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IBM expanded its CloudBurst family of pre-integrated cloud service delivery platforms with a POWER7-based hardware appliance, as well as separately offering the software to run on currently installed IBM and non-IBM systems.

Posted October 18, 2010

Cloud computing offers the promise of greater agility, resource optimization, and user performance, yet many businesses are understandably leery about jumping onto the cloud bandwagon until they have assurances that hosted resources will be secure.

Posted October 13, 2010

B&L Associates, Inc. has announced BL/AUDIT Version 2.0, a product designed to capture, store, and report security-related information in a format that allows system administrators to easily monitor and verify the integrity of system security.

Posted October 13, 2010

UNITE will resume its annual series of BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts, offering on-demand replays of 2010 conference presentations that won Best Presentation awards.

Posted October 13, 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a task order to Unisys to design and install an integrated suite of security software tools as well as the underlying infrastructure supporting those tools. The tool suite will give the USDA the ability to monitor and secure the infrastructure and data for the department's 29 component agencies.

Posted October 13, 2010

The latest version of IBM Informix, codenamed "Panther," became generally available today. According to Martin Wildberger, vice president, World Wide Development, IBM, the new IBM Informix 11.7 software version helps clients and IBM partners streamline their business processes and access critical data faster to make smarter business decisions. Combined with new Informix Editions, the new software also allows clients and partners to accelerate the deployment of critical business solutions at lower cost, Wildberger adds.

Posted October 12, 2010

Actuate Corporation, developers of the open source BIRT business intelligence environment, announced ActuateOne, a product suite for rapidly developing and deploying custom BI applications and information applications. ActuateOne, the vendor says, is based upon one design, one server and one user experience to improve developer productivity, optimize the end user experience within a unified environment, and deploy from on-premises to the cloud. "ActuateOne is our latest product delivering value-added features around BIRT," Nobby Akiha, senior vice president of marketing for Actuate, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted October 12, 2010

Jaspersoft, a provider of business intelligence software, has introduced JasperReports Server Professional, a centrally-managed and secure reporting server for scheduling and distributing interactive reports. According to Jaspersoft the new solution will enable customers to create, deliver and embed interactive reports in a variety of formats for anyone in their organization, for as much as 80% less than prices charged by the traditional BI providers.

Posted October 12, 2010

Predixion Software announced a relatively low-cost, self-service in the cloud predictive analytics solution that integrates with Microsoft's business intelligence platform. The new release, Predixion Insight, is intended to enable organizations to use and analyze large amounts of data to make actionable decisions, all within the familiar environment of Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot and SharePoint. "The predictive analytics market is disruptable because it is dominated by a couple of incumbent vendors that are very established, and they offer very comprehensive solutions, but with older technology that is difficult for the information worker to operate," Simon Arkell, CEO and co-founder of Predixion Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted October 12, 2010

Oracle introduced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 at Oracle OpenWorld. The new configuration extends the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product family with a high-capacity system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads. "The data volumes now are huge, and they are going to keep getting bigger and as they grow rapidly, you will need more and more power," said Oracle president Mark Hurd, commenting on the release during a keynote at the Oracle conference.

Posted October 06, 2010

5 Minute Briefing: Oracle had the opportunity to meet and speak with Pythian chief technology officer Alexander Gorbachev during Oracle OpenWorld about the company's achievement of four specializations under the OPN (Oracle PartnerNetwork) Specialized Program. Pythian, already a Platinum member of the OPN, has met a series of demanding technical and business requirements to earn the specializations in Oracle Database 11g, Real Application Clusters (RAC), Database Performance Tuning, and Oracle Linux.

Posted October 06, 2010

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle unveiled Oracle Fusion Applications. Commenting on the debut of the portfolio during a keynote that highlighted major OpenWorld announcements, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, explained that Oracle Fusion Applications takes the best features of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Siebel and re-implements them on top of a modern middleware infrastructure entirely written in Java.

Posted October 06, 2010

Just 6 months after launching Ignite 8, Confio Software's newest release of its performance analysis tool, the company announced that nearly 90% of Confio's Oracle customer base has upgraded to Ignite 8 representing over 10,000 monitored Oracle instances worldwide.

