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Melissa Data, a developer of high-performance data quality and mail management solutions, has announced the release of Data Quality Web Service 2.0-a collection of customer data validation and enrichment services that allow users to add the power of geographic and firmographic information to their web site, CRM system or other business contact process or application. Among the services that are available are: Address Validation (domestic and international), Phone Check, Email Check, Name Check, Geocoding, IP Locator, and Business Coder.

Posted March 24, 2009

SHARE's latest groundbreaking research on Total Enterprise Virtualization, conducted by Unisphere Research, finds that virtualization is on the radar screens of a majority of enterprises, with server or storage virtualization already in place at many organizations.

Posted March 23, 2009

At an IBM-hosted Webinar, executives from IBM's WebSphere and Rational units helped outline ways enterprises can leverage these tools and platforms to reduce costs and increase efficiency through the current economic climate.

Posted March 23, 2009

IBM announced it has teamed up with QLogic, a provider of high-performance networking solutions, to offer the ability to run a full 8 gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel data center from the blade to switch and to storage. The new end-to-end technology will be featured on the entire family of IBM BladeCenter offerings and deliver transfer rates up to twice as fast as current blade servers.

Posted March 23, 2009

CA has introduced new versions of its storage resource management software for mainframe and distributed systems to help customers manage storage environments and address data protection and compliance objectives.

Posted March 23, 2009

Network Instruments, a provider of analysis solutions for network intelligence and continuous availability, announced today that its Observer monitoring platform now provides visibility and in-depth analysis of application performance and traffic within both virtualized and physical environments.

Posted March 23, 2009

Pillar Data Systems, a provider of application-aware storage systems, has announced that through its use of Solid State Drives (SSD) in the Pillar Axiom storage system, Pillar can provide superior $/IOP (input/output performance rate per dollar spent). With the SSDs in the Axiom storage system, Pillar can deliver "the single best" $/IOP in the storage market today, according to Bob Maness, vice president of marketing for Pillar Data Systems.

Posted March 18, 2009

Noetix Corp., a software provider that automatically generates business intelligence (BI) content from enterprise applications, recently announced that fiscal 2008 was the company's fifth consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth. "We are pretty unique in our positioning and that is why even in a down economy such as what we are in now, our value proposition is still ringing very true," David Langston, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Noetix, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We do something different than virtually any other company in the marketplace and that is focused around generating content for BI tools so it is a different spin than just customers investing in a front-end BI tool."

Posted March 18, 2009

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Sourcing On Demand, a software-as-a-service solution intended to drive more efficient and effective strategic sourcing. Based on Oracle Sourcing and Oracle Sourcing Optimization, part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, Oracle Sourcing On Demand is pre-configured and hosted by Oracle experts, enabling reduced time-to-value and accelerated ROI.

Posted March 18, 2009

While concern about data "doubling each year" is a common IT refrain, there may be signs that it is not quite that bad.

Posted March 17, 2009

SpringSource, a leading provider of tools for the development of enterprise Java applications, has released version 2.0 of its SpringSource Tool Suite (STS), a comprehensive environment for building Spring-powered Java applications. The Spring Framework is an open source application framework that is used to implement standard application structures for the Java Platform. STS is a complete set of tools for developing Java applications within this framework that run on major application servers such as IBM WebSphere, Apache Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic, JBoss, and SpringSource dm Server. Application developers rely on STS as an Eclipse-based IDE that speeds development, dictates best practices, and assists with solving runtime problems while creating applications.

Posted March 17, 2009

Idera, a leading provider of management and administration solutions for Microsoft Windows Servers, has announced SQLsecure 2.5, a security analysis solution that helps database administrators (DBAs) identify and track SQL Server security issues in order to ensure compliance with corporate security audit requirements.

Posted March 17, 2009

Entrinsik, well known in the MultiValue arena for database reporting and analytics software and services for the UniVerse and UniData databases from IBM, will unveil the feature-complete beta release of a major new version of the company's Informer Web Reporting solution this month. The new release offers native access to multiple databases, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, DB2, Informix, and Microsoft Access, in addition to UniVerse and UniData, as well as easy navigation and dynamic linking for reporting across multiple data sources.

