data sources and targets.
  • Talend Data Integration. For enterprise-scale, mission-critical data conversion projects, Talend also offers the subscription-based Talend Data Integration. The Talend Data Integration extends Talend Open Studio for Data Integration with features specifically for enterprise grade needs, such as team collaboration mechanisms, SVN-based version control, a master control panel for administering multiple jobs, and support for innovative mass volume storage technologies such as Hadoop. Priced far below the cost of comparable proprietary solutions, Talend Data Integration also includes advanced data control features such as change data capture and real-time data cleansing, as well as professional technical support from Talend.

Projects that you start on Talend Open Studio for Data Integration can migrate seamlessly to Talend  Data Integration, and both solutions have active user communities that share experiences, insights, and application extensions.

Learn more about Talend’s data integration solutions from the many resources on this web site, or download Talend Open Studio for Data Integration today and start benefiting from the leading open source data integration tool.