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Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, announced the launch of its Online Application Value Profile (AVP), a self-assessment tool which helps software organizations begin the process of making strategic and continuous improvements to the software development lifecycle (SDLC). According to Micro Focus, as pressures mount on organizations to increase productivity and understand potential return on investment for a project, software development teams are caught between pressures to produce more software, increase quality and meet rigid schedules, while controlling or even reducing costs.

Posted September 14, 2011

Nearly 40 international airlines operating to and from Australia have signed a 2-year contract extension through 2016 with Unisys Australia, which will continue providing an advanced baggage reconciliation system at seven Australian international airports at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. The contract extension is worth more than $11.7 million.

Posted September 14, 2011

VoltDB, Inc. today announced the general availability of VoltDB open source relational database management system (RDBMS) version 2.0. VoltDB is a distributed, in-memory database designed for applications that are pushed beyond their limits by high-volume data sources. The new release adds new features for developer productivity, database durability and recovery, including performance and interoperability improvements.

Posted September 13, 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 13, 2011

InterSystems Corporation, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with offices in 23 countries, has announced the strategic acquisition of Siemens Health Services (SHS) France from its Siemens parent company. SHS, a provider of healthcare solutions to hospitals in France, will now operate as InterSystems SAS. This acquisition moves InterSystems into a strong position in France, which is one of the world's top five healthcare IT markets by revenue, and marks the entry of InterSystems TrakCare advanced clinical applications into this market.

Posted September 13, 2011

Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration software, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire RepliWeb Inc., a Coconut Creek, Florida.-based provider of enterprise file replication and managed file transfer technologies. According to Attunity, RepliWeb has more than 1,500 customers worldwide, and is a profitable business that generated approximately $8 million in revenue during 2010. "This acquisition is an important milestone that will help Attunity to grow faster through the introduction of new software technologies and broader base of established customers," said Shimon Alon, Attunity's chairman and CEO.

Posted September 13, 2011

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has announced the release of PostgreSQL 9.1. This latest version of the open source database offers important new features such as synchronous replication, K-Nearest Neighbor indexing, and foreign data wrappers.

Posted September 13, 2011

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced its program of hosted meetings and educational sessions at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference Oct. 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Throughout the week of the event, OAUG members will facilitate more than 30 educational sessions addressing the training and professional development needs of Oracle Applications users.

Posted September 13, 2011

Compuware has announced a major upgrade to its test data management solution. Test Data Privacy 3.1 aims to simplify the creation and disguising of test data in non-production environments, lowering the total cost of an enterprise-wide data privacy implementation. The release of Test Data Privacy 3.1 is significant because it enables an enterprise-wide approach to test data privacy, Dennis O'Flynn, product management director at Compuware, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We have a new user interface that will allow you to interact with both distributed and mainframe data so that a consistent approach can be applied to data privacy."

Posted September 08, 2011

For many organizations, data is not only crossing into the hundreds of terabytes, but into the near-petabyte (PB) and multi-petabyte range. In a new survey sponsored by Oracle and conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), "The Petabyte Challenge: 2011 IOUG Database Growth Survey," close to one out of 10 respondents report that the total amount of online (disk-resident) data they manage today - taking into account all clones, snapshots, replicas and backups - tops a petabyte.

Posted September 07, 2011

At an event for customers, partners and industry experts in Redwood Shores that was also presented live online, Oracle announced Oracle VM 3.0, the latest release of its server virtualization and management solution. According to the company, Oracle VM 3.0 is suitable for all data center workloads and features new policy-based management capabilities, advanced storage management via the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in API; centralized network configuration management, improved ease-of-use and Open Virtualization Format (OVF) support.

Posted September 07, 2011

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Application Express Release 4.1, which enhances existing functionality and adds data upload capabilities. Oracle Application Express is a "no-cost" option included with all editions and releases of Oracle Database 11g that allows developers, using only a web browser, to build and deploy professional and scalable applications for Oracle databases.

Posted September 07, 2011

FalconStor Software, Inc. a provider of disk-based data protection solutions, announced an upgrade of its suite of data protection solutions. Version 7 (V7) of FalconStor's product family offers solutions for backup and disaster recovery. "With V7, FalconStor's data protection solutions have been optimized to deliver a holistic approach to backup and recovery that helps data centers of all sizes overcome obstacles to continuous service and data availability," says Fadi Albatal, vice president of worldwide marketing for FalconStor.

