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Today, many companies still have most of their transactional data in relational database management systems which support various business-critical applications, from order entry to financials. But in order to maintain processing performance, most companies limit the amount of data stored there, making it less useful for in-depth analysis. One alternative, according to a recent DBTA webcast presented by Bill Brunt, product manager, SharePlex, at Dell, and Unisphere Research analyst Elliot King, is moving the data to Hadoop to allow it to be inexpensively stored and analyzed for new business insight.

Posted October 13, 2014

Dataguise, a provider of security and data governance solutions for big data, has expanded its DgSecure platform to support Hadoop in the cloud, including full support for Amazon EMR (Elastic MapReduce). Additionally, big data cloud service providers, Altiscale and Qubole, have joined Dataguise's Big Data Protection Partner Program (BDP3) to leverage DgSecure in providing comprehensive discovery, protection and visibility to sensitive data for their cloud-based Hadoop customers.

Posted October 13, 2014

Two former Facebook engineers, Bobby Johnson and Lior Abraham, and former Intel engineer, Ann Johnson, have formed Interana to address what they say is an analytics void in event data. Espousing the philosophy that event data holds the key business metrics that companies care about most, Interana's solution is a database that has been specifically designed for event time data. Many methods in the past involved using general-purpose systems which were not designed to answer the types of questions posed by event data and it also took days to process, according to the company.

Posted October 13, 2014

Splunk, which provides software for machine-generated big data analysis, has announced Splunk Enterprise 6.2, Splunk Mint, and Splunk Hunk 6.2. "What we are doing with this release is fundamentally broadening the number of users that can do advanced analytics," stated Shay Mowlem, VP, product marketing at Splunk.

Posted October 13, 2014

IBM is adding new analytics capabilities to the mainframe platform, helping enable better data security and providing clients with the ability to integrate Hadoop big data. By applying analytic tools to business transactions as they are occurring, mainframe systems can enable clients to have true real-time insights. With the analytics on the System z platform, clients can also incorporate social media into their real-time analytic.

Posted October 13, 2014

GT Software has added enhancements to its flagship Ivory Service Suite line, incorporating greater support for big data elements and messaging formats.

Posted October 13, 2014

IBM, which has made a billion-dollar investment to broaden the use of cognitive computing, is announcing the launch of Watson World HQ today at 51 Astor Place. IBM said it chose NYC's Silicon Alley for Watson World to tap into the ecosystem of talent and capital centered around New York University, Columbia University, CUNY and Cooper Union, as well as venture capital firms and an expanding tech startup and developer community. Starting now, Watson's cognitive services and tools will be available to all users of Bluemix, IBM's open, cloud-based platform for mobile and web app development.

Posted October 13, 2014

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.0 (formerly Confio Ignite) provides database administrators and their IT teams with visibility across the application stack, and now covers storage resources, in addition to database, server, and virtualization resources, to speed identification of application performance bottlenecks and improve end user experience.

Posted October 13, 2014

DBI Software has introduced pureFeat V6.1 Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUW which adds new capabilities for Stored Procedure Visibility and insight into Current Activity Functions. With Stored Procedure Visibility, DBI is "taking the lid off" the black box, and, with insight into Current Activity Functions, DBI allows users to quickly answer the question, "What's happening right now?" said Scott Hayes, president and founder of DBI Software.

Posted October 13, 2014

Teradata is introducing Teradata Loom 2.3, a platform that provides integrated metadata management, data lineage, and ata wrangling for enterprise Hadoop. Teradata has also launched Teradata Cloud for Hadoop, a turnkey, full service cloud environment, and a broad technology and marketing partnership with Cloudera. "Increasingly, customers want a one-stop shop for their data analytics needs," said Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services at Teradata.

Posted October 09, 2014

SAP and BI provider Birst have formed a partnership to provide analytics in the cloud on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. This collaboration intends to bring together the next-generation cloud platform from SAP with Birst's two-tier data architecture to provide instant access to an organization's data and help eliminate BI wait time.

Posted October 09, 2014

In his keynote address, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Product Development, Oracle, showcased a brand new product, Oracle Big Data Discovery - a visual face to Hadoop - "that allows you to go to a browser, profile the data, explore the data, analyze the data, and do prediction and correlation," he said.

