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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 ability to quickly act on information to solve problems or create value has long been the goal of many businesses. However, it wasn't until recently when new technologies emerged that the speed and scalability requirements of real-time data and analysis could be addressed both technically and cost-effectively by organizations on a larger scale.

Posted July 05, 2018

In a recent Data Summit 2018 talk, titled "NoSQL Concepts for the Relational DBA," Jason Hall, senior systems consultant, Quest Software, explored concepts familiar to relational DBAs, such as data modeling, high availability, and scalability, and discussed how those concepts translate into NoSQL platforms.

Posted July 03, 2018

Microsoft is releasing Azure IoT Edge and introducing robust capabilities to enable enterprise customers to bring their edge solutions to production. The new updates are open and flexible to provide users with greater choice.

Posted July 02, 2018

Expanding its range of services, in 2017, Dell Boomi acquired ManyWho, a provider of a unified cloud and low-code development platform that helps simplify workflow automation. Recently, Steve Wood, chief product officer at Boomi, talked about what's ahead for Boomi, what it means to be a connected business in the new hybrid cloud era, and the importance of low-code development.

Posted July 02, 2018

On June 20th, the Microsoft SQL Server team dropped the most recent release of SQL Operations Studio to the public. This is just one of many, many product announcements that demonstrate Microsoft's very serious commitment to interoperability and to meeting the needs of their customers wherever they reside, even if that's outside of the Microsoft ecosystem. One of the hallmarks of SQL Operations Studio, compared to the venerable SQL Server Management Studio, is that it's lightweight and expandable.

Posted July 02, 2018

When we hear the term "think outside the box," how often do we really examine what that phrase truly means? First, one needs a box. And it is on this issue where most folks fail. Before one can consider what is "outside the box," one must clearly understand what exactly is meant by "inside the box." People often consider random approaches the same as being "outside the box." However, just different is not enough.

Posted July 02, 2018

A Worldwide Data Ethics Council is something we greatly need. The council would focus on debating, crafting and proposing clearer regulations that dictate what is—and is not—ethical in terms of data collection, retention, and usage. Furthermore, it would communicate the message of being skeptical of everything and using caution before sharing anything with anyone. The council could also work on forms of data ethics education for schools and universities, as well as to educate the press and government officials. I mean, let's face it, after watching those U.S. Congressional hearings with Mark Zuckerberg I don't think any techies believe that government officials are prepared for the Information Age.

Posted July 02, 2018

The introduction of transactions in MongoDB 4.0 represents possibly the most significant change in MongoDB's architecture since its original release.  The lack of a transactional capability previously defined the capabilities of the database: Without transactions, MongoDB was blocked from consideration for a wide range of application scenarios.  With the implementation of transactions, MongoDB can for the first time truly claim to be a general purpose DBMS.

Posted July 02, 2018

A distributed cloud database is a database in which operational data is spread across different physical locations—for example, across different data centers, across hybrid clouds (such as private and/or public clouds), different public cloud regions of a public cloud, or even different public clouds.

Posted July 02, 2018

The hype around blockchain technology as it relates to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin is reaching an all-time high, but enterprise organizations are taking a longer-term, more measured approach.

Posted July 02, 2018

There's a new generation of technologies reshaping data management as we know it. To explore some of the game-changing technologies or approaches that are having the most profound impact on today's enterprises, DBTA asked industry experts and leaders to cite what they see as having the most positive impact. The following are eight areas effecting the most change.

Posted July 02, 2018

Big data has changed in the way it is collected, stored, processed, and analyzed—spanning Hadoop MapReduce, cloud—and increasingly multi-cloud—Spark, streaming analytics, the use of AI, the growing importance of edge, and the expanding use of containerization, said Anoop Dawar, senior vice president product management and marketing, MapR. MapR's goal, he said, is to provide a platform that survives and thrives amidst the transitions in technology and deployment going on now and in the future.

Posted June 28, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, is improving the data governance capabilities in its data integration platform to support organizations moving data to clouds and data lakes. Attunity's enhanced metadata and data lineage capabilities are designed to help users understand what the source of the data is, and highlight any modifications or transformations within the Attunity platform that have been applied.

Posted June 28, 2018

BlueData, provider of a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, is releasing updates for its BlueData EPIC platform, building upon innovations for large-scale distributed analytics and machine learning (ML) workloads on Docker containers. This summer release is the result of collaboration with BlueData's enterprise customers to develop new functionality in each of these areas to support their Big Data and AI initiatives - as they extend well beyond Hadoop and Spark to a range of different ML / DL and data science workloads, and beyond on-premises infrastructure to public cloud and hybrid architectures.

Posted June 28, 2018

SAP is updating its cloud platform, boosting the solution with the ability to extend and customize applications with multicloud and mobilization choices. The enhancements include SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain, which will enable enterprises to build and extend business solutions with blockchain technologies.

