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MuleSource, a provider of open-source service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure software, announced an OEM agreement with GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of application platforms for Java and .NET environments.

Posted April 20, 2009

Schooner Information Technology, Inc., a provider of data access appliances for information-intensive Web 2.0 and cloud computing data centers, says it emerged from "stealth mode" last week to move into the market with data access appliances in collaboration with IBM.

Posted April 20, 2009

Axios Products, Inc., has announced the availability of RefWiz History, an analysis tool that identifies active jobs and programs in the mainframe environment, critical for conversion, migration, consolidation, and audit projects. RefWiz History is a standalone component of the main RefWiz application analysis product suite launched last September, Rachel Rodriguez, marketing manager of Axios, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is intended to allow customers to save analysis time, and assure them that their analysis and auditing processes are more complete.

Posted April 20, 2009

Oracle announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems, on the heels of a breakdown of a proposed acquisition by IBM. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

Posted April 20, 2009

Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity drivers, has announced the beta release of its native Microsoft Excel 2007 connector to Oracle's 11g OLAP Option database. The solution, built using Simba's MDX 2005 Query Language technology, provides users with a high level of access and functionality that is the same as native Excel connectivity to Microsoft Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver BW.

Posted April 16, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies, a database tools and developer software company, has introduced new and enhanced performance optimization tools to help companies detect, fix and prevent costly software errors. The tools include DB Optimizer 1.5 for SQL profiling and tuning, Performance Center for automated 24/7 database monitoring, and J Optimizer 2009 for Java profiling and optimization.

Posted April 16, 2009

DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.), a software company providing professional grade database performance management tools, has announced the availability of release 7.1 of Brother-Owl—a tool to capture, analyze, and fix Oracle application SQL and indexes.

Posted April 16, 2009

BEZ Systems, a provider of predictive performance management (PPM) solutions for databases, has announced the availability of a new Performance as a Service (PaaS) program. Performance as a Service combines the BEZVision predictive performance software with in-depth knowledge and advice from database and performance experts to deliver advanced database performance intelligence. This combination allows IT departments to be more proactive in providing service delivery to their organizations, reduce costs, and improve IT efficiency so they can shift their focus toward providing business solutions and away from firefighting performance crises.

Posted April 16, 2009

Sybase, Inc., announced that Sybase IQ 15, combined with Sun Microsystems' Sun Fire X4540 storage server and running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), recorded the best price/performance result in the TPC-H benchmark at 3000 GB scale factor for all non-clustered systems. The benchmark simulates decision support systems that analyze large volumes of data, executes queries with a high degree of complexity, and gives answers to critical business questions. Sybase says that the achievement illustrates the effectiveness of Sybase IQ 15 in helping to optimize IT asset utilization and significantly reduce ownership costs.

Posted April 14, 2009

Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of standards-based relational and multi-dimensional data connectivity drivers, has announced the beta release of its native Microsoft Excel 2007 connector to Oracle's 11g OLAP Option database. The solution, built using Simba's MDX 2005 Query Language technology, provides users with a high level of access and functionality that is the same as native Excel connectivity to Microsoft Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver BW.

Posted April 14, 2009

BEZ Systems, a provider of predictive performance management (PPM) solutions for databases, has announced the availability of a new Performance as a Service (PaaS) program. Performance as a Service combines the BEZVision predictive performance software with in-depth knowledge and advice from database and performance experts to deliver advanced database performance intelligence. This combination allows IT departments to be more proactive in providing service delivery to their organizations, reduce costs, and improve IT efficiency so they can shift their focus toward providing business solutions and away from firefighting performance crises.

Posted April 14, 2009

Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available via free download to current SQL Server 2008 customers. According to the company, SP1 for SQL Server 2008 is primarily a roll-up of previous cumulative updates and offers increased supportability and stability. Microsoft is encouraging enterprise customers who are currently running SQL Server 2008 to download SP1 via the SQL Server 2008 Web site to take advantage of these improvements.