Posted October 08, 2014

A goal at many organizations is to make the data that matters more broadly accessible to more users in a timely fashion. However, at the same time, enterprise data environments are becoming more complex and costly, running on many platforms, supporting many applications, and handling growing volumes of data. IT is expected to respond quickly to new initiatives that can support the business but as IT environments become more unwieldy, agility is an elusive concept.

Posted October 08, 2014

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison took the stage at the Moscone Center to kick off the Oracle OpenWorld conference on Sunday evening. As he does each year, Ellison outlined major announcements for the week and explained the company's technology vision to set the tone for the conference. Confirming analysts' predictions that 2014 would be the year of the cloud for Oracle, Ellison said 2014 is an inflection point for the company. Ellison's key announcement was Oracle's upgraded platform-as-a-service capability: a fourth generation upward-compatible database.

Posted October 08, 2014

Hadoop RDBMS provider Splice Machine is partnering with LucidWorks to enable Splice Machine customers to access and analyze their unstructured data via LucidWorks Search.

Posted October 08, 2014

IBM, which has made a billion-dollar investment to broaden the use of cognitive computing, is announcing the launch of Watson World HQ today at 51 Astor Place. IBM said it chose NYC's Silicon Alley for Watson World to tap into the ecosystem of talent and capital centered around New York University, Columbia University, CUNY and Cooper Union, as well as venture capital firms and an expanding tech startup and developer community. Starting now, Watson's cognitive services and tools will be available to all users of Bluemix, IBM's open, cloud-based platform for mobile and web app development.

Posted October 08, 2014

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.0 (formerly Confio Ignite) provides database administrators and their IT teams with visibility across the application stack, and now covers storage resources, in addition to database, server, and virtualization resources, to speed identification of application performance bottlenecks and improve end user experience.

Posted October 07, 2014

DBI Software has introduced pureFeat V6.1 Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUW which adds new capabilities for Stored Procedure Visibility and insight into Current Activity Functions. With Stored Procedure Visibility, DBI is "taking the lid off" the black box, and, with insight into Current Activity Functions, DBI allows users to quickly answer the question, "What's happening right now?" said Scott Hayes, president and founder of DBI Software.

Posted October 07, 2014

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and database compatibility solutions, today introduced Enterprise DB (EDB) Backup and Recovery Tool (BART), a single tool to set up, manage and automate processes for backup and recovery. The new product is intended to replace the series of complex steps and coding that Postgres users have had to deploy in order to ensure databases back up on schedule, and can be rebuilt.

Posted October 07, 2014

Join DBTA for a webcast on Thursday, October 9, to learn about the key use cases, data replication strategies and methods for exploring data more efficiently through Hadoop.

Posted October 06, 2014

Approaching the fourth year of its planned five-year turnaround, HP today announced its intention to separate into two new publicly traded companies. One will include HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and the other will include HP's personal systems and printing businesses, which will operate as HP Inc. and retain the current logo.

Posted October 06, 2014

NoSQL database provider Couchbase has released a major new release of its NoSQL database Couchbase Server. The 3.0 release includes major architectural enhancements, new SDKs, and introduces a beta release of the ForestDB Storage Engine. "It is the biggest release ever for us with more than 200 features - small, medium, and large," said Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold.

Posted October 06, 2014

Aerospike Inc., provider of an in-memory NoSQL database, has announced a new startup special and trade-in program. The new program gives free access to the enterprise Edition of Aerospike with no limits on nodes, TPS and volume of data managed. To qualify, startups must have revenue of under $2 million and funding of under $20 million.

Posted October 03, 2014

Denodo Technologies has introduced Denodo Express, a free version of its data virtualization solution that provides the same technical features of as the enterprise version of the Denodo platform. The only difference is there are certain data restrictions when using the Express version.

Posted October 02, 2014

Mainframes represent some of the most important log data available, since they host the most mission-critical applications. However, according to the companies, the terabytes of data in more than 200 different log types produced by a typical mainframe system were previously inaccessible to Splunk software without significant work. Delivering on the technology alliance recently announced by Splunk and Syncsort to pull mainframe data into Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud, Syncsort has introduced Ironstream.