Posted June 27, 2018

SAP is releasing a new suite of applications to help businesses serve and retain customers, modernizing the focus of CRM solutions. The combination of assets features new machine learning capabilities from SAP Leonardo, a set of intelligent technologies the company introduced last year, as well as the new SAP HANA Data Management Suite, which enables companies to gain visibility and control of their highly distributed data.

Posted June 27, 2018

At MongoDB World '18 today in New York, MongoDB is announcing new capabilities that build on the core foundations of MongoDB. In total, the new features enhance speed, flexibility, and ease of use, giving organizations the ability to use MongoDB everywhere, and allowing developers to spend their time where it makes sense for the business, said Eric Holzhauer, senior director of product marketing at MongoDB, who spoke to DBTA before the conference.

Posted June 27, 2018

Developed by Oracle University, Oracle's new LaunchPad online learning platform provides "learning paths" and task-focused modules with video tutorials and step-by-step instructions. Oracle is also offering SaaS customers free live "Quick Start" learning events and a "Starter Pack" for guided in-app overlays to further accelerate onboarding and end user adoption.

Posted June 26, 2018

Coinciding with the International Supercomputing Conference, the TOP500 List of supercomputers has been announced. For the first time since November 2012, the U.S. claimed the most powerful supercomputer in the world, leading a significant turnover in which four of the five top systems were either new or substantially upgraded. With the announcement, the TOP500 is also marking its 25th anniversary.

Posted June 25, 2018

Hitachi Vantara has announced hardware and software enhancements across the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) family of converged, hyperconverged and rack-scale systems, including NVMe SSD caching and GPU processor-based server options. New certified applications ecosystem solutions optimized for mission-critical environments include Oracle databases, SAP HANA, VMware, and big data analytics frameworks.

Posted June 20, 2018

Oracle recently announced general availability of Oracle Application Express (APEX) 18.1, a low-code rapid application development platform that can run in any Oracle Database and is included with every Oracle Database Cloud Service.  APEX enables users to develop, design, and deploy data-driven desktop and mobile applications using only a browser. 

Posted June 20, 2018

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is partnering with Scanovate, a digital identity management platform, to provide mobile identity management. Scanovate empowers businesses to interact with mobile device users, offering frictionless onboarding while meeting compliance concerns as the first step in managing risk.

Posted June 20, 2018

Immuta revealed it has raised $20 million in Series B funding, which will be used to accelerate global customer growth and extend product leadership. The funding round was led by DFJ Growth, with participation from new investors, Dell Technologies Capital and Citi Ventures, and existing investors, Drive Capital and Greycroft.

Posted June 20, 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to invest $4 billion in Intelligent Edge technologies and services over the next four years. Specifically, HPE will invest in research and development to advance and innovate new products, services and consumption models across a number of technology domains such as security, AI and machine learning, automation, and edge computing.

Posted June 20, 2018

NGINX, which offers a suite of technologies designed to develop and deliver modern applications, has raised $43 million in Series C funding led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity. Stating that application modernization is imperative to achieving successful digital outcomes and drives increased enterprise adoption of microservices architecture to complement legacy applications and support evolving application demands, NGINX says it seeks to capitalize on the opportunity and help enterprises in their modernization journey - a market projected to reach $32.01 billion by 2023 and growing at more than 16% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

Posted June 20, 2018

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, a provider of an open source SQL database, is receiving $11 million in series A funding, along with boosting the commercially-available Crate Machine Data Platform and version 3.0 of the open source CrateDB.Based on its years of experience working with machine data innovators, Crate.io is introducing the Crate Machine Data Platform. The Crate Machine Data Platform helps companies put machine data to work even faster, by simplifying the time-consuming job of building and operating the data management "plumbing" that forms the foundation for IoT systems.

Posted June 19, 2018

InfluxData, provider of an open source platform built specifically for metrics, events, and other time series data, has released new capabilities targeted at speeding the visualization and analysis of structured application and system events captured via log files. Now, by correlating business, server, and application metrics with structured logs, InfluxData provides faster and more precise problem investigation and root-cause analysis capabilities.

Posted June 19, 2018

A modern data architecture for business intelligence and analytics has to support structured, unstructured, and semi-structured sources, as well as hybrid integration and also meet the analytical needs of a wide range of users spanning casual information consumers, power users, and data scientists.  At Data Summit 2018, Richard Sherman, managing partner of the consultancy Athena IT Solutions, presented a talk on "Designing a Data Architecture for Modern Business Intelligence & Analytics." Sherman cautioned against falling into the "one-tool-fits-all" trap.

Posted June 19, 2018

Software AG has acquired a visual data analytics product line for the manufacturing and process industry that is intended to complement Software AG's Cumulocity Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 product portfolio. TrendMiner enables enterprises to recognize patterns and trends in their process data, identify production irregularities, and adapt necessary process adjustments early—without the need for support from IT specialists or data scientists. 

