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Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) continue to do the heavy lifting in data management, while newer database management systems are taking on prominent roles as well. NoSQL database systems such as Key-Value, Column Family, Graph, and Document databases, are gaining acceptance due to their ability to handle unstructured and semi-structured data. MultiValue, sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database, is also a well-established database management technology which continues to evolve to address new enterprise requirements.



Database Management Articles

The end of life date for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. While the latest version of the operating system is now 10 years old, as of last summer more than 22 million servers around the world were still running production applications. Within the next few weeks, millions of enterprise IT professionals will be forced to decide if they are going to migrate off the OS or secure a custom support contract with Microsoft to manage the end-of-life OS.

Posted May 26, 2015

BMC is rolling out BMC Database Solutions with Next Generation Technology (NGT), targeted at DB2 for z Systems to meet 24x7 infrastructure demands and reduce database management costs.

Posted May 26, 2015

Join DBTA for a webcast featuring Chuck Ezell, Performance, Tuning & Optimization Services at Datavail, to learn some of the most effective techniques for finding bottlenecks in BI ETL jobs and some ways to tune these slow SQL statements.

Posted May 20, 2015

SAP has announced the cloud edition of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), which adds new simplification and innovations across core business functions. In addition, the new release gives customers the opportunity to deploy real hybrid scenarios — combining on-premise and cloud solutions.

Posted May 20, 2015

Chartio, a cloud business intelligence service, is introducing a new solution called Data Stores for transforming and storing data for business intelligence in a more agile way. Data Stores will enable administrators to use Chartio's Data Pipeline to rapidly transform data and store it in the cloud, making it more useful and accessible for end users.

Posted May 20, 2015

Rosslyn Analytics, a provider of big data cloud technology, has announced it is one of the first to offer companies analytics as a service on Azure. The big data cloud analytics platform, powered by Azure, provides self-service management from source to analytics and enables business and IT users to interact with, change, and analyze data using a combination of self-service data integration, cleansing and enrichment tools and machine learning and visualization technologies.

Posted May 20, 2015

In a recent DBTA webcast, Anil Kumar, senior product management with Couchbase, tackled the topic of multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) within NoSQL database clusters. This method of scaling enables organizations to isolate specific database services of their database and scale those accordingly.

Posted May 20, 2015

In a DBTA roundtable webcast on Wednesday, May 27, three of the industry's leading Hadoop and cloud experts - Gartner Research vice president Merv Adrian, Hortonworks vice president of strategy Shaun Connolly, and Microsoft general manager of platform and cloud Lance Olson - will discuss key technology solutions such as Apache Hadoop and cloud, and emerging best practices for leveraging them.

Posted May 20, 2015

Oracle is collaborating with Mirantis to enable Oracle Solaris and Mirantis OpenStack users to accelerate application and database provisioning in private cloud environments via Murano, the application project in the OpenStack ecosystem.

Posted May 20, 2015

Oracle is shipping a new big data product called Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph. Spatial and graph analytics has been available as an option for Oracle Database for more than 10 years, and with this introduction the company is bringing spatial and graph analytics to Hadoop and NoSQL.

Posted May 20, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. This year, there are more than 300 nominees across 29 categories.

Posted May 19, 2015

DataStax, which provides an enterprise distribution of Apache Cassandra, has introduced DataStax Enterprise 4.7 (DSE 4.7), which the company says, is purpose-built for the stringent performance and availability demands of web, mobile and Internet of Things (IOT) applications. The new release includes advancements to integrated enterprise search, analytics, in-memory computing, and database management and monitoring to address the increasing shift toward mixed workload deployments.

Posted May 19, 2015

The shortage of skilled talent and data scientists in Western Europe and the U.S. has triggered the question of whether to outsource analytical activities. This need is further amplified by competitive pressure to reduce time to market and lower costs.

Posted May 19, 2015

As the excitement and opportunity provided by big data tools develop, many organizations find their big data initiatives originating outside existing data management policies. As a result, many concepts of formal data governance are either intentionally or unintentionally omitted as these enterprises race to ingest huge new data streams at a feverish pace in the hope of increased insight and new analytic value.

Posted May 19, 2015

Data-driven companies continue to explore data management technologies that better unify operational, analytical, and other disparate or siloed data in a way that offers tangible business value and data management relief.