Posted October 02, 2014

Cisco brought the fifth annual Data Virtualization Day to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to share details about advancements coming in Cisco Information Server 7.0, the advantages of data virtualization, and the importance of the network. A key component of 7.0 release of Cisco Information Server which will be shipped next month, is the Business Directory, which will support greater access to data among more users on a self-service basis.

Posted October 01, 2014

Big analytics and visualization company Datameer is releasing version 5.0 of the company's data analytics application for Hadoop. "Our vision overall is to make data simple and accessible for everyone," said Matt Schumpert, director of product management with Datameer, about version 5.0 improvements.

Posted October 01, 2014

Oracle's new Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, unveiled by Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during his opening keynote, is touted as the world's first and only engineered system designed specifically for Oracle Database protection..

Posted September 30, 2014

In his keynote address, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Product Development, Oracle, showcased a brand new product, Oracle Big Data Discovery - a visual face to Hadoop - "that allows you to go to a browser, profile the data, explore the data, analyze the data, and do prediction and correlation," he said.

Posted September 30, 2014

With data volumes spiraling out of control, companies are searching for less expensive and more efficient storage technologies. The factors that are involved with these decisions were discussed in a recent DBTA webcast, "Building a Memory-First Database Architecture for Speed and Scalability," presented by Joe McKendrick, Unisphere Research analyst, and Shane Johnson, product marketing manager with Couchbase, provider of Couchbase Server, a document-oriented NoSQL database.

Posted September 30, 2014

GridGain Systems, a provider of open source in-memory computing solutions, has launched the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric. According to the company, the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric is designed to serve the emerging needs of the real-time enterprise, which does not view datasets as historical events, but instead as actionable intelligence for immediate decision-making, and as a way to deal with changing market forces. Although analytics and transactional data functions have traditionally operated separately, companies now need to view them as part of the same "data fabric," and should implement strategies that are able to connect enterprise-wide data from all sources.

Posted September 30, 2014

A goal at many organizations is to make the data that matters more broadly accessible to more users in a timely fashion. However, at the same time, enterprise data environments are becoming more complex and costly, running on many platforms, supporting many applications, and handling growing volumes of data. IT is expected to respond quickly to new initiatives that can support the business but as IT environments become more unwieldy, agility is an elusive concept.

Posted September 30, 2014

IBM and AT&T are jointly working on extending AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer platform to offer customers a combined security and performance solution. This alliance is intended to help enable businesses to create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer's cloud services.

Posted September 29, 2014

Phoenix Software, a provider of System z management tools, has begun shipping the latest version of its z/OS monitoring tool. The new release, product, (E)JES V5R4, includes (E)JES Web, a Java-based web interface that is engineered to sync to the response time characteristics of (E)JES under ISPF. All (E)JES displays are supported, including time-oriented browsers like OPERLOG. "Our intent is for (E)JES Web to be the de facto (E)JES interactive interface for users that are uncomfortable navigating traditional 3270 interfaces." said Ed Jaffe, chief technology officer for Phoenix Software International.

Posted September 29, 2014

HP plans to open a software-defined networking (SDN) App Store to support innovation within enterprises. The HP SDN App Store is intended to provide HP's partners a platform together with consulting and support services that will enable customers to uncover the business value of SDN. The HP SDN App Store will be generally available on Oct. 1.

Posted September 29, 2014

Brocade is beefing up its routers with capabilities to address the bandwidth, scale, and performance needed for emerging software defined networks. The Brocade MLX Series routers will include new hardware modules and software. As part of the update, Brocade is delivering software enhancements to the Brocade MLXe carrier-class routing platform, including support for OpenFlow 1.3 with significant features to help organizations deploy new application- and user-specific services in a secure manner.

Posted September 29, 2014

"Digital disruption" driven by technology is having an impact on the decisions IT organizations are making, Mark Hurd told the audience at the Moscone Center in his first OpenWorld keynote as Oracle CEO. Hurd described the dramatic impact cloud, exploding data volumes, social, business, consumer sophistication, and mobility are having on IT organizations, and then interviewed executives about the individual challenges faced by each, including Yael Cosset of dunnhumby; Stephen Little of Xerox; Jamie Miller of GE; Filippo Passerini of P&G; Kimberly S. Stevenson of Intel Corporation; and Tim Theriault of Walgreen Co.