Posted June 18, 2018

Innovative vendors are helping to point the way forward with technologies and services to take advantage of the wealth of data that is pouring into companies. This sixth DBTA 100 list spans a wide variety of companies that are each addressing the evolving demands for hardware, software, and services. Some are long-standing companies with well-established offerings that have evolved over time, while others are much newer to the data scene.

Posted June 14, 2018

Collibra, a provider of enterprise data governance and catalog software, has introduced Collibra 5.4 which adds new crowdsourced social functionality. The new capabilities leverage the knowledge and insights of business users across an organization to allow them to rate and review data assets and extend data governance engagement and collaboration.

Posted June 12, 2018

At Data Summit 2018 in Boston just 2 days before GDPR went into effect, Kristina Podnar, digital policy consultant, NativeTrust Consulting, LLC, presented a talk on what you need to know to become compliant with the new regulation—and maintain compliance. In her presentation, Podnar cut through the legal and regulatory noise, taking the 99 articles of GDPR and distilling them into 10 key areas so attendees could identify the things that they really need to deal with—and those that do not apply.

Posted June 12, 2018

Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology, was explored in a 3-hour Data Summit 2018 presentation led by Paul Tatro, who covered the wide range of blockchain topics including what it is, the differences between public and private blockchains, use cases, and the meaning of terms such as "smart contracts," "blocks," "nonces," "hashes," "oracles," and digital signatures.

Posted June 08, 2018

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is releasing Toad Edge 2.0, adding support for Postgres. Toad Edge enables developers and database administrators to reduce the time and effort required to develop, manage and maintain Postgres -based open source databases, while ensuring optimal performance.

Posted June 07, 2018

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire DataScience.com, whose platform centralizes data science tools, projects and infrastructure in a fully-governed workspace.

Posted June 06, 2018

Since the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018, organizations have  hopefully already emerged from the strategy phase and are now well into implementation. However, the nuances of GDPR are something most of us are still trying to comprehend—and we probably won't truly understand all of it for a while. In the hustle to reach compliance, errors will likely have been made. In the process of GDPR planning and execution, there are four key areas that companies need to be wary of. If not managed carefully, they can slow down the process of achieving, and maintaining, compliance goals.

Posted June 06, 2018

Cloudera, Inc. is introducing new innovations to help businesses operationalize data insights faster by making data scientists and data engineers more productive. New machine learning capabilities make it easier for data scientists to quickly train and deploy models with higher confidence and lower risk.

Posted June 05, 2018

SolarWinds is making a series of updates to its network management product portfolio, allowing the platform to support networks up to four times larger. This improvement makes it easy to consolidate monitoring solutions to a single provider enterprise-wise, and gives IT professionals' far greater flexibility to scale up and support larger data center networks as workloads increase, or scale out to address complex distributed networks. 

Posted June 04, 2018

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced general availability of Amazon Neptune, a fully managed graph database service that stores and navigates connected data, allowing developers to create sophisticated, interactive graph applications that can query billions of relationships with millisecond latency.

Posted June 04, 2018

As Hadoop adoption in the enterprise continues to grow, so does commitment to the data lake strategy. DBTA recently held a webinar with Mark Van de Wiel, CTO, HVR, Dale Kim, Sr. director, products/solutions, Arcadia Data, and Rick Golba, product marketing manager, Percona, who discussed unlocking the power of the data lake.

Posted June 04, 2018

It may seem strange to see MongoDB expanding the very features of the relational databases that it originally rejected. In the last few releases, we've seen implementation of joins, strict schemas, and now ACID transactions. However, what this indicates is that MongoDB is increasingly contending for serious enterprise database workloads: MongoDB is expanding the scope of its ambitions.

Posted June 01, 2018

Whether you're an Oracle system or database administrator, an IT manager, or executive, or even just an end user or customer, security should be as important to you as almost anything else. We all hear about breaches in the news all too often. From the executive level to the end customer, none of us want to be anywhere near such a breach.

Posted June 01, 2018

With all of the data breaches and accusations of improper data usage in the news these days, the question of who owns data looms large. Understanding who owns which data is a complex question that can't be answered quickly or easily.

Posted June 01, 2018

Under usual circumstances, the one-to-many or many-to-many relationship, alone, drives the pattern used within the database model. Certainly, the logical database model should represent the proper business semantics of the situation. But on the physical side, there may exist extenuating circumstances that would cause a data modeler to consider including an associative table construct for a one-to-many relationship.

Posted June 01, 2018

It's spring-cleaning season, meaning many diligent homeowners are busy trying to organize their closets and homes in preparation for the spring and summer. Organizations, both small and large, also must keep up with cleaning their virtual dust bunnies on a regular basis, just as one would do within their own home.

Posted June 01, 2018

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