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Image Control Environment 8.0 (ICE 8.0) is now generally available from NewEra Software. ICE 8.0 includes same-day support for IBM Corporation's z/OS V1R11. "This is the 12th year in a row that we have been able to meet same-day delivery of our Image Control Environment with a new release of the IBM z/OS operating system," Paul Robichaux, CEO of NewEra Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Additionally, with the release of ICE 8.0, he points out, "we entered the CICS market, which was a new market for us." ICE now provides support for CICS TS V4.1, the transaction-processing environment that is used on large IBM computers, Robichaux states.

Posted September 28, 2009

The world's first OLTP Database Machine was unveiled by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, with John Fowler, Sun executive vice president, during a live webcast. "For a long time we have been working with Sun and this is the latest output of that partnership—Oracle Exadata version 2, hardware by Sun and software by Oracle," said Ellison.

Posted September 24, 2009

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is now generally available and downloadable from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Improvements have been made in all key areas, with a general emphasis on helping customers lower their IT infrastructure costs. Announcing the new release during a conference call, Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Database Server Technologies, Oracle observed, "Right now the majority of our installed base customers are running on 10g R2, with a good number on 11g R1. The reason 11g R2 is important is not only for the innovations in the release but it is really the release that the masses of our installed base are going to be moving to as they go to the 11g family of databases."

Posted September 24, 2009

Oracle has introduced new releases of Oracle Berkeley DB and Oracle Berkeley DB XML, two members of the Oracle Berkeley DB family of open source, embeddable databases. Oracle Berkeley DB is an embeddable database engine that provides developers with fast, reliable, local persistence of key/value pairs with near-zero administration. New ease-of-use features in Oracle Berkeley DB release 4.8 include support for foreign keys; as well as improved failure handling for multi-threaded applications. A new DB_SQL utility speeds development by generating Berkeley DB application code from SQL schema description; C++ Standard Template Library (STL) integration helps lower development complexity and cost and shorten time to market; C# and .NET support eases development for Windows developers; and multi-process support in Replication Manager API simplifies development of highly available applications.

Posted September 24, 2009

Quest Software has introduced a new version of Toad for Data Analysts, a multi-platform tool designed for IT and business professionals who need to quickly access, understand and report on data.

Posted September 24, 2009

Continuent, Inc., a provider of solutions for backup, continuous data availability, advanced database replication and database performance scalability, has announced Continuent Tungsten version 1.1. Continuent Tungsten offers SMB customers an easy to manage, dynamic database replication solution with automatic cluster management, high availability and scalability for Oracle as well as MySQL, and PostgreSQL databases.

Posted September 24, 2009

IBM last week announced plans to sell its worldwide U2 database and tools assets to Rocket Software, a global software development firm, based in Newton, Mass. "The entire U2 team worldwide is moving from IBM to Rocket," Susie Siegesmund, director, IBM U2 Data Servers and Tools, IBM Information Management Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing, reiterating sentiments expressed in a letter last week to customers, in which she assured them that the change of ownership will be a benefit to U2's product line as well as customers and business partners and will not affect relationships with the U2 business.

Posted September 23, 2009

Robert Catalano, Director of Sales, Revelation Software, Discusses New Features in OpenInsight 9.1

Posted September 23, 2009

MITS, developer of advanced reporting and business intelligence software for the MultiValue database market, has introduced version 7.1 of MITS Discover, the company's OLAP business intelligence system. This latest release includes new capabilities for increased ease of use and enhanced user productivity, as well as new database support.

Posted September 23, 2009

BlueFinity International has announced the latest enhancement to its .NET development toolset for MultiValue databases: mv.NET with Solution Objects.

Posted September 23, 2009

Ashwood Computer, Inc., a full-service VAR and preferred systems integrator for companies utilizing MultiValue database technology, has announced version 3.2 of FastBac DR, its disk-based backup tool.

Posted September 23, 2009

Northgate is expanding its U.S. Reality team with the appointment of Mark Fuller as director of technology Reality USA. Fuller, who is from the United Kingdom, has 2 decades of high-level experience of developing and implementing the Reality MultiValue product. He will be running and building the technical and Customer Experience team for Reality, and is confident of continuing Northgate's impressive recent impact in this sector.

