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CoSort Transforms and Converts Huge XML and LDIF Files

Version 9 Manages File Formats and Sizes Others Can't

Melbourne, Fla. (June 5, 2007) – Innovative Routines International Inc. (IRI), makers of CoSort ( data manipulation software for Unix, Linux and Windows, says its new version solves a big industry problem manipulating and migrating massive XML and LDIF (LDAP Interchange Format) files to and from other file formats. Prior to CoSort 9, there has been no efficient way to convert, process, protect, or create large files in either format. The new CoSort version can helping companies use this data in many more ways.

XML is a popular interchange format but large XML files have not been practical for manipulation or conversion. LDIF on the other hand, holds large amounts of information but is not a file format that most applications can import or process.


CoSort can convert between uniform XML files and sequential (flat), COBOL, CSV, LDIF and other legacy (mainframe) formats. "Vast amounts of valuable data are still processed in legacy file formats," explains Don Purnhagen, a senior software engineer at IRI. "New customer-facing applications are being developed using service oriented architecture (SOA) and driven by data in XML format. CoSort V9 bridges the gap between these disparate technologies, allowing their data to flow both ways." CoSort can also sort, transform, report on, and protect (encrypt, de-ID, etc.) data in large, flat XML files directly.


CoSort accurately and quickly processes billions of rows of Directory Access Protocol (DAP) data, allowing organizations, like Comcast's Data Engineering and Management Integration (DEMI) group, to join and analyze LDIF records in connection with other data formats and warehouse processes. "We work with 10-terabytes of data a day and could not pull this off successfully without CoSort," explains Ray Harrison, a principal engineer at Comcast. "No other tool gives us this much speed and flexibility in processing or converting this volume of LDIF records."

About IRI Inc. and CoSort

Founded in 1978, IRI is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida and represented in over 30 international locations. CoSort can perform or accelerate: business intelligence applications; data conversion, governance and transformation operations; file interchange; sort migrations, and safe test data generation. Visit or call 1-800-333-SORT for more information.


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