Posted April 14, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies, a database tools and developer software company, has introduced new and enhanced performance optimization tools to help companies detect, fix and prevent costly software errors. The tools include DB Optimizer 1.5 for SQL profiling and tuning, Performance Center for automated 24/7 database monitoring, and J Optimizer 2009 for Java profiling and optimization.

Posted April 14, 2009

Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology vendor, announced that Transoft, a data access platform provider, is enabling Veryant users to make their converted ISAM files available to a range of new platforms.

Posted April 13, 2009

Software AG, a provider of business infrastructure software, and Proginet Corporation, a supplier of global file transfer software, announced they are jointly shipping a solution for managed file transfer within Software AG's webMethods Suite for SOA governance.

Posted April 13, 2009

SOA Software, a provider of SOA management solutions, has launched SOLA for IMS transactions, a mainframe SOA solution. SOLA, an enterprise SOA platform, provides processes to expose mainframe applications as secure Web services, and enables mainframe applications to consume web services.

Posted April 13, 2009

HP has announced enhancements to its Business Service Automation (BSA) software suite, intended to help companies better manage and reduce operational costs associated with virtualized data centers.

Posted April 13, 2009

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Tidal Software, Inc., a privately held data center management provider. Tidal's intelligent application management and automation solutions that will advance Cisco's aggressive data center strategy, a Cisco spokesperson says. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $105 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Posted April 13, 2009

Panorama Software, a provider of proactive business intelligence solutions, recently previewed the first fully supported release candidate of NovaView Version 6.0, scheduled for release this June.

Posted April 07, 2009

Melissa Data, a provider of high-performance data quality, contact data verification and mail management solutions, has announced new software called the Total Data Quality Integration Toolkit (TDQ-IT). The new TDQ-IT software integrates into Microsoft's SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS 2005/2008) to deliver the full spectrum of data quality processes as defined by industry analysts including: Data Profiling, Cleansing, Parsing & Standardization, Matching and Monitoring at an affordable price within SSIS.

Posted April 07, 2009

Sybase has announced Sybase CEP, a complex event processing (CEP) technology for performing analytics on high speed streaming data. By integrating Sybase CEP with RAP - The Trading Edition, Sybase is providing a complete platform for trade lifecycle analytics. Sybase CEP extends the Sybase RAP platform's capability to store and analyze large amounts of real-time and historical data, by providing real-time intelligence on high speed streaming market and trade data with minimum latency.

Posted April 07, 2009

MicroStrategy Inc., a worldwide provider of business intelligence software, has announced the release of MicroStrategy 9, which it describes as its most significant software release in nearly a decade. MicroStrategy 9 was introduced in January 2009 at the company's annual user conference and is now generally available. The new release delivers new technology and features to extend the performance, scalability, and efficiency of enterprise BI, to enable the rapid deployment of departmental BI applications, and to provide a seamless consolidation path from departmental BI to enterprise BI.

Posted April 07, 2009

SPSS, Inc., a global provider of predictive analytics software and solutions, has introduced the latest versions of its data mining workbench and text analytics software products, and renamed them to fit under a unified portfolio naming umbrella. Predictive Analytics Software, PASW, is the new name for the complete portfolio of SPSS Predictive Analytics products. This new naming standard unifies the product families under consistent and descriptive nomenclatures to reflect the broad functionality and seamless integration among all SPSS products.

Posted April 07, 2009

GoldenGate Software Inc., a provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions, and Greenplum, a provider of database software for data warehousing and analytics, today announced that GoldenGate supports integration of operational data to a Greenplum data warehouse in real-time for improved business intelligence and reporting.

Posted April 07, 2009

Zmanda, a provider of open source backup and recovery software, announced that Zen Innovations based in Switzerland has selected and deployed Amanda Enterprise to backup and protect its corporate data.

Posted April 06, 2009

BMC Software announced enhancements to BMC Remedy IT Service Management (ITSM) Suite and the BMC Atrium technology platform, two key components of its Business Service Management platform. Tighter integration among the primary technologies of BMC's BSM platform makes it easier for organizations to discover, visualize, prioritize and orchestrate IT services, the vendor says.

