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A new survey of nearly 200 data managers and professionals, who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), looks at the role of the data scientist - data professionals who can aggregate data from internal enterprise data stores as well as outside sources to provide the forecasts and insight required to help lead their organizations into the future. The research was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted March 06, 2013

Big data analytics provider Pentaho has announced new templates for Instaview, its big data discovery application, simplifying access to and analysis of big data sources. Templates help solve the data integration challenge in gaining value from big data. Pentaho has released a Twitter template and will release templates for MongoDB, Amazon Redshift, Google Analytics and Cloudera Impala on a weekly basis for download from the Pentaho site.

Posted March 05, 2013

FoundationDB has launched its new ACID-compliant NoSQL database platform, the first to combine NoSQL scalablity with high-performance multi-key ACID transactions across all data within the database, allowing developers to more easily create reliable and highly-scalable applications.

Posted March 05, 2013

Infobright has announced Investigative Analytics for mobile data, enabling network carriers, service providers and mobile-data applications to improve upon operational statistic-gathering by monetizing streams of mobile data. Using Infobright's suite of Investigative Analytics, including data compression, high performance ad hoc querying, and a miniaturized software footprint, enterprises can ask questions about how to increase profits, market share and competitive advantage.

Posted March 05, 2013

EMC announced a new distribution of Apache Hadoop called Pivotal HD that features native integration of EMC's Greenplum MPP database with Apache Hadoop. According to the vendor, Pivotal HD with HAWQ provides a key advancement by offering SQL processing for Hadoop, thereby expanding the platform's reach to SQL programmers.

Posted March 05, 2013

Heirloom Computing Inc. announced a scheduler designed to run batch jobs on ELPaaS, Heirloom's Platform-as-a-Service for moving mission-critical enterprise applications to the cloud. The Heirloom Job Scheduler works with Heirloom's Job Entry Subsystem (JES) to enable IT managers to manage legacy applications in the cloud.

Posted March 04, 2013

CA Technologies has added new features to its CA ARCserve data protection solution in order to simplify backup and disaster recovery for physical and virtual server environments

Posted March 04, 2013

Rackspace Hosting has acquired ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database as a service (DBaaS) provider. Through the acquisition, Rackspace says it will broaden its OpenStack-based open cloud platform to provide a NoSQL DBaaS, and establish a strong presence within the high-growth NoSQL database market.

Posted March 04, 2013

Oracle has posted the certification of the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 on the IBM System z platform, Red Hat announced. The certification of Oracle 11gR2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 for IBM System z allows Red Hat, Oracle, and IBM to extend the ecosystems they are able to support and provide to their customers, offering them a full range of options for their enterprise software needs.

Posted March 04, 2013

Cisco introduced a wave of data product announcements covering a wide spectrum of needs within data center and cloud environments. New products include Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches, a high-density 40 Gigabit Layer2/Layer 3 fixed switch, and Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud for connecting private enterprise and service provider clouds. The vendor also says it is shipping a network- programmable controller as part of the expanded Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) portfolio.

Posted March 04, 2013

Micro Focus International recently announced it would be acquiring intellectual property and other assets and the assumption of liabilities associated with Progress Software's Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines. How does this fit into Micro Focus' philosophy of moving mainframe environments to commodity platforms? "This is not so much a new direction as a continuation of current Micro Focus corporate direction," Neil Fowler, director of development of COBOL and mainframe solutions at Micro Focus, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted March 04, 2013

Revolution Analytics has integrated Revolution R Enterprise with Hortonworks Data Platform. In a move designed to help Hadoop customers derive more value from their big data technology investments, Revolution Analytics and Hortonworks are co-developing "in-Hadoop predictive analytics" without the need to import or export data from Hadoop, David Smith, vice president of marketing and community at Revolution Analytics, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 28, 2013

Progress Software released a new version of its OpenEdge platform with a new mobile app development toolkit. The toolkit offers developers a fast and easy way to deploy full enterprise applications on mobile operating systems, including iOS and Android, while also taking advantage of specific mobile device features.

