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After 5 years in Seattle, PASS (the Professional Association for SQL Server) will hold its annual SQL Server and BI conference in Charlotte, NC, in 2013, bringing the event closer to database professionals in the eastern U.S. who may not have been able to make the cross-country trip in the past, as well as making it more convenient for international travelers. PASS Summit 2007 in Denver was the last Summit held outside Seattle.

Posted May 18, 2011

SnapLogic, a provider of application integration software, has introduced a solution aimed at enabling easy connection and reliable large data integration between business applications, cloud services, social media and Hadoop. The product, called SnapReduce, transforms SnapLogic data integration pipelines directly into MapReduce tasks, making Hadoop processing more accessible and resulting in optimal Hadoop cluster utilization. "This is Hadoop for humans," says Gaurav Dhillon, CEO of SnapLogic.

Posted May 17, 2011

SAP AG and Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, have announced plans to make the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application SAP ERP the first SAP Business Suite application running on Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE). The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando where pilot customers also showcased how they are using SAP ERP on Sybase ASE. In combining SAP applications with Sybase technology, along with "harmonized" customer services and support, the companies say they will be able to offer organizations a new database option for running SAP applications and accessing critical information, providing efficiency gains and cost reductions.

Posted May 17, 2011

General registration is now open for OAUG Connection Point - EPM/BI, July 20-21, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Seattle. OAUG Connection Point conferences are focused, 2-day regional forums offering Oracle customers and applications users the opportunity to further their education in the fast-moving applications space and to gain insight from top executives and peers. Connection Point events include networking opportunities such as one-on-one meetings with key Oracle executives, as well as a partner showcase.

Posted May 17, 2011

LogLogic, an IT data management company supporting log and security management, says it is working with VMware to help ensure that IT data is collected from virtualized infrastructures, to meet the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). To help VMware customers achieve regulatory compliance faster, LogLogic also announced it is awarding its MX-Virtual virtual appliance product to the first 100 VMware vShield and VMware vCenter Server customers who sign up at www.loglogic.com/vmware-offer.

Posted May 16, 2011

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced the launch of JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6, a cloud-ready, highly scalable distributed data cache, which can help ease the load on database servers, reduce response times in applications, and provide additional failure resilience. JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6 is based on the popular JBoss Community project, Infinispan, and will initially be available through an Early Access Program.

Posted May 16, 2011

H&W Computer Systems, Inc., a mainframe software vendor, announced it is shipping a new update to its SYSB-II software, which enables customers to keep mainframe CICS applications online while batch updates VSAM files. Version 6.4 of SYSB-II includes performance enhancements gained from features designed to avoid unnecessary update locking, optimize use of read-ahead buffer space, and take advantage of syncpoint optimization.

Posted May 16, 2011

DataKinetics, a provider of mainframe transaction and performance solutions, announced a solution designed to increase mainframe data capacity and throughput while decreasing data access request time for DB2. The Java to DB2 Optimizer, initially developed by DataKinetics to solve Java to DB2 access issues in the mainframe of a large U.S. bank, helps minimize DB2 processing loads, first by reducing the number of I/Os to DB2 for read-only data, and replacing dynamic SQL queries with stored procedures.

Posted May 16, 2011

IBM announced seven new tape storage and enhanced archiving, deduplication offerings designed to help clients efficiently store and extract intelligence from massive amounts of data. The announcements include a tape library system that provides more than 2.7 exabytes of automated storage.

Posted May 16, 2011

Compuware Corporation, a provider of technology performance solutions, announced that American Express won the $1 million grand prize in its "Mainframe Cost Savings Program." Participants in the program were offered a free cost-savings assessment, which identified current opportunities and provided a roadmap for future operational cost-savings for the mainframe.

Posted May 16, 2011

Gluster, a provider of open source cloud storage solutions, announced the availability of the Gluster Storage Software Appliance, intended to extend the range of commercially supported configurations for Gluster in the private cloud and on-premise data center environments. This new product combines Red Hat CentOS and GlusterFS and can be deployed on any Red Hat Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) certified host server and its certified storage.

