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NoSQL databases are becoming increasingly popular for analyzing big data. There are very few NoSQL solutions, however, that provide the combination of scalability, reliability and data consistency required in a mission-critical application. As the open source implementation of Google's BigTable architecture, HBase is a NoSQL database that integrates directly with Hadoop and meets these requirements for a mission-critical database.

Posted May 09, 2013

Objectivity, Inc., a provider of NoSQL database solutions for big data, has introduced InfiniteGraph 3.1, delivering improved path finding for faster search results, better ingest performance, expanded visualization features, and navigator plug-in enhancements. With the newest release of InfiniteGraph, companies can discover previously inaccessible relationships and connection information between data faster than ever before, thus unlocking "in-time" answers in their big data.

Posted April 29, 2013

MarkLogic Corporation, the provider of an enterprise NoSQL database platform, announced that it has closed a $25 million round of growth capital led by Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital, with participation from Northgate Capital. MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom also made a personal investment in this financing round. With capital to fuel sales and marketing, MarkLogic seeks to go after the broader market of enterprise class customers while also targeting several key areas for feature expansion, Bloom told DBTA.

Posted April 25, 2013

Big data has unceremoniously ended the era of the "all-purpose database." The days of sticking uniform data into a single database and running all your business applications off it are gone. Business data today comes in a variety of formats, from countless sources, in huge volumes and at fantastic speeds. Some data is incredibly valuable the instant it arrives, other data is only valuable when combined with large amounts of additional data and analyzed over time.

Posted April 10, 2013

The term "NoSQL" is widely acknowledged as an unfortunate and inaccurate tag for the non-relational databases that have emerged in the past five years. The databases that are associated with the NoSQL label have a wide variety of characteristics, but most reject the strict transactions and stringent relational model that are explicitly part of the relational design. The ACID (Atomic-Consistent-Independent-Durable) transactions of the relational model make it virtually impossible to scale across data centers while maintaining high availability, and the fixed schemas defined by the relational model are often inappropriate in today's world of unstructured and rapidly mutating data.

Posted April 10, 2013

10gen, the MongoDB company, has released MongoDB 2.4, featuring hashed-based sharding, capped arrays, text search, and geospatial enhancements. 10gen has also introduced MongoDB Enterprise as part of a new MongoDB Enterprise subscription level, featuring new monitoring and security features including Kerberos Authentication and role-based privileges.

Posted March 27, 2013

FoundationDB has launched its new ACID-compliant NoSQL database platform, the first to combine NoSQL scalablity with high-performance multi-key ACID transactions across all data within the database, allowing developers to more easily create reliable and highly-scalable applications.

Posted March 05, 2013

Enterprise NoSQL database provider MarkLogic is making available a free developer license for MarkLogic Enterprise Edition. The developer license provides access to MarkLogic Enterprise Edition features such as integrated search, government-grade security, clustering, replication, failover, alerting, geospatial indexing, conversion, as well as a set of application development tools. MarkLogic also said it is making available a Java-based tool for importing data from MongoDB into MarkLogic.

Posted February 19, 2013

Garantia Data has announced the general availability of its Redis Cloud and Memcached Cloud database hosting services. According to the vendor, these are fully-automated, in-memory NoSQL cloud services offering Memcached and Redis data store systems. With pay-as-you-go pricing, Garantia Data charges users according to the size of their datasets rather than by cloud instances to avoid over-provisioning of RAM resources and allow users to pay for what they actually consume.

Posted February 19, 2013

Hadoop is the most significant concrete technology behind the so called "Big Data" revolution. Hadoop combines an economical model for storing massive quantities of data - the Hadoop Distributed File System - with a flexible model for programming massively scalable programs - MapReduce. However, as powerful and flexible as MapReduce might be, it is hardly a productive programming model. Programming in MapReduce reminds one of programming in Assembly language - the simplest operations require substantial code.

