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QlikTech, a business intelligence software provider, has acquired Expressor Software, a Burlington, Massachusetts-based data management software company and QlikTech Qonnect partner. "Expressor fits squarely in our acquisition strategy. We are acquiring complementary, tuck-in technology that will enhance the value we provide to our customers as we further develop and bring to market these solutions. We are also adding more than 20 outstanding people, primarily software engineers, expanding our R&D skill set," said Lars Björk, CEO of QlikTech.

Posted June 13, 2012

Hortonworks, a commercial vendor promoting the innovation, development and support of Apache Hadoop, has announced the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 1.0 which is intended to make Hadoop easy to consume and use in enterprise environments. "With the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform 1.0, Hortonworks is delivering on its promise to make Apache Hadoop an enterprise viable data platform," says Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks.

Posted June 13, 2012

SEPATON, Inc., which provides disk-based data protection solutions specifically designed for large enterprises, has released DeltaStorDBeXstream software, which is intended to enable the backup and restore of large databases at industry-leading rates while also delivering high capacity reduction through byte-differential deduplication. The software is part of the 6.1 release of its enterprise-optimized data protection software, which powers its S2100 systems.

Posted June 12, 2012

Dataguise, a provider of data security intelligence and protection solutions, has announced a data privacy protection and risk assessment solution for Hadoop. The new solution, DgHadoop, provides compliance assessment and enforcement for centralized data privacy protection to simplify data compliance management, improve operational efficiencies and reduce regulatory compliance costs.Now in beta, DgHadoop will be available starting in July 2012 directly through Dataguise and through strategic Dataguise partners, including Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Compuware.

Posted June 12, 2012

Centrify Corporation, a provider of security and compliance solutions, announced availability of its Centrify Suite 2012 security and compliance solution for the latest Linux operating systems running on IBM z Series. "Today, Centrify supports more than 375 versions of UNIX and Linux operating systems," Tom Kemp, CEO and co-founder and CEO of Centrify, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 11, 2012

CiRBA announced Version 7.1 of the CiRBA Control Console, enabling IT organizations to optimize capacity decisions, VM placements and resource allocations for AIX-based IBM PowerVM environments. The PowerVM platform has very strong capabilities but it also some complexity over other environments, Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-founder of CiRBA, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "This is exactly the kind of platform that you don't want to take chances with," he notes.

Posted June 11, 2012

HP rolled out enhanced new offerings to increase collaboration between development, testing, infrastructure and operations teams, helping organizations break down IT silos so they can quickly deliver high-quality, applications for hybrid and cloud environments. The updated versions of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and HP Performance Center (PC) enable organizations to improve delivery of applications with new Lab Management Automation and Continuous Application Performance Delivery features.

Posted June 11, 2012

Vision Solutions, a provider of information availability software and services, announced the release of Double-Take 6.0, a solution for application and data protection in virtual, cloud and physical computing environments. Double-Take 6.0 provides affordable real-time asynchronous data replication, enabling rapid recovery from system outages. "Among the driving forces in today's marketplace beyond the need for business continuity and disaster recovery is operational excellence," Doug Piper, vice president of product strategy for Vision, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 11, 2012

Quest Software unveiled NetVault Extended Architecture (XA), a platform unifying its data protection technologies, and enabling organizations to align backup and recovery directly to their service continuity needs. "The changing requirements of the modern business are forcing IT to shift from an infrastructure-centric view of backup and recovery to a services-centric view," says Walter Angerer, senior vice president and general manager of data protection for Quest Software.

Posted June 11, 2012

IBM stepped up its smarter computing initiative with a broad range of performance and efficiency enhancements to its storage and technical computing systems - the engines of big data. As part of its ongoing smarter computing effort, IBM has announced a new strategic approach to designing and managing storage infrastructures with greater automation and intelligence, as well as performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite. IBM also announced its first offerings that incorporate software from IBM's acquisition of Platform Computing earlier this year. "Enterprises are dealing with data that is increasing exponentially in both size and complexity," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group. The enhanced systems and storage solutions have the performance, efficiency, and intelligence to handle this big data, he added.

