Datastage History

At the beginning datastage was available under Ardent DataStage then it’s name was changed to Ascential DataStage.


In 2005 IBM acquired the Ascential company and added datastage product to it’s WebSphere family. The October 2006 release of DataStage has integrated it into the new IBM Information Server platform, but still called Websphere Datastage.


IBM WebSphere DataStage is one of the products from IBM’s WebSphere Information Integration suite and Information Server. The tool uses mostly graphical notaction to present data integration solutions. Datastage is delivered in various versions as Server and Enterprise Edition. In 2008 the suite was renamed to InfoSphere Information Server and the product was renamed to InfoSphere DataStage.

For more detailed early history, see below:

  • DataStage was conceived at VMark, a spin off from Prime Computers that developed two notable products: UniVerse database and the DataStage ETL tool. The first VMark ETL prototype was built by Lee Scheffler in 1996
  • Lee Scheffler presented the DataStage product overview to the board of VMark in 1996 and it was approved for development. The product was in alpha testing in October, beta testing in November and was generally available in 1997.
  • VMark acquired UniData in 1997 and renamed itself to Ardent Software. In 1999 Ardent Software was acquired by Informix the database software vendor.
  • In 2001 IBM acquired Informix and took just the database business leaving the data integration tools to be spun off as an independent software company called Ascential Software

For various edition names, as people refer to various DataStage options using these names:


Edition Details
Enterprise Edition  a name give to the version of DataStage that had a parallel processing architecture and parallel ETL jobs.
Server Edition  the name of the original version of DataStage representing Server Jobs. Early DataStage versions only contained Server Jobs. DataStage 5 added Sequence Jobs and DataStage 6 added Parallel Jobs via Enterprise Edition.
MVS Edition  mainframe jobs, developed on a Windows or Unix/Linux platform and transferred to the mainframe as compiled mainframe jobs.
DataStage for PeopleSoft  a server edition with prebuilt PeopleSoft EPM jobs under an OEM arrangement with PeopeSoft and Oracle Corporation.
DataStage TX  for processing complex transactions and messages, formerly known as Mercator.
DataStage SOA  Real Time Integration pack can turn server or parallel jobs into SOA services.

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