Posted September 23, 2009

Sybase and Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN) Group, a leader in unified communications solutions for the enterprise, yesterday announced a partnership that will provide customers with a fully integrated mobile and fixed line voice and data solution that supports and includes the management of a range of device types through a completely heterogeneous environment.

Posted September 23, 2009

Sybase and HCL Technologies Ltd., a global IT services provider, have formed a strategic alliance to provide customers with real time operational business intelligence. Under this new partnership, HCL will provide business-aligned IT value services around Sybase's high performance and proven data warehouse and analytics platform for improved efficiencies and decision-making across all facets of an enterprise.

Posted September 23, 2009

Working with Sybase and ISUG, Bradmark Technologies will showcase its premier monitoring and event management solution at cities across the U.S. this fall.

Posted September 23, 2009

At the Sybase Techwave Symposium in Washington, D.C., last month, Sybase announced the availability of its data management and analytics servers, including Sybase SQL Anywhere, Sybase IQ, and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise, for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environment. With these products, customers will have the ability to quickly develop and deploy on-demand data systems for mobile, analytics and transactional applications.

Posted September 23, 2009

Also at Techwave last month, Sybase announced the newest release of Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) Cluster Edition, its enterprise data management solution that reduces the complexity of deploying a database application across a shared disk server cluster environment.

Posted September 23, 2009

Sybase and Verizon are teaming up to enable multinational companies to manage the deployment and ongoing support of their growing mobile workforce. Verizon's new offering, Managed Mobility Solutions, utilizes Sybase's mobility services expertise and enterprise device management platform to help global businesses manage the complexities surrounding the increasing number of mobile information workers.

Posted September 23, 2009

Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and data enrichment solutions, in partnership with SpeedTrack Inc., has announced the availability of SpeedTrack, a technology offering a new approach to storage, access, and analysis of data. Powered by SpeedTrack's Guided Information Access Platform (GIA), users are guided to what they are looking for simply by selecting from the unique words, characters, and values contained in the data in order to provide more accurate search results and give contextually relevant search answers. SpeedTrack applications work with any type of stored data including relational databases, text, email, PDF, Microsoft Office documents, and legacy databases.

Posted September 22, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security software, has announced it is partnering with Hitachi Data Systems to integrate Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer version 1.2 into Sentrigo's Hedgehog suite of products. Hedgehog software provides full-visibility database activity monitoring and real-time protection to defend mission-critical data against insider misuse as well as outsider intrusion, and also enables compliance with regulatory requirements such as PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA. The integrated solution will enable IT administrators to centrally monitor these activities from right within the IT Operations Analyzer console, and will provide users with a single view into their company's database security posture.

Posted September 22, 2009

ClickFox, a provider of customer experience analytics (CEA) software and solutions, has announced a completed integration with Greenplum Software, a provider of database technology for large-scale data warehousing and analytics. CEA is a high-growth market with leading companies across the globe prioritizing the need to understand, manage, and improve their customer experience. The ClickFox software enables businesses to do this by connecting the dots and making sense of the complex choices of customer interactions that drive revenues, loyalty, and defections. Transcending a limited single channel view, ClickFox CEA patented behavioral analysis engine provides a visually intuitive mapping of all customer interactions—from retail, web, and email to agent CRM desktops, handheld devices, and interactive kiosks—delivering visibility to uncover hidden connections and reveal bottom-line customer insights.

Posted September 22, 2009

NetIQ, a systems and security management software vendor recently released new versions of two key products that enable IT organizations to more efficiently manage and secure Microsoft Active Directory environments. These new products are NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator 8.5 and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 6.1. Both products are designed to help IT organizations solve the challenges they face when tasked with the native management, administration and security of Microsoft Active Directory. As they push the limits of this technology, ensuring security and internal controls becomes most critical to not only manage user access, but to eliminate human error, demonstrate compliance, and improve service delivery.