Posted May 16, 2011

At Tech-Ed 2011, Quest Software, Inc. announced a new version of its SQL diagnostics product, Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise. The new release features integration with Project Lucy, a Quest initiative aimed at providing deep analytical insight based on collective intelligence gathered anonymously from the community's SQL Server performance data. Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise is being showcased this week at Tech-Ed in Quest booth 403.

Posted May 16, 2011

Alpine Data Labs, developer of Alpine Miner, a solution for big data predictive analytics, has received $7.5 million in Series A funding. In addition, after 15 months of product development, the company also announced its 10th production customer and its formal launch in the U.S. market. According to Anderson Wong, Alpine Labs CEO and co-founder, organizations cannot extract all the possible value from their data because it is growing faster than they can analyze it, they don't have enough resources with analytics expertise, and the tools they're using are too complex to get to the answers they need quickly.

Posted May 13, 2011

Informatica Corporation has announced Informatica Cloud Summer 2011, a major new release of its cloud integration service. The Informatica Cloud Summer 2011 release enables universal cloud integration and unified hybrid deployment for both on-premise and cloud deployments. The new release provides ease of use cloud features to enhance the simplicity of learning, deploying, administering, managing and configuring cloud integration, as well as enterprise-class functionality, including fine-grained access controls and delegated administration.

Posted May 12, 2011

Oracle has submitted a proposal to the Eclipse Foundation to create a Hudson project in Eclipse and contribute the Hudson core code to that project. Hudson is a industry-leading open source "continuous integration" (CI) server that increases productivity by coordinating and monitoring executions of repeated jobs, making it easier for developers to integrate changes to the project and for users to obtain a fresh build.

Posted May 12, 2011

Oracle has announced Sun Ray Software 5.2. The latest release of Oracle's server-hosted desktop software is intended to be simpler to install and configure, and features improved video, audio, smart card, Virtual Private Network (VPN), and network resiliency. Sun Ray Software is part of Oracle's desktop-to-data center virtualization portfolio, enabling customers to virtualize and manage their full software and hardware stack, from applications to disk.

Posted May 12, 2011

Oracle has introduced new releases of its business intelligence products including Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Real-Time Decisions. The new capabilities include out-of-the-box iPad and iPhone support, extended OLAP and in-memory platform support, enhanced real-time decision management features, and new certifications.

Posted May 12, 2011

Teradata Corporation has announced the launch of the Aster Data SQL-MapReduce Developer Portal, a collaborative online developer community for SQL-MapReduce analytics, an emerging framework for processing non-relational data and ultra-fast analytics. "The new Aster Data SQL-MapReduce Developer Community helps bring MapReduce analytics to a broad audience of data scientists and quantitative analysts, helping organizations more easily leverage the power of MapReduce without sacrificing the familiarity and broad ecosystem support for standard SQL," Jon Bock, director of product marketing for Teradata, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 10, 2011

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), maker of ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software, has received the Informatica Seal of Approval for the ActiveBatch Extension for Informatica. The Informatica Seal of Approval is the result of a rigorous lifecycle testing and validation of up to 30 days by the Informatica Marketplace Certification Team, according to the companies. The ActiveBatch Extension for Informatica supports Informatica PowerCenter and allows users to build "mixed" workflows by coupling them with databases, applications and technologies, across heterogeneous platforms for improved business process automation. Informatica users that require advanced scheduling capabilities can benefit from the ActiveBatch Extension by being able to better manage and control workloads and tasks across disparate systems while improving service levels.

Posted May 10, 2011

Queplix Corp., a provider of products for data integration and data management, has introduced QueCloud, which enables companies to securely integrate cloud applications such as Salesforce, NetSuite, LinkedIn, and FaceBook. QueCloud is the company's first cloud-based platform and it expands the Queplix product line which already includes on-premise products such as Virtual Data Manager.

Posted May 10, 2011

Symantec Corp. has announced Symantec Enterprise Vault 10, Enterprise Vault.cloud, and Cloud Storage for Enterprise Vault to enable organizations to manage and discover their information faster and with greater efficiency and scale, both on-premise and in the cloud. Symantec Enterprise Vault 10 software will add new integration with Symantec's data loss prevention and encryption technologies to archive and discover organizations' information without compromising confidential information, in addition to allowing organizations to discover data stored in the cloud and from social networks. Symantec's software-as-a-service-based Enterprise Vault.cloud will offer unlimited cloud storage for email, with rapid search and access, for a flat fee per mailbox per month.