Posted March 17, 2009

At a joint press conference in New York last week, SAP AG and Sybase announced a partnership to deliver the new SAP Business Suite software to iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and other devices by integrating it with Sybase's mobile enterprise application platform. SAP unveiled SAP Business Suite 7 software on Feb. 4.

Posted March 17, 2009

HP announced a series of new solutions and services intended to offer greater virtualization and systems management support to help companies better manage IT costs.

Posted March 16, 2009

Symantec Corp. has announced upgrades to its system management products that incorporate greater automation for both the client and server sides of IT operations. Altiris Client Management Suite 7.0 and Altiris Server Management Suite 7.0 are designed to automate manual management tasks, ensure business productivity tools and data are functioning properly, and help ensure license compliance.

Posted March 16, 2009

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise modernization solutions, announced it has begun shipping a new release of its combined application development product suite that includes upgrades to its current line of products, including RM/COBOL, Xcentrisity, and the RM/COBOL data tool Relativity.

Posted March 16, 2009

BlueStripe Software, a provider of application service management solutions, has launched the latest version of its flagship product that enables enterprises to stage, deploy, and manage business-critical applications. FactFinder 2.0 extends the reach of intelligent application discovery and service-level capabilities for application support to Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments, enabling users to understand the structure and relationship of their applications to efficiently manage complex, integrated applications, identify performance issues, and perform triage to resolve issues. Initial FactFinder support was for applications running on the Microsoft Windows platforms.

Posted March 16, 2009

Cisco today unveiled a new data center architecture, services and a partner ecosystem targeted at the development of "next-generation data centers" that leverage virtualization and greater integration. Cisco's "Unified Computing System" is an architecture designed to bridge data center silos into a common architecture employing compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single system.

Posted March 16, 2009

Varonis Systems, Inc., a leader in unstructured data governance, has announced the availability of version 4.0 of its DatAdvantage and DataPrivilege products, including complete synchronization and interoperability between the two applications to increase an organization's unstructured data protection. Version 4.0 includes many new innovations for unstructured data management that help to reduce errors, guide decision-making processes, improve accountability, and limit risk of data loss.

Posted March 10, 2009

OpenTech Systems, Inc., a leading provider of IBM z/OS Disaster Recovery and Storage Management solutions to automate IT processes and ensure business continuity for IBM z/OS-centric data centers, has announced a new release of DR/Xpert for DB2 which automates the backup and recovery for DB2 system objects including the directory and catalog as well as user data.

Posted March 10, 2009

Information Builders, a leader in operational business intelligence solutions, and PBS&J, a multidisciplinary engineering firm with expertise in the design and implementation of information solutions, have announced an agreement to offer Information Builders' WebFOCUS BI platform as part of PBS&J's implementation and consulting services. PBS&J's Applied Technologies Group uses customized reporting and dashboard tools for many of its clients' solutions. With WebFOCUS, a proven and robust reporting solution, PBS&J will be able to speed up project timeframes, reduce certain implementation risks, and increase ease of maintenance.

Posted March 10, 2009

Infobright, the open source data warehousing company, has announced Infobright Community Edition (ICE) for Windows. In response to requests from the Infobright open source user community, the company now offers native support for its popular ICE open source data warehouse on the Microsoft Windows platform.

Posted March 10, 2009

IBM has released new Informix database software to help companies make decisions more intelligently and maximize sales opportunities while reducing expenses. With the new software, known as the Informix Warehouse Feature, global companies can both warehouse their data and conduct fast online transactions with a simplified software platform. The combination of the two capabilities in one offering can help deliver new results and insights to grow businesses and lower costs by making it easier to use existing Informix infrastructures to help clients work more efficiently.

Posted March 10, 2009

At a new IBM online conference on SOA and the economy, Sandy Carter, IBM vice president for SOA, BPM and WebSphere Marketing, said that successfully navigating today's tough economy requires developing ways to measure business agility.

Posted March 09, 2009

Clerity Solutions, Inc., a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, has announced a program offering customers free 30-day trials of its Clerity Service Builder and Clerity Web Connect software products, first released this past November. These software solutions make it easy for legacy CICS, IMS, and UniKix assets to play a strategic role in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services initiatives.

