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The four main categories of NoSQL or Not-Only SQL Database systems are gaining popularity for Big Data, Web and Specialized applications. Key-Value Stores enable the storage of unstructured or schemaless data, aligned as a key and actual data; Column-Family databases, store



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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

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 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

Citrusleaf, which provides a real-time NoSQL database and key-value store, has rebranded the company and product as Aerospike. According to the company, the name change reflects the increasing adoption by a new generation of web-scale applications that demand near-instantaneous response. "Aerospike is the point on a rocket that lets it accelerate past the speed of sound and safely travel beyond the boundaries of our planet," says Monica Pal, Aerospike vice president of marketing, explaining that it is an image that reflects why customers choose the company's technology. Separately, Aerospike also announced that it has acquired Alchemy Database (AlchemyDB).

Posted September 04, 2012

10gen has released version 2.2 of MongoDB, its agile and scalable, document-oriented NoSQL database. The latest release from 10gen features advanced aggregation framework, new multi-data center deployment features, improved concurrency, as well as 600 more new features, enabling faster and easier application development.

Posted September 04, 2012

DataStax, provider of software, support and training for Apache Cassandra, has partnered with data access and analytics vendor Simba Technologies to deliver an ODBC 3.52 Hive connector to DataStax Enterprise. Built on Apache Cassandra, the scalable NoSQL platform is designed to manage real-time, analytic and enterprise search data in the same database cluster.

Posted August 16, 2012

Object and graph database provider Objectivity has announced its global certification program for InfiniteGraph, a commercial graph database that can scale widely distributed real-time data for analysis. This product, which provides graph capabilities for all types of existing infrastructure, allows certified partners to tap into the emerging NoSQL, big data, relationship and graph analysis market.

Posted July 19, 2012

DataStax, which offers products and services based on the open source NoSQL database Apache Cassandra, has launched DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 2.1, with increased capabilities for running a Hadoop cluster across multiple data centers, along with support for Mahout and Oracle Unbreakable Linux. The new release also adds enhancements to DataStax OpsCenter, a visual management and monitoring solution for big data platforms.

Posted June 14, 2012

One of the earliest of the new generation of non-relational databases was CouchDB. CouchDB was born in 2005 when former Lotus Notes developer Damien Katz foresaw the nonrelational wave that only fully arrived in 2009. Katz imagined a database that was fully compatible with web architectures — and more than a little influenced by Lotus Notes document database concepts.

Posted June 13, 2012

10gen, the company behind the NoSQL database MongoDB, has secured $42 million in financing, led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners and Union Square Ventures. The company plans to use this financing to invest in product development for MongoDB and the MongoDB Monitoring Service (MMS) and to better support its community and user base worldwide.

Posted June 05, 2012

Objectivity, a provider of object and graph databases, has formed new partnership deals and is also launching a program, now in beta, enabling partners, VARs, and integrators to get trained on utilizing InfiniteGraph and Objectivity/DB as part of their toolsets. According Objectivity, what separates its technology from other vendors is its ability to act as a federated connection store for disparate databases of all kinds from NoSQL to RDBMS. "We are seen as a complementary strategy to the Oracle red stack or the IBM blue stack which traditionally have relational databases and relational data stacks. We can actually take that data, along with unstructured data, and bring that together as the big data connection store," Jay Jarrell, president and CEO of Objectivity, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 25, 2012

Versant Corporation has announced the availability of version 0.9 of its Versant Java Persistence API (JPA), allowing organizations to leverage the benefits of an enterprise-grade NoSQL solution via the Java industry-standard database programming interface. By using the Versant JPA to lower the barriers to NoSQL adoption, Versant says, enterprises can tackle volume, variety, and velocity challenges presented by big data management, and derive value from gaining more insights into information models faster and more easily. Versant JPA version 0.9 represents the first feature complete version of the API binding since the release of a Technology Preview in December 2011.

Posted May 15, 2012

Storage memory platform vendor Fusion-io has announced that NoSQL database provider Couchbase is integrating to run Couchbase Server natively on ioMemory through Fusion-io's software development kit. Through the Fusion-io Key-Value API, Couchbase will integrate its database with persistent memory and offer the optimized code as open source to the community.

