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At Oracle OpenWorld, Fusion-io announced the next evolution of its ioMemory platform for application acceleration and data center optimization. "With the introduction of this next platform we are stepping down to 2x nanometer NAND flash which is doubling the capacity point," David Flynn, Fusion-io CEO and chairman, tells 5 Minute Briefing, explaining that as the capacity point is expanded, opportunities are opened up for it to be used in new areas. "People want to get the most capacity that they can because it enables them to do things that they couldn't otherwise do."

Posted October 07, 2011

Joe Clabby authors a comprehensive overview on the SHARE website this week focusing on the issue of the IT Skills Gap. While the need for mainframe professionals remains high, for instance, the supply of young mainframers remains stubbornly short. Certainly, the supply of mainframers coming out of universities is hamstrung by a number of specific factors including an uninformed perception by students about the platform's ongoing importance, a dearth of curriculum and faculty covering the subject in many computer science programs, and a lack of outreach by industry into local computer science departments to foster both academic and internship focus.

Posted October 07, 2011

During a keynote presentation last week at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, the new Oracle Big Data Appliance, an engineered system optimized for acquiring, organizing and loading unstructured data into Oracle Database 11g, was announced by Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Product Development, Oracle.

Posted October 05, 2011

At Oracle OpenWorld, F5 Networks, Inc., announced that its BIG-IP solutions have achieved Oracle Database and WebLogic Ready status through the Oracle PartnerNework (OPN), demonstrating that F5 has fully tested and supports BIG-IP version 10 products on Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle WebLogic 11g Release 1. The BIG-IP product family consists of physical and virtual solutions that provide integrated application delivery services, such as acceleration, security, access control, and high availability.

Posted October 05, 2011

arcplan Teams Up with Simba Technologies to Bring Oracle Customers OLAP Analysis with MDXarcplan, a provider of business intelligence, dashboard, corporate performance and planning software solutions for desktop and mobile use, and Simba Technologies Inc., an expert on data connectivity, have announced a partnership that will connect Simba's MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP with arcplan 7 to simplify access to real-time business critical information and reduce IT costs and complexity. The offering will be available in mid-October with the latest version of arcplan Enterprise 7.

Posted October 05, 2011

Allround Automations has released a free plug-in that directly connects its PL/SQL Developer IDE with Red Gate Software's Oracle database deployment tools. "Combining PL/SQL Developer and the Deployment Suite for Oracle from Red Gate gives any database developer an extremely powerful environment for development and deployment," Tom Harris, Red Gate's product manager for Oracle tools, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted October 05, 2011

Jaspersoft, a maker of business intelligence (BI) software, has released Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite 4.2 featuring mobile BI capabilities designed to make applications easier to build for developers and easier to use for executives and managers on the move. Jaspersoft 4.2 delivers what the company describes as the industry's first open source mobile BI iOS software development kit (SDK) for embedding BI in native mobile applications as well as for building native mobile BI applications. Jaspersoft 4.2 also includes a full-featured, touch-screen BI environment accessible through a mobile browser for rapid deployment.

Posted October 04, 2011

Ingres Corp. has been rebranded as Actian Corporation and unveiled a new strategy to enable companies to develop Action Apps which it describes as lightweight, consumer-style applications that automate business actions triggered by real-time changes in data. "The name change is symbolic of a completely new approach," Greg Wood, Actian CFO, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Ingres is becoming Actian to take action on big data, powered by VectorWise, the world's fastest data analytics engine."

Posted October 04, 2011

ParAccel, a provider of a high performance analytic database, and MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence software, have announced that they have extended their strategic partnership. The alliance builds upon a recent announcement that ParAccel's analytic acceleration technology will be a core component of MicroStrategy's social media analytics applications as well as a high performance option for MicroStrategy Cloud customers. To support these applications, ParAccel has invested dedicated resources, provided comprehensive access to its software, and committed to delivering specific product enhancements that will optimize the integration of ParAccel's analytic engine with MicroStrategy's products and offerings.