Posted February 28, 2013

SAP has announced two new number-one results on the SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark for SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE).

Posted February 27, 2013

SAP and NetApp say they are tightening their collaboration with the goal of better supporting solutions such as SAP's HANA platform and SAP's NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management software. According to the companies, by complementing database solutions from SAP with NetApp storage and data management solutions, they can provide customers an agile data infrastructure for SAP applications that can help them be more competitive and reduce cost of ownership.

Posted February 27, 2013

SAP is offering a new solution to help customers quickly adopt SAP cloud solutions by using a phased and non-disruptive approach. The SAP ERP HCM Integration to SuccessFactors rapid-deployment solution is intended to enable customers to keep their implementation on track, on time and on budget. The approach is comprised of integration tools based on standard APIs and pre-packaged integration content — both on premise and cloud-based — with the end goal of lowering cost, and increasing speed and simplicity for customers running hybrid deployment scenarios.

Posted February 27, 2013

SAP AG has introduced a new version of its Sybase IQ disk-based column store analytics server. The overriding theme of this new release, which will be generally available later in the first quarter, "is positioning IQ 16 to go from terabytes to petabytes," Dan Lahl, senior director of product marketing at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. To accomplish this, IQ 16 provides enhancements in three critical areas.

Posted February 27, 2013

Rocket Software has announced the general availability of the Rocket U2 Toolkit for .NET v1.2 (U2NETDK), which delivers Microsoft .NET interfaces for the UniVerse and UniData data servers. The new release allows .NET programmers to leverage the Microsoft .NET Framework and CLR (Common Language Runtime) with the U2 databases.

Posted February 27, 2013

Revelation Software is inviting members of its Works Subscription program to take part in the beta test of OpenInsight 9.4. The new release includes Improvements to the MVBFS (MultiValue Based Filing System) connector, as well as additional minor updates that have been requested by users, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA.

Posted February 27, 2013

Michigan State University (Michigan State), University of Michigan (Michigan) and University of Texas-Austin (Texas) plan to implement the Paciolan Ticketing Intelligence data warehouse in order to more efficiently aggregate and utilize data about interaction between university athletics and sports fans.

Posted February 27, 2013

MarkLogic said it plans to deliver an enterprise-grade application and analytics software solution based on the new Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop software. The Intel Distribution will be combined with the MarkLogic Enterprise NoSQL database to support real-time transactional and analytic applications.

Posted February 26, 2013

Geographically distributed relational database vendor TransLattice has released version 3.0 of the TransLattice Elastic Database (TED). The new release enables simultaneous deployment on any combination of public cloud provider networks, virtual machines, or physical hardware.

Posted February 26, 2013

LucidWorks, a provider of enterprise-grade search development platforms, has partnered with MapR Technologies, a Hadoop technology vendor, to deliver the integration between LucidWorks Search and MapR. This solution enables organizations to search their MapR Distributed File System (DFS) to discover actionable insights from information stored in Hadoop.

Posted February 26, 2013

Data integration software vendor Informatica announced a partnership with Amazon Redshift to deliver a new cloud data integration solution for direct connectivity to the Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud-based data warehouse service. Informatica seeks to make cloud-based analytics a viable and affordable option for small and large organizations alike.

Posted February 26, 2013

Hortonworks has announced that the Hortonworks Data Platform is now available for Windows in addition to Linux, enabling organizations to run Hadoop-based solutions natively on Windows. According to Hortonworks, making the Hortonworks Data Platform available for Windows is a necessary step in its strategy to broaden the reach of Apache Hadoop across the enterprise.

Posted February 25, 2013

SAP AG has introduced a new version of its Sybase IQ disk-based column store analytics server. The overriding theme of this new release, which will be generally available later in the first quarter, "is positioning IQ 16 to go from terabytes to petabytes," Dan Lahl, senior director of product marketing at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. To accomplish this, IQ 16 provides enhancements in three critical areas.

