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Symantec Corp. has made enhancements to Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server, which are heterogeneous storage management and high availability solutions for Unix, Linux and Windows environments. These latest releases are intended to help organizations to employ the latest storage innovations — from SSDs to thin provisioned hardware and virtual environments including Hyper-V. The new releases also provide capabilities needed to optimize any storage or server platform. Additionally, the vendor says near instantaneous recovery of applications is now possible with Veritas Cluster File System through tight integration with Oracle, Sybase and IBM DB2 - enabling faster failover of structured information and near-linear scalability.

Posted December 14, 2009

Microsoft Corporation has acquired Opalis Software, an IT process vendor. Opalis will be integrated into the Microsoft System Center product line. Opalis' IT process automation tools are designed to enable the streamlining of IT operations by removing of the overhead associated with manual response to IT problems.

Posted December 14, 2009

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe migration, modernization, and optimization solutions, announced the availability of an application development tool that provides a graphical user interface environment for the design, creation, and maintenance of former mainframe-based 3270 "green screens" on cost-effective open systems.

Posted December 14, 2009

SOA Software says it will soon be shipping a new product to extend the capabilities of the IBM WebSphere Service Registry Repository (WSRR). This new product called Policy Manager for IBM WSRR complements the policy management capabilities of WSRR enabling customers to define policies for services and service consumers regardless of their platform and can audit the policies implemented and enforced by the platform in a closed-loop process.

Posted December 14, 2009

AmberPoint unveiled a new product intended to help organizations to govern their distributed and SOA-based applications. AmberPoint Governance System is intended to foster agile governance, ensuring continual compliance across both on- and off-premise clouds and all stages of the application lifecycle.

Posted December 14, 2009

Zmanda, a provider of open source backup and recovery software, has announced Zmanda Backup Appliance (ZBA), a pre-configured virtual backup server powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server which the vendor says runs on VMware Server, vSphere4, ESX, and ESXi. ZBA is intended to enable IT organizations to install a backup and recovery solution for heterogeneous desktops and servers, and backs up data to local disks, tape drives or clouds. Zmanda developed the ZBA solution as part of the SUSE Appliance Program, a business and technology program that was created to help ISVs build, configure and go to market with software and virtual appliances.

Posted December 14, 2009

Unisys Corporation has announced that its Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R Enterprise Server has demonstrated record performance and reductions in cost of ownership among servers featuring more than four sockets in the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) TPC-E benchmark. The server also registered strong results in the TPC-H benchmark test.

Posted December 09, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has achieved Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) certification for its INFOConnect Enterprise Edition for Airlines Print and Transaction Router (PTR32) solutions. The certification addresses a need among airlines that are working to migrate their technology to the CUPPS platform, gradually replacing the Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), which is the current check-in and boarding standard. Attachmate is one of the first application vendors to receive this certification.

Posted December 09, 2009

At the recent UNITE conference in Minneapolis it was announced that the 2010 conference would be in San Antonio in November. During the conference, UNITE surveyed its constituents, including members, vendors and Unisys, by using focus groups and other discussions. This initiative looked at a number of factors impacting the conference—among them timing, location and cost. The consensus from this effort showed that a spring conference would be most effective for all parties. The UNITE board of directors has therefore decided to move the conference to May 2010.

Posted December 09, 2009

Cloud computing offers a bright future for enterprise IT in the form of a scalable infrastructure and pay-as-you-need pricing model. As cloud adoption emerges both in hype and value, all technologists are interested to know how the story will unfold. One way to examine the future of cloud computing is to look at the recent past of another formerly over-hyped technology enabling agility and cost-savings to organizations-service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Posted December 09, 2009

Ian Abramson, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, is traveling to Belgium in order to present the IOUG position on the pending acquisition of Sun by Oracle to the European Union's Competition Committee. Abramson, who will arrive in Brussels on Wednesday, was asked by Oracle, on behalf of the IOUG, to be a part of the company's presentation this week to the EU.

Posted December 08, 2009

Talend, an open source data integration software provider, has announced the availability of Talend Integration Suite LCp (life cycle platform). This new enterprise data integration platform extends the Talend Integration Suite to provide Fortune 500 organizations with a broad set of enterprise features, ranging from automated testing and code validation to multi-environment project repository management, to better facilitate enterprise-wide data integration projects and deployments.