Posted October 04, 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 04, 2011

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveiled the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 during a presentation at the company's Redwood Shores, Calif., headquarters. Based on Oracle's new SPARC T4 servers, the engineered system exploits the same parallelism and data compression provided by Oracle's other engineered systems, the Exadata and Exalogic, said Ellison, and, importantly, provides a smooth upgrade path to the SPARC Solaris installed base.

Posted October 04, 2011

Compuware Corporation introduced a load testing solution that it says enables organizations to find and fix performance and scalability problems across the entire application delivery chain. Compuware Gomez 360° Web Load Testing brings together two testing solutions - Gomez Web Load Testing and dynaTrace Test Center Edition - into one integrated offering.

Posted October 03, 2011

TIBCO Software Inc., an integration platform provider, announced the general availability of a portfolio of on-demand offerings enabling users to create, publish, and share customized business intelligence (BI) dashboards and advanced analytics applications via the cloud. TIBCO Silver Spotfire 2.0 is available as a tiered collection of packages that offers tiered capabilities, scalability and pricing. No IT department involvement is required, the vendor also claims.

Posted October 03, 2011

HPCC Systems from LexisNexis Risk Solutions has released the source code for its HPCC Systems platform to the open source community, enabling developers to leverage and further enhance the platform. To manage, sort, link, join and analyze billions of records within seconds, LexisNexis developed a data-intensive supercomputer that has been proven, and has evolved for over a decade, with customers who need to process large volumes of data. Built on a high performing computer clustering technology, HPCC Systems is an open source solution designed to help large organizations process and deliver big data.

Posted October 03, 2011

This week Symantec Corp. is announcing version 6.0 of the company's storage management and high availability product set, intended as the cornerstones of private cloud infrastructures. The release spans multiple products in Symantec's portfolio, including its flagship Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0, Veritas Cluster Server 6.0, and Veritas Operations Manager 4.1, all integrated to help IT organizations move confidently to a private cloud architecture.

Posted October 03, 2011

Red Lambda, Inc., a data management software company, announced an Early Release Program for MetaGrid, security and operational intelligence software powered by the company's AppIron Grid Platform. MetaGrid is designed to address the big data dichotomy faced by providers of IT, network and cloud infrastructures that generate up to petabytes per day of operational data. Red Lambda claims it is the first to combine leading-edge big data technologies to create a software platform designed to keep pace with the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of IT operational data and find the threats and opportunities buried within it.

Posted October 03, 2011

CA Technologies announced "day one" support for IBM's next generation z/OS V1.13 across its line of mainframe management software solutions, including CA Mainframe Chorus and CA Mainframe Software Manager (MSM).

Posted October 03, 2011

Rocket Software, Inc., an application modernization vendor, announced the availability of a new application modernization suite, now based on the open source Eclipse development environment, and offering new features and functions, including support for Java in CICS environments, and support for System z specialty engines.

Posted October 03, 2011

Pervasive Software Inc., a provider of solutions for cloud-based and on-premises data analysis and integration, has announced that Pervasive DataRush for Hadoop v5.1 is a Cloudera Certified Technology. "With this certification, users have the assurance that our highly parallel big data engine has been tested and validated to work with Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop," says Mike Hoskins, Pervasive CTO and general manager, Pervasive Big Data Products and Solutions.

Posted September 29, 2011

A new survey of contact center leaders reveals that the average amount of idle time per day per employee is nearly an hour, as respondents report 49 minutes daily per agent on average. Knowlagent, provider of an agent productivity solution for 10 million call center agents, has released this and other findings from its 2011 Customer Contact Center Productivity Survey. Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, conducted the survey in August, which included input from 312 contact center executives, managers or supervisors. The Knowlagent survey sought to understand contact center management's biggest challenges, and how they are leveraging technology, measuring productivity and performance, and delivering training.

