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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

Databricks, provider of a Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark, has become a partner with Microsoft to expand the reach of its Unified Analytics Platform and address customer demand for Spark on Microsoft Azure.

Posted November 29, 2017

Data integration can seem like a never-ending quest as organizations try to combine and access data from disparate applications and sources. But as we move beyond relational as the only DBMS type that matters and embrace NoSQL and Hadoop data platforms, data integration can become more challenging and require new tools and approaches to achieve success.

Posted November 28, 2017

Pure Storage, provider of an all-flash data platform, has announced a new Copy Automation Tool (CAT) for SAP systems that allows customers to automate the entire SAP database copy, clone, and refresh process, including database, pre- and post-copy tasks.

Posted November 22, 2017

Ongroup's MVON# platform can now horizontally scale implementations of MultiValue. MVON# gives MV# developers the tools to write software in MV, transpile to C# and run it in the .NET Common Language Runtime.

Posted November 22, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 21, 2017

SnapLogic is launching the Fall 2017 release to its signature platform, adding more Snaps and access to Microsoft products. New innovations added to the SnapLogic Integration Assistant will further accelerate user productivity and time-to-integration.

Posted November 21, 2017

Hazelcast, provider of an in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a new version of Hazelcast Jet, introducing pipeline API to increase developer productivity. In addition to the pipeline API for general purpose programming of batch and stream processing, Hazelcast Jet 0.5 includes fault tolerance using snapshotting with the integrated Hazelcast IMDG.

Posted November 21, 2017

Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases, is unveiling new features for its Citus Cloud product, making it easier for fast-growing SaaS businesses to scale out without having to re-architect their application. Citus Cloud's suite of new features close the gap with NoSQL and are all about empowering developers from migration tools like Citus Warp, to the zero-downtime shard rebalancer, to offering fork and followers features in a distributed database.

Posted November 17, 2017

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage, is partnering with Data Dynamics, a provider of intelligent file management. The combination of Data Dynamics' StorageX solution and Compuverde provides a modern platform to manage data assets from migration to file tiering to archival. The goal is to offer enterprise customers the freedom to choose their future storage and cloud direction, eliminating technology lock-in while supporting business transformation with greater speed and agility.

Posted November 16, 2017

Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems - including Oracle - to the Microsoft data platform.

Posted November 15, 2017

If I were to ask if your database load profile is good, bad, or ugly, how would you reply? If you are unsure about how to answer that, you are not alone. There are a lot of factors that come into play—one of the biggest being, "Compared to what?" Most people would agree that having a historic baseline or profile of database activity is important. So, let's move beyond that and get into why it's important and what we can do with those historic datapoints.

Posted November 15, 2017

Fluree has introduced FlureeDB, a scalable, blockchain cloud database, for public beta use. According to the company, the new offering combines the interoperability and features of traditional graph and document databases with immutable, decentralized blockchain technology to provide enterprise-grade, developer-ready, cloud-hosted database tools.

Posted November 13, 2017

Franz, an early innovator in AI and supplier of semantic graph database technology for knowledge graphs, has announced Triple Attributes for its semantic graph database, AllegroGraph. The feature provides the power and flexibility to address high-security data environments such as HIPAA access controls, privacy rules for banks, and security models for policing, intelligence and government.

Posted November 09, 2017

MongoDB has announced the release of MongoDB 3.6. With this release it is now easier and faster to build always-on applications that react in real time to changes in data streamed across distributed systems, said Dev Ittycheria, president and CEO, MongoDB.  And, he added, with the addition of new and enhanced management and security features, "developers get the freedom and confidence to run MongoDB in the most demanding environments to support mission-critical applications."

Posted November 08, 2017

Big data-as-a-service vendor Qubole has closed a $25 million strategic round of funding led by Singtel Innov8 and Harmony Partners with participation from existing investors Charles River Ventures (CRV), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).

Posted November 08, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is introducing the HPE Superdome Flex enabling enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights. PE Superdome Flex has a unique modular design that scales seamlessly so enterprises can keep pace with evolving data demands, while unmatched reliability capabilities provide a resilient platform that safeguards critical workloads.

Posted November 06, 2017

Software AG is releasing Terracotta DB, a distributed, in-memory database platform that delivers high-speed performance for combined operational and analytical processing. Terracotta DB can work with any application that creates new, rapidly changing data types—structured, semi-structured, unstructured, and polymorphic data—as well as large volumes of data, or scale beyond the capacity constraints of existing systems.

Posted November 06, 2017

Periscope Data unveiled a new platform that meets the unique needs of professional data teams, allowing them to address the complete analytics life cycle. Periscope's Unified Data Platform enables teams to ingest, store, analyze, visualize and report on data.

Posted November 03, 2017

At the recent OpenWorld conference, Oracle announced the next-generation Oracle Exadata X7 with hardware and software enhancements in overall performance, storage capacity, network bandwidth, and automation.  Exadata can be deployed on-premises, in Oracle Cloud, or using Oracle's Cloud at Customer. 

Posted November 01, 2017

Marketers, IT professionals, cloud experts, and regulatory teams all rely heavily on the availability of data on a near-daily basis. And while some of that data is within the walls of the organization, much of it is compiled from outside sources—which is often taken and used without permission. Enter GDPR.

Posted November 01, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted November 01, 2017

At this year's Microsoft Ignite, a variety of executives made a host of announcements that are important and relevant to data professionals. It is worth noting that there were actually four areas of focused innovation discussed at the keynote level: enabling IT and developer productivity, providing a consistent hybrid cloud, unlocking intelligent solutions (read: AI), and ensuring trust through security, privacy, and cost controls.

Posted November 01, 2017

In filing for its IPO, MongoDB has been required to disclose both their strategies for growth as well as risks inherent in their IPO.   There's no shock disclosure here, but they are certainly worth reviewing:  They represent the company's official strategy for success.

