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The well-known three Vs of Big Data - Volume, Variety, and Velocity – are increasingly placing pressure on organizations that need to manage this data as well as extract value from this data deluge for Predictive Analytics and Decision-Making. Big Data technologies, services, and tools such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and NoSQL/NewSQL databases and Data Integration techniques, In-Memory approaches, and Cloud technologies have emerged to help meet the challenges posed by the flood of Web, Social Media, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) data flowing into organizations.



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Vissensa, a U.K.-based managed service provider (MSP), is using the IBM Enterprise Cloud System. Founded in 2008, Vissensa maps technology platforms to the exact business requirements of clients. The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides Vissensa with the ability to deliver a pre-configured, pre-tested Linux platform which can outperform their existing x86 based cloud infrastructure. This capability is increasingly important to Vissensa customers who are adopting multi-hypervisor operating systems and technologies, and incorporating new technologies such as OpenStack within their solutions to help reduce costs and increase performance.

Posted July 23, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 23, 2014

Many database administrators now feel that the best way to preserve database reliability may be to take over the job of backing up their own databases. Just as end users are happier when they can do their own password resets or restore an accidentally deleted file, DBAs want greater control over their backups, restores and recoveries, and also the peace of mind of knowing that it is done to their standards. The key to making this work is integrating database applications with purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs).

Posted July 23, 2014

The industry hype would have you believe that the key word in the phrase "big data" is big, a reference to datasets so large and complex that they cannot be managed within the confines of traditional IT systems and that the many opportunities for operational improvement that come from better analysis of data and information are reserved for those in the enterprise. Understandable, but completely wrong.

Posted July 23, 2014

SAP and Esri are strengthening and simplifying integration of the SAP HANA platform, analytics, mobile and business applications with Esri's geospatial services and content. The companies say the partnership helps customers break down information silos and simplifies access to shared data in SAP business applications and Esri GIS systems so business users have a more complete picture and can make more informed decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Considered a landmark partnership by industry observers, the new joint effort by IBM and Apple, to bring IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions to market is actually just one more step in a long line of innovative and sometimes surprising initiatives from IBM, the venerable IT powerhouse. Big Blue's extensive line of businesses range from mainframes to cloud software to ground-breaking partnerships in the open source space, including its commitment to Linux and the opening of the technology surrounding its Power Architecture offerings

Posted July 23, 2014

How do you catch the next big wave - not the wave everyone's already riding, but the one on the horizon? When it comes to big data, the next big wave is in-memory technologies, which accelerate data processing for faster, more accurate decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Extendings and complementing the existing capabilities provided by IBM to run SAP solutions on IBM Cloud Managed Services, IBM has expanded its global partnership with SAP to deliver the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service, and other SAP applications on the cloud platform from SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

Posted July 23, 2014

Databricks and SAP have collaborated on a Databricks-certified Apache Spark distribution offering for the SAP HANA platform. This production-ready distribution offering is the first result of a new partnership between Databricks and SAP.

Posted July 23, 2014

The latest version of SAP Demand Signal Management enables users to capture external market research and retailer point-of-sales (POS) data close to real time and combine it with internal business data and analytics to assess and respond to demand signals faster. Aimed at consumer products companies, life science companies, wholesalers and high-tech manufacturers, SAP Demand Signal Management provides insights for their supply chain management, sales, marketing and category management departments.

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

In "Big Data at Work," Tom Davenport explains to readers why big data is important to them and their organizations, what technology they actually need to manage it, and where to start capitalizing on its potential. Here, the author shares an excerpt from his recent book.

Posted July 23, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted July 23, 2014

Helping companies get more from big, unstructured data, Actian has unveiled the Actian Analytics Platform - Hadoop SQL Edition. In addition, as a result of a partnership with Logi Analytics, the Actian Analytics Platform combines with Logi Info to offer customers a comprehensive analytics platform to connect, visualize, analyze and act on big data.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

To make it easier for organizations to select MicroStrategy for all their business analytics and mobile application needs, MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has introduced a new packaging structure that reduces its 21 discreet offerings into four simple packages.

Posted July 21, 2014

Oracle today introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, which allows customers to run one SQL query across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database, minimizing data movement while overcoming data silos. According to Oracle the new solution helps customers gain a competitive advantage by making it easier to uncover insights faster, and allows them to leverage existing SQL skills while protecting data security and enforcing governance. Oracle Big Data SQL runs on Oracle Big Data Appliance and can work in conjunction with Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Posted July 15, 2014

Bluemix, IBM's open cloud development platform, is now generally available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, and includes more than 50 services for building cloud-based business applications.

