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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

At Data Summit 2016, Robin A. Thottungal, the EPA's first chief data scientist, explained how the agency is becoming more data-driven and shared some of challenges and the innovative solutions taken by the agency in implementing real-time monitoring of environmental parameters about the current state of our ecosystem.

Posted May 10, 2016

What does the Oracle DBA need to know about NoSQL? Charles Pack, technical director, CSX Technology, answered that question in a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "Oracle NoSQL for the Oracle RDBMS DBA." The Oracle NoSQL Database offers benefits and Oracle DBAs have the opportunity to add it to their portfolios, according to Pack, who covered where the NoSQL database fits in within the overall Oracle ecosystem. "It is not a replacement for all your databases. It is a piece in the puzzle," emphasized Pack.

Posted May 10, 2016

At the center of the new big data movement is the Hadoop framework, which provides an efficient file system and related ecosystem of solutions to store and analyze big datasets. The Hadoop ecosystem was addressed from two points of view in a session at Data Summit 2016. James Casaletto, principal solutions architect, Professional Services at MapR, presented a talk titled "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem," and Tassos Sarbanes, mathematician / data scientist, Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, covered the advantages of HBase in a talk titled "HBase Data Model - The Ultimate Model on Hadoop."

Posted May 10, 2016

Despite the increasing focus on offering more access to more users in organizations, ad hoc querying of big data remains a problem for most, according to Jair Aguirre, data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, who presented a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "De-Siloing Data Using Apache Drill."

Posted May 10, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted May 10, 2016

IT and businesses don't always see eye to eye when it comes to overall goals within an enterprise. To address this glaring issue, Anne Buff, business solutions manager and thought leader for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS Institute, discussed aligning data strategy goals at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 10, 2016

The pace of technology is moving faster than ever and more enterprises are struggling with how to keep up to date with their data architecture. John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how to design and implement data architecture for the ever evolving big data world during Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 10, 2016

Data Summit 2016 kicked off at the New York Hilton Midtown earlier this month with keynote presentations by Ben Wellington, the creator of I Quant NY, and Nicholas Chandra, vice president of Cloud Customer Success at Oracle.

Posted May 10, 2016

MarkLogic has announced that MarkLogic 9 is available for early access. The latest release of the enterprise NoSQL database features enhancements in data integration, security, and manageability.

Posted May 10, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 10, 2016

EMC Corp.'s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) is releasing an upgraded version of its EMC InfoArchive platform, enhancing the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical data and content.

Posted May 09, 2016

The world's data has doubled in 18 months' time. The industry estimates that the global amount of storage will reach 40 ZB by 2020. Historically, storage architectures were built on solutions that could only scale vertically. This legacy approach to storage presents significant challenges to being able to store the tremendous quantities of data being created today in a way that is cost-effective and maintains high levels of performance. Today, most of the world's data centers are still using vertical scaling solutions for storage, which means that organizations are seeking alternatives that allow them to scale cheaply and efficiently in order to remain competitive. And now, with software defined storage moving forward, we see the use of more scale-out storage solutions in data centers.

Posted May 04, 2016

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

Being able to assess the effectiveness and performance of your database systems and applications is one of the most important things that a DBA must be able to do. This can include online transaction response time evaluation, sizing of the batch window and determining whether it is sufficient for the workload, end-to-end response time management of distributed workload, and more. But in order to accurately gauge the effectiveness of your current environment and setup, service level agreements, or SLAs, are needed.

Posted May 04, 2016

Redmonk's annual programming language rankings - based on GitHub and StackOverflow traffic - were recently released and to no one's surprise, JavaScript was ranked as the most popular programming language.

Posted May 04, 2016

Many thought it was an early April Fool's Day prank, but it was no joke: On March 7, 2016, Microsoft announced the beta release of SQL Server on Linux with the intention of shipping a full release of the product by April of 2017.

Posted May 04, 2016

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, a provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, in a transaction valued at approximately $532 million. Separately, Oracle also announced another agreement to acquire Textura, a provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for in a deal valued at approximately $663 million.

Posted May 04, 2016

What makes an IT organization static or dynamic? What triggers an organization to move from one to the other? The transformation is not easy and it certainly does not happen quickly. These questions can also be asked at a personal level. As an IT professional, are you more likely to be static or dynamic?

Posted May 04, 2016

Say what you will about Oracle, it certainly can't be accused of failing to move with the times. Typically, Oracle comes late to a technology party but arrives dressed to kill.

Posted May 04, 2016

Qlik is unveiling the next version of its Qlik Sense Enterprise platform, combing enterprise readiness and governance with visualization and data preparation capabilities, according to the company.

Posted May 03, 2016

Oracle database migration can pose a variety of learning curve challenges. However, a platform does exist that can make the transition easier. In a recent DBTA webinar, Bill Brunt, product manager of SharePlex at Dell, discussed how users can reduce downtime, migrate at speed, eliminate risk, and validate success by tapping into SharePlex.

Posted May 03, 2016

TimeXtender, a provider of data warehouse automation (DWA) software for Microsoft SQL Server, is partnering with Qlik to offer a complete data warehouse and business intelligence package to users across the globe.

Posted May 03, 2016

Analytics provider Lavastorm is partnering with Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, to offer an integrated solution for a broader swath of users of all skill levels through Qlik Sense.

Posted May 03, 2016

The new name for Dell after it merges with EMC later in 2016 will be Dell Technologies. The new name was announced by Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., at EMC World and in a letter to Dell team members.

Posted May 02, 2016

Led by Pivotal, GE Ventures, and GTD Capital, SnappyData has secured $3.65 million in Series A funding that will help it grow and further its technologies.