Posted September 06, 2011

More than 1,000 enterprise IT professionals attended 600-plus educational sessions during the recent SHARE event, held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin in Orlando. Hundreds of topics were discussed, but the biggest issues on attendees' minds were how to deal with the proliferation of data and changing workforce dynamics facing the technology industry.

Posted September 06, 2011

Gluster, a provider of open source storage solutions, has just released a version of its storage system that includes support for Apache Hadoop. GlusterFS 3.3 beta 2 employs standard file system APIs available in Hadoop to provide a new storage option for Hadoop deployments.

Posted September 06, 2011

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions, has added Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption to its Archive Backup Client (ABC) and STORServer Data Protection (SDP) software, agents written specifically for OpenVMS customers backing up to IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).

Posted September 06, 2011

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, announced the launch of its Online Application Value Profile (AVP), a self-assessment tool which helps software organizations begin the process of making strategic and continuous improvements to the software development lifecycle (SDLC).

Posted September 06, 2011

Veryant, a COBOL-to-Java migration tools vendor, announced it has added features to its vCOBOL Enterprise platform that includes new compatibility with legacy mainframe and Micro Focus COBOL dialects and improved debugging capabilities.

Posted September 06, 2011

At the recent VMworld conference, Symantec Corp. announced new enhancements to Backup Exec 2010 designed to provide greater visibility into physical and virtual environments with a single backup solution.

Posted September 06, 2011

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced the general availability of VMware vSphere 5, delivering nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities to help customers transform IT by driving greater efficiency from existing investments and improving operational agility.

Posted September 06, 2011

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider and integrator of advanced communications, networking and IT solutions, announced that its NEC Express5800/R320b fault-tolerant servers, which are powered by the six-core Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, now support VMware vSphere for virtualization.

Posted September 06, 2011

IBM announced a new hybrid cloud solution - building on its acquisition of Cast Iron - to help clients reduce the time it takes to connect, manage and secure public and private clouds. With new integration and management capabilities, organizations of all sizes will be able to gain greater visibility, control and automation into their assets and computing environments, regardless of where they reside.

Posted September 06, 2011

Ingres, an open source database provider, has begun shipping VectorWise for Windows, intended to address analytics requirements within Microsoft technology shops. This latest release of VectorWise provides analytics and interactive reporting against big data sets for companies with Windows-based architectures.

Posted September 06, 2011

For many organizations, data is not only crossing into the hundreds of terabytes, but into the near-petabyte (PB) and multi-petabyte range. In a new survey sponsored by Oracle and conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), "The Petabyte Challenge: 2011 IOUG Database Growth Survey," close to one out of 10 respondents report that the total amount of online (disk-resident) data they manage today - taking into account all clones, snapshots, replicas and backups - tops a petabyte.

Posted September 06, 2011

Versant Corporation, a provider of specialized data management software, has released a new object database that delivers improved performance and scalability. Versant Object Database 8.0 Service Release 2 (VOD 8 SR2) is designed to provide scalable real-time analytical performance for large, complex applications. SR2 adds several enhancements, including an improved query optimizer now supporting compound indexes, a refined horizontal scale out with support of distributed databases, upgraded production environments due to new online database configuration capabilities, and general multi-core performance improvements.

Posted September 06, 2011

SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services, has formed a strategic agreement with MeLLmo, creator of Roambi software, to be the exclusive worldwide provider of Roambi ES for SAS. The agreement enables delivery of mobile BI to enterprises worldwide with Roambi ES for SAS software and SAS Enterprise BI Server. SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services, has formed a strategic agreement with MeLLmo, creator of Roambi software, to be the exclusive worldwide provider of Roambi ES for SAS. The agreement enables delivery of mobile BI to enterprises worldwide with Roambi ES for SAS software and SAS Enterprise BI Server. "We have had a lot of interest from existing customers who have tremendous BI assets that they want to make more broadly available," Lisa Pappas, product marketing manager at SAS, tells 5 Minute Briefing, who emphasized that mobile access to business intelligence is one of the key ways to increase adoption.

Posted September 06, 2011

Calpont Corporation, a provider of analytic databases has announced a a bi-directional data connector between InfiniDB and Hadoop. By providing a bi-directional connector for InfiniDB customers, Calpont says, it eliminates the need to custom code Hadoop for high performance analytics since InfiniDB's columnar architecture is optimized for rapid and easy access to highly dimensional data and has the flexibility, scale and horsepower to work with massive data sets. "For doing high-performance analytics, a high-performance database like InfiniDB is the proper database to be doing the analytics in," Nick Ochoa, vice president of marketing, Calpont, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 01, 2011

Big data, and particularly unstructured data, is becoming more broadly recognized as a competitive and decision-making tool, while also stretching IT's management, governance and storage capabilities. On September 8, at 2 pm ET/11 am PT, Database Trends and Applications and MarkLogic will offer a one-hour webcast on the nature and scope of the unstructured data challenge, and the key issues that managers are dealing with as they seek to leverage non-relational data in the form of business documents, social and web content, as well as information generated by smartphones and email systems.