Posted October 06, 2010

Building on the theme of "freedom of platform choice" Quest Software announced the beta launch of Toad Extension for Eclipse at Oracle OpenWorld. The newest addition to the Toad product family allows Java developers to perform essential Oracle development tasks, such as writing, editing, browsing and querying, directly from within the Eclipse IDE, harnessing the power of Toad for Oracle. This follows Quest's recent announcement on the availability of Toad for Cloud Databases.

Posted October 06, 2010

Estimates put the amount of data in existence at this time at more than a zettabyte (or a trillion gigabytes), which would be the equivalent of 75 billion fully loaded iPads. All this data is streaming into and through enterprises from transactions, remote devices, partner sites and user-generated content, with formats varying from structured, relational data to graphics and videos.

Posted October 06, 2010

Melissa Data, a developer of high performance data quality and address management solutions, showcased the Contact Verification Server at Oracle OpenWorld. Providing a turnkey solution, the appliance is built by Dell and incorporates six WebSmart components for contact data verification and enrichment, including address, phone, and email verification, name parsing, geocoding and change-of-address processing. The server can verify more than 7 million records per hour and additional servers can be clustered together for increased scalability, throughput and redundancy.

Posted October 06, 2010

Building on the theme of "freedom of platform choice" Quest Software announced the beta launch of Toad Extension for Eclipse at Oracle Open World in San Francisco in late September. The newest addition to the Toad product family allows Java developers to perform essential Oracle development tasks, such as writing, editing, browsing and querying, directly from within the Eclipse IDE, harnessing the power of Toad for Oracle. This follows Quest's recent announcement on the availability of Toad for Cloud Databases

Posted October 05, 2010

EMC Corporation has announced a new alliance to enable integration of technology from Cloudera, a provider of Hadoop-based data management software and services, with the EMC Data Computing Products division's Greenplum technology to help businesses better manage and analyze large and continuously growing amounts of structured and unstructured information such as log files, sensor data, streaming data, sales receipts, emails, research data and images collectively known as "big data."

Posted October 05, 2010

ParAccel, Inc. announced at Oracle OpenWorld the integration of its Analytic Database (PADB), a columnar-based, massively parallel processing (MPP) software-only analytic database, with NetApp Unified Storage Architecture.

Posted October 05, 2010

Dataguise, a provider of data security solutions, has also joined the NetApp Alliance Partner Program as an Advantage Alliance Partner. The collaboration between Dataguise and NetApp is intended to allow customers to quickly generate production data for test and development and distribute it safely and efficiently.

Posted October 05, 2010

Queplix Corp. has announced the Queplix Virtual Data Manager (QVDM), which aims to substantially automate application and data integration, enabling a consistent view of customer, product and financial data so that vital information remains accurate across software systems.

Posted October 05, 2010

Open Text Corporation, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, announced the release of Open Text ECM Suite 2010, which represents a combination of technologies covering all aspects of ECM.

Posted October 05, 2010

Aster Data has introduced Aster Data nCluster 4.6, which includes a column data store. This release, the company says, makes Aster Data nCluster 4.6 the first platform with a unified SQL-MapReduce analytic framework on a hybrid row and column massively parallel processing (MPP) database management system (DBMS). The unified SQL-MapReduce analytic framework and Aster Data's suite of more than 1,000 MapReduce-ready analytic functions, delivers richer, high performance analytics on large data volumes where data can be stored in either a row or column format.

Posted October 05, 2010

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced a suite of tools and assets designed to enable partners to create their own packaged solutions for repeatable and scalable value selling and delivery. The new offerings include new Solution Enablement Toolkits (SETs), enhancements to Partner University and additional training and certification options - including the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) level.

Posted October 05, 2010

Dell has introduced a line of new capabilities and services for it Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture, intended to help customers transition workloads to a cloud-based infrastructure. Three new components - Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager, Self-Service Creator, and VIS Director - are designed to better unify heterogeneous compute, storage and networking assets into a common pool of resources.

Posted October 05, 2010

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), a privately held company based in Santa Clara, CA. BLADE specializes in software and devices that route data and transactions to and from servers. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted October 05, 2010

Progress Software Corporation has released two new database drivers intended to expand critical connectivity features to more databases and formats. The new releases, Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC release 6.1 and the Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC release 4.2, include expanded bulk load capabilities that will improve the ability to stream bulk data from one database to another, and increased breadth of support for additional application configurations.

