Now that some of the dust has settled about the Microsoft purchase of DATAllegro, one question remains: Who are DATAllegro's actual current customers? DATAllegro has always been very secretive on the subject of its customer base, raising widespread suspicion that said customers are few in number, unhappy, or both. If you are or know of any DATAllegro customers, please speak up in the comment thread, or by contacting me directly (either through Network World or my own contact options). Meanwhile, here's what I know or have heard:
... we actually only had one system returned since the company started. Like most startups, we went through a period where the product suffered from some early stage growing pains. This was mostly due to HW reliability when we were building our own servers. We fixed that by going to standard servers and storage, which gave our engineers more time to focus on software improvements and overall quality. Most of our customers stuck with us and are now having great success on the v3 platform.
... the fact is that DATAllegro has some of the largest, most successful DW installations in the world running on its technology ...
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