Posted February 19, 2013

Big data platform vendor DataStax has announced the early adopter program (EAP) of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 3.0, providing core security capabilities to the entire Cassandra community, as well as advanced data protection in an enterprise-grade database. This allows modern enterprises to confidently adopt NoSQL databases as they scale their big data infrastructure.

Posted February 05, 2013

IT management company ManageEngine has announced that its on-premise application performance monitoring solution, Applications Manager, now supports NoSQL databases Apache Cassandra and MongoDB. This solution monitors application performance and provides operational intelligence for NoSQL technologies in addition to support for traditional relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL and memcached.

Posted February 05, 2013

Objectivity, Inc., a provider of the object and graph databases, has announced the availability of a new version of its flagship product, Objectivity/DB. Version 11.0 adds new enhancements for deployment, querying, and object clustering for improved big data analysis. Objectivity/DB is deployed in multiple verticals with customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, Ericsson, Siemens and X. "There are really two sets of new features," Leon Guzenda, founder of Objectivity, tells 5 Minute Briefing. One is more about tools and the placement of objects, and the other is heavily query-oriented.

Posted February 05, 2013

Distributed relational database technology vendor GenieDB has launched v 1.0, a MySQL storage engine plug-in that is intended to simplify and accelerate the distribution of mission-critical enterprise applications across multiple data centers and clouds, regardless of location. According to the company, the GenieDB solution provides peak application performance and resiliency and is cost-effective as it eliminates the expenses of switching to a NoSQL solution.

Posted January 22, 2013

A recent DBTA webcast providing an insightful overview of how graph technology enables organizations with real-time solutions for big data analytics is now available on-demand. Presented by Leon Guzenda, founder of Objectivity, this discussion covers existing graph database use cases and explores the latest features of InfiniteGraph 3.0, a distributed and commercially scalable graph database. The webcast, "Realize the value in your Big Data with Graph Technology," will be archived for the next 90 days.

Posted January 22, 2013

MetricStream, a provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) and quality management solutions, has announced a new big data analytics capability that provides greater visibility and transparency into organizations' risk profile. This capability will allow customers to more effectively manage the ever-increasing volume, velocity, and variety of data and help them overcome their risk management and regulatory compliance challenges.

Posted January 22, 2013

A webcast on Thursday, January 17, at 9 am PT/ 12 noon ET will provide an insightful overview of how graph technology enables organizations with real-time solutions for Big Data analytics. There are different types of graph database technologies and requirements needed to fully extract value from big data applications for improved services and new revenue generating opportunities. Presented by Leon Guzenda, founder of Objectivity, this discussion will cover existing graph database use cases and explore the latest features of InfiniteGraph 3.0, a distributed and commercially scalable graph database.

Posted January 15, 2013

The emergence of web-scale apps has put us in the midst of a database crisis. Mobile apps, cloud-based SaaS/PaaS architectures and the distributed nature of the web have forced the software industry to make difficult compromises on how they collect, process and store data. While traditional databases provide the power and simplicity of SQL and the reliability of ACID, they don't scale without herculean-inspired workarounds. Newer, NoSQL solutions come close but don't quite make the last mile. They're designed to scale elastically, even on commodity hardware, but force developers to program powerful querying features into their application and throw away years of learning SQL skills, tools and languages. To give developers a truly modern solution for this century, we need to rethink how we process the collection and storage of data. It's time for a revolution.

Posted January 03, 2013

Enterprise NoSQL vendor MarkLogic recently brought its summit series to New York. Themed as "Big Data, Beyond the Hype: Delivering Results," the one-day conference included presentations by MarkLogic executives as well as partners and customers. In his opening keynote, CEO Gary Bloom highlighted the need for a next-generation database to address the problems and opportunities posed by big data, while also cautioning that there are "a lot of shiny objects" in the market now trying to capture people's attention that may not deliver the necessary results.

