New version of Lixto’s Online Market Intelligence solution utilises Internet Cloud Computing to support data collection and processing
Lixto Software (www.lixto.com), the Web Intelligence company, today announced the release of Version 5 of its Web Data Extraction Software Suite comprising the Lixto Visual Developer and the Lixto Transformation Server. This latest version of the Lixto Online Market Intelligence (OMI) solution utilises the power of Internet Cloud Computing to improve the scalability and processing power of the company’s SaaS and on-premise web intelligence solution that will allow Lixto’s customers to extract even more data from the Internet for analysis in real-time.
To achieve this virtual infinite scaling of its solution, Lixto has introduced a new software architecture into the latest Version 5 solution for its server-side products that supports a grid-based scaling (or Cloud Computing) approach. This allows for linear scaling in relation to the number of processing units available in a cluster of servers. The software supports the use of Cloud Computing resources such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The new server architecture also introduces intelligent load-distribution amongst the available processing units resulting in more efficient resource utilization and reduced management overhead.
According to Robert Bamgartner, VP of Research and Development at Lixto, “The new server architecture on Version 5 is a major technical breakthrough that will enable our customers to gather more Web data in a shorter amount of time, whilst reducing the overall resource consumption in a typical application. Our vertical solutions will benefit from the new technology in terms of scalability and performance in a transparent way and due to its reverse compatibility with previous versions of the product, upgrading to the latest version is straightforward.”
In addition to the improved architecture, new server components such as the Lixto Reporting Server further strengthen the manageability of the whole software environment. The Lixto Reporting Server acts as central management resource that gathers service execution reports of a whole cluster of extraction serves. This allows for improved service management and ultimately results in superior service quality for Lixto customers.
The Lixto Visual Developer Version 5 introduces the new concept of conditional actions which allows for expressing branches in extraction programs. Moreover, usability improvements and streamlined visual configuration processes further reduce the time to develop extraction programs within the Lixto Visual Developer.
Lixto Web Data Extraction Suite Version 5 is available immediately.
About Lixto Transformation Server and Lixto Visual Developer
Lixto Transformation Server is an enterprise class execution environment for web data extraction programs developed with the Lixto Visual Developer. It has been designed to run web data extraction services that need to perform sophisticated transformation and process integration tasks. The use of a visual data-flow language facilitates the set up of XML-based data streams.
Lixto Visual Developer is an integrated development environment specifically geared towards the visual development of Web data extraction programs. The Lixto Visual Developer supports complex navigation on highly dynamic Web applications and extraction of data from such Web pages. The Lixto Visual Developer is built on top of the Eclipse IDE framework and embeds the Mozilla browser engine to achieve maximum compliance with Web standards.
About Lixto Software
Lixto Software GmbH empowers better decisions by searching & aggregating information in real-time and delivering end-to-end connectivity solutions. The company’s solutions and services are used in metasearch, online market intelligence and web process integration, thus allowing companies and end users to achieve better and more structured results for their queries.
Lixto also helps companies by automating their web-based business processes. Facts and figures about markets, suppliers, customers and competitors can be found more quickly, more accurately and are less expensive to access.
Lixto's customers are international companies in the automotive, travel, e-commerce and IT industries such as ZF Friedrichshafen, ThyssenKrupp Presta, Voss Automotive, shopping.com, the Austrian National Tourist Office, energy provider Verbund and hotel.de.
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