I like clever names for projects. On a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the best), I’d probably rate teiid a 4 for name inventiveness. Teiid is the open souced, upstream version of MetaMatrix. This project is in keeping with Red Hat’s promise that all proprietary products that Red Hat acquires, will be release it on a GPL’ed license. What Teiid is doing is to be able to federate data sources and make it available in a consistent fashion (XML for example or ODBC if desired) to any application anywhere. This immediately removes any need for data amalgamation, any data migration as a result of mergers and aquisitions.
Teiid is a type of whiptail lizard and the “eii” in teiid serves to remind us that it is about enterprise information integration which is what data federation or data abstration is all about. 4 out of 5 for cleverness.