Posted July 15, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted July 09, 2014

Data Lake Hadoop, a new bundle from Pivotal and EMC, combines scale-out enterprise storage and big data and analytics to offer a production-grade HDFS solution. The bundle consists of pre-configured EMC Isilon X410 nodes, HAWQ subscriptions and Pivotal HD, Pivotal's enterprise version of Apache Hadoop.

Posted July 08, 2014

Revolution Analytics is providing certification testing for its flagship product, Revolution R Enterprise, with independent proctoring by Kryterion. Citing an anticipated shortage of individuals with advanced analytics expertise, Revolution Analytics says the certification is designed to demonstrate a person's proficiency in managing, mining and analyzing big data sets within the Revolution R Enterprise environment.

Posted July 08, 2014

Enterprise data growth is coming from unstructured, social media, and machine-generated data. The resulting storage issues are impacting the performance of associated applications and systems. How and where is this data going to be stored—and how can it be made available, on demand, to users and applications that need information right away?

Posted July 08, 2014

Plans are underway for Revelation Software's 2015 conference which will showcase new features available in the next major release of its flagship product, OpenInsight 10.0.

Posted July 03, 2014

The big challenge of managing data today is not simply the high volume or the fact that much of it is unstructured. It is the variety of data and the need to integrate it all in order to leverage its value, said MongoDB CEO Max Schireson during a keynote at the NoSQL database vendor's NYC conference, MongoDB World. "It is no longer good enough to just look at your data in silos," said Schireson.

Posted July 01, 2014

Following a recently announced a partnership with Databricks, DataStax has integrated Spark for real-­time analytics into DataStax Enterprise. In addition, the 4.5 release adds the ability to merge Cassandra data with Hadoop for integration of operational and historical data. The new release has been certified with Hadoop vendors Cloudera and Hortonworks and DSE has been certified for their platforms.

Posted July 01, 2014

Pythian, a provider of data management consulting and services, has acquired Blackbird.io, which has expertise in expertise in cloud, infrastructure as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), big data, MySQL, NoSQL, and enterprise infrastructure ecosystems, as well as a focus on operational essentials, including orchestration, configuration management, operational visibility, continuous delivery, and 24/7 operations management.

Posted June 26, 2014

RainStor has added an archive application for Hadoop 2.0 with its latest release, RainStor 6. Building on RainStor's existing interactive SQL-on-Hadoop stack, the new archive application features XQuery for hierarchical data and documents, and extends analytics support to SQL 2003.

Posted June 26, 2014

NoSQL database vendor Couchbase has added on a $60 million series E-round of financing, led by two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund. According to the company, the new investment is further evidence of the growth of the global big data market.

Posted June 26, 2014

Applying automated analytics to a wide variety of IT and business metrics is rapidly becoming "the next big thing." When considering whether to give the data center the "Moneyball" treatment in 2014, there are two main architectural considerations that need to be evaluated.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has made enhancements to the SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development, its program enabling partners to build software applications on top of SAP platforms. "With these program enhancements, we support our ecosystem's move to the cloud powered by SAP HANA and increase our partners' choices to grow their business by innovating on top of our platform," said Bernd-Uwe Pagel, senior vice president, Platform Ecosystem & eChannels, SAP.

Posted June 25, 2014

WFT Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud services provider, is extending its solution portfolio to offer customers virtualized instances of the SAP HANA platform for use in production landscapes. "WFT Cloud has virtualized multiple non-production landscapes running SAP HANA. We are now able to deliver value to customers by virtualizing SAP HANA in production landscapes," said Mahesh Reddy, CTO of Wharfedale Technologies.

Posted June 25, 2014

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances, has announced the availability of the Violin 6200 Series All Flash Array for the SAP HANA platform. Certification for the solution with SAP HANA was achieved by working in conjunction with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Violin for SAP IQ software and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE).

Posted June 25, 2014

Dell has extended its longstanding collaboration with SAP. As part of the extended partnership, Dell is introducing new non-disruptive migration and modernization services for the SAP HANA platform and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE), and has also worked with SAP to certify Dell PowerEdge R920 for running SAP HANA with with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has launched Simple Finance, a new set of solutions powered by the HANA Enterprise Cloud. The company also announced that SAP Fiori, which provides an enhanced user experience, will now be included at no additional charge in all SAP software.

Posted June 25, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 25, 2014

Pentaho has announced version 5.1 of its business analytics and data integration platform. The new release enables code-free analytics directly on the NoSQL database MongoDB, simplifies the data preparation process for data scientists, and offers full support for MapReduce 2.0 (YARN).

Posted June 24, 2014

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