Posted December 08, 2009

MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence software, has announced that several of its VAR partners have developed pre-built business intelligence applications for the JD Edwards World and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne user community using the MicroStrategy BI platform. Oracle's JD Edwards World and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are suites of enterprise planning software.

Posted December 08, 2009

Sypherlink, Inc., a data integration software and NIEM (national information exchange model) compliance provider, recently announced enhancements to its core Harvester software application version 6. Harvester is an application that accelerates information integration and data sharing by automating the discovery and mapping process. Now, Version 6 offers a new component, Harvester Integrator, to provide data movement capabilities, including extracting, transforming and loading (ETL) data into target applications. This new component is available in a cloud-ready platform, providing customers a solution for accelerating their data integration projects while reducing project costs and related risk.

Posted December 08, 2009

SOA Software today announced its "Atmosphere" cloud services governance initiative, which creates a unifying brand for a suite of SOA and cloud services governance products that the company will deliver through 2010. Atmosphere's integrated set of products will implement, enforce and audit common policies through various stages of service life cycles, enabling cloud service platforms to automatically scale based on the SLAs and measured performance of the services and processes.

Posted December 07, 2009

BMC Software has introduced a solution that helps IT operations managers to see impending performance bottlenecks and other issues before they actually happen. The vendor's latest product, BSM for Proactive Operations, features enhancements to its line of IT operations solutions that are part of its Business Service Management (BSM) platform. The predictive analytics capabilities have been built into the latest BMC BladeLogic, BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management, BMC Capacity Management and BMC Atrium solutions.

Posted December 07, 2009

Xceedium, Inc., a provider of access control and audit solutions, is shipping the latest release of its security appliance, which includes full support for mainframe and virtualized environments. The Xceedium GateKeeper Version 5 appliance is designed to proactively enforces policy to protect critical infrastructure and information assets.

Posted December 07, 2009

IBM supercomputers rank as the most energy-efficient systems in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing "Green500 List" announced by Green500.org. The list shows that 18 of the Top 20 most energy-efficient supercomputers are built on IBM high performance computing technology. The list includes supercomputers from Saudi Arabia to Germany and the United States that are being used for a variety of applications such as astronomy, climate prediction and pharmaceutical research. IBM also holds 69 of the top 100 positions on this list.

Posted December 07, 2009

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Audit Vault Release 10.2.3.2, including key new reporting and alerting capabilities that streamline and help reduce the cost of the database audit process. To help ensure that the new Oracle Audit Vault entitlements and compliance-specific reports contain the information needed to pass real-world database audits, Oracle consulted with IT auditors, notes Vipin Samar, vice president of database security, Oracle. "This new release of Oracle Audit Vault will allow organizations to further automate their database activity monitoring and auditing processes, reducing the overall cost of meeting regulatory requirements and securing critical data."

Posted December 02, 2009

Complementing its existing suite of Value Chain Planning applications, Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Rapid Planning to help companies improve their ability to quickly adapt to unplanned supply chain events. Rapid Planning is a new product, created from the ground up with brand-new technology, Oracle's John Bermudez, senior director, planning product strategy, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is designed to enable planners to rapidly replan their supply and demand, and react to changes that have happened between their weekly planning runs such as the opportunity presented when a customer calls in and wants to know if they can double the size of their order, and the challenges presented by an urgent engineering change, an unexpected production shortfall or a supplier quality issue.

Posted December 02, 2009

Calpont Corporation is a database software company that provides column-oriented technology optimized to handle analytics, business intelligence and read-intensive application deployments. Recently, Calpont announced the availability of its open source database software, InfiniDB Community Edition. Enabled via MySQL and purpose-built for an analytic workload with column-oriented technology at its core, InfiniDB Community Edition delivers a full-feature scale-up solution that supports the rapidly increasing demand for open source analytics database solutions.

Posted December 02, 2009

Ntirety has launched a new, entry-level database service plan that offers 24x7 crash alerts and troubleshooting to quickly get businesses and databases back up and running, along with continuous backup monitoring and extensive reporting services. The new service plan is called NsureDB and delivers immediate alerts of down databases and dispatches Ntirety's experts to quickly remedy the problem. Ntirety had previously released a database administration appliance called Ntrust that comes equipped with a suite of administration tools such as a database heartbeat process, log analyzers, and backup assurance. The new NsureDB services leverages the Ntrust appliance and has been designed with cost-conscious companies in mind.