Posted September 29, 2011

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveiled the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 during a presentation at the company's Redwood Shores, Calif., headquarters. Based on Oracle's new SPARC T4 servers, the engineered system exploits the same parallelism and data compression provided by Oracle's other engineered systems, the Exadata and Exalogic, said Ellison, and, importantly, provides a smooth upgrade path to the SPARC Solaris installed base.

Posted September 28, 2011

At Sybase TechWave, Sybase launched Sybase PowerBuilder 12.5, the second .NET release of its rapid application development tool. PowerBuilder 12.5 provides a fast and cost-effective solution for creating modern and visually appealing business applications on the Microsoft Windows 32 ((Win32) and .NET Frameworks.

Posted September 28, 2011

Direct Computer Resources, Inc., a provider of data privacy, file management and application development testing software, has been granted a patent in connection with the data obfuscation technology used in its DataVantage Global software. The software is used for the management and testing of databases and database applications, data migration, and the protection of sensitive data.

Posted September 28, 2011

At SAP TechEd 2011 in Las Vegas, SAP AG announced two new solutions built on SAP HANA, the company's in-memory computing platform. The two new solutions - SAP Smart Meter Analytics software powered by SAP HANA and SAP COPA Accelerator software - were developed by SAP product and design teams working in collaboration with customers. According to SAP the new applications will provide users with real-time insight into "big data," allowing them to leverage large amounts of information for analysis, planning, and forecasting and simulations in a more fluid, natural way versus traditional approaches.

Posted September 28, 2011

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, has announced the general availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.7. Sybase ASE 15.7 provides a cost-efficient relational database management system (RDBMS) for managing very large data sets for the most demanding applications. The new version of the enterprise data management solution saves disk space, increases performance and scalability on parallel hardware, and efficiently manages unstructured data.

Posted September 28, 2011

Entrinsik Inc., a developer of web-based operational reporting and analysis software, plans to offer a solution that will assist Datatel users in migrating their Informer UniData-based mappings and reports to a SQL environment. The utility is slated for general release January 2012.

Posted September 28, 2011

BlueFinity International will present a free webinar on October 19th showing MultiValue resellers and developers how to deliver a modern, sophisticated look and feel to their existing applications while retaining the functionality and features of their proven MultiValue solution.

Posted September 28, 2011

Rocket U2 has released four enhanced products: System Builder SB/XA 6.1.0 Personal Edition for Windows and UNIX; U2 DataVu 2.0.1 Web and Client for Windows; UniVerse 11.1.4 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux, and AIX; and UniData 7.2.11 for AIX and Solaris SPARC.

Posted September 28, 2011

Smartphones, tablets and other handhelds are changing the way companies do business. And when these revolutionary devices can be combined with existing tried-and-true software for evolutionary change, as opposed to ripping and replacing, the results are even better.

Posted September 28, 2011

Research results of a new study among Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members, shows that while most companies have well-established data warehouse systems, adoption is still limited within their organizations. While companies are conservative in their plans for data warehouse upgrades, there is movement toward implementation of ready-to-run data solutions, and respondents expect to see benefits from these implementation efforts, including better performance and greater insights for decision makers. The findings of the survey, which was underwritten by Oracle, and conducted by Unisphere Research, are detailed in a new report, "A New Dimension to Data Warehousing: 2011 IOUG Data Warehousing Survey."

Posted September 27, 2011

Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration software, has introduced Attunity Replicate, high-performance data replication software. The new enterprise data replication solution emphasizes simplified user experience, quick time to value, and low cost of ownership, Itamar Ankorion, vice president of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Attunity, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Attunity will present Attunity Replicate at Oracle OpenWorld, October 3-5, at booth #3728.