Posted December 19, 2012

Oracle has announced the release of Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0, an enterprise-grade, key-value database for real-time big data workloads. The new release adds efficient support for storage and retrieval of large objects such as documents and images, tighter integration with both Oracle Database and Hadoop environments, as well as dynamic elasticity and automatic rebalancing for allocating storage and compute resources in response to changing production data processing requirements.

Posted December 19, 2012

As the undisputed pioneer of big data, Google established most of the key technologies underlying Hadoop and many of the NoSQL databases. The Google File System (GFS) allowed clusters of commodity servers to present their internal disk storage as a unified file system and inspired the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Google's column-oriented key value store BigTable influenced many NoSQL systems such as Apache HBase, Cassandra and HyperTable. And, of course, the Google Map-Reduce algorithm became the foundation computing model for Hadoop and was widely implemented in other NoSQL systems such as MongoDB.

Posted December 19, 2012

NoSQL database vendor Couchbase has introduced a new release of the company's flagship NoSQL database offering. Couchbase Server 2.0 adds a flexible document data model that allows developers to quickly build and modify web and mobile applications without the restrictions of relational database schemas. In addition, the company says, Couchbase Server 2.0 features consistent high performance, easy scalability, and always-on capabilities for rapid response times and uninterrupted data availability for business-critical web and mobile applications.

Posted December 18, 2012

Cloudant has joined the Cloud Tools program for Rackspace Hosting and also has announced the immediate availability of its NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for web and mobile applications across the global Rackspace open cloud. This collaboration is intended to enable developers using Rackspace open cloud to benefit from Cloudant as an application data layer that scales up or down on-demand through a management interface.

Posted December 13, 2012

Are organizations' systems and data environments ready for the big data surge? Far from it, a new survey shows. The survey of 298 members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Oracle Corp., finds fewer than one out of five data managers and executives are confident that their IT infrastructure will be capable of handling the surge of big data. And big data is already here — more than one out of 10 survey respondents report having in excess of a petabyte of data within their organizations, and a majority report their levels of unstructured data are growing. Since big data incorporates so many different data types in varying volumes and from many different sources, it would make both data managers and end users' lives easier if it all could be brought into a single comprehensive framework that can be easily managed and accessed. This, in fact, has long been the holy grail of the IT and database industries — a vision that, unfortunately, has yet to be realized.

Posted December 06, 2012

Database company FairCom has released the tenth edition of its cross-platform database technology, c-treeACE V10. This solution features what the company describes as the industry's first Relational Multi-Record Type support for integration between relational and non-relational database worlds, as well as new Java interfaces, performance and scalability enhancements, additional platform support, and new replication models.

Posted November 20, 2012

Google is the pioneer of big data. Technologies such as Google File System (GFS), BigTable and MapReduce formed the basis for open source Hadoop, which, more than any other technology, has brought big data within reach of the modern enterprise.

Posted November 07, 2012

Cirro, a company that enables simplified big data access, exploration, and analysis across heterogeneous data sources, has formed a technology partnership with Hortonworks, a commercial vendor for Apache Hadoop and related projects. The strategic partnership will focus on collaborative engineering and go-to-market activities that promote Hortonworks Data Platform for enterprise class Hadoop data processing and Cirro's solutions for on-the-fly access and integration of Hadoop with other enterprise data sources.

Posted November 01, 2012

MarkLogic Corporation announced the MarkLogic enterprise NoSQL database running directly on the Hadoop Distributed File System(HDFS). This will enable Hadoop customers to take advantage of MarkLogic enterprise features - such as ACID transactions, role-based security, full-text search, and the flexibility of a granular document data model for real-time applications - while also leveraging their existing Hadoop infrastructure. A MarkLogic Server technology preview, featuring Hadoop Distributed File System(HDFS) storage, is available from MarkLogic Developer Labs and MarkLogic expects the production release to be generally available in early 2013.

Posted October 30, 2012

Simba Technologies has partnered with Hortonworks, a commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, to provide ODBC access to Hortonworks Data Platform. The use of Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector is aimed at providing Hortonworks customers with easy access to their data for BI and analytics using the SQL-based application of their choice. "Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver technology makes it easier for our customers to harness the power of their big data using popular and familiar BI and analytics applications," says Shaun Connolly, Hortonworks' VP, Strategy.