Posted August 30, 2011

At an event for customers, partners and industry experts in Redwood Shores that was also presented live online, Oracle announced Oracle VM 3.0, the latest release of its server virtualization and management solution. According to the company, Oracle VM 3.0 is suitable for all data center workloads and features new policy-based management capabilities, advanced storage management via the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in API; centralized network configuration management, improved ease-of-use and Open Virtualization Format (OVF) support.

Posted August 30, 2011

At VMworld 2011 yesterday, VMware, Inc. announced a new database provisioning and operations solution designed to deliver a database as a service model for the enterprise. Described as an extension of VMware's Cloud Application Platform strategy, VMware vFabric Data Director aims to give IT the ability to control and manage a growing set of heterogeneous databases through policy-based automation, while streamlining application development via a self-service provisioning model for developers to rapidly access the database services needed for modern applications. Built on VMware vSphere, vFabric Data Director will also extend the benefits of virtualized infrastructures to the database tier, optimizing resource utilization for increased operational efficiency and cost savings.

Posted August 30, 2011

MarkLogic Corporation has announced that Kaplan Publishing, a publisher of academic and professional development resources, has built a new iOS application using MarkLogic Server as the platform beneath a customized digital content reader developed by Bluefire Productions. Kaplan Mobile allows registered students to download a free electronic copy of their course books to their mobile devices. The application is available for download for free from the Apple iTunes Store for all iOS devices. MarkLogic has worked on mobile interfaces for customers in the past, some in the government, David Gorbet, vice president, Product Strategy at MarkLogic, tells 5 Minute Briefing, "but this is the first time to my knowledge that anybody is doing a full course's worth of material as a mobile application."

Posted August 30, 2011

InterSystems Corporation has announced that application partner Medical Systems, Inc. (MSI) is launching an application for community health centers (CHCs) built on the InterSystems Caché high-performance object database. The new version of Vision:CHC is a comprehensive offering that includes the full range of facilities needed for CHCs to fulfill Meaningful Use and Patient-centered Medical Home criteria. "Modern community health centers exist in an environment requiring multiple levels of regulatory and reporting requirements on a federal, state and often local level," Matt Nee, InterSystems vice president of North American Sales, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 30, 2011

Quest Software, Inc. expanded its Toad product portfolio with the addition of free and commercial versions of Toad for Sybase. The new suite adds Sybase ASE, Sybase IQ and SQL Anywhere to Toad's list of supported relational and non-relational database platforms. "Quest has historically supported Sybase through a number of other products - such as Toad for Data Analysts and Spotlight - but there hasn't been a true Toad UI for Sybase development and administration until now," Claudia Fernandez, director of product management, Toad solutions for Quest, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 24, 2011

Registration is now open for TechWave 2011, which will be co-located with SAP TechEd, September 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. TechWave will continue to deliver targeted training on Sybase products, plus offer attendees access to TechEd keynote sessions, exhibits, special event and other networking functions.

Posted August 24, 2011

Sybase has announced its mobile device security and application management software support Cisco Cius - a highly secure business tablet created for the enterprise. The announcement extends Sybase's device agnostic approach to support a growing list that includes Android (smartphones and tablets), iOS (iPhone and iPad), Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry. The Cisco Cius running on Sybase Unwired Platform will offer customers a new class of highly collaborative and secure productivity apps, which will continue advancing tablet adoption in the enterprise," says Terry Stepien, president, Sybase iAnywhere.

Posted August 24, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals. The results of the survey are explained in a research report titled "Data Cross-Currents: 2011 Survey on Cross-Platform Database Administration."

Posted August 24, 2011

Rocket's free U2 DataVu Query tool has been enhanced with new capabilities to combine users' queries and results. Users can filter and quickly create charts with just a couple of clicks. In addition, a new quick-start wizard guides users through the steps to connect to U2 data. According to Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, Rocket U2, DataVu 2.0 delivers major new features. "Our customers are excited about the new one-click chart generation feature, which allows you to select columns from a query result and with one click turn them into the chart of your choice."

Posted August 24, 2011

The Revelation Users' Conference will be held October 4-7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from the customary mix of technical and training sessions, Revelation will be providing two, in-depth OpenInsight for Web (O4W) training sessions at this year's conference.