Posted September 27, 2011

Quest Software's Toad product suite provides cross-platform database management tools and also offers extensions for application development tools such as Eclipse and Visual Studio. Demand for DBMS products that cover a range of platforms is increasing as customers seek comprehensive tools that address their complex environments, says Quest. The company recently launched its latest Toad product, the Toad for Sybase Suite, providing support for ASE, IQ and SQL Anywhere, and has also just announced updates to its flagship Toad offering, Toad for Oracle. "We are building more and more tools to make workflow easier and to bring all the productivity, efficiency, and optimization that we have always had in our Oracle solutions to new database platforms and new user personas," John Whittaker, senior manager of Product Marketing for Quest Toad, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 27, 2011

Melissa Data Corp, a provider of data quality and integration solutions, has announced a suite of expert professional services to help establish a business case for data quality, examine the root causes of data quality problems, implement ongoing monitoring of improvements, and successfully integrate Melissa Data's software solutions. Especially useful for companies with limited resources, Melissa Data Professional Services aims to bring development and data management teams together with data quality experts from Melissa Data to accelerate adoption of address management solutions seamlessly into business processes with minimal disruptions to realize immediate return on investment. Melissa Data Professional Services will include Product Training; Proof-of-Concept (POC) Development; Data Quality, Governance and Integration Consulting; as well as Custom Development Services on an as-needed basis, Greg Brown director of marketing for Melissa Data, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 27, 2011

Oracle has announced the Oracle Database Appliance - targeted at small and midsize enterprises and departments that want higher availability for their application databases. Like Exadata, it is an engineered system that combines hardware and software.

Posted September 22, 2011

Quest Software has announced the availability of a new release of Toad for Oracle, the flagship product in the Toad portfolio. The new release contains a number of notable new capabilities, including the new Code Analysis feature which provides a more flexible and intuitive way to perform code reviews and analysis.

Posted September 21, 2011

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 10 8/11, which provides enhancements to Oracle Solaris ZFS and Oracle Solaris install technologies, advanced support for the latest SPARC and x86 systems and Oracle Database 11g performance improvements.

Posted September 21, 2011

Vormetric, Inc., a provider of solutions for enterprise systems encryption and key management, and Vcura, Inc., a provider of IT solutions for business, have formed a partnership to develop data protection and regulatory compliance-specific solutions based on the Vormetric Data Security platform for organizations in the U.S. and Canada. "The energy, utilities, and Canadian government markets have unique information security requirements and rely on trusted solution providers for implementation services and support," says Mike Coffield, vice president of Worldwide Channel Operations for Vormetric.

Posted September 21, 2011

Vormetric, Inc., a provider of solutions for enterprise systems encryption and key management, and Vcura, Inc., a provider of IT solutions for business, have formed a partnership to develop data protection and regulatory compliance-specific solutions based on the Vormetric Data Security platform for organizations in the U.S. and Canada. "The energy, utilities, and Canadian government markets have unique information security requirements and rely on trusted solution providers for implementation services and support," says Mike Coffield, vice president of Worldwide Channel Operations for Vormetric.

Posted September 20, 2011

expressor software, a provider of data integration software, says it is shipping a new version of its flagship platform that expands its data warehousing, as well as a new licensing offer for business end users who wish to build their own queries. The latest version of expressor 3.4, features three major areas of enhancement for the company's data integration platform, including a new rules editor, enhanced data warehousing and ETL (extract, transform and load) capabilities, and end user functionality.

Posted September 20, 2011

Direct Computer Resources, Inc., a provider of data privacy, file management and application development testing software, has been granted a patent in connection with the data obfuscation technology used in its DataVantage Global software. The software is used for the management and testing of databases and database applications, data migration, and the protection of sensitive data.

Posted September 20, 2011

Allround Automations has released a free plug-in that directly connects its PL/SQL Developer IDE with Red Gate Software's Oracle database deployment tools. "Combining PL/SQL Developer and the Deployment Suite for Oracle from Red Gate gives any database developer an extremely powerful environment for development and deployment," Tom Harris, Red Gate's product manager for Oracle tools, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 20, 2011

CA Technologies has announced a mainframe tool that is the combination of two of its application performance management products, as well as additional integrations, features and functions. The new product, CA Mainframe Application Tuner, combines the performance analysis and tuning capabilities of TRILOGexpert TriTune with the automated performance management of TRILOGexpert APC for TriTune. CA Technologies has a non-exclusive, worldwide source agreement to develop, market and support this technology, thus facilitating innovation beyond its previous capabilities.