Posted May 19, 2015

The demand for effective data management is intensifying. At the same time, the database market has expanded into a wide array of solutions—from traditional relational database management systems to alternative databases such as NoSQL, NewSQL, cloud, and in-memory offerings.

Posted May 19, 2015

Data preparation is gaining considerable visibility as a distinct aspect of data management and analytics work.

Posted May 19, 2015

Just when you thought NoSQL meant the end of SQL, think again.

Posted May 19, 2015

With the influx of big data solutions and technologies comes a bevy of new problems, according to Data Summit 2015 panelists Miles Kehoe, search evangelist at Avalon Consulting, and Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute. Kehoe and Buff opened the second day of Data Summit with a keynote discussion focusing on resolving data conundrums.

Posted May 14, 2015

The objects and relationships identified within any database design need to match with the very subjective realities considered true within a given organization. An optimal data model must incorporate the semantics of the business and provide for a structural arrangement supporting the necessary corporate instrumentality. And that model should do so, even if in the details things within the model are contrary to what other organizations may consider to be the nature of their reality.

Posted May 14, 2015

Every now and then, somebody will raise the age-old question "How can I measure the effectiveness and quality of my DBA staff?" This can be a difficult question to answer. And it almost always hides the actual question that is begging to be asked, which is "How many DBAs do we need?"

Posted May 14, 2015

With all the cheerleading and the steady drumbeat of new features being released to Azure, it's easy to lose track of the many cool and valuable new features released in the on-premises version of SQL Server. One of the crown jewels of SQL Server, the cardinality estimator (CE), underwent a large redesign for SQL Server 2014 to improve performance. Cardinality estimates are an extremely important part of query processing. In a nutshell, cardinality estimates are what the relation engine predicts for the number of rows affected by a given operation, including intermediate row sets like those created by filters, aggregations, joins and spool.

Posted May 14, 2015

RevCon is Revelation Software's conference that covers a wide array of topics on Revelation Software. Revelation Software users' conference this year focused on Revelation Software's flagship product, OpenInsight, and the new capabilities of version 10.0.

Posted May 14, 2015

Capgemini is extending its long-standing strategic partnership with SAP, allowing Capgemini to act as a single point of contact for customers globally, and delivering SAP products and support services through one consolidated framework. By signing a global value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with SAP, Capgemini is among a select group of global SAP partners that are part of the global program, which has specific entry requirements that include global reach, reseller capabilities and revenue targets.

Posted May 12, 2015

Splice Machine is partnering with Talend to enable customers to simplify data integration and streamline data workflows on Hadoop. Through this partnership, organizations building operational data lakes with Splice Machine can augment Talend's data integration technology with its data quality capabilities.

Posted May 12, 2015

IBM today announced a combined package of new servers and storage software and solutions in a move to accelerate the development of hybrid cloud computing. The company also revealed flexible software licensing of its middleware to help clients speed up their adoption of hybrid cloud environments.

Posted May 11, 2015

HP has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class clouds. HP's storage contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release focus on two strategic goals.

Posted May 11, 2015

Teradata has made enhancements to the Teradata Database's hybrid row and column capabilities to provide quicker access to data stored on columnar tables and drive faster query performance. Other relational database management systems store data tables in rows or columns, and each method offers benefits, depending on the application and type of data. However, they have been mutually exclusive. Teradata's new hybrid row and column capabilities allow the best of both worlds.

Posted May 08, 2015

Tableau's cloud analytic solution, Tableau Online, is being upgraded to version 9.0. The new release enables faster performance, and provides additional live database connection support, single sign-on, and other new features designed to help users do more with their data in the cloud. The new update brings a complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform with capabilities such as parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches that will make Tableau Online as much as 10 times faster.

Posted May 07, 2015

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Posted May 06, 2015

Accenture and Oracle have launched a new business group to jointly deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud, helping clients realize the benefits of the cloud faster and with reduced risk. The new group will bring solutions to market across a range of industries, with an initial focus on the public, financial and hospitality services sectors.

Posted May 06, 2015

Oracle has announced that Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1, Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1, and Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 are now generally available. A common theme across all three new releases is an emphasis on making developers lives easier, said Kris Rice, senior director of database tools, Oracle. "Everything revolves around the data."