Posted May 15, 2012

It's hard to overestimate Amazon's influence on cloud computing and on NoSQL databases. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the first and still is the leading concrete example of an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud - a collection of cloud-based services such as compute (EC2), storage (S3) and other application building blocks.

Posted April 25, 2012

The latest trends in big data analytics were presented by Objectivity, Inc. and Database Trends and Applications in a webcast that is now available for replay. Moderated by Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Media, and featuring Brian Clark, vice president of product management at Objectivity/DB and Leon Guzenda, founder of Objectivity/DB, the webcast covered how to maximize existing architectures by utilizing NoSQL technologies to improve functionality and provide real-time results. The V's of big data often focus on the volume, velocity, and variety of information, but organizations have to uncover the fourth V - the value of that big data - and that is where the power of the graph database comes in, the presenters emphasized.

Posted April 17, 2012

10gen, a sponsor of the open source non-relational database MongoDB, and Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, have announced new areas of collaboration and the joint development of best practices and blueprint reference designs for deploying MongoDB across Red Hat offerings, including the Red Hat Enterprise Linux enterprise operating system, Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) OpenShift and Red Hat JBoss middleware solutions.

Posted April 09, 2012

DataStax, which offers products and services based on the open source database Apache Cassandra, has announced DataStax Enterprise 2.0 (DSE 2.0), a big data solution designed to manage real-time, analytic, as well as enterprise search data, all in the same database cluster. With the updated platform, DataStax aims to deliver a comprehensive, integrated data management solution that manages real-time data with Cassandra, provides batch analytic capabilities with Apache Hadoop, and enables enterprise search on the same data with Apache Solr. "Enterprise search is a high-demand capability, and open source Apache Solr is the most popular open source search technology available," said Billy Bosworth, CEO, DataStax.

Posted March 21, 2012

Pentaho Corporation, an open source business analytics company, has formed a strategic partnership with DataStax, a provider of big data solutions built upon the Apache Cassandra project, a high performance NoSQL database. The relationship will provide native integration between Pentaho Kettle and Apache Cassandra. This will merge the scalable, low-latency performance of Cassandra with Kettle's visual interface for high-performance ETL, as well as integrated reporting, visualization and interactive analysis capabilities. According to the companies, organizations seeking to leverage their big data have found it difficult to implement and employ analytics technologies. "One of the big challenges today is ease of use of these tools," says Ian Fyfe, Pentaho's chief technology evangelist. Often built on open source projects, it "takes a lot of deep skills to use these systems, and these are skills that are hard to find," he explains.

Posted March 21, 2012

In years to come, we might remember October 2011 as the month the big database vendors gave in to the dark side and embraced Hadoop. In October, both Microsoft and Oracle announced product offerings which included and embraced Hadoop as the enabler of their "big data" solution. The last of the big three database vendors - IBM - embraced Hadoop back in 2010.

Posted February 09, 2012

Looking back on 2011, I'm struck by two larger trends in the overall database marketplace. First, most energy and excitement (but not much forward motion) seems to be coming from the NoSQL space. And second, the major relational database platforms are generating what little energy they can outside of their core RDBMS technologies. If you kept up on one or more of the better general IT-industry news sources, you probably saw dozens of stories about various NoSQL vendors, spin-offs, and technologies in a single month, compared with perhaps one or two stories in the same period of time covering a traditional RDBMS platform such as Oracle, Microsoft's SQL Server, or MySQL.

Posted February 09, 2012

Businesses are struggling to cope with and leverage an explosion of complex and connected data. This need is driving many companies to adopt scalable, high performance NoSQL databases - a new breed of database solutions - in order to expand and enhance their data management strategies. Traditional "relational" databases will not be able to keep pace with "big data" demands as they were not designed to manage the types of relationships that are so essential in today's applications.

Posted January 25, 2012

Database Month, a new conference "for all things database," starts this week with a series of evening events in NYC. "We took the principle of a conference and spread it out over the entire second half of January to form what is essentially a database festival," Eric David Benari, chairman of Database Month, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted January 17, 2012

MapR Technologies, Inc., an Apache Hadoop distribution, introduced a new release that expands support for C/C++ API access and Windows and Mac clients, as well as being available as a virtual machine. MapR version 1.2 also includes the underpinnings to support MapReduce 2.0, which expands the types of applications that can take advantage of a Hadoop cluster.

