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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

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 7, a new release of the tool that helps virtualization administrators analyze and act on historical trends, respond to active issues, and prevent future problems through predictive analytics from a single console.

Posted November 02, 2016

Datawatch Corp. has announced Datawatch Monarch for Tableau, a customized version of its self-service data preparation solution to enable Tableau users to speed time-to-insight from visual analysis.

Posted November 02, 2016

A new semantic-based graph data model has emerged within the enterprise. This data model has all of the advantages of the relational data model, but goes even further in providing for more intelligence built into the database itself, enabling greater elasticity to absorb the inevitable changes to data requirements, at cloud scales.

Posted November 02, 2016

Redis Labs, the home of Redis, is introducing an open source project called Redis-ML, the Redis Module for Machine Learning. The new project will accelerate the delivery of real-time recommendations and predictions for interactive apps in combination with Spark Machine Learning (Spark ML).

Posted November 01, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an update to its SAP S/4HANA platform aimed at improving user productivity. By utilizing a simplified data model and SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience, the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release can reduce complexity and allow applications to yield new business capabilities, according to SAP. "All companies and all line-of-business and industries need to start with 1610 if they want to capitalize on the digital transformation for their company before their competitor does," said Sven Denecken, senior vice president of product management, co-innovation and packaging S/4HANA at SAP SE.

Posted November 01, 2016

MongoDB has introduced a new release of its NoSQL document database platform with key features that support additional data models for a "multimodel" approach, the combination of operational and analytical processing, elastic cross-region scaling, and tooling to simplify data management for customers.

Posted November 01, 2016

One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.

Posted November 01, 2016

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sanovi Technologies, a privately held company that provides hybrid cloud recovery, cloud migration and business continuity software for enterprise data centers and cloud infrastructure. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted October 31, 2016

IBM has introduced updates to its DB2 database management system, intended to help lower operating costs while bringing together transactions and analytics in the same database to increase the speed of real-time data analysis.

Posted October 31, 2016

Oracle has made enhancements to the data management platform within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to better help customers define, select, count, and deliver audience IDs based on the user's environment.

Posted October 31, 2016

With data flowing into enterprises from so many different sources, and at varying speeds and times, effective solutions are needed to enable insights to be uncovered for faster decision making. To delve into the issues involved in making big data usable more quickly within organizations, DBTA recently presented a webinar featuring executives from the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., known as Freddie Mac.

Posted October 27, 2016

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has released DB PowerStudio 2016+. The portfolio of database management tools was designed and built from the ground up by IDERA following the company's acquisition of Embarcadero in October 2015. With this update, in particular, IDERA adds new features for Oracle databases.

Posted October 26, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions, and XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps and continuous delivery software tools, are forming a partnership to better handle application release cycles and more. With this integration, joint customers can work within the XebiaLabs DevOps platform and leverage Datical to automate database deployments and enforce database security and compliance by treating the database as code.

Posted October 26, 2016

Oracle has introduced new versions of the Oracle Database Appliance, which the company says is designed to save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support for database solutions. "Oracle Database Appliance offers a path to cloud, future-proofing your investment," said Karen Sigman, vice president, Platform Business Group, Oracle.

Posted October 26, 2016

SAP is revealing a new version of its SAP Master Data Governance application with updates that include intuitive analytics and enhanced mobile functionality with SAP Smart Business cockpits powered by SAP HANA and new SAP Fiori apps for master data governance. The latest version of SAP Master Data Governance, version 9.0, expands master data consolidation functionality to the material data domain in addition to supplier and customer data.

Posted October 26, 2016

Business intelligence (BI) and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas this year, and with good reason. The competitive environment is intense, and business leaders are demanding they have access to greater insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better and faster decisions—often in real time. There have also been dramatic changes with BI and analytics tools and platforms. The three Cs—cloud, consolidation, and collaboration—are elevating BI and analytics to new heights within enterprises and gaining newfound respect at the highest levels.

Posted October 24, 2016

Collibra, a provider of data governance software solutions for business users, has introduced Collibra Catalog, as part of as part of Collibra 5.0, the latest release of its on premises or cloud data governance solution.

Posted October 24, 2016

Oracle has announced the general availability of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, which was first introduced at Oracle OpenWorld in September by Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Billed as "the cloud for your most demanding workloads," the Bare Metal Cloud Services offering is a public cloud that offers bare metal compute in a virtualized, high performance network environment.

Posted October 20, 2016

With Oracle OpenWorld 2016 now behind her, Alyssa Johnson, president-elect of the Oracle Applications Users Group, reflected on the latest developments and initiatives emerging from this year's Oracle conference for users and partners.

Posted October 20, 2016

Oracle has just released new research showing that only 44% of respondents believe that that their company is providing them with the latest technology to enable them to effectively perform in their role.

Posted October 19, 2016

Managed application service provider TriCore Solutions has acquired Database Specialists, a database managed service company focused on support for Oracle database systems.

Posted October 19, 2016

Micro Focus is acquiring GWAVA, Inc., a provider of enterprise information archiving. The transaction comes on the heels of Micro Focus' announcement that it will be merging with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Software Business Segment.

Posted October 17, 2016

A who's-who in enterprise computing - AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx - have announced the launch of the OpenCAPI Consortium, along with a new specification, called OpenCAPI, enabling up to 10 times faster server performance. The goal is to enable corporate and cloud data centers to speed up big data, machine learning, analytics, and other emerging workloads.