Posted May 06, 2015

Oracle has introduced Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Release 5.2, the latest version of the company's secure remote access solution for cloud-hosted enterprise applications and hosted desktops running on not only Microsoft Windows, but also Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers. SGD allows users to work securely from any device and from any location, while providing administrators controlled access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center, providing a key benefit to large companies in a BYOD world.

Posted May 06, 2015

When databases are built from a well-designed data model, the resulting structures provide increased value to the organization. The value derived from the data model exhibits itself in the form of minimized redundancy, maximized data integrity, increased stability, better data sharing, increased consistency, more timely access to data, and better usability.

Posted May 06, 2015

Pivotal has made updates to its big data suite that include upgrades to the Pivotal HD enterprise-grade Apache Hadoop distribution, which is now based on the Open Data Platform core, and performance improvements for Pivotal Greenplum Database.

Posted May 05, 2015

BackOffice Associates has unveiled an updated solution that will fully automate data quality maintenance without the level of manual research, validation, or updating previously required for most companies. Dubbed "dspCompose," the new application has been included in Version 6.2 of its Data Stewardship Platform (DSP), and is aimed at reducing the time and money spent resolving thousands of data issues.

Posted May 05, 2015

Deep Information Sciences has closed $8 million in Series A funding. The round brings the total invested in Deep to $18 million. The funding will assist in the growth of the Deep Engine, which break downs the performance, speed and scale limitations of databases to help businesses achieve new insights and opportunities from big data.

Posted May 05, 2015

The Pure Storage FlashArray 400 Series is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. The certification enables Pure Storage to participate in SAP's program for SAP HANA tailored data center integration using its certified solution.

Posted May 04, 2015

Cosentry, a provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, has extended its managed cloud to provide expertise in connecting to Microsoft Azure, with a focus on utilizing Azure for SQL Server testing and development, SQL Server backup and SQL Server disaster recovery environments.

Posted May 01, 2015

BackOffice Associates' HiT Software division, a provider of data replication and change data capture solutions for heterogeneous database environments, has announced the release of version 8.5 of its flagship product DBMoto.

Posted April 29, 2015

Cloud is changing the game when it comes to data storage and processing, according to Greg Rahn, director of product management at Snowflake Computing. Rahn will be presenting a session at Data Summit 2015 focusing on demystifying the differences in cloud architecture and implementation that are critical to understand and evaluate the different options out there.

Posted April 28, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has unveiled the new XE7 version of ER/Studio, its flagship data architecture suite.

Posted April 28, 2015

IBM continues to experience tough quarters, but its mainframe business stands out like a bright beacon. For a platform that consistently is pronounced to be on the verge of obsolescence, it proved again and again that it provides more value to businesses than farms of commodity servers. Able to run clouds, with the best security of any platform, mainframes continue to provide their worth.

Posted April 27, 2015

System z revenues - which doubled in the first quarter of 2015 - proved to be one of the few positive line items in IBM's latest spate of downward numbers. Revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 118% compared with the year-ago period. Total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 95%.

Posted April 27, 2015

Cloud technology was a dominant focus at COLLABORATE 15, which took place earlier this month, according to Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG). "What's on top of everybody's mind is cloud strategy," English noted.

Posted April 27, 2015

With new industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools, IBM will expand on that expertise to help clients and partners integrate data from the growing number of IoT and traditional sources. These resources will be made available on an open platform to provide manufacturers with the ability to design and produce a new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for IoT, and to help business leaders across industries create systems that better fuse enterprise and IoT data to inform decision-making.

Posted April 23, 2015

The future will flourish with machines. We've been told this in pop culture for decades, from the helpful robots of the Jetsons, to the infamous Skynet of the Terminator movies, to the omniscient "computer" of Star Trek. Smart, connected devices will be ubiquitous and it's up to us, the humans, to decide what's next. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is about more than devices and data.

Posted April 23, 2015

As database administrators (DBAs) undertake more responsibilities than ever before, Janis Griffin, database performance evangelist and senior DBA, SolarWinds, with 26 years of experience under her belt, is looking to calm worries over increased workloads. As the benefits of cloud becomes more apparent, virtualization is going to be the wave of the future, Griffin noted. Virtualizating data or databases abstracts the technical environment, Griffin said, making it more flexible.

Posted April 23, 2015

There are many factors contributing to data environment changes, including users, technology, economics, and data itself. These four sources of change are creating opportunities to deliver competitive advantage but also new management, administration and optimization challenges.

Posted April 23, 2015

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