Posted December 13, 2011

Jaspersoft, a provider of business intelligence software, has released Jaspersoft 4.5. Designed with the non-technical user in mind, Jaspersoft 4.5 delivers drag-and-drop analytics and reporting on any flavor of big data including Apache Hadoop, NoSQL and analytic databases. Key new features include an enhanced analysis user interface, an improved in-memory engine with intelligent query push-down for greater performance, and native, low-latency access to non-relational data like Hadoop HBase and MongoDB. In addition, the new release provides enhanced Excel output and extended REST APIs.

Posted December 13, 2011

As the leading provider of relational database software, it's hardly surprising that Oracle initially gave little or no credence to the NoSQL movement that emerged in 2009. Indeed, an Oracle white paper from May 2011 concluded with the recommendation to "Go for the tried and true path," and avoid NoSQL databases.

Posted December 01, 2011

Versant Corporation, a provider of data management software, announced the re-launch of their database developer community, now live on their website. The community is an online portal to help developers apply Versant's NoSQL database technologies, and includes live forums and videos, webcasts, samples and documentation for managing complex object and big data solutions.

Posted November 29, 2011

MapR Technologies, Inc., the provider of an advanced distribution for Apache Hadoop, has unveiled the MapR Training Academy, a free internet-based source for training videos and documentation to help the Hadoop user community accelerate the use of Hadoop for more business users. MapR Academy provides an introduction to Hadoop as a big data analytics platform and delves into the architecture, design and administration of Hadoop.

Posted November 15, 2011

Quest Software has begun shipping a version of its Toad data management toolkit for cloud or NoSQL databases, available as a fully functional, commercial-grade product, for free. While the term 'cloud databases' is in the product name, the toolkit is intended for a variety of non-relational databases in both cloud and on-premises settings, John Whittaker, senior manager of product marketing for Quest, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "It's for big data, NoSQL, non-relational databases, which are commonly called 'cloud databases' in the industry," he explains. "We look at them as cloud databases because they were born out of the likes of Yahoo and Google." However, he adds, "this technology doesn't have to live in the cloud. It can be in a variety of places."

Posted November 08, 2011

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of an advanced distribution for Apache Hadoop, and Lucid Imagination, a commercial company for Apache Lucene and Apache Solr search technology, have announced a strategic partnership. The agreement will enable Lucid Imagination to integrate the dependability, ease of use and performance of the MapR Distribution with its LucidWorks search platform. Enterprise users will be able to take advantage of the platform's underlying Lucene/Solr search innovations to better utilize the benefits of big data analytics. "The power to leverage MapR's Hadoop distribution with Lucid Works offers organizations advantages including full data protection with unlimited scale," said Frank Calderon, president and COO of Lucid Imagination.

Posted November 02, 2011

Neo Technology has launched Spring Data Neo4j 2.0, a scalable graph database, which it describes as the best NoSQL database for Spring. The announcement was made at the SpringOne 2GX 2011 Conference by Neo, a platinum sponsor of the event. This new release gives users the ability to develop applications that leverage complex, connected data, quickly on the Spring Framework. Neo also announced new customers, and named key executive additions, including Rod Johnson, Rickard Öberg, and Lars Nordwall to its team.

Posted November 02, 2011

The Oracle NoSQL Database, which was announced at Oracle OpenWorld, is now available for download from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Oracle also said that its new engineered system, the Oracle Big Data Appliance, an optimized platform for running the Oracle NoSQL Database and Oracle's other big data offerings that was also unveiled at OpenWorld, will ship in Q1 of the 2012 calendar year.

Posted November 02, 2011

DataStax, a provider of solutions based on the open source Apache Cassandra database platform, announced it is shipping an enterprise database platform designed to enable the management of both real-time and analytic workloads from a single environment. The new platform, DataStax Enterprise, is designed to leverage the features of Cassandra to provide performance enhancements and cost savings over traditional database management solutions, the vendor claims.

Posted October 26, 2011

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