Posted March 09, 2009

Aleri and Coral8, two providers of complex event processing (CEP) software and solutions, today announced that they have joined forces to expand the reach and increase the speed of innovation for next-generation, real-time event processing technology and solutions. The combined product family will offer a software suite for developing, implementing and delivering real-time analytics and business intelligence.

Posted March 09, 2009

Bus-Tech, Inc., a provider of mainframe virtual tape solutions, has certified the interoperability of its Mainframe Data Library (MDL) with Quantum's DXi7500 disk-based backup and replication system. The combined solution offers the ability to take advantage of Quantum's flexible policy-based deduplication technology and provide data centers with a single backup vehicle for both mainframe and open system server environments.

Posted March 09, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of application infrastructure software, announced the latest release of its Actional software, intended to provide reliability to business transactions. Progress Actional 8.0 Enterprise, the vendor says, delivers "business transaction assurance" by providing full design-time to run-time application lifecycle validation, and execution-time visibility and control for distributed applications. The goal is to help businesses avoid losing a single important transaction, Progress says.

Posted March 09, 2009

Oracle has announced general availability of the latest release of Oracle Application Express, a free, rapid Web application development tool for Oracle Databases. Release 3.2 of Oracle Application Express introduces the Oracle Forms Conversion, a significant new feature to help developers convert Oracle Forms-based applications into HTML applications running within an Oracle Database. Application Express Release 3.2 also introduces many security enhancements.

Posted March 04, 2009

Quest Software recently made a joint announcement with Microsoft, indicating that it will offer an Oracle Database Schema Provider for the upcoming release of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010. Quest's new tool provides Oracle support for VSTS, enabling Oracle developers to fully participate with other VSTS team members throughout the entire application lifecycle. Previous to this, Oracle professionals could not benefit from the improvements in communication and workflow that VSTS offers. Oracle development in VSTS was limited, involved time-consuming manual processes, and did not support the system's new offline database development and design paradigm. With Quest's new tool, VSTS can now support both Oracle and SQL Server databases.

Posted March 04, 2009

Oracle has announced availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 (10gR5).With this release, the integrated top down management now extends across the full Oracle software stack, from applications to middleware, database, Linux, as well as virtualization. "Enterprise Manager manages everything from applications down. This is what we call top-down application management and because of our insight into Oracle technologies that these applications run on, we have a unique perspective into the diagnosis and remediation of issues and the whole lifecycle of these applications," Moe Fardoost, director of product marketing, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "With this release of Enterprise Manager, we have fortified that offering and we have actually extended it in a number of areas."

Posted March 04, 2009

Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, has announced the availability of the public beta release of Attunity Oracle-CDC for SSIS. The beta product is "a bespoke solution" for the SQL Server and SSIS community that aims to make replication and real-time integration of Oracle data using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) robust and easy to deploy.

Posted March 03, 2009

ParAccel, Inc., provider of the ParAccel Analytic Database, a high-speed, low-effort, columnar database management system, has introduced the ParAccel Management Console (PMC), an integrated, easy-to-use system administration and configuration environment that includes a customizable system management report library built on Jaspersoft's JasperServer 3.0.

Posted March 03, 2009

Netezza Corporation, a global leader in data warehouse and analytic appliances, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held Tizor Systems, a Massachusetts-based provider of advanced enterprise data auditing and protection solutions for the data center. This acquisition will allow Netezza's enterprise customers to track, store and perform forensic analysis against years of data access history and more easily meet regulatory compliance requirements.

Posted March 03, 2009

Microsoft Corporation has announced SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse, a new set of reference architectures for data warehousing that will help eliminate many of the barriers companies traditionally face while creating data warehouses. Priced on a per terabyte basis, SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse gives customers immediate access to pretested, preconfigured industry-standard hardware from partners Bull, Dell and HP that makes it easier and more affordable for companies to deploy enterprise-class data warehousing projects.