Posted October 05, 2010

HP has announced a series of integrated solutions intended to simplify operations and accelerate IT resource consolidation, enabling clients to streamline their delivery of mission-critical application services to the business. The solutions include the next generation HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array and enhancements to the HP-UX portfolio for Integrity systems.

Posted October 05, 2010

Reinforcing their OEM partnership, CommVault and Dell have introduced the Dell PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance, powered by CommVault with Simpana 8. This latest addition to the Dell PowerVault product line provides integrated data management with scalability, cloud support, faster throughput, optimized deduplication and a smaller form factor for increased cost savings and operational efficiencies.

Posted October 05, 2010

At Oracle OpenWorld last week, Oracle unveiled Oracle Fusion Applications. Commenting on the debut of Oracle Fusion Applications during a keynote that highlighted major OpenWorld announcements, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, explained that the portfolio takes the best features of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Siebel and re-implements them on top of a modern middleware infrastructure entirely written in Java.

Posted September 28, 2010

Oracle last week introduced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8. The new configuration extends the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product family with a high-capacity system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads. With this announcement, there are now four configurations of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine: the new Oracle Exadata X2-8 full-rack and the Oracle Exadata X2-2 quarter-rack, half-rack and full-rack systems.

Posted September 28, 2010

Estimates put the amount of data in existence at this time at more than a zettabyte (or a trillion gigabytes), which would be the equivalent of 75 billion fully loaded iPads. All this data is streaming into and through enterprises from transactions, remote devices, partner sites and user-generated content, with formats varying from structured, relational data to graphics and videos.

Posted September 28, 2010

Just 6 months after launching Ignite 8, Confio Software's newest release of its performance analysis tool, the company has announced that nearly 90% of Confio's Oracle customer base has upgraded to Ignite 8 representing over 10,000 monitored Oracle instances worldwide. "DBAs are busy people and they won't upgrade unless there is really something of value there, so the fact that they have really jumped on the new release is because they saw it and they said, this is something we absolutely want to do," Don Bergal, chief operating officer at Confio, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 28, 2010

Melissa Data, a developer of high performance data quality and address management solutions, showcased the Contact Verification Server at the Oracle OpenWorld show in San Francisco. Providing a turnkey solution, the appliance is built by Dell and incorporates six WebSmart components for contact data verification and enrichment, including address, phone, and email verification, name parsing, geocoding and change-of-address processing. The server can verify more than 7 million records per hour and additional servers can be clustered together for increased scalability, throughput and redundancy.

Posted September 28, 2010

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, has revealed the results of a new report, "Measuring the Business Impacts of Effective Data." The study benchmarks leading enterprises across a wide range of industries by measuring the direct correlation between a company's IT investments and overall business performance.

Posted September 22, 2010

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., has announced that it has processed more than one trillion inter-operator messages since the company launched the first SMS interoperability messaging hub in 2001. One trillion messages is equivalent to processing approximately 32,000 messages per second for every second of one year.

Posted September 22, 2010

Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc., has introduced the latest version of the Trillium Software System. Designed to visualize data issues, improve business rule validation and enhance data quality monitoring in operational environments, the new Trillium Software System is aimed at helping business users and analysts, data stewards and IT professionals work together to improve business decisions and outcomes through better, more accurate information.

Posted September 22, 2010

IBM is offering new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches. The new software, which supports both System z and SAP implementations, automatically monitors structured data and application usage across the enterprise and immediately alerts management to unusual activity.

Posted September 22, 2010

Oracle recently hosted a 6-hour online forum to showcase its strategy for virtualization. Oracle's Edward Screven, chief corporate architect, and John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, kicked off the agenda of analyst, customer and product webcasts, by explaining how Oracle delivers a complete virtualization offering, all the way from desktop through the data center and why that approach provides more customer benefits than point solutions.

Posted September 22, 2010

Oracle has introduced Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, new releases of the two products that form the foundation of Oracle's data integration product line. The new products, part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family, offer tighter integration with Oracle applications and technologies, support for additional heterogeneous systems, and improved performance.