Posted December 02, 2009

Infobright, an open source data warehousing company, and Talend, an open source data integration company, have announced the availability of two integrated virtual machines for data warehousing and business intelligence. The first virtual machine combines the Infobright Community Edition analytic database with the Talend data integration tool, Talend Open Studio. The second virtual machine bundles these same two products with Jaspersoft's open source report server, JasperServer Community Edition, to deliver an end-to-end business intelligence solution.

Posted December 01, 2009

Calpont Corporation is a database software company that provides column-oriented technology optimized to handle analytics, business intelligence and read-intensive application deployments. Recently, Calpont announced the availability of its open source database software, InfiniDB Community Edition. Enabled via MySQL and purpose-built for an analytic workload with column-oriented technology at its core, InfiniDB Community Edition delivers a full-feature scale-up solution that supports the rapidly increasing demand for open source analytics databases solutions.

Posted December 01, 2009

Ntirety has launched a new, entry-level database service plan that offers 24x7 crash alerts and troubleshooting to quickly get businesses and databases back up and running, along with continuous backup monitoring and extensive reporting services. The new service plan is called NsureDB and delivers immediate alerts of down databases and dispatches Ntirety's experts to quickly remedy the problem.

Posted December 01, 2009

Continuent, Inc., a provider of software solutions for continuous data availability, advanced database replication, backup, and database performance scalability, recently announced the availability of Continuent Tungsten 1.2. Tungsten 1.2 Community Edition is available free of charge, while customers who want more advanced features and on-call technical support are encouraged to purchase the commercial Tungsten Enterprise 1.2 edition.

Posted December 01, 2009

IBM yesterday announced it has acquired Guardium, a provider of real-time enterprise database monitoring and protection solutions. Guardium's technology helps clients safeguard data, monitor database activity and reduce operational costs by automating regulatory compliance tasks. Guardium is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted December 01, 2009

IBM today announced it has acquired Guardium, a provider of real-time enterprise database monitoring and protection solutions. Guardium's technology helps clients safeguard data, monitor database activity and reduce operational costs by automating regulatory compliance tasks. Guardium is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted November 30, 2009

Compuware Corporation has launched a Mainframe Cost Savings Program for its customers' sites, in which companies will be entitled to receive a free cost-savings assessment, a roadmap to future mainframe operational costs savings and the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1 million, the vendor says.

Posted November 30, 2009

Gomez, Compuware Corporation's web performance monitoring software division, has released a new product, Gomez Active Data Center. Active Data Center connects Gomez's end-user web performance monitoring software tools with "behind-the-firewall" infrastructure monitoring systems to provide an integrated view of application performance and IT service delivery across the enterprise and the internet.

Posted November 30, 2009

CA announced a new software lifecycle management tool that integrates its change management solution, CA Endevor Software Change Manager, with IBM's Rational Developer for System z V7.6 (RDz), the IBM Rational mainframe development environment.

Posted November 30, 2009

Leaders of the openSUSE Project, an initiative sponsored by Novell, announced that its latest major update—openSUSE 11.2—is available for download. openSUSE is a Linux-based operating system that provides tools and platforms for deploying Linux on desktops and servers. The openSUSE distribution provides the foundation for the SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell.

Posted November 30, 2009

Integrating technology from its acquisition of GoldenGate Software into the Oracle Data Integration suite of solutions, Oracle has announced Oracle GoldenGate, which delivers low-impact real-time data integration and replication technology to Oracle Fusion Middleware and provides a comprehensive, heterogeneous data integration platform.

Posted November 25, 2009

Oracle has announced the new release of Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition 4.0 including significant new features for high availability, scalability, and performance.