Posted May 10, 2011

Unisys CEO Ed Coleman is planning to attend the upcoming UNITE 2011 Technology Conference and Exhibition. Coleman is scheduled to give a short address at the opening general session prior to the keynote, which will be presented by Ann Thureen, Unisys vice president of engineering and supply chain technology and infrastructure services, and Wayne Carpenter, Unisys vice president of sales, application modernization, and North American technology on Monday, May 23. And, after that session, Coleman will be available in the foyers and on the exhibit floor for attendees to meet with and have informal ad hoc discussions. This year's conference will take place May 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California.

Posted May 09, 2011

Unisys has announced that the ES7000 Model 7600R G3 Enterprise Server, the new high-end model in ES family of open servers based on the Intel x86 processor architecture, are scheduled to start shipping in June 2011.

Posted May 09, 2011

The Unisys Stealth Solution for Networks has achieved EAL-4+ certification from the National Security Agency (NSA) as a secure solution for protection of data-in-motion across any network, whether private or public, qualifying Stealth to protect U.S. Defense Department data classified up to the "secret" level. The patent-pending Unisys Stealth Solution uses advanced data encryption to secure data on shared networks. Using the Unisys Stealth Solution, organizations can create defined communities of interest within a shared network and segregate data access so that one group of users cannot see or access another's data.

Posted May 09, 2011

The Unisys Data Center Transformation Technology Talk webinar series continues this month, featuring an update on Unisys' latest Data Center Transformation and Cloud services and solution offerings to better assist customers in aligning their IT infrastructure more successfully with their business goals. Unisys is highlighting a different storage service and solution topic each month in addition to regular updates on DCT services and ES server technology solutions.

Posted May 09, 2011

Varonis, a provider of solutions for unstructured and semi-structured data governance for file systems, has introduced Version 5.6 of the Data Governance Suite, with enhanced key data management and protection features for IT and data owners. Version 5.6 includes enhancements to both DatAdvantage and DataPrivilege. DatAdvantage is used by IT people, while DataPrivilege is a web based application intended for data owners and end users. "Those two interfaces are how people consume the information and of course we take it full circle so that once a data owner or IT person sees something they need to change, fix or adjust they can do that through the interfaces as well," David Gibson, director of technical services at Varonis, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 09, 2011

DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra, today released Brisk, a second-generation open source Hadoop distribution that the company says eliminates the key operational complexities with deploying and running Hadoop and Hive in production. Brisk is powered by Cassandra and offers a single platform containing a low-latency database for high-volume web and real-time applications, while providing tightly coupled Hadoop and Hive analytics.

Posted May 09, 2011

Oracle has introduced new releases of its business intelligence products including Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Real-Time Decisions. The new capabilities include out-of-the-box iPad and iPhone support, extended OLAP and in-memory platform support, enhanced real-time decision management features, and new certifications.

Posted May 03, 2011

Pervasive Software Inc., a provider of data integration solutions, has launched an online marketplace and community that is intended to fill a market void by providing simplification, ease of access and a public marketplace for data integration products, solutions, connectors, plug-ins and templates. Pervasive Galaxy is intended to serve as a community platform for data integration ecosystems to enable simple, profitable convergence between business-to-business integration producers and consumers through faster market and social connection. "It's Bazaar Voice, iTunes, and App Store, all rolled into one mashup," Ron Halversen, director of integration marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Galaxy is an app exchange for connectors."

Posted May 03, 2011

The PostgreSQL project has released the first beta of version 9.1. This beta release contains all of the features which will be in the final release, which is expected to be released 2 to 4 months from now, sometime between July and September. According to the PostgreSQL project team, PostgreSQL 9.1 contains a "huge volume" of new features, possibly more than any single release of PostgreSQL before. The overarching theme of the new release is innovation - "not just new to us but new to anybody," Josh Berkus, PostgreSQL core team member, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 03, 2011

Red Gate Software, a provider of tools for Microsoft technology professionals, says it will provide free perpetual licenses for current .NET Reflector 6.x users who upgrade to version 6.8. The free version of .NET Reflector was previously planned to expire at the end of May.

