What was originally Relational Technologies Incorporated, founded in 1980, became Ingres Corporation in 1989. It was acquired by the ASK Group in 1990 which was itself acquired by CA in 1994. Ingres was spun out of CA in 2005 and was renamed as Actian in 2011. In 2018 the company was acquired by HCL Technologies, which is a company headquartered in India but with offices around the globe. The company has more than 120,000 employees.
Actian, which will continue to operate separately from HCL, markets a number of different database and data integration products as well as the OpenROAD 4GL. As far as databases are concerned these include Vector (previously VectorWise) and Vector Cluster (previously VectorH or Vector on Hadoop), which provide in-memory columnar processing for analytics; the Zen (previously PSQL and, before that, Btrieve) embedded database; a NoSQL Object database (previously Versant) and Actian X, which combines the capabilities of Ingres and Vector. Actian X is regarded as the next release of Ingres, which means that every Ingres user – of which there are thousands – with an active subscription is entitled to upgrade to Actian X as the next step on their upgrade path. Vector is available both on premises and in the cloud, and a managed service offering running on AWS has recently been introduced.