Posted April 29, 2016

Enterprises are constantly searching for ways to capture, leverage, and analyze data effectively. However, bottlenecks can wreak havoc on the application development process.

Posted April 29, 2016

Accenture and Splunk have formed an alliance that integrates Splunk products and cloud services into Accenture's application services, security, and digital offerings. The goal is to help customers improve business outcomes by mining vast amounts of application and operational data to identify trends and opportunities for improvement that were previously difficult to detect.

Posted April 28, 2016

Snowflake Computing, a provider of cloud-based data warehousing, and MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, are teaming up to provide cloud-enabled analytics. The collaboration will build on Snowflake's certified connectivity with MicroStrategy 10 through further product integration and go-to-market collaboration.

Posted April 28, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, unveiled a new a master data management offering designed to fuel business processes with accurate customer data for informed decision making.

Posted April 27, 2016

Database as a service, also known as DBaaS, offers a solution to some key issues that have vexed enterprise database shops for years. That is, how to maintain and update back-end technologies; how to integrate data from multiple, changeable sources without the need to rewrite the applications that depend on them; and how to make data readily accessible to end users who need it regardless of the device they are using.

Posted April 27, 2016

BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data modernization solutions, is acquiring CompriseIT, a U.K. consulting firm specializing in helping enterprises adopt SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). BackOffice Associates' acquisition of CompriseIT is the latest initiative in move to strengthen its expertise in helping customers as they embark on their journey to implement SAP S/4HANA.

Posted April 27, 2016

Cisco is launching an appliance that includes the MapR Converged Data Platform for SAP HANA, making it easier and faster for users to take advantage of big data. The UCS Integrated Infrastructure for SAP HANA is made easy to deploy, speeds time to market, and will reduce operational expenses along with providing users with the flexibility to choose a scale-up (on-premises) or scale-out (cloud) storage strategy.

Posted April 27, 2016

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is releasing an enhanced version of its namesake platform, addressing key areas of the user experience, machine-to-machine integration, automation, and more.

Posted April 27, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. Cloud, in-memory, real-time, virtualization, SaaS, IoT - today, there are many opportunities for data-driven companies to take advantage of more data in more varieties flowing at greater velocity than ever before.

Posted April 27, 2016

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely forgivable if you haven't noticed. The reason it's OK is that Microsoft is advancing on multiple fronts, both in the on-premises product line and even more dramatically with the Azure cloud-based products.

Posted April 27, 2016

Analytics software firm FICO has introduced its Decision Management Suite 2.0, an expanded, cloud-based suite of analytic tools and applications for prescriptive analytics and decision management. The new release is an update to the suite which was first launched in 2013. The updated suite tackles problem the company says is common to many big data deployments - the gap between taking the vast amount of available data and translating it in to useful insights to support business decisions.

Posted April 27, 2016

BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data modernization solutions, has launched version 6.5 of its flagship Data Stewardship Platform (DSP). The company is also introducing an updated application for business process governance and application data management.

Posted April 26, 2016

Along with an increasing flow of big data that needs to be captured and analyzed, IT departments today also have more solution choices than ever before. However, before making a solution selection, organizations need to understand their requirements and also evaluate the attributes of the possible tools.

Posted April 25, 2016

The COLLABORATE 16 conference for Oracle users kicked off with a presentation by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick who shared insights from a ground-breaking study that examined future trends and technology among 690 members of three major Oracle users groups.

Posted April 25, 2016

The greatest power in using IoT-derived insights is the ability respond to opportunities or threats immediately. However, enterprises largely have focused on historical reporting and will need to significantly modernize their analytics capabilities—both in understanding current events and predicting future outcomes—to take advantage of the new insights that IoT data can bring.

Posted April 25, 2016

The core reason for implementing in-memory technology is to improve performance. To help accelerate adoption of in-memory technologies and provide a universal standard for columnar in-memory processing and interchange, the lead developers of 13 major open source big data projects have joined forces to create Apache Arrow, a new top level project within the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

Posted April 24, 2016

SAS has launched Viya,, a new analytics and visualization architecture designed to help make analytics accessible to a greater swath of users. According to the vendor, Viya, represents the foundation for a suite of offerings including machine learning, and will help speed the time between early-stage analytical exploration and resulting business value for users of all skill levels.

Posted April 22, 2016

MemSQL, provider of a distributed in-memory database that enables processing of transactions and running of analytics in real time, has closed its series C financing, raising $36 million. This latest MemSQL funding round brings the total amount raised to $85 million.

Posted April 21, 2016

Percona, a provider of MySQL and MongoDB solutions and services, is releasing an updated version of Percona Server for MongoDB .

Posted April 21, 2016

Oracle released new versions of several of its engineered systems which provide tightly integrated hardware and software. The company has introduced the Exadata X6 Database Machine, as well as updates to the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance and SuperCluster M7.

Posted April 20, 2016

It seems every week there is another data breach in the news, which translates to millions and millions of personal records, credit card numbers, and other pieces of confidential information stolen each month. The victims of these breaches include important companies with professional IT staff. Now, you may be thinking: "Shouldn't the network guys be responsible for security?"

Posted April 20, 2016

When users require access to multiple databases on multiple servers distributed across different physical locations, database security administration can become quite complicated. The commands must be repeated for each database, and there is no central repository for easily modifying and deleting user security settings on multiple databases simultaneously. At a high level, database security boils down to answering four questions.

Posted April 19, 2016

Sumo Logic, a provider of cloud-native, machine data analytics services, is unveiling a new platform that natively ingests, indexes, and analyzes structured metrics data, and unstructured log data together in real-time.

Posted April 18, 2016

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