Posted February 22, 2013

Attunity is developing a solution for fast data loading into Amazon Redshift, AWS's new data warehouse in the cloud. The Attunity solution is expected to be available for customer preview in March 2013.

Posted February 21, 2013

Hortonworks, a contributor to Apache Hadoop, has submitted two new incubation projects to the Apache Software Foundation and also announced the launch of the new "Stinger Initiative." These three projects seek to address key enterprise requirements regarding Hadoop application security and performance.

Posted February 21, 2013

Oracle has added a new utility to its storage software portfolio that is designed to streamline and automate critical tasks for customers using Oracle Database with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance.

Posted February 20, 2013

Sonata Software, an IT consulting and software services provider headquartered in Bangalore, India, has announced its center of excellence (CoE) for Exalytics, Oracle's engineered system designed for high performance data analysis, modeling and planning.

Posted February 20, 2013

ScaleBase has introduced Data Traffic Manager 2.0 for MySQL databases. The new version builds on the attributes of version 1.0, which focused on improving scalability and availability for next-generation applications, as well as providing centralized management, Paul Campaniello, vice president of marketing for ScaleBase, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 20, 2013

Denodo Technologies, a provider of data virtualization software, has unveiled the Denodo Platform 5.0. This latest version of Denodo´s solution enables data virtualization for both agile business intelligence and agile development of connected application and helps organizations access all of their information sources including big data, cloud and unstructured sources. The new release was previewed at the TDWI conference in Las Vegas.

Posted February 20, 2013

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) will host a live web event to explore the opportunities enabled by NewSQL in the cloud. Presented by Mark Sarbiewski, CMO at Clustrix, and Matt Aslett, research manager at 451 Research, and moderated by DBTA's Stephen Faig, the webinar will cover how to migrate a SQL database to the cloud; how to get scale from a database in public or private clouds; and how to ensure database availability in the cloud for business-critical applications. The webinar will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 am PT/ 1 pm ET.

Posted February 19, 2013

Attivio has made available Version 3.5 of its Active Intelligence Engine, featuring a new ontology module and event-driven visualization capabilities that give analysts an instant understanding of what's happening on large, multi-node systems. AIE 3.5 also includes expanded SQL support and automatic generation of thumbnail and preview images to enhance users' ability to view and retrieve critical information.

Posted February 19, 2013

Terracotta, a provider of enterprise big data management solutions, and JackBe, a real-time intelligence software vendor, have announced a collaboration to leverage their complementary technologies for real-time big data solutions. According to the vendors, JackBe's Presto real-time data visualizations for analytics coupled with Terracotta's BigMemory high-performance and scalability enables JackBe to deliver visual data exploration and dashboards with the speed, scale and simplicity of in-memory data management.

Posted February 19, 2013

Enterprise NoSQL database provider MarkLogic is making available a free developer license for MarkLogic Enterprise Edition. The developer license provides access to MarkLogic Enterprise Edition features such as integrated search, government-grade security, clustering, replication, failover, alerting, geospatial indexing, conversion, as well as a set of application development tools. MarkLogic also said it is making available a Java-based tool for importing data from MongoDB into MarkLogic.

Posted February 19, 2013

Garantia Data has announced the general availability of its Redis Cloud and Memcached Cloud database hosting services. According to the vendor, these are fully-automated, in-memory NoSQL cloud services offering Memcached and Redis data store systems. With pay-as-you-go pricing, Garantia Data charges users according to the size of their datasets rather than by cloud instances to avoid over-provisioning of RAM resources and allow users to pay for what they actually consume.

Posted February 19, 2013

IBM has introduced entry-level and midrange Power Systems based on its recently introduced POWER7+ processors. The new systems are optimized for IBM's analytics software including Cognos and SPSS, and use underlying technologies from the Watson system including POWER processors and big data analytics.

Posted February 19, 2013

DataCore Software, a provider of storage virtualization software, has made enhancements to its SANsymphony-V Storage Hypervisor. The new capabilities are intended to support customers who are facing high data growth, as well as the need to enable faster response times and provide continuous availability for business-critical applications.