Posted October 17, 2016

As more companies seek to get data faster and more securely for better performance, business applications continue to grow more sophisticated. With this constant evolution, there is the related challenge of supporting them.

Posted October 17, 2016

Citing market research that data and analytics users spend the majority of their time either preparing data for analysis or waiting for data to be prepared for their use, Pentaho says that its latest release, Pentaho Business Analytics 7.0, addresses these challenges by allowing data engineers and analysts to easily prepare and visualize data without moving between separate data integration and visualization tools.

Posted October 17, 2016

Ending industry speculation, today, VMware and former rival Amazon Web Services (AWS) officially announced a partnership to provide a new hybrid cloud service dubbed, "VMware Cloud on AWS." In a joint announcement, the companies said the strategic alliance to build and deliver an integrated hybrid offering will give customers a full software-defined data center (SDDC), enabling customers to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. The partnership was initiated because customers are asking the companies to help make it easier to run their existing data center investments alongside AWS.

Posted October 13, 2016

The focus of data governance should not be on creating bureaucracy and rules, but instead on business enablement within context of use. To do this, I suggest looking at data governance not as enforcement of a discipline, but instead as a process of guiding a data expedition. Let's look at what a data expedition entails and how data governance will be the guide of this ongoing journey.

Posted October 13, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, is expanding National Change-of-Address (NCOA) move-update services to cover 10 additional international markets.

Posted October 12, 2016

Experian Data Quality, a provider of data quality software and services, has introduced a free Experian Data Profiler. The tool allows users to automatically analyze and explore up to 50 million records to discover and measure potential issues so they can prioritize their data quality investment decisions, avoid business problems caused by inaccurate data, and improve business processes.

Posted October 12, 2016

From an operational standpoint, there is the never-ending push to ensure environments are upgraded to supported releases, and then patches must be applied on a regular basis. From a project perspective, expectations are that new technologies will solve problems in organizations that are rooted in poor processes. There comes a point when we can become change-fatigued.

Posted October 12, 2016

Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration software, has formed a strategic partnership with T-Systems. T-Systems, a German subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, is using Talend Big Data Integration software to streamline the collection and cleansing of data as part of T-Systems' Big Data platform services.

Posted October 11, 2016

A new world of self-service BI brings with it its own issue of data chaos. When everyone is looking at the data their own way, people find different answers to the same questions.

Posted October 10, 2016

Almost all database workloads are now (or eventually will be) virtualized. High availability (HA) clusters using virtual servers provide the application protection needed to satisfy even the most demanding service-level agreements (SLAs). Configuring the shared storage needed for HA in VMware can present challenges to creating these clusters and therefore satisfying SLAs.

Posted October 07, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

For many years now, Cassandra has been renowned for its ability to handle massive scaling and global availability. Based on Amazon's Dynamo, Cassandra implements a masterless architecture which allows database transactions to continue even when the database is subjected to massive network or data center disruption. Even in the circumstance in which two geographically separate data centers are completely isolated through a network outage, a Cassandra database may continue to operate in both geographies, reconciling conflicting transactions—albeit possibly imperfectly—when the outage is resolved.

Posted October 07, 2016

Typically, most applications consist of both batch and online workloads. This is true even today, when most of our attention has turned to online and web-based interaction. Sure, online activities are the most obvious, in-your-face component of countless applications, but batch processing still drives many actions behind the scenes. This can include applying updates, processing reports, integrating input from multiple sources and locations, data extraction, database utility processing, and more.

Posted October 07, 2016

One of the great promises of AI is contextual processing that come naturally to humans, such as understanding visual input and natural language. You can now get in on the new previews from Microsoft to accomplish these goals. Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, knowledge, and search technologies—developed through decades of Microsoft research—to build intelligent apps.

Posted October 07, 2016

One symptom of an organization in the middle of a knowledge vacuum is evidenced by SQL that often includes what appears to be extravagant usage of the GROUP BY clause. Writing GROUP BYs here, there, and everywhere becomes a little SQL development dance step, a jitterbug to bypass the issue—moving but not really getting anywhere. Why do these kinds of circumstances exist? Well, maybe the only expert on the involved system has retired and no one else has picked up the torch, so no one is willing to touch the code.

Posted October 07, 2016

Arcserve, a provider of data protection for cloud, virtual, and physical environments, has released its second-generation Unified Data Protection (UDP) Appliance series. Integrated with the Arcserve UDP software, the new appliance series aims to simplify disaster recovery for small or overstretched IT teams that require an enterprise-grade data protection solution.

Posted October 06, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of corporate performance management (CPM), master data management (MDM), and data connectivity in heterogeneous environments, has formed a partnership agreement with Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd.

Posted October 06, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted October 05, 2016

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote, Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his second presentation, he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in the 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted October 05, 2016

SQL Sentry, a provider of tools for monitoring, diagnosing, and optimizing SQL Server environments, has announced it is combining its tools into one platform, and changing its name to SentryOne.

Posted October 05, 2016

Choosing when to leverage cloud infrastructure is a topic that should not be taken lightly. There are a few issues that should be considered when debating cloud as part of a business strategy.

Posted October 04, 2016

Dell Software Group unveiled an update to its analytics platform Dell Statistica that will help users transform their businesses with analytics. Key features of Statistica 13.2 include new collective intelligence capabilities to enable native integration with open source and application marketplaces, a new user interface designed to mask complexity and simplify workflows for citizen data scientists, and the ability to distribute data preparation and analytic workflows to any edge device or gateway.

Posted October 04, 2016

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