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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

When applied implementation efforts are not efficient, more often than not, the inefficiencies are due to the interference of an imp known as "churn," i.e., implementation wheels spinning away and not actually making progress. Churn is bad. Churn is one of the most destructive circumstances for any IT project. Churn may raise its ugly head at any point where a project requirement or need is left unclear.

Posted January 02, 2020

When I was a young man—a long, long time ago now—I worked as an Oracle DBA (Oracle version 6, if you must know). I remember my astonishment at finding out that information in the database was stored in plain text within the database files. That meant if I could gain read access just to those files, I could read all the information in the database. It didn't matter what security controls I, as the DBA implemented at the database level—an attacker who could gain read access to the files on disk could read everything.

Posted January 02, 2020

Application developers typically do not spend a lot of time on optimizing performance. Their focus is on writing code that matches the project specifications and delivers the expected results. So, it makes sense that SQL performance testing should be conducted on all programs before they are migrated to a production environment, or you will likely experience performance problems

Posted January 02, 2020

One of the great challenges with catastrophic events is that they can come from any number of sources, so business owners must make sure they're prepared for all types of disasters. Preparation is the only way to avert disasters and ensure your operations will continue without significant disruption.

Posted January 02, 2020

Data is the lifeblood of all organizations in today's era of digital business transformation. Because it is, the corporate spotlight is especially bright on DBAs who are tasked with ensuring users and applications always have access to the data on which they depend. Considering the hit to a company's bottom line, and potentially to its reputation in the market, when infrastructure and information becomes unavailable, it's easy to see how important it is for these DBAs to have access to the highest-quality, expert technical support professional when help is needed.

Posted January 02, 2020

2019 was a banner year for cybersecurity crime, with hackers targeting consumers, government agencies, and private corporations alike. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average total cost of a data breach is $3.86 million, and 80% of U.S. businesses expect that they will have had a critical breach this year. These numbers are not only sizable; they're alarming.

Posted December 30, 2019

Many organizations are experimenting with AI programs, but most of them face a significant and seemingly intractable problem. Although proof-of-concept (POC) projects and minimum viable products (MVPs) may show value and demonstrate a potential capability, frequently, they are difficult to scale.

Posted December 30, 2019

The cloud was on everyone's mind this past year; with so many questions rising surrounding how to secure cloud environments to what type of cloud is best for the organization. Cloud computing has revealed countless new dimensions to IT. There are public clouds, private clouds, distributed clouds, and hybrid, multi-cloud architectures.

Posted December 24, 2019

The Internet of Things has connected different facets of the enterprise in ways that were previously only imagined. Now companies and customers demand to see results and understand those results in real time or near-real time. IoT can connect enterprise assets to gain real-time insights, which improve decision making, drive efficiency, empower employees, and create better customer experiences. Here, executives of leading companies offer 6 predictions for what's ahead in 2020 for the IoT space.

Posted December 24, 2019

For many, governance remains a dirty word: It's bureaucratic, restrictive, and slows things down. This perception is diametrically opposed to data governance's true objective, which is to enable rapid yet appropriate exploitation of enterprise data assets.

Posted December 23, 2019

There's no doubt that AI has taken center stage in the enterprise data and analytics world, as evidenced by the mass quantities of related headlines, conferences, and vendor marketing. But hype aside, business executives are now discovering how to leverage AI for improved decision making with augmented or assistive intelligence solutions or the competitive advantages in new products and services. AI is proving its viability in the real world, including enterprise data and analytics.

Posted December 23, 2019

In 2019 artificial intelligence and machine learning continued its upward trajectory in the market, promising to change the future as we know it. To help support data management processes and decision making, artificial and augmented intelligence is being infused into products and services. Machine learning sits in the center of all AI conversations, as combining machine learning with AI and cognitive technologies can make it even more effective in processing large volumes of information. Both technologies can lead to automation of tasks inside and outside the enterprise-another subject that promises to make waves in the future.  Here, executives of leading companies offer 10 predictions for what's ahead in 2020.

Posted December 20, 2019

Dotscience, a provider of DevOps for Machine Learning (MLOps) solutions, is forming partnerships with GitLab and Grafana Labs, along with strengthening integrations with several platforms and cloud providers. The company is deepening integrations to include Scikit-learn, H2O.ai and TensorFlow; expanding multi-cloud support with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure; and entering a joint collaboration with global enterprises to develop an industry benchmark for helping enterprises get maximum ROI out of their AI initiatives.

Posted December 18, 2019

Unravel Data, a data operations platform providing full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations, is joining the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) Global Startup Program. The Unravel platform is designed to accelerate the adoption of big data workloads in AWS. By supporting Amazon EMR, Unravel allows users to connect to a new or existing Amazon EMR cluster with just one click.

Posted December 18, 2019

SAP is forming a partnership with project44, a global leader in advanced visibility for shippers and logistics service providers, to change the way shippers manage the delivery process. The companies plan to offer a joint solution for key transportation processes, such as receiving and tracking, that will connect, automate, and provide visibility data and insight from project44 within SAP Logistics Business Network.