Posted September 20, 2011

Cleversafe, a storage management provider, announced enhancements to its flagship platform intended to improve the scalability and reliability of cloud storage. "The area that we are focusing on is big data storage challenges. These are customers that have hundreds of terabytes to petabytes - and even growing larger to exabyte levels of storage - and need things that Cleversafe delivers in terms of managing those large data repositories," Russ Kennedy, vice president of product strategy and marketing for Cleversafe, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 20, 2011

Virtual Instruments, a provider of storage area network (SAN) and virtual infrastructure optimization solutions, introduced a new product suite, which includes a new 8Gb SAN Performance Probe that provides improved visibility across servers, networks and storage. "IT roles that look across all aspects of the virtualized data center have the potential to become the next hot IT job," according to John Thompson, president and CEO of Virtual Instruments. "The new VirtualWisdom platform provides the essential cross-domain infrastructure monitoring solution to enable this new role and to ensure business-critical application performance and availability in the emerging private cloud infrastructure."

Posted September 20, 2011

IBM says that it is broadening its Power architecture licensing program to include a multi-use agreement that provides developers access to the entire lineup of Power cores with a single license. This is the first time such an option has been available for Power systems developers, the company says. Designers can now gain access to a blanket license for unlimited uses of the Power 470, Power 460 and Power 405 cores for a 5-year period. IBM also announced a new "no-barriers" license for the Power 405 core which drops the standard access fee.

Posted September 20, 2011

IBM says it is working with Yi Lian Zhong Information Technology (YLZ), a leading provider of information services in China, to build a cloud computing platform that will improve the life of citizens in China via an online portal for a variety of social services. With an IBM System z mainframe running Linux as the foundation, YLZ will expand its existing services available in Fujian Province to seven more Chinese provinces. This will enable them to construct a citizen livelihood service information network covering a population of 300 million.

Posted September 20, 2011

Gluster, a provider of open source storage solutions, announced a partnership with Redapt, Inc., a data center architecture and infrastructure solutions provider. Under this agreement, Redapt will integrate GlusterFS with hardware providing customers with Network-Attached Storage (NAS) storage technology for on-premise, virtual and cloud environments. "With the dramatic rise of unstructured data, storage has quickly become a major pain point for enterprises," says Matt Huff, vice president of business development at Redapt.

Posted September 20, 2011

Stone Bond Technologies announced that it has created a new level of data federation connectivity, enabling users to work live within Salesforce.com screens without the data ever having to leave the System z host system. Stone Bond's flagship product, Enterprise Enabler Virtuoso, is creating virtual data sets by federating on-premise mainframe data, and providing a new integration to view the data side-by-side within the Salesforce.com data view. "This new capability effectively enables Salesforce.com to become a portal to all corporate data in a highly secure environment," says Pamela Szabo, chief technology officer at Stone Bond.

Posted September 20, 2011

Zmanda, a provider of open source and cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions, released the latest version of its cloud backup software, incorporating tools that enable users to direct backups either to the cloud or to local storage systems. Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) 4.0 provides users the choice to store backups directly on the cloud; on local disks; or in a hybrid backup configuration, which is an intelligent combination of the two. In addition, ZCB 4.0 offers performance improvements of up to three times the speed for uploads and downloads, the vendor says.

Posted September 20, 2011

At SAP TechEd 2011 in Las Vegas, SAP AG announced two new solutions built on SAP HANA, the company's in-memory computing platform. The two new solutions - SAP Smart Meter Analytics software powered by SAP HANA and SAP COPA Accelerator software - were developed by SAP product and design teams working in collaboration with customers. According to SAP the new applications will provide users with real-time insight into "big data," allowing them to leverage large amounts of information for analysis, planning, and forecasting and simulations in a more fluid, natural way versus traditional approaches.

Posted September 15, 2011

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