Posted March 03, 2009

Quest Software made a joint announcement with Microsoft at the recent VSLive! Conference in San Francisco, indicating that it will offer an Oracle Database Schema Provider for the upcoming release of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010. Quest's new tool provides Oracle support for VSTS, enabling Oracle developers to fully participate with other VSTS team members throughout the entire application lifecycle. Previous to this, Oracle professionals could not benefit from the improvements in communication and workflow that VSTS offers. Oracle development in VSTS was limited, involved time-consuming manual processes, and did not support the system's new offline database development and design paradigm. With Quest's new tool, VSTS can now support both Oracle and SQL Server databases.

Posted March 03, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies plans to hold DataRage, three full days of online technical sessions and a virtual trade show targeted at DBAs, data architects, database developers, security experts, and other database professionals, from March 17 through March 19. "We needed a conference tuned to the massive user base that we have—and beyond," Greg Keller, chief evangelist at Embarcadero, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted March 03, 2009

dynaTrace software, a provider of continuous application performance management for Java and .NET applications, announced the launch of a portal and community-based site for the posting and exchange of performance management information. The dynaTrace Community Portal will provide updates, best practices, product tips and techniques, training materials and re-useable software modules for dynaTrace users.

Posted March 02, 2009

Imperva, a provider of application data security, has announced a solution that provides monitoring, auditing, and protection for DB2 databases running on z/OS mainframes. SecureSphere Database Gateway for z/OS (DGZ) monitors local and network activity by privileged users, non-privileged users, and applications to prevent data loss, fraud, and automate regulatory compliance reporting.

Posted March 02, 2009

NewEra Software has announced the general availability of Release 3.0 of its z/OS hardware configuration management software, called IODF Explorer. NewEra Software will demonstrate the IODF Explorer in Booth 319 at the SHARE Technology Exchange during SHARE in Austin this week.

Posted March 02, 2009

AES, a provider of IT performance management solutions, has announced a new toolset designed to help manage new virtualization initiatives from mainframe systems. CleverView for cTrace Analysis v6.0 is designed to enable IT professionals to view trace captures for LPAR data, from a single z/OS system, going through the Open Systems Adapter (OSA) interface with decoding and expert analysis.

Posted March 02, 2009

GT Software, a provider of mainframe integration solutions, today announced the release of Ivory Service Architect 4.1, incorporating new features designed to reduce mainframe workloads and improve SOA performance. Ivory's architecture now fully exploits all three IBM System z mainframe specialty engines.

Posted March 02, 2009

UNITE has announced a new office address and new phone and fax numbers, effective immediately. The new address for UNITE, Inc., is 18530 Mack Avenue, # 532, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. The phone numbers are 313-640-9666 and 313-640-9667. The fax number is 313-640-9601.

Posted March 01, 2009

This year Unisys is changing the format of its Future Matters events in Europe to make the ClearPathBriefing events more focused in content and duration. Unisys will also provide more technical briefings throughout the year to provide updates on the company's investments and new capabilities.

Posted March 01, 2009

Delta Cargo is partnering with Unisys to offer its Unisys Cargo Portal Services (CPS), a leading electronic booking and shipment management service for the air cargo industry. Delta Cargo's participation in CPS will give its customers a free, web-based tool to manage bookings through a neutral multi-carrier portal.

Posted March 01, 2009

Unisys announced that its newest enterprise server, the ES6000 Model 7600R, has set a new record for price/performance in the Transaction Processing Performance Council's (TPC) TPC-H benchmark test.

Posted March 01, 2009

BlueFinity International, a member of the Mpower1 Group of Companies, has added a new product to its range of Microsoft development tools for MultiValue users. BlueFinity's mv.SSIS allows MultiValue users to extract data from any major MultiValue database (in both bulk and filtered export mode) into MS SQL Server using Microsoft's SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) product.

Posted February 25, 2009

IBM has announced the release of IBM UniVerse 10.3, which delivers a powerful new development tool, mobile API support, numerous security enhancements, and consumability improvements for Web Services.

Posted February 25, 2009

Entrinsik, well known in the MultiValue arena for database reporting and analytics software and services for the UniVerse and UniData databases from IBM, plans to announce the feature-complete beta release of a major new version of the company's Informer Web Reporting solution next month. The new release will offer native access to multiple databases, including Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, DB2, Informix, and Microsoft Access, in addition to UniVerse and UniData, as well as easy navigation and dynamic linking for reporting across multiple data sources.

Posted February 25, 2009

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