Posted September 22, 2009

PASS Summit, the largest and most intensive Microsoft SQL Server conference in the world, will be held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle November 2-5. A key focus of the 10th anniversary conference will be helping database pros cut IT costs in a difficult economy, as well as making the most of their SQL Server and BI investments

Posted September 22, 2009

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, has formed the OAUG General Ledger (GL) Special Interest Group (SIG) to help users transition to Oracle E-Business Suite R12 by providing a communications and educational forum.

Posted September 22, 2009

CA, Inc. today announced CA Database Management r12 for DB2 for z/OS, and CA Database Management r12 for IMS, the latest versions of its mainframe database management solution. The new versions feature enhancements for performance management, database administration, and backup and recovery.

Posted September 21, 2009

SOA Software's Repository Manager 6.1 product has been certified by SAP AG as "Powered by SAP NetWeaver." The solution provides SOA governance of enterprise services exposed and consumed by SAP solutions.

Posted September 21, 2009

Teradata Corporation, a provider of enterprise data warehousing solutions, was invited to provide testimony before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, joining a panel of experts and stakeholders on the topic. The hearing, titled "Utilizing Technology to Improve TARP and Financial Services Oversight" was largely focused on driving accountability and transparency through database technology. Dow Jones & Company, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the SAS Institute, Inc, and the Center for Democracy and Technology were also among the witnesses.

Posted September 21, 2009

Netcordia, a provider of network management solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Hitachi Data Systems intended to help companies identify problems lurking across their network, before they slow performance and compromise application availability or data center operations. Through this partnership, Hitachi Data Systems has integrated Netcordia's NetMRI with its Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer version 1.2, creating one of the first available integrated infrastructure monitoring and management solutions for the mid-market.

Posted September 21, 2009

The world's first OLTP Database Machine was unveiled yesterday by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, with John Fowler, Sun executive vice president, during a live webcast. "For a long time we have been working with Sun and this is the latest output of that partnership—Oracle Exadata version 2, hardware by Sun and software by Oracle," said Ellison.

Posted September 16, 2009

Oracle has introduced new releases of Oracle Berkeley DB and Oracle Berkeley DB XML, two members of the Oracle Berkeley DB family of open source, embeddable databases.

Posted September 16, 2009

Quest Software has introduced a new version of Toad for Data Analysts, a multi-platform tool designed for IT and business professionals who need to quickly access, understand and report on data.

Posted September 16, 2009

Ntirety Inc., which provides both software tools/appliances and database experts to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize customer's Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL databases, has released Ntrust version 4, the newest generation of its proprietary database administration platform that enables Ntirety to remotely and securely service customers' databases. With the version 4 release, Ntrust is now available as either a physical appliance that resides at a client's site or as a virtualized offering to meet the needs of customers utilizing cloud computing.

Posted September 16, 2009

Continuent, Inc., a provider of solutions for backup, continuous data availability, advanced database replication and database performance scalability, has announced Continuent Tungsten version 1.1. Continuent Tungsten offers SMB customers an easy to manage, dynamic database replication solution with automatic cluster management, high availability and scalability for Oracle as well as MySQL, and PostgreSQL databases.

Posted September 16, 2009

IBM yesterday announced plans to sell its WW U2 Database and Tools assets to Rocket Software, a global software development firm, based in Newton, Mass. In a letter to customers, Susie Siegesmund, director, IBM U2 Data Servers and Tools, IBM Information Management Software, assured them that the change of ownership will be a benefit to U2's product line as well as customers and business partners and will not affect relationships with the U2 business. "We will strive to make the change as seamless as possible. I will continue to lead the business with my existing management team."

Posted September 16, 2009

Oracle has introduced new releases of Oracle Berkeley DB and Oracle Berkeley DB XML, two members of the Oracle Berkeley DB family of open source, embeddable databases.

Posted September 15, 2009

Quest Software has introduced a new version of Toad for Data Analysts, a multi-platform tool designed for IT and business professionals who need to quickly access, understand and report on data.