Posted November 25, 2009

Developed with feedback from more than 40 customers, Oracle has announced PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM 9.1, which introduces more than 100 new features, 20 new web services and two new products across Sales, Service and Marketing. More than 4,000 PeopleSoft CRM pages are enhanced in CRM 9.1 to deliver a next-generation Web 2.0 user interface and experience enhancements

Posted November 25, 2009

Responding to the European Commission's objections to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle issued a statement earlier this month that its acquisition of Sun is essential for competition in the high-end server market, for revitalizing Sparc and Solaris and for strengthening the Java development platform. The company also said it plans to "vigorously oppose" the European Commission's Statement of Objections and that the evidence against the Commission's position is "overwhelming."

Posted November 25, 2009

MicroStrategy, a provider of business intelligence software, today announced that its free reporting software package, MicroStrategy Reporting Suite, provides a seamless interface to Microsoft Analysis Services. Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) provides online analytical processing and data mining functionality for business intelligence applications.

Posted November 24, 2009

Embarcadero, a provider of multi-platform database tools and developer software, has announced a special edition of DBArtisan for SQL Azure. DBArtisan is Embarcadero's database administration tool for heterogeneous DBMS environments, and provides consistent and unified support for all major database platforms including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, Oracle and Sybase ASE. SQL Azure Database is Microsoft's cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud which helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. SQL Azure Database can help reduce costs by integrating with existing toolsets and providing symmetry between on-premise and cloud databases.

Posted November 24, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced Informatica Cloud 9, a comprehensive offering for cloud data integration.

Posted November 24, 2009

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security software, has released the latest version of its flagship product, the Hedgehog Enterprise database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention solution, for leading database management systems. The new version incorporates features that allow for easier and faster deployment of highly customized security and audit policies aimed at protecting sensitive information so that organizations can meet their risk and compliance requirements.

Posted November 24, 2009

Expanding the application of thin clients in new computing environments, HP introduced new thin computing solutions to provide simpler computing experiences for business and education, as well as integrated client virtualization solutions that extend the power of the data center to the desktop.

Posted November 23, 2009

To help organizations secure and protect their virtual server infrastructure, IBM has announced a new product to safeguard virtual server environments and allow businesses a more secure path for transitioning critical assets to virtual enterprise data centers.

Posted November 23, 2009

IBM announced 10 new software products to help companies lower application management costs by optimizing the System z mainframe for more workloads, such as data analytics, collaborative application development, application maintenance and other key business processes.

Posted November 23, 2009

Terracotta, a provider of Java infrastructure software, announced it is acquiring privately held open source job-scheduling software Quartz. Quartz is one of the leading Java schedulers, and is built into many products made by companies such as Atlassian, SpringSource, a division of VMware, and Red Hat.

Posted November 23, 2009

The Independent Oracle Users Group has released a letter opposing the recent European Commission objection to the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Posted November 18, 2009

Integrating technology from its acquisition of GoldenGate Software into the Oracle Data Integration suite of solutions, Oracle has announced Oracle GoldenGate, which delivers low-impact real-time data integration and replication technology to Oracle Fusion Middleware and provides a comprehensive, heterogeneous data integration platform.

Posted November 18, 2009

Oracle has announced the new release of Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition 4.0 including significant new features for high availability, scalability, and performance.

Posted November 18, 2009

Developed with feedback from more than 40 customers, Oracle has announced PeopleSoft Enterprise CRM 9.1, which introduces more than 100 new features, 20 new web services and two new products across Sales, Service and Marketing. More than 4,000 PeopleSoft CRM pages are enhanced in CRM 9.1 to deliver a next-generation Web 2.0 user interface and experience enhancements.

Posted November 18, 2009

Sybase has announced the latest release of Afaria, its mobile device management and security solution. Afaria 6.5, a key component of Sybase's mobile platform, comprises new hosting options via a secure multi-tenant infrastructure, enhanced security updates, and a new policy-based model for enabling simplified device management across a range of platforms and smartphone devices, including iPhone.

Posted November 18, 2009

Regulators will compel the financial services industry to shift priorities within their existing IT budgets especially in areas such as data management, complex event processing tools, and improved IT architecture in order to accommodate regulatory directives and heightened focus on near real-time information, according to a new report announced by Sybase. Sybase commissioned the global report on the regulatory landscape that capital markets will confront, including the key drivers that will shape the outlook for the financial services industry in 2010 and beyond, in order to help its customers and the industry navigate during uncertain times.

Posted November 18, 2009

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