The IRI data management platform Voracity, as well as its constituent tools, can perform and speed big data warehouse extract, transform, load (ETL) operations, delaying the need for new hardware or expensive proprietary appliances: http://www.iri.com/blog/data-transformation2/a-big-data-quandary-hardware-or-software-appliances-or-cosort/
In 1992, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC, long since acquired) asked IRI to develop a 4GL interface to CoSort in the syntax of the VAX VMS sort/merge utility.
Data migration is done using NextForm; IRI’s data migration utility for converting large files into different formats and/or translating field-level data into other types. The current version converts between uniform XML and text files, LDIF and CSV, Vision and ISAM, MF COBOL variable-length files and Excel, etc.
ODBC, Open Database Connectivity, is an industry-standard application programming interface (API) for access to both relational and non-relational database management systems (DBMS). ODBC was first developed by the SQL Access Group (SAG) in 1992 in response to the need to access data stored in a variety of proprietary personal computer, minicomputer, and mainframe databases without having to know their proprietary interfaces.