Posted May 03, 2011

BMC Software has acquired Coradiant Inc., an end-user experience and web application performance monitoring technology vendor. According to BMC, the acquisition enhances its ability to offer businesses a complete view of service performance - from end-user experience and behavior to infrastructure. The new BMC End User Experience Management solution based on Coradiant's technology enables business and IT service managers to see and understand how application performance affects end-user behavior and ultimately the business by providing complete visibility into real-time, end-to-end performance of enterprise, cloud and SaaS-based applications. By monitoring the end user's experience, organizations can protect revenue, enhance productivity and ensure operational stability for their business-critical applications.

Posted May 03, 2011

Starcounter, based in Stockholm, Sweden, has announced its patent-pending VMDBMS technology, which the company says is designed to improve database performance. According to the company, the key features of Starcounter is that it is a general-purpose transactional database (OLTP), ACID-compliant, memory-centric, object database, with SQL support.

Posted May 03, 2011

Radiant Logic, a provider of identity and context virtualization solutions, has released the Cloud Federation Service (CFS) for its RadiantOne Identity and Context Virtualization platform. The solution federates disparate identity sources, and securely delivers claims to cloud-based applications supporting SAML 1.1 and 2.0. The CFS connects multiple Active Directory domains and forests, as well as other identity sources (LDAP, SQL, web services), with applications such as Sharepoint 2010, Google apps, Salesforce, and Workday. There are a number of drivers for the new solution, Dieter Schuller, vice president of sales and business development at Radiant Logic, tells 5 Minute Briefing. For one, the borders between the varying constituents that an organization serves are starting to become blurred, Schuller explains.

Posted May 03, 2011

IBM announced it had a stellar first quarter for this year, and that mainframe systems sales were through the roof. Overall, IBM's first-quarter net income was up 10% over the year before, up from $2.6 million to $2.9 billion. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2011 of $24.6 billion increased 8% from the first quarter of 2010. The company also reported that revenue from its systems and technology segment totaled $4 billion for the quarter, up 19% from the same quarter a year ago. Leading the way was revenue from System z mainframe server products, which increased 41% compared with the year-ago period.

Posted May 02, 2011

CA Technologies has announced a month-long virtual tradeshow designed to help IT professionals discover new ways to leverage mainframes to meet key business challenges. Called May Mainframe Madness (MMM) 2011 the event leverages cloud technology to deliver educational presentations, and offers networking on a wide range of topics with subject matter experts, including CA Technologies staff, analysts and customers.

Posted May 02, 2011

Cleversafe Inc. has announced that it has been issued five patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, helping the company build its portfolio around information dispersal. In addition, the company has two allowed patent applications, and, as of April 11, 2011, 65 published pending U.S. patent applications. The company also has more than one dozen foreign pending patent applications, and continues to file more U.S. and foreign patent applications. The capabilities that these patents represent are the foundation techniques that are required to build and deploy large scale storage systems, Chris Gladwin, president and CEO of Cleversafe, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 02, 2011

Data center vendors NetApp and MeriTalk have released a new report which provides a status update on federal data center consolidation progress to comply with the Office of Management and Budget's deadline for federal agencies to eliminate 800 data centers by 2015. Based on a survey of 152 Federal IT decision makers, the report states that about half (47%) of federal agencies have consolidated some of their data centers. However, they lack a consistent definition of what a data center compromises, Mark Weber, NetApp president of U.S. public sector, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Clearly, there is action happening and people are reducing data center counts, he says. "That is pretty big news. The big key message is being received and people are starting to monitor, measure and capture results on their efforts."

Posted May 02, 2011

Novell announced the expansion of its Long Term Service Pack Support (LTSS) program for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, lengthening customers' access to the company's Linux support for each service pack release. For the first time, long term support is also provided globally for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z. Novell further announced the immediate availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 4 (SP4), bundling all previously released patches, fixes and updates for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, while supporting the newest hardware, storage systems and networking devices, including Intel's latest Xeon E7 processor family and AMD's latest Opteron processors.