Posted November 01, 2017

One of the prevailing conversations around database systems lately revolves around ACID support. But not everybody knows what is meant by the term ACID. Oh, perhaps they know that it involves how data integrity is maintained or that it impacts locking. And, at a high level many folks know that relational/SQL systems support ACID whereas that is not always the case for NoSQL database systems.

Posted November 01, 2017

Real-time data delivery represents the next frontier of intelligent enterprises, and there is great potential value in the ability to immediately sense and respond to opportunities and threats. At the same time, enterprises are encumbered by existing or legacy technologies and methodologies that may add latency to their data-delivery efforts. What will a real-time enterprise look like?

Posted November 01, 2017

The staid relational database has been under attack from all quarters—it's too inflexible, it's too siloed, it's too slow for today's real-time requirements. However, relational databases still power many of the most critical data environments across enterprises—both core legacy systems as well as new-age systems of engagement. In today's enterprises, then, the question becomes: How are new technologies—especially the cloud and NoSQL databases—affecting relational database adoption?

Posted November 01, 2017

Attunity and Microsoft have formed an expanded strategic partnership for enabling data migration and replication initiatives. With this partnership, Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems to the Microsoft data platfor

Posted November 01, 2017

CData Software, a provider of standards-based drivers and data access solutions for real-time data integration has introduced new ODBC, JDBC, and ADO.NET drivers for Redis, the in-memory data store used as a database, cache, or message broker. The new Redis drivers offer connectivity to any data structure stored in Redis open source and Redis Enterprise through industry standard driver interfaces

Posted November 01, 2017

NVIDIA announced in a blog post recently that Oracle is using NVIDIA's Tesla GPU accelerators for its public cloud. Oracle's cloud customers can access NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, starting today, and Oracle will expand its cloud offerings to include the Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture.

Posted October 26, 2017

Google has launched Cloud Firestore, a fully managed, NoSQL document database that lets developers store, synchronize, and query data for their mobile apps, with offline support, at scale. 

Posted October 26, 2017

VoltDB, provider of an in-memory translytical database, is expanding its open source licensing to enable developers to more easily build, test and deploy real-time applications with the VoltDB data platform. Developers can now access the VoltDB platform with no additional fees, reducing the cost of application development and accelerating the testing and deployment of more advanced database capabilities in production environments.

Posted October 25, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) technology, has announced Hazelcast IMDG 3.9 is generally available as a production ready build with new usability, performance and scalability improvements.

Posted October 25, 2017

IBM announced revenue of $19.2 billion for the third quarter of 2017, up 11%. The company also announced "strategic imperatives"—from cloud and analytics—revenue of $34.9 billion over the trailing 12 months, up 10%. These imperatives represent 45% of IBM revenue.

Posted October 23, 2017

GDPR is still months away from going into effect but many professionals in the data security space are warning customers to act now to avoid pain later. Technology-wise, an individual's right to be forgotten may be one of the most vexing issues related to the new EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which goes into effect in May, 2018, notes Pete Zimmerman, VP of client services and operations at Sonian, a public cloud information archiving company.

Posted October 20, 2017

MongoDB, headquartered in New York, announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $24 per share and began trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "MDB."

Posted October 19, 2017

Resolver has finalized the acquisition of RiskVision, increasing its position in the IT risk and compliance markets. RiskVision offers capabilities including threat and vulnerability management, it risk, vendor risk, and incident management, complementing Resolver's existing market offerings and in line with its approach to "plan, prepare, respond, and recover."

Posted October 18, 2017

After years of ambiguous expectations about data governance, organizations now have a better handle on how these programs can help them manage the exponential growth of the data they generate. More importantly, there is an understanding about how the integration, organization, and alignment of that data can help meet or exceed business and technology goals.

Posted October 18, 2017

With all of the hype around data being "the oil of the 21st century" and the rise of "the algorithm economy," it seems reasonable to make it a priority to learn more about how laws affect our lives as DBAs. The first law that I have targeted is probably the best-known data law in the U.S.—HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Posted October 18, 2017

In today's data-driven world, it's hard to find a company that doesn't take its data management and protection seriously. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying that every 2 days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. This statistic alone highlights the importance and need for top notch database administrators (DBAs) to manage the fast-growing data landscape among today's modern heterogeneous database environment.

Posted October 18, 2017

The job of a DBA is special in any organization. Large companies might have anywhere from three to six (or even more) DBAs on staff. But for small to mid-sized organizations, oftentimes there is only a single DBA putting on a one-person show. And they might not even be a DBA by training; there is even a term that describes a developer or system administrator who takes on the role of DBA because nobody else is doing it (see SolarWinds' white paper, "The Accidental DBA").

Posted October 18, 2017

DBAs are increasingly being asked to manage not only larger numbers of database instances, but multiple database platforms as well. Cross-Platform database monitoring and management is no longer a trend, it's a reality. But managing it all and addressing challenges presented by the complexity of the database isn't always easy.

Posted October 16, 2017

ATADATA'S ATAmotion, a migration solution purpose-built for mission critical workloads, is now available in AWS Migration Hub, allowing more users to migrate enterprise workloads to AWS. ATAmotion is now in AWS Migration Hub due to its track record of successfully migrating thousands of enterprise workloads to AWS. There is no additional cost for using AWS Migration Hub, and users pay only for the cost of ATAmotion and any resources consumed on AWS.

Posted October 12, 2017

As cloud continues to soar in popularity there are some that are still some out there that remain skeptical about tapping into this resource. Some database administrators (DBAs) think that public clouds are neither capable of meeting the demands often placed on relational database management systems nor secure enough to house personally identifiable information (PII).

Posted October 12, 2017

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