Posted June 11, 2012

Lucid Imagination, a developer of search, discovery and analytics software based on Apache Lucene and Apache Solr technology, has unveiled LucidWorks Big Data, a fully integrated development stack that combines advantages of multiple open source projects including Hadoop, Mahout, R and Lucene/Solr to provide search, machine learning, recommendation engines and analytics for structured and unstructured content in one solution available in the cloud. "With more and more companies being challenged by the explosive growth of information, as has been widely reported, the vast majority of that content is unstructured or semi structured text, and traditional business intelligence or traditional analytics methodologies don't come close to addressing the vast percentage of content," Paul Doscher, CEO of Lucid Imagination, tells DBTA.

Posted June 07, 2012

Cloudera has unveiled the fourth generation of its flagship Apache Hadoop data management platform, Cloudera Enterprise. Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 combines the company's Cloudera Manager software with expert technical to provide a turnkey system for deploying and managing Hadoop in production. The company also announced the general availability of CDH4 (Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop, version 4), resulting from the successful completion of a beta program among its enterprise customers and partner ecosystem and the contributions of Cloudera's engineering team and the greater Apache open source community.

Posted June 06, 2012

Eagle Creek Software Services, a consulting and technical services company specializing in Oracle CRM, business intelligence and enterprise software development, has been named the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce's "2012 Business of the Year." Founded in 1999, Eagle Creek (Eden Prairie, Minn) provides IT consulting and technical expertise to organizations utilizing Oracle CRM, business intelligence and enterprise software development.

Posted June 06, 2012

Closely following its announcement of plans to acquire Vitrue, a cloud-based social marketing and engagement platform, Oracle says it has also entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect, a provider of cloud-based social intelligence solutions. The Collective Intellect transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year; and the Vitrue acquisition, which was announced on May 23, is expected to close in the summer of 2012.

Posted June 06, 2012

Embarcadero Technologies has introduced a new version of its database management and development platform, DB Power Studio XE3, which offers enhancements to further improve the performance and availability of databases.

Posted June 06, 2012

Closely following its announcement of plans to acquire Vitrue, a cloud-based social marketing and engagement platform, Oracle says it has also entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect, a provider of cloud-based social intelligence solutions. The Collective Intellect transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year; and the Vitrue acquisition, which was announced on May 23, is expected to close in the summer of 2012.

Posted June 05, 2012

IBM stepped up its smarter computing initiative with a broad range of performance and efficiency enhancements to its storage and technical computing systems - the engines of big data. As part of its ongoing smarter computing effort, IBM has announced a new strategic approach to designing and managing storage infrastructures with greater automation and intelligence, as well as performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite. IBM also announced its first offerings that incorporate software from IBM's acquisition of Platform Computing earlier this year. "Enterprises are dealing with data that is increasing exponentially in both size and complexity," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group. The enhanced systems and storage solutions have the performance, efficiency, and intelligence to handle this big data, he added.

Posted June 05, 2012

Global IDs, Inc., a provider of data governance and master data management (MDM) software, has introduced the Global IDs Data Governance Appliance, an integrated hardware and software solution targeted at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The primary users for the appliance are expected to be enterprise data architects, data quality managers and data warehouse managers.

Posted June 05, 2012

Teradata and Aprimo, a Teradata company that provides integrated marketing management software and services, announced that the acquisition of Munich-based eCircle, a European vendor in digital marketing, is complete. eCircle's digital marketing solutions, when combined with Aprimo's Integrated Marketing Management applications, are intended to help marketers to deliver highly targeted, consistent and personalized digital marketing campaigns that are integrated across all channels. Customers are expected to also benefit from Teradata Aster's big data analytics and Teradata's data warehousing for deeper customer engagement.

Posted June 05, 2012

10gen, the company behind the NoSQL database MongoDB, has secured $42 million in financing, led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners and Union Square Ventures. The company plans to use this financing to invest in product development for MongoDB and the MongoDB Monitoring Service (MMS) and to better support its community and user base worldwide.

Posted June 05, 2012

Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software, services and support for the open source R project, has announced the general availability of Revolution R Enterprise 6.0, the latest release of its commercial-grade analytics software for R-based data analytics. According to the company, the new iteration of Revolution R Enterprise delivers better performance, productivity, and enterprise-readiness for statistical analysis of very large data sets, helping to provide Rdevelopers with the tools required to meet the growing demands and requirements of data-driven businesses.