Posted October 24, 2012

By combining Hadoop and an enterprise NoSQL database, organizations can index the most critical and frequently accessed data on high-performance infrastructure and allocate the rest to a low-cost offline archive for intermittent access and historical analysis. Join this live webcast on Thursday, October 25, at 12 noon ET / 9 am PT, to learn how to make the most of next-generation data storage for enterprise agility; simplify data flows between real-time processing and batch analytics; improve overall performance, reliability and data governance in your Hadoop environment; and ensure your big data applications retain the enterprise-class functionality you require, while leveraging the flexibility of NoSQL.

Posted October 23, 2012

Hadoop technology provider MapR Technologies has announced a new big data platform that will bring Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities together. MapR M7 will allow organizations to perform big data operations with enterprise-grade reliability and protection.

Posted October 23, 2012

Enterprise NoSQL database provider MarkLogic and Hadoop big data solutions provider SGI have partnered to deliver the SGI DataRaptor with MarkLogic database. This optimized hardware and software solution enables organizations to achieve reliable, secure and scalable results from their big data.

Posted October 23, 2012

Versant Corporation, a data management software vendor, has announced the general availability of Versant JPA, a Java-based API supporting high-performance database and analytics operations for big data applications. The release, which is compliant with the latest JPA specifications, reduces the cost and risks of migration to other NoSQL technologies, and features the first zero application downtime solution for schema changes, a Java standards-based analytics framework, and compliance with JBoss Application Server.

Posted October 23, 2012

It's in the nature of hype bubbles to obscure important new paradigms behind a cloud of excitement and exaggerated claims. For example, the phrase "big data" has been so widely and poorly applied that the term has become almost meaningless. Nevertheless, beneath the hype of big data there is a real revolution in progress, and more than anything else it revolves around Apache Hadoop. Let's look at why Hadoop is creating such a stir in database management circles, and identify the obstacles that must be overcome before Hadoop can become part of mainstream enterprise architecture.

Posted October 10, 2012

Objectivity, Inc., an enterprise NoSQL vendor, has announced the latest release of its distributed graph database technology, InfiniteGraph 3.0. The product offers improved performance and scalability to distributed environments as well as an entirely new approach to querying and data navigation. With ten-fold performance gains compared with previous versions, InfiniteGraph 3.0 enables organizations of all sizes to collect, analyze, and visualize the relationships between complex data in order to improve business decision-making.

Posted October 02, 2012

Enterprise NoSQL database company MarkLogic Corporation today rolled out a new version of its flagship product,, MarkLogic 6, which includes new tools for faster application development, improved analytics and new visualization widgets to enable greater insight, and the ability to create user-defined functions for fast and flexible analysis of extremely large volumes of data. Key features of MarkLogic's NoSQL database include ACID transactions, horizontal scaling, real-time indexing, high availability, disaster recovery, government-grade security, and built-in search. With this release, in addition to MarkLogic's NoSQL flexibility, the company is focused on building features into the product that allow it to be easier to use and more accessible to a wider group of users within the enterprise.

Posted September 26, 2012

NoSQL company Couchbase has announced its integration solution for VMware vFabric Application Director. The solution allows deployment and management of Couchbase Server on any VMware vCloud-powered private, public or hybrid clouds so that application middleware teams can more easily leverage Couchbase Server in their virtual and cloud environments. Because so many users are deploying Couchbase on the cloud, it seemed a natural fit to support VMware vFabric Application Director, Frank Weigel, vice president of products at Couchbase, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 26, 2012

10gen announced that it will offer free online MongoDB training courses starting in October. Under the new 10gen Education program, 10gen's instructors will teach a series of courses designed to reach hundreds of thousands of software developers interested in learning how to use the MongoDB platform as the foundation for building new applications.

Posted September 26, 2012

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