MarkLogic Certification Targets Federal Data Exchange Contracts MarkLogic (news, site), which we all know from its work with Big Data, has received another stamp of approval that should in the future result in some significant contracts from the US government -- in particular with intelligence, military and secret agencies that most of us have never even heard of, but that we all suspect exist.

What the Certification Means

The announcement, which in itself is a pretty big mouthful -- it runs along the lines of “MarkLogic Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB) Metadata Catalog v2 conforms with the DIB 2.0 service specifications” -- basically means that agencies will be able to find and swap information securely.

DCGS, or, DIB programs, include a number of US agencies such as the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, Special Operations Forces and Intelligence Community and are used to facilitate sharing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.

There are two elements here. First there is MarkLogic’s DIB Metadata Catalog v2, and the other is the DIB 2.0 service specifications.

DIB v2.0, when it was released in April 2010, applied an architecture that enables each of the US agencies, which have their own metadata catalogs, to interact by querying and retrieving information from each other's catalogs.

For its part, the MarkLogic DIB Metadata Catalog was built and tested to federate with any other existing DIBs, including DIB v2.0, and with this new certification offers an approved alternative to the one that the agencies are currently using.

The result is that MarkLogic’s DIB Metadata Catalog v2 can be used by security agencies in the US, and generally speaking, if it's good for the US, it means it can be used in other countries too.

Now that MarkLogic has officially received the conformant label, a whole new area of opportunity within government opens up,” said Randall Jackson, vice president of public sector, MarkLogic.

MarkLogic Ambitions

And that falls in with plans outlined by MarkLogic’s new CEO Ken Bado, who in an interview with CMSWire in April said his first priority was to raise the profile of MarkLogic’s products and, secondly, push their big data credentials.

MarkLogic has always said that its abilities are unique in this space, although there are other companies such as IBM (news, site) that would probably say the same.

That said, MarkLogic does carry some considerable weight -- and data. Its core products put data into a real-time system and do real analytics/queries in seconds, which is definitely important to many of today's enterprises.

With the next US certification, the company has managed to do that in one advantageous swoop, first by giving it credentials with the military machine in the US and, as a result of that, clout across other federal agencies.

Not bad for a company that is relatively small in the IT world with only 250 employees and as many contracts, although it both these areas we will undoubtedly see some serious action over the coming months as the federal contracts roll in.

MarkLogic is a growing company. Currently it has 250 employees and 240 customers, the majority of which are using MarkLogic on mission-critical systems.