Posted June 05, 2012

Ericom Software, a provider of application access and virtualization solutions, is offering a beta version of AccessNow for Citrix, now part of Ericom's HTML5 RDP client product family. The solution is intended to enable Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop to deliver Windows applications and desktops to any HTML5-compatible browser on any smartphone device, as well as Windows PCs, Linux, and Mac. "This solution fills several gaps in the Citrix environment," Eran Heyman, CEO of Ericom, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 29, 2012

EMC has released the new EMC VMAX Family of enterprise storage arrays, a lineup that offers a range of solutions for organizations of all sizes. The EMC VMAX Family consists of the VMAX 10K, VMAX 20K and the newest member of the family, the VMAX 40K. The VMAX enterprise storage arrays are built upon EMC's Virtual Matrix Architecture, first introduced in April 2009.

Posted May 29, 2012

CA Technologies announced a new version of its IT automation solution that orchestrates IT operational processes across physical, virtual and cloud environments. CA Process Automation 4 is designed with a new user interface, improved integration capabilities, and support for dynamic forms. By making process flows more robust, easier to author and quicker to deploy, CA claims its updated IT automation toolset has enabled customers to improve service delivery, improve the speed for provisioning infrastructure, and reduce the time to spent on application release tasks. "At the end of the day it boils down to one thing: IT can't keep throwing more and more staff at its challenges," Steve DuBravac, senior product marketing manager for CA, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 29, 2012

AccelOps, Inc., a provider of integrated security information and event management (SIEM), and performance and availability monitoring for on-premise and cloud-based data centers, announced that it has added 150 customers and raised $15 million in new funding with USVP, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, leading the round.

Posted May 29, 2012

Compuware Corporation has rolled out a major new release of its integrated application performance management (APM) solution. The Compuware APM Spring 2012 Platform Release includes innovations in four key areas across its dynaTrace and Gomez product brands that help customers optimize the performance and value of their business-critical applications. Compuware's Spring 2012 Release addresses the increasing complexity at the edge; the need for converged network and application performance insight; enterprise APM for cloud and big data applications; and faster time to value.

Posted May 29, 2012

Data analytics vendor Teradata and information management software provider Kalido have introduced a new joint solution that they say will allow customers to build or expand a data warehouse in 90 days or less, providing deeper analytics to users for improved business decision-making. This solution combines the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance with the Kalido Information Engine, providing customers with a streamlined data consolidation tool that aggregates disparate data into a single unified platform.

Posted May 29, 2012

Kapow Software, a provider of social media, cloud, and big data solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Informatica Corporation to deliver Informatica PowerExchange for Kapow Katalyst. This solution harnesses the power of the web, cloud applications and social media, allowing IT and line-of-business users alike to access and extract relevant information from disparate data sources in real time. The solution will be integrated into Informatica 9.5, which is scheduled to be released at the end of June.

Posted May 29, 2012

Application Security, Inc. (AppSecInc), a provider of enterprise database security solutions, plans to give away up to $1 million of its database security software as part of an effort to help organizations defend against threat of data breaches. AppSecInc says that companies that take advantage of the offer will receive a free 1-year license of its database security scanning and assessment tool, AppDetectivePro, which retails for $2,000 per database instance.

Posted May 29, 2012

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has announced the beta release of PostgreSQL 9.2, which it says will include increases in performance as well as vertical and horizontal scalability.

Posted May 29, 2012

Idera, a provider of application management solutions for Windows and Linux, has introduced SharePoint diagnostic manager 2.7, which provides new capacity planning features enabling administrators to predict when they will need to expand or upgrade hardware in order to prevent performance issues caused by growth of SharePoint sites and content. This release also provides expanded analytics for SQL Server performance, web page health and uptime, and content usage and composition.