Posted May 02, 2011

A recent study conducted among members of SHARE and readers of Database Trends and Applications finds that plans for hiring of new IT professionals are strong, reflecting a bounce-back from the recent recession. A majority of the 376 IT employers surveyed, however, express concerned about the caliber and capabilities of today's IT college graduates. This not only relates to new types of skill sets such as business intelligence and analytics, but also to longstanding foundational skills such as mainframe administration and programming. In addition, many employers find the technical graduates they recruit are severely lacking in core business skills.

Posted May 02, 2011

Sepaton, Inc., a provider of disk-based data protection platforms, announced that it will extend its V6 data protection platform by enhancing its OpenStorage solutions for the latest version of NetBackup 7 by now supporting auto image replication. The Symantec OpenStorage technology allows Sepaton to deliver a tightly integrated solution with NetBackup. This integration enables enterprise IT organizations to eliminate administrative and operational complexity as data protection is consolidated into a single, integrated process across the entire infrastructure.

Posted May 02, 2011

There's a wide disconnect between the individuals charged with ensuring database security and those in corporate management at those organizations. And while database professionals and managers are charged with overseeing information security, many are actually not aware of the level of corporate commitment. This is a key finding from the "2011 ISUG Report on Data Security Management Challenges," based on research conducted among ISUG members by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Application Security, Inc. The study drew responses from 216 data managers and professionals, and the full 37-page research report is being offered as an ISUG member benefit.

Posted April 29, 2011

Representing a continuation of a long-running partnership between the two companies, IBM and Sybase have introduced a new workload-optimized server appliance aimed at financial institutions, mobile operators and enterprises called the IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution. The hardware and software appliance features IBM POWER7-based Power 750 servers running IBM DB2 information management software and IBM WebSphere software application server, IBM System Storage DS5300 and the Sybase mCommerce 365 solution. Specifically, the appliance is targeted at financial institutions and mobile operators but it is not limited to those customers or verticals, Charlie Chen, vice president of platform alliances, Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted April 29, 2011

Sybase has announced plans for the release of new functionality connecting Sybase Replication Server to Sybase Aleri Streaming Platform. This new functionality will enable data events from heterogeneous databases to be propagated in real-time, via complex event processing (CEP), addressing challenges such as reference data management and risk aggregation.

Posted April 29, 2011

Sybase has announced that the Call for Papers is now open. TechWave 2011 will be co-located with SAP TechEd, September 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. TechWave will continue to deliver training on Sybase products, as well as keynote sessions, exhibits, special event and other networking functions.

Posted April 29, 2011

Rocket U2 has introduced the U2 Migration Factory, which facilitates the migration of legacy MultiValue solutions to U2. The U2 Migration Factory combines an Automated Migration Tool (AMT) with the expertise of migration specialists who have completed more than one thousand successful migrations. Free remote assistance is available for basic migrations and proof-of-concept exercises based on the number of users a customer is migrating. Additional assistance is available for comprehensive migration projects including code reworking, assurance testing, project management and status reporting.

Posted April 27, 2011

InterSystems Corporation, which develops and markets advanced integration, database and business intelligence technologies, has announced the winners of its 2011 Innovator Awards, which recognize those who use InterSystems technologies in new ways to create innovative applications and integration solutions. Winners were recognized at the InterSystems Global Summit 2011 conference.

Posted April 27, 2011

BlueFinity International, a member of the Mpower1 Group of Companies, has announced that mv.NET Solution Objects was recently selected as best new technology innovation of the year by a panel of judges at a recent MultiValue conference.

Posted April 27, 2011

NorthgateArinso is planning a series of webinars focused on Reality, the company's MultiValue SQL-enabled database environment. The complimentary webinars will be presented by Mark Fuller, director of technology, Reality USA, who has more than 20 years' experience with Reality.

Posted April 27, 2011

MicroStrategy Inc., a provider of business intelligence software, announced it has begun shipping the latest release of its BI platform, which includes data visualization capabilities. MicroStrategy 9.2 includes a feature called Visual Insight, which is designed to allow business people to answer business questions on their own, avoiding the lengthy process of report specification and design. Users can access data from a full spectrum of data stores, ranging from massive enterprise data warehouses, to distributed departmental databases, to financial databases, to data that resides on the individual's desktop computer and in Excel spreadsheets.

Posted April 26, 2011

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