Posted December 18, 2019

The next decade is just around the corner and enterprises in and around the big data space are preparing to pounce upon the next set of trends the new year will bring. The cloud is primed to continue making waves, along with other digital disruptions to improve user experiences. Several industry experts from SAP have offered up what they see as the top trends for 2020. 

Posted December 18, 2019

Syniti, a global data management solution provider, is releasing the Syniti Data Replication 9.6 software solution, a flexible platform that provides fast up-to-the-minute data replication with real-time change data capture. Available on-premise or in the cloud, Syniti Data Replication enables successful management of data growth, faster synchronization and integration, and analysis of data. 

Posted December 18, 2019

Prior to 2008, whatever your database question, the answer was always, "Oracle"—or sometimes, "MySQL" or, "SQL Server." The relational database management system (RDBMS) model—really a triumvirate of technologies combining Codd's relational data model, the ACID transaction model, and the SQL language—dominated database management systems completely.

Posted December 18, 2019

IDERA, an Idera, Inc. company, has introduced SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL v8.9, which adds new features that strengthen the query analysis and enterprise security of SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL to monitor databases in the cloud and on-premise with a single tool. SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL was previously known as Monyog, which was part of Webyog's database administration and management products that Idera, Inc., acquired in April 2018.

Posted December 18, 2019

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired VividCortex, a provider of SaaS-delivered database performance management with an emphasis on databases commonly used in cloud-native applications designed to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. SolarWinds plans to add the VividCortex product to its IT operations management portfolio beginning in Q4 2019. The SaaS-based offering will complement SolarWinds' Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), an on-premise and cloud-deployed product.

Posted December 18, 2019

Oracle business strategist Lee Levitt laments the lack of data-driven organizations in today's business world in this clip from his keynote at Data Summit 2019.

Posted December 18, 2019

Intel Labs has unveiled what it believes to be a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named "Horse Ridge" — that is aimed at speeding up the development of full-stack quantum computing systems. With Horse Ridge, Intel says it is introducing an elegant solution that will enable the company to control multiple qubits and set a clear path toward scaling future systems to larger qubit counts — a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality.

Posted December 17, 2019

Cambridge Semantics' Anzo platform is now available to enterprises in Australia and New Zealand through a partnership with Allinno, a systems integrator and consulting firm based in Australia. "The market for graph and semantic technologies is growing exponentially as companies have recognized their value in solving the most complex data discovery and analytics challenges," said Steve Dischinger, vice president of business development, Cambridge Semantics.

Posted December 17, 2019

Ontotext is updating its signature platform with new GraphQL interfaces to make it easier for application developers to access knowledge graphs without tedious development of back-end APIs or complex SPARQL. The underlying Semantic Object service implements an efficient GraphQL to SPARQL translation optimized for GraphDB, as well as a generic configurable security model.

Posted December 17, 2019

It is said that form follows function in architecture, and we are seeing something similar in IT, where job titles follow current trends. So move over data scientist. The "contextualist" is here. We have a lot of shifts in IT, and today we are at the dawn of Industrial Revolution Number Four. This revolution started in the communications industry about a decade ago, with advances in mobile technology that helped disrupt the traditional media world by offering online news and entertainment.

Posted December 16, 2019

The big data ecosystem has changed. No longer is it true that people just want to store massive quantities of data. Action is not only needed but must be taken to sustain the viability of an organization. While some say big data is dead, the concept isn't going anywhere. Instead, it is the notion of inaction on big data that is dead. In addition, the technologies that were built to store and process big data are not loved by the industry; they are merely tolerated and are often maligned. They have been difficult to put into production, to maintain, manage, and even find people with the skills to do all the work.

Posted December 16, 2019

Accenture is acquiring Clarity Insights, a U.S.-based data consultancy with deep data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) expertise. The acquisition will add nearly 350 employees, along with a strong portfolio of accelerators, which can help organizations more quickly realize value from their data, to Accenture's Applied Intelligence business. These additions will further equip clients with leading capabilities to meet the growing demand for enterprise-scale AI, analytics, and automation solutions.

Posted December 13, 2019

As the urgency to compete on analytics continues to revolutionize the business world, more and more organizations are moving their data to the cloud to reduce infrastructure costs, increase efficiencies and improve time-to-value. At the same time, there are many success factors to consider, from the strengths and weaknesses of different cloud providers, to integration hurdles, data latency challenges and governance problems.

Posted December 12, 2019

Dynatrace announced the company has created Keptn, an open source pluggable control plane to advance the industry movement toward autonomous clouds. Keptn provides the automation and orchestration of the processes and tools needed for continuous delivery and automated operations for cloud native environments.

Posted December 12, 2019

dotData, focused on delivering full-cycle data science automation and operationalization for the enterprise, has achieved Advanced Technology Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). Achieving APN Advanced Technology Partner status is recognition of dotData's ability to deliver data science automation and machine learning (ML) automation on AWS.

Posted December 12, 2019

Aerospike, a provider of real-time NoSQL data solutions, has announced the general availability of version 4.8. "Aerospike's unique, hardware-optimized NoSQL database platform unlocks ultra-fast runtime performance, unlike alternative solutions that are not as deeply integrated with the underlying hardware," said Srini Srinivasan, chief product officer and founder, Aerospike.