Posted February 19, 2013

INNOVATION Data Processing is teaming with storage infrastructure vendor EMC to support customers installing or migrating to the EMC Disk Library for mainframe (Dlm) virtual tape libraries. As part of this arrangement, EMC will offer INNOVATION's FATSCOPY Tape Migration Utility.

Posted February 19, 2013

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions, has released a downloadable virtual machine designed to use VMware Consolidated Backup. The new solution, Virtual Appliance (VA), provides organizations the ability to use existing infrastructure with STORServer's software and solutions, without the hardware typically required. Instead, VA is a downloadable VMDK file that provides the same backup capabilities.

Posted February 19, 2013

IBM says it has completed the acquisition of StoredIQ, a privately held company based in Austin, Texas. The acquisition is intended to help expand IBM's offerings to give organizations tools for more effective governance of the vast majority of information, including its timely disposal to eliminate unnecessary data that consumes infrastructure and elevates risk.

Posted February 19, 2013

Tributary Systems, a data protection solutions provider, has signed an agreement with Sirius Computer Solutions, an IT infrastructure vendor, to sell its solutions across a range of IBM platforms. Sirius will distribute Tributary's Storage Director data protection solution for IBM System z mainframes and IBM Power Systems running IBM i, AIX and Linux.

Posted February 19, 2013

CA Technologies has begun shipping a new version of its identity and access management (IAM) service solution that extends its reach across multiple vendor cloud platforms. CA CloudMinder now provides support for social identities and additional on-premise and cloud applications such as Microsoft Office 365.

Posted February 19, 2013

Open-E, a data storage provider, announced that its Open-E Data Storage Software Version 7 (DSS V7) has achieved "VMware Ready" status. This means that after a detailed validation process, DSS V7 has achieved VMware's "highest level of endorsement," the vendor says, and is available through the VMware Solution Exchange.

Posted February 19, 2013

Oracle has introduced Hyperion Tax Provision, a new web-based tax application that allows customers to collect, calculate and report on the consolidated tax provision and more closely align tax with financial reporting. Built on the Hyperion Financial Close Suite, Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision is intended to replace the manual methods used by many organizations with an automated and standardized process.

Posted February 14, 2013

Expanding its cloud portfolio, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Oracle IaaS) with "Capacity on Demand." "For the first time, you can get Oracle engineered systems deployed on premise behind your firewall for a monthly fee," said Oracle president Mark Hurd, during a live webcast that presented details of the offering. Announced by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld in 2012, Oracle IaaS enables organizations to deploy fully integrated engineered systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance in their data centers.

Posted February 13, 2013

FAIR Health has chosen the Oracle Exadata Database Machine with a cluster of Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliances for backup to support its database of more than 15 billion claims. An additional Sun ZFS Storage Appliance supports remote disaster recovery and development. FAIR Health, which is an independent not-for-profit corporation committed to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and out-of-network reimbursement, sought a solution to streamline performance and eliminate the storage bottlenecks in its existing environment. With Oracle Exadata, the organization achieved substantial performance improvements, including a 5x reduction in claims processing time and a 10x faster average performance improvement in applying complex statistical methodologies.

Posted February 13, 2013

Oracle has introduced Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle applications. The Oracle applications have been packaged as ready-to-run virtual machines for deployment in Oracle's Exalogic Elastic Cloud environment, explains Adam Hawley, senior director of desktop and server virtualization product management at Oracle. The templates are now available for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1, Oracle's PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52 and Oracle's Siebel CRM 8.1.1.8 and 8.2.2. These are the first Oracle VM templates built for Oracle Exalogic.

Posted February 13, 2013

Enterprise NoSQL database provider MarkLogic is making available a free developer license for MarkLogic Enterprise Edition. The developer license provides access to MarkLogic Enterprise Edition features such as integrated search, government-grade security, clustering, replication, failover, alerting, geospatial indexing, conversion, as well as a set of application development tools. MarkLogic is also introducing a Java-based tool for importing data from MongoDB into MarkLogic.

Posted February 12, 2013

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