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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
the first half of 1996[1]. Peter Weyman was VMark VP of Strategy and identified the ETL market as an
opportunity. He appointed Lee Scheffler as the architect and conceived the product brand name "Stage" to
signify modularity and component-orientation[2]. This tag was used to name DataStage and subsequently
used in related products QualityStage, ProfileStage, MetaStage and AuditStage. Lee Scheffler presented the
DataStage product overview to the board of VMark in June 1996 and it was approved for development. The
product was in alpha testing in October, beta testing in November and was generally available in January of
VMark acquired UniData in October of 1997 and renamed itself to Ardent Software[3]. In 1999 Ardent
Software was acquired by Informix[4] the database software vendor. In April of 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[5]. In March of 2005 IBM acquired Ascential Software[6] and
made DataStage part of the WebSphere family as WebSphere DataStage. In 2006 the product was released as
part of the IBM Information Server under the Information Management family but was still known as
WebSphere DataStage. In 2008 the suite was renamed to InfoSphere Information Server and the product was
renamed to InfoSphere DataStage.

DataStage Editions
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.