Posted December 11, 2019

GigaSpaces, the provider of Insight Edge, is releasing GigaSpaces Version 15.0, including updates to the InsightEdge Platform and XAP, to operationalize and optimize machine learning. GigaSpaces Version 15.0 powers machine learning operations (MLOps) initiatives, helping enterprises maximize the business value derived from big data.

Posted December 11, 2019

Oracle OpenWorld, which has for many years been held in San Francisco during the month of September or October, is moving to Las Vegas. "Oracle is excited to offer a modern, state-of-the-art experience for attendees at Oracle OpenWorld and Code One 2020 in Las Vegas," an Oracle spokesperson said in a written statement. "The city and its vast amenities are tailor-made for hosting large-scale events, and we look forward to bringing the industry's most comprehensive technology and developer conference to America's premier hospitality destination."

Posted December 11, 2019

Processing big data in real-time for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things poses significant infrastructure challenges. Whether it is for autonomous vehicles, connected devices, or scientific research, legacy NoSQL solutions often struggle at hyperscale. They've been built on top of existing RDBMs and tend to strain when looking to analyze and act upon data at hyperscale - petabytes and beyond.

Posted December 09, 2019

Prior to 2008, whatever your database question, the answer was always,"Oracle"—or sometimes, "MySQL" or, "SQL Server." The relational database management system (RDBMS) model—really a triumvirate of technologies combining Codd's relational data model, the ACID transaction model, and the SQL language—dominated database management systems completely.

Posted December 09, 2019

"I've looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down and still somehow, it's cloud's illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all." These are lyrics from a song created in the late 1960s by Joni Mitchell. It's doubtful that the songwriter envisioned computer systems in the clouds, yet the words somehow ring true today. Cloud computing has revealed countless new dimensions to IT. We have public clouds, private clouds, distributed clouds, but most importantly, we have hybrid, multi-cloud architectures. However, the idea of "the cloud" remains as elusive as the artist who wrote the song.

Posted December 09, 2019

Sixgill, LLC, a provider of data automation and authenticity products and services, is offering Sixgill Integrity 1.0 for blockchain-enforced data authenticity. Sixgill Integrity fulfills the critical enterprise need for end-to-end, real-time data authenticity assurance with robust capabilities to monitor and guarantee the veracity of any data stream, including today's sensors emitting time-series data in any form.

Posted December 09, 2019

Banzai Cloud, a cloud software startup, is releasing a secure application platform, Pipeline 2.0, now integrated with Cloud Fusion. Pipeline 2.0 is a hybrid multi-cloud application platform based on Cloud Native technologies that provides a productive foundation for containerized application deployment as well as integrated solutions for Day One and Day Two operations.

Posted December 04, 2019

Database security has always been important, and with the compliance requirements of new regulations such as GDPR and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), it's an issue that reaches across the organization, into the board room and to customers. This attention is putting new pressure on DBAs to secure production data and development and testing databases. Here are some relatively simple database security best practices and security checks that are easily executed, and can help organizations better understand and strengthen their defensive security posture

Posted December 04, 2019

KALEAO is rebranding itself as Bamboo Systems, a provider of transformative ARM server architecture designed to power the next generation of sustainable data centers. In addition to the rebrand, the company has closed a $4.5 million pre-Series A funding round led by Seraphim Capital. The new funding will be used to bring to market the only server designed to give hyperscale performance with ten times the density of today's Intel-based servers.

Posted December 03, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is launching GreenLake Central, an edge-to-cloud portfolio as-a-service that provides customers with a consistent cloud experience for all their applications and data. Building on the momentum of HPE GreenLake, HPE's IT as-a-Service offering, HPE GreenLake Central gives customers a simple, unified, digital experience across public and private clouds, the data center and edge workloads.

Posted December 03, 2019

Matillion, a provider of data transformation software for cloud data warehouses (CDWs), is releasing Matillion Data Loader, a free Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) data integration solution that empowers data analytics professionals and business users to load and migrate data.

Posted December 03, 2019

Mullins Consulting president and principal consultant Craig S. Mullins recently discussed the challenges that DBAs face in DevOps environments. Understanding the trends occurring now and on the horizon, he says, is critical to being prepared for the rapidly changing data landscape.

Posted December 03, 2019

Business leaders understand the value of quality and consistent web experiences. Their customers demand it; and, in today's always-on, digital world, it can make all the difference between keeping a customer and losing one.

Posted December 02, 2019

You've probably heard of ETL, or heard somebody talk about "ee-tee-elling" their data. It's a technology from the days of big iron for extracting data from many relational databases, transforming it to a corporate standard schema, and loading it into another unified relational database. That target database, the enterprise data warehouse (EDW), was intended to be a "single source of truth" for the enterprise. It included all the data that IT deemed fit (and available) for decision makers to use.

Posted December 02, 2019

Let's cut right to the chase. Today, "big data" is just data, and the majority of organizations recognize the importance of being data-driven. But data, of whatever size, is only valuable if it's accessible, trustworthy, and usable.

Posted December 02, 2019

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