Posted April 06, 2009

iTKO, a provider of testing and validation solutions for SOA-enabled distributed enterprise applications, has introduced a new release of its flagship LISA product suite, which includes enhanced virtualization support. The new features in version 4.6 of LISA are targeted at helping customers who are experiencing greater pressure to deliver software faster, and with fewer resources and lower costs while also maintaining quality levels, the vendor says.

Posted April 06, 2009

MEGA, a provider of enterprise architecture (EA) and business process analysis (BPA) solutions, today launched a version of its flagship modeling suite, incorporating enhanced IT planning capabilities, more enterprise architecture features, and support for Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), the industry standard for process descriptions.

Posted April 06, 2009

AmberPoint, an SOA management systems vendor, announced new advancements to its platform for monitoring and managing business transactions across interconnected enterprise applications. AmberPoint's Business Transaction Management (BTM) solution introduces a concept the vendor calls a "Business Transaction Safety Net," which includes active transaction recording, a transaction search engine, and transaction logging and auditing capabilities.

Posted April 06, 2009

Oracle has introduced the Sales Readiness Verification initiative for Oracle partners in North America with proven expertise in Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database and the Oracle Grid.

Posted April 02, 2009

UC4 Software, a leading provider of workload automation solutions, on Tuesday announced the general availability of the latest version of its enterprise job scheduling and end-to-end IT process automation solution. With UC4 Workload Automation Suite 8.0, UC4 introduces major new functionality that enables organizations to automate and simply control processes that span applications and systems running in both virtual and physical worlds.

Posted April 02, 2009

Oracle this week announced that Oracle WebLogic Server, a strategic component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle JRockit, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle Database 11g running on a Dell PowerEdge server, set a world record two-socket, single-node result with the SPECjAppServer2004 industry standard benchmark.

Posted April 02, 2009

Oracle is offering a new, smaller version of the HP Oracle Database Machine, according to a recent post on the company's Data Warehouse Insider blog. This follows the initial introduction of the HP Oracle Database Machine, which was unveiled by CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld in September 2008. More than three years in development, Ellison called the offering "the world's fastest database machine."

Posted April 02, 2009

Make plans now to attend the Minneapolis Conference November 8-11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

Posted April 01, 2009

Unisys Corp. has introduced a multi-function remote deposit scanner to offer companies a low-cost, easy way to deposit checks from their offices directly into their bank accounts, and provides financial institutions with a cost-effective remote capture solution for small business customers.

Posted April 01, 2009

Unisys Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Unisys Canada Inc. has received a four-year contract from BMO Financial Group for Unisys ClearPath mainframe-class server systems and related support services.

Posted April 01, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a provider of data connectivity and mainframe integration, has released a new suite of 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC drivers that offer new enhancements intended to streamline application development, boost performance and reduce application certification costs. The updated suite, DataDirect Connect for ODBC version 6.0, integrates with the DataDirect Bulk Load and DataDirect Application Failover products.

Posted March 31, 2009

Curl, Inc., the developer of the Curl Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform, has announced the release of Curl Data Kit Data Services (CDK-DS). CDK-DS is ideal for enterprise developers who are building new applications that require a fast, scalable and reliable data connection to existing server infrastructure, according to the vendor. This includes those developers using Adobe Flex or Flash who have discovered that they need a more robust client side technology, as well as developers who are upgrading an existing Curl application and require a more powerful and scalable data connectivity solution.

Posted March 31, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies recently held DataRage, three days of online technical sessions and a virtual trade show targeted at DBAs, data architects, database developers, security experts, and other database professionals, and found that the virtual approach was the right one for the times, according Greg Keller, chief evangelist, at the company. The online event was held March 17 through March 19.

Posted March 31, 2009

Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, and Talend, a provider of open source data integration software, have announced a partnership aimed at jointly selling and marketing their solutions. This new partnership allows both companies to expand their market reach with new solutions created by combining their respective data integration technologies. This partnership-combining the power of Attunity's mainframe connectivity and non-intrusive change-data-capture (CDC) software, and the versatility of Talend's open source data integration solutions-will offer customers increased options for data integration.

