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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

iWay Software, an Information Builders division and an innovator of enterprise integration solutions, has announced the immediate availability of a new iWay Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Suite. Designed to provide complete business visibility with speed and accuracy, the suite lowers the total cost of information management by addressing enterprise information needs in a single platform with reusable services.

Posted February 24, 2009

TIBCO Software Inc. has announced two new products, TIBCO Spotfire Miner 8.1 and TIBCO Spotfire S+ Server 8.1, that allow enterprises to incorporate and deploy predictive analytics on very large data sets in a wide range of business applications. The two products encourage better, more informed business decisions across the enterprise by utilizing the TIBCO Spotfire Enterprise Analytics Platform to deploy business applications that utilize powerful data mining, statistics and predictive modeling to discover hidden patterns, anticipate opportunities in a volatile environment, and optimize investment in limited resources.

Posted February 24, 2009

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, announced the 2009 list of associate member organizations participating in the OAUG Star Partner Program.

Posted February 24, 2009

Vertica Systems has announced a new version of its Vertica Analytic Database packaged as a virtualized appliance to run in VMware environments. The new Vertica Virtualized Analytic Database is a simple-to-deploy, self-contained software package that runs its own Linux operating system and copy of Vertica, on any VMware-supported hardware as if it were a physical computer.

Posted February 24, 2009

Sybase has unveiled Sybase IQ 15, the next generation of its column-based analytics server. The new release is focused at "filling a critical need for enterprises, especially in this economy, that need to do more sophisticated real time analytics to drive decision making" and that "need to do that on large volumes of data, but without sacrificing their profit margins," Lisa Hopkins, director, product marketing, Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 24, 2009

GoldenGate Software Inc., a leading provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions across heterogeneous enterprise IT environments, held a webinar last week to showcase the results of a joint survey conducted with Unisphere Research, the research arm of Database Trends and Applications (DBTA). The survey results indicated the continued importance of the DBA role within the enterprise IT group. "Surveying the Role of Today's DBA" uncovered the realities faced by many DBAs today, driven by changing database environments and evolving responsibilities, in addition to their top priorities identified for 2009.

Posted February 24, 2009

With more pressure on technology vendors to sell into a tougher marker, this may represent a great opportunity for IT managers and executives to negotiate better deals.

Posted February 23, 2009

AccuRev Inc. and Smart Bear Software announced a technology partnership designed to improve software development process collaboration and efficiency. The combined solution integrates Smart Bear's Collaborator tool—which facilitates peer code review—with AccuRev's process-centric software change and configuration management capabilities. The integration of these two offerings is intended to enhance real-time collaboration for software teams that conduct code reviews, with particular benefits for those working on Agile, geographically distributed, offshore or parallel projects.

Posted February 23, 2009

IBM revealed a series of new products, services, clients and partnerships for the next phase of its "Blue Cloud" initiative. The cross-company portfolio of cloud computing offerings for business includes server capacity on demand, online data protection, and Lotus e-mail and collaboration software.

Posted February 23, 2009

CommVault announced availability of Simpana 8, a new release of its enterprise data management software, which includes advances in recovery management, data reduction, virtual server protection, and content organization. The company's largest software release to date, Simpana 8 is the result of 18 months of development and includes more than 300 enhancements and 140 newly added product features, CommVault said.

Posted February 23, 2009

Voltaire Ltd., a provider of network solutions for data centers, announced that it is designing a next-generation, high-performance 40 Gb/s InfiniBand switch module for IBM BladeCenter. The new custom switch will deliver 100% faster InfiniBand connectivity to accelerate performance of applications running on BladeCenter, the vendor said.

Posted February 23, 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 February 19, 2009

Oracle has announced availability of Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance Fusion Edition R11, a financial modeling application that allows executives to understand the full financial impact of alternative corporate strategies.

Posted February 19, 2009

Quest Software Inc. has announced the newest edition of Spotlight on Oracle, a desktop-based monitoring and diagnostics tool that provides visibility into Oracle database processes and performance. Spotlight exposes current and future performance problems, ensuring that database administrators (DBAs) remain a step ahead of database issues that can negatively impact applications, users, customers, and business operations.

Posted February 19, 2009

Axis Technology, LLC, an enterprise IT consultancy and data solutions provider, has announced the availability of its DMSuite data masking platform. It is crucial for companies, especially organizations within the financial services, healthcare, and life sciences industries, to protect and secure customer information and patient records. And at a point where data security and compliance are among the top concerns of businesses across all industries, DMSuite delivers an easy to use, comprehensive data protection product that is backed by a team of IT consultants with decades of experience, according to the vendor.

Posted February 17, 2009

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