Posted May 29, 2012

Objectivity, a provider of object and graph databases, has formed new partnership deals and is also launching a program, now in beta, enabling partners, VARs, and integrators to get trained on utilizing InfiniteGraph and Objectivity/DB as part of their toolsets. According Objectivity, what separates its technology from other vendors is its ability to act as a federated connection store for disparate databases of all kinds from NoSQL to RDBMS. "We are seen as a complementary strategy to the Oracle red stack or the IBM blue stack which traditionally have relational databases and relational data stacks. We can actually take that data, along with unstructured data, and bring that together as the big data connection store," Jay Jarrell, president and CEO of Objectivity, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 25, 2012

Earlier this month, Rocket U2 kicked off U2 University in Denver with the first-ever Rocket Day. "We had over 150 people attend the keynote session and business unit overviews before splitting into the three separate technical tracts and two hands-on lab sessions held simultaneously. We released the new U2 Toolkit for .NET (U2NETDK) the Friday prior to the event, and had two very well-attended sessions on this new offering," notes Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, U2 Brand, Rocket Software.

Posted May 23, 2012

With the advance of big data and the corollary increasing demand for business intelligence (BI), the market is experiencing an ongoing challenge in finding and retaining skilled BI professionals, according to Simon Boardman, vice president of marketing, Eagle Creek Software Services. This problem is being further exacerbated by stricter visa rules for skilled foreign workers, notes Boardman, who spoke with 5 Minute Briefing during the COLLABORATE 12 conference in Las Vegas.

Posted May 23, 2012

Despite IT industry talk about the need for real-time data, a new survey of more than 330 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications reveals that access to current data to support decision making is not actually possible for many companies. At least half of companies represented in the survey indicate that relevant data still takes 24 hours or longer to reach decision makers.

Posted May 23, 2012

Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik, showcases Hawaii Human Resources (HiHR), a company using HRPyramid and Entrinsik Informer to help provide customized HR solutions to nearly 250 clients, in a new blog post this month on the Entrinsik website. Prior to purchasing Informer, HIHR was limited to the stock reports and unable to extract the specific data needed for internal and external reporting purposes, Shelton explains. But, since deploying Informer, HiHR has created almost 200 reports, including basic census, 401K reporting, and code file listings, and the company also makes heavy use of more advanced Informer functionality, such as Live Excel.

Posted May 23, 2012

BlueFinity International has announced that Marine pilots at Port Castries, Saint Lucia, are now using a new electronic touch screen system, developed for them by Ideal Business Services Ltd, to track vessels at sea and to access cargo and cruise berthing logistics prior to and after vessel arrival and departure. Ideal developed the new software solution using BlueFinity's mv.NET, a suite of components designed to provide the MultiValue developer with a comprehensive solution to the challenge of creating Microsoft .NET based applications requiring access to MultiValue databases

Posted May 23, 2012

Kore Technologies, a provider of enterprise integration, business intelligence and e-commerce web solutions for MultiValue and Microsoft SQL Server databases, is partnering with Paciolan, a provider of ticketing, marketing, and fundraising solutions, and SSB Consulting Group to create a SQL-based data warehouse solution called Paciolan Ticketing Intelligence. The new solution will provide Paciolan's clients with real-time dashboards, cross-systems reporting and direct data warehouse access to help them make data-driven business decisions.

Posted May 23, 2012

Oracle has introduced new desktop virtualization software, including new releases of three products. The new product versions are Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4, Sun Ray Software 5.3 and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1.The desktop virtualization solutions enable organizations to provision access for employees to personal desktop computing environments, enterprise applications, and data without being tied to a particular physical client device. The benefits of this approach include user mobility, data security, and enhanced centralized administration - key issues for organizations involved in the public sector, healthcare field, financial sector, and call center operations, where centralized control is important for compliance and security reasons, Monika Kumar, senior director, product marketing at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 23, 2012

Unstructured data is on the rise, and ready to engulf current data management systems, a new survey shows. In addition, many corporate managers do not understand the challenge that is looming, and are failing to recognize the significance of unstructured data assets to the business. These are the findings of a newly released survey of 264 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications. The survey was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with MarkLogic earlier this year.

Posted May 23, 2012

Expanding its data center presence worldwide, Cloudant has announced a global data layer as a service, which is intended to provide high performance, scalability, and availability to developers of big data applications that have highly distributed and/or fast growing customer bases."What we provide to application developers is an alternative to creating their own databases to store information about users and what they're doing with the application data," explains Andy Ellicott, Cloudant's vice president of marketing.