Posted September 22, 2010

The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now available on a new fully certified EBS platform - Linux on IBM System z.

Posted September 22, 2010

Revelation Software has announced that OpenInsight 9.2.1 is now in development and will include a new Version Control module, as well as O4W (OpenInsight for Web) release 1.1. O4W 1.0 was released earlier this year as part of the latest release of OpenInsight. "When we released O4W 1.0, which was within our OpenInsight 9.2 release, we received so much feedback - not only to the initial release but even during the beta testing phase," says Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, that Revelation had to stop the development of O4W at a certain point in order to get the documentation in sync. This resulted in a backlog of features that needed to be included, "and they are showing up now in the 9.2.1 release," he tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 22, 2010

Rocket Software is offering two webinars in October. The first is an overview of the upcoming U2 University event, to be held in Denver, November 9-11. Registration is now open for Oct 6, 2010 9 am MDT and Oct 6, 2010 4 pm MDT.

Posted September 22, 2010

Entrinsik Inc., a leading provider of innovative web-based operational reporting and analysis solutions, has formed a partnership with NetVU to offer Entrinsik's Informer Web Reporting software to insurance agencies across the country. For years, Entrinsik has participated in insurance agency management system conferences and has been recognized as a valued supplier/vendor to Vertafore agencies.

Posted September 22, 2010

Blue Finity is offering a free online demo of mv.NET, a .NET-to-MultiValue connectivity and productivity aid for developers that want to create state of the art application user interfaces and web services for MultiValue-based applications.

Posted September 22, 2010

InterSystems Corporation will next week roll out a new version of its Caché high-performance object database. The new release targets the growing demand by CIOs for economical high availability by introducing database mirroring, while also now addressing Java developers' need for high-volume high-performance processing combined with persistent storage for event processing systems. Robert Nagle, InterSystems vice president for software development, recently chatted with 5 Minute Briefing about the release and the new features it offers. Commenting on the growing interest in NoSQL databases, Nagle observes that many of the beneficial characteristics people see in NoSQL are in fact true of Caché - a flexible data model and zero DBA cost. "But for us, what is unique is that it is not NoSQL, it is that it needs to be SQL - without the overhead of relational technology - because I think SQL is extremely important for almost every class of application that is deployed."

Posted September 22, 2010

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security software, has announced the availability of an integrated database activity monitoring and vulnerability assessment solution. Hedgehog Enterprise v4.0 provides a database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention platform combined with new capabilities to find, scan and validate databases containing sensitive information on a network to meet regulatory standards.

Posted September 21, 2010

Application Security, Inc., a provider of database security, risk and compliance (SRC) solutions for the enterprise, has announced the addition of Rights Management to its flagship enterprise platform, DbProtect. Determining who has rights to what data can be a laborious task and it is something that many organizations avoid because they think the task is impossible to complete, Josh Shaul, vice president of product management, AppSec, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We realized we could solve the problem very effectively with software." The new Rights Management module allows information security analysts, business managers, and database administrators (DBAs) to automate user entitlement reviews in enterprise database environments, and also enables organizations to meet compliance regulations mandating the implementation of strong access control measures, such as those required by the Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS.)

Posted September 21, 2010

EnterpriseDB, which provides products, services, support and training based on the PostgreSQL open source database project, has announced support for the newly released PostgreSQL 9.0 open source relational database. PostgreSQL 9.0 includes more than a dozen major improvements that enhance every aspect of database application design and performance, including built-in replication and hot standby capabilities that give PostgreSQL 9.0 the high availability required for the "scale out" and failover architectures that characterize cloud computing and other demanding application environments, as well as 64-bit Windows support. The new release also that simplifies major upgrades by removing the need for the "dump/load data" procedure required in prior versions and instead performs an in-place upgrade, which is much easier and faster.

Posted September 21, 2010

Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc., has introduced the latest version of the Trillium Software System. Designed to visualize data issues, improve business rule validation and enhance data quality monitoring in operational environments, the new Trillium Software System is aimed at helping business users and analysts, data stewards and IT professionals work together to improve business decisions and outcomes through better, more accurate information.

Posted September 21, 2010

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