Posted September 15, 2009

Ntirety Inc., which provides both software tools/appliances and database experts to proactively monitor, manage, and optimize customer's Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL databases, has released Ntrust version 4, the newest generation of its proprietary database administration platform that enables Ntirety to remotely and securely service customers' databases. With the version 4 release, Ntrust is now available as either a physical appliance that resides at a client's site or as a virtualized offering to meet the needs of customers utilizing cloud computing.

Posted September 15, 2009

IBM recently launched IBM Cognos Express, an all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution specifically built and priced for midsized clients. Deployed in just a matter of hours, the new solution offers clients a low-cost and low-risk, integrated approach to planning, analyzing and reporting performance, identifying trends, and ultimately helping them make smarter business decisions.

Posted September 15, 2009

Kalido, a provider of information management software for enterprise data goverance, and Netezza, a provider of data warehousing and analytics appliances, have announced that Kalido has licensed and will directly sell a custom-built Netezza TwinFin data warehouse appliance engineered and optimized for the Kalido Information Engine and Kalido's new industry-specific analytics and reporting solutions.

Posted September 15, 2009

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, today introduced the Clerity Migration and Modernization Analysis Process (MMAP) for Adabas Natural environments. The new service is targeted at helping companies analyze migration options for Software AG environments, including the business impact and implementation requirements involved in moving to other platforms and application architectures.

Posted September 14, 2009

IT management software company CA, Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NetQoS Inc., a provider of network performance management and service delivery solutions, for $200 million.

Posted September 14, 2009

AES, a mainframe systems management vendor, announced the release of CleverView for cTrace Analysis 6.1, which is designed to better equip IT shops to meet the challenges of managing virtualized environments. CleverView for cTrace Analysis includes diagnostic capabilities that enable companies to simplify and automate the trace collection, enhance diagnostic efforts, and accelerate virtualization deployment, while reducing costs and improving network service level performance.

Posted September 14, 2009

CiRBA, Inc., a provider of data center intelligence software, has announced the release of CiRBA Version 5.2, which features a six-step process and templates for virtualization analysis to ensure that organizations can transform infrastructure safely and cost-effectively. Version 5.2 also provides enhanced data collection management features for improved analysis.

Posted September 14, 2009

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, announced availability of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.0, which the vendor says will be integral to Red Hat's cloud foundation.

Posted September 08, 2009

At VMworld 2009 HP introduced new management and service solutions to extend the benefits of virtualization beyond servers to infrastructure.

Posted September 08, 2009

Information Builders (IBI), a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced support for IBM System z/OS computer Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) in Focus 7.6.10 and WebFocus 7.7. Information Builders says that its zIIP chip support represents the first and only BI platform optimized for the mainframe environment.

Posted September 08, 2009

Stratavia, a provider of data center automation and cloud enablement software solutions, announced the release of the Sybase Migration Data Center Automation Application, a software solution aimed at enabling organizations to make an error-free migration from Sybase database environments to their choice of IBM DB2, Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server database platforms. Stratavia customers can now automate the migration of Sybase database objects, code and data from a centralized location, while also enabling self-service access for application teams to begin their testing without impacting migration timelines.

Posted September 08, 2009

Phoenix Software International has announced the release of Version 4, Release 7.0 of its z/OS JES2 and JES3 interactive spool browse and system management product (E)JES. New to (E)JES with this release is a Customer Application Infrastructure (CAI), an integrated framework for TSO/ISPF that runs REXX-based customer and end user plug-in applications for customizing and extending the capabilities of (E)JES in local environments.

Posted September 08, 2009

HP and Informatica have announced a new portfolio of integrated business intelligence solutions that combine Informatica's data integration capabilities with the HP Neoview enterprise data warehouse platform as well as HP's business intelligence strategic consulting and implementation services. HP plans to sell these offerings through its Business Intelligence Solutions sales teams.

Posted September 08, 2009

InterSystems Corporation, a global software company that provides products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications, has announced multiple enhancements to its Ensemble rapid integration and development platform. Ensemble is used for application integration, the development of composite applications, and establishing enterprise service bus or SOA infrastructures. The new features extend Ensemble's ability to connect and orchestrate systems across the enterprise, provide additional services for development and testing of EDI/messaging applications, and improve message handling performance.

Posted September 08, 2009

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