Posted March 31, 2009

Pentaho Corporation, the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), has announced Pentaho BI Suite Version 3, aimed at making it cost effective for businesses to deploy easy-to-use, robust BI capabilities to users throughout the organization. Pentaho BI Suite Version 3 allows business users to easily create interactive dashboards-including Adobe Flash-based visualizations-without training. Also, based on existing customer successes and growing customer demand, Pentaho is introducing a Cloud Computing Edition, packaged for deployment on the Amazon EC2 Cloud, providing companies with another way to drive down the cost of bringing BI into their organizations.

Posted March 31, 2009

Vision Solutions, a high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider, has announced the availability of Vision PowerPacks, new offerings that combine Vision Solutions software with IBM technologies. By combining complementary hardware and software technologies, the new PowerPacks are intended to enable customers to more easily acquire turnkey high availability, disaster recovery and migration solutions, the vendor says.

Posted March 30, 2009

Continuity Software, a provider of disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) management solutions, unveiled upgraded software that includes enhancements in the areas of cluster system support, root cause analysis, and high availability (HA) gap detection and reporting. RecoverGuard version 4.0, the vendor says, now also offers end-to-end solution for ensuring business continuity across Unix and other distributed platforms, by providing them with a tool by which they can validate and assure both restore point objective (RPO) and restore time objective (RTO).

Posted March 30, 2009

Citrix Systems, an application delivery infrastructure vendor, unveiled a set of improvements to its application delivery product line, Citrix XenApp, designed to simplify the process of delivering Windows applications as an on-demand service. The enhancements boost XenApp's capabilities in capacity planning, server provisioning and application management, the vendor says.

Posted March 30, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a provider of data connectivity and mainframe integration, has released a new suite of 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC drivers that offer new enhancements intended to streamline application development, boost performance and reduce application certification costs. The updated suite, DataDirect Connect for ODBC version 6.0, integrates with the DataDirect Bulk Load and DataDirect Application Failover products.

Posted March 30, 2009

Clerity Solutions, Inc., a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, today released the latest version of its rehosting software, stating that it offers increased choice in deployment platforms, advanced security options, and innovations that simplify migrations of online and batch application environments to open systems servers.

Posted March 30, 2009

The time is past when the unique attributes of the MultiValue database model alone provided sufficient justification for the use of the technology, notes Pete Loveless in an exclusive interview with Database Trends and Applications magazine. Loveless explains why MV companies must support interoperability and integration from the ground up, in order to meet the challenges presented by the market now, and in the future. "Integration between MultiValue and emerging technologies such as XML, Web Services, and .NET has become increasingly important for growth. We've seen a huge surge of customers demanding our .NET development facilities," he states. To read the complete interview with Loveless in the March e-edition of DBTA, go here.

Posted March 25, 2009

Revelation's classes on OpenInsight are forming for April. Intrdoduction to Development in OpenInsight will be held April 6-8, What's New in OpenInsight 9.0 will be held April 14-15, Intermediate Development in OpenInsight will be held Arpil 20-22, and Advanced Topics in OpenInsight will be held April 27-29

Posted March 25, 2009

APT Solutions is a U.K.-based provider of web-enabled membership management software and associated specialist membership administration services to the not-for-profit sector. Its clients include member-based organizations such as trade unions, institutions, clubs, societies, charities and health plan providers. The company's Stratum Membership Management software solution helps organizations gain control over their member information and leverage the information to save money, increase efficiencies, boost member communications, retention, loyalty and donations and improve staff productivity.

Posted March 25, 2009

Ladybridge Systems, a privately owned U.K,-based company, has announced that BookMasters, one of the largest distributors of books in the U.S., has completed migration of their 105-user business system to QM. Running on a quad core Xeon system with five 32Gb Managed Flash Technology drives (Easy Computing Company) the migration has significantly reduced costs and is delivering high performance, according to the companies.

Posted March 25, 2009

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