Posted May 22, 2012

Open source integration software vendor Talend has released version 5.1 of its integration platform, which provides an incorporated environment that manages the entire integration lifecycle across data, application and process integration requirements. The latest release includes the first set of big data integration and quality tools and technology, an integrated solution for enterprise service bus (ESB) and business process management (BPM), as well as other improvements that enhance enterprise readiness.

Posted May 22, 2012

InterSystems Corporation has launched the next generation of its InterSystems HealthShare strategic informatics platform for interoperability and active analytics. Designed originally for public health information exchanges (HIEs) at regional, state and national levels, HealthShare has been extended and re-architected to also deliver the advanced technologies needed by integrated delivery networks (IDNs). The new version of HealthShare addresses the need in the healthcare field to enable access to up-to-the minute information and to help users more easily gain insight from unstructured content, Dominick Bizzarro, HealthShare global business manager, InterSystems, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 22, 2012

Despite IT industry talk about the need for real-time data, a new survey of more than 330 data managers and professionals who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications reveals that access to current data to support decision making is not actually possible for many companies. At least half of companies represented in the survey indicate that relevant data still takes 24 hours or longer to reach decision makers.

Posted May 22, 2012

For those unable to attend last month's ISUG Virtual ASE presentation, the recorded replay is available to view on-demand. This advanced, technical session presented by Sybase database expert, Edward Stangler of Bradmark Technologies, along with special guest speaker, Rob Verschoor, senior technology evangelist at Sybase, an SAP company, discusses what various SQL, RPCs, stored procedures, and batches look like in the MDA tables and how to calculate their metrics in Sybase ASE 15.0.3 and later. The impact from other Sybase ASE features, such as statement cache and Cluster Edition, are also explored.

Posted May 22, 2012

Embarcadero Technologies has introduced a new version of its database management and development platform, DB Power Studio XE3, which offers enhancements to further improve the performance and availability of databases. The new release offers increased coverage across database platforms by delivering multiple feature enhancements for each product in the suite, including DB Artisan, Rapid SQL, and DB Optimizer, as well as direct access to Embarcadero's support team. In addition, DBArtisan and Rapid SQL also introduce support for Sybase IQ, which is initially available as a technical preview, Scott Walz, senior director of product management at Embarcardero, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 22, 2012

Confio Software has introduced its Ignite 8.2 database performance software. The rapidly-growing company based in Boulder, Colo., has tripled in size during the past 3 years, delivering tools that identify, pinpoint and resolve pain points in Sybase, Oracle, SQL Server, and DB2 databases, under the theme of "Keep it simple and get to the problem in four clicks." The new version of Ignite 8.2 includes enhanced features offering expanded support for Sybase; Oracle Exadata, RAC and ASM; as well as for SQL Server.

Posted May 22, 2012

Plans are underway for an event specifically focused on Sybase PowerBuilder and tools that will be separate from TechEd but held at the same time and location, according to Christine Weber, marketing manager, Events, at Sybase, an SAP company. There will also be close to 100 hours of sessions specifically focused on Sybase database and analytics products at SAP TechEd 2012, Weber tells 5 Minute Briefing. "It is a good portion and it is focused on the traditional kind of content that we have always done with Sybase." Sybase-specific content will include tips and tricks on how to use existing products, as well as previews of what's ahead in new product releases. Now that the call for papers has closed, Sybase is going through its approval process for the presentations. Well over 200 presentations were submitted - "a good problem to have," Weber notes.

Posted May 22, 2012

SAP AG has announced a range of innovations. The announcements put heavy emphasis on SAP HANA, and focus on three main areas, David Jonker, director of product marketing - Data Management & Analytics, SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. One is working with customers to accelerate their existing investment in the SAP landscape, a second emphasis is big data and analytics, and the third is around sparking new innovation by working with customers, partners and startups to leverage real-time analytics to rethink how business gets done.

Posted May 22, 2012

Vormetric, Inc., provider of enterprise encryption and key management, has announced that Vormetric Encryption now supports Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) on-chip technology for accelerated encryption/decryption tasks. Intel AES-NI offers improved data security at faster speeds and lower costs, allowing enterprises to pervasively encrypt larger data volumes and a greater number of applications.

Posted May 22, 2012

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