Posted August 24, 2011

NorthgateArinso has received another seal of approval after guiding credit information powerhouse National Group Management Corp. through a problem-free migration to Reality, the company's MultiValue SQL-enabled database environment. NGMC, a one-stop shop for credit information within the service industry, deals with clients on both a domestic and international level. The company migrated from its previous database management system to Reality in November in order to take advantage of the greater functionality that Reality provided.

Posted August 24, 2011

Host Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Research, set the stage for this recent webcast by noting that a study among DBTA subscribers revealed that 43% of respondents are evaluating new data management strategies and nearly 20% are currently evaluating NoSQL databases. A key technical attribute of graph databases is that everything about the database is optimized around data relationships, Darren Wood, InfiniteGraph architect and lead developer, explained as part of his overview of graph databases. While that may sound like a relational database, it is actually quite different, he emphasized.

Posted August 24, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals. The results of the survey are explained in a report titled "Data Cross-Currents: 2011 Survey on Cross-Platform Database Administration," now available from Quest Software.

Posted August 24, 2011

Big data, and particularly unstructured data, is becoming more broadly recognized as a competitive and decision-making tool, while also stretching IT's management, governance and storage capabilities.On September 8, at 2 pm ET/11 am PT Database Trends and Applications and MarkLogic will offer a one-hour webcast on the nature and scope of the unstructured data challenge, and the key issues that managers are dealing with as they seek to leverage and effectively manage non-relational data in the form of business documents, social and web content, as well as information generated by smartphones and email systems.

Posted August 23, 2011

Composite Software announced that Carfax, the vehicle history expert, has developed and deployed a data abstraction layer using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform that will provide the company greater agility in managing its rapidly changing reporting environment. The first deployment consisted of publishing logical views to support reporting for the company's finance, sales, marketing and business development organizations.

Posted August 23, 2011

EnterpriseDB, a provider of PostgreSQL and Oracle compatibility products and services, has announced general availability of Postgres Enterprise Manager, which allows developers and DBAs to monitor, manage, and tune both PostgreSQL and Postgres Plus Advanced Server installations regardless of the platform they run on - from a single console application. "Now, customers can easily ramp up their PostgreSQL footprint at a fraction of the cost of proprietary alternatives," said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB.

Posted August 23, 2011

Host Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Research, set the stage for this recent webcast by noting that a study among DBTA subscribers revealed that 43% of respondents are evaluating new data management strategies and nearly 20% are currently evaluating NoSQL databases. A key technical attribute of graph databases is that everything about the database is optimized around data relationships, Darren Wood, InfiniteGraph architect and lead developer, explained as part of his overview of graph databases. While that may sound like a relational database, it is actually quite different, he emphasized.

Posted August 23, 2011

HP and Autonomy Corporation plc have announced plans for HP (through an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, HP SPV) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Autonomy for £25.50 ($42.11) per share in cash. "Together with Autonomy, we plan to reinvent how both unstructured and structured data is processed, analyzed, optimized, automated and protected. Autonomy has an attractive business model, including a strong cloud-based solution set, which is aligned with HP's efforts to improve our portfolio mix," said Léo Apotheker, HP president and chief executive officer, in a statement issued by the company.

Posted August 23, 2011

BMC Software has announced a new set of solutions designed to help customers monitor and manage middleware across the data center. The vendor's Middleware Management solutions are intended to enable IT departments to deliver reliable business services through a more in-depth view of enterprise applications and the transaction paths that make them run.

Posted August 22, 2011

Serena Software, a provider of application delivery tools, is shipping Serena Release Manager, a new application lifecycle management solution that incorporates release automation, release control, and release vault into a single product.

Posted August 22, 2011

INNOVATION Data Processing (IDP) announced a strategic partnership with CA Technologies in which CA will include IDP products within its own portfolio. The alliance enables CA to offer IDP's "UPSTREAM for Linux on Z" and "UPSTREAM for UNIX on Z" as data protection solutions as part of CA's existing portfolio of systems management capabilities, Pat Fitzsimmons, product manager at IDP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The IDP-CA alliance was announced at the recent SHARE user conference in Orlando.

Posted August 22, 2011

EMC Corporation, a storage systems and management provider, announced new software for its Symmetrix VMAX family of storage systems, targeted at virtual data center and cloud storage capabilities. A new version of EMC AutoSwap software, with support for z/VM environments, was unveiled at the recent SHARE user event in Orlando.

Posted August 22, 2011

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