Posted September 29, 2014

At Oracle OpenWorld, Continuent, a provider of open source database clustering and replication solutions, announced Continuent Tungsten 3.0, a new solution that combines both advanced clustering and replication technologies to meet the transaction processing and analytic needs of the entire business.

Posted September 29, 2014

Attunity recently introduced the next generation of Attunity Maestro, its global-scale information flow management platform, to enable management and monitoring of its updated Attunity Replicate for Oracle.

Posted September 29, 2014

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison took the stage at the Moscone Center to kick off the Oracle OpenWorld conference on Sunday evening. As he does each year, Ellison outlined major announcements for the week and explained the company's technology vision to set the tone for the conference. Confirming analysts' predictions that 2014 would be the year of the cloud for Oracle, Ellison said 2014 is an inflection point for the company. Ellison's key announcement was Oracle's upgraded platform-as-a-service capability: a fourth generation upward-compatible database.

Posted September 29, 2014

Attivio has released a new version of its Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) with enhancements to help help business users, developers and administrators do more with data and human-generated content. AIE 4.2's offers new user interfaces and role-based management enhancements.

Posted September 25, 2014

Oracle made two new announcements around NoSQL. It is extending Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities to MySQL databases. With this new offering, customers can manage complex deployments of Oracle technologies that include MySQL, either on-premise or in a cloud. In addition, Oracle announced a new development milestone release for MySQL 5.7 which extends performance, scalability, reliability and management capabilities. The company also announced several MySQL product releases and early access features, as well as the availability of MySQL source code on GitHub.com.

Posted September 25, 2014

Ron Bodkin founded Think Big Analytics to help organizations gain value from big data. Before that, he was vice president of engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineering teams deploying Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. In this interview, Bodkin who is CEO of Think Big, now a Teradata company, discusses the challenges organizations face in getting big data projects off the ground and what they need to consider when they embark on projects to leverage data from the Internet of Things and social media.

Posted September 25, 2014

Bradmark Technologies has announced a new Readiness Assessment services program to support new and existing SAP database operations looking to grow or scale their IT infrastructure.

Posted September 24, 2014

SAP has agreed to acquire Concur, a provider of travel and expense (T&E) management software, for $8.3 billion. "The acquisition of Concur is consistent with our relentless focus on the business network," said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, in a statement released by the company. "We are making a bold move to innovate the future of business within and between companies. With Ariba, Fieldglass and Concur, SAP is the undisputed business network company."

Posted September 24, 2014

Just after Oracle announced that Larry Ellison would take on the role of executive chairman and CTO, and be succeeded as CEO by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, the three Oracle executives hosted the company's fiscal 2015 Q1 earnings call. Ellison noted that at Oracle OpenWorld, which starts September 27, 2014, the company will be rolling out its new database cloud service with its new multitenant DBaaS offerings. "Our customers and ISVs can move any of their existing applications and databases to the Oracle Cloud with the push of a button," said Ellison.

Posted September 24, 2014

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

Posted September 24, 2014

SAP has made updates to its solutions for enterprise information management (EIM) that provide enhanced support for big data sources, integration with SAP Lumira software for data discovery, as well as data protection and masking capabilities for better information governance. The solutions help customers put data to work by allowing them to have up-to-date, accurate information supporting their decisions.

Posted September 24, 2014

To help customers to meet demanding data challenges, Embarcadero Technologies has announced a major new XE6 release of its portfolio of database tools, including ER/Studio, DBArtisan and Rapid SQL.

Posted September 24, 2014

Kore Technologies was a featured vendor at Encounter, the second-annual Eclipse Users Group Conference, held recently in Atlanta. Kourier Integrator 4.2 includes new RESTful Web Services architecture that supports inbound RESTful APIs, Microsoft SQL Server 2014 support, and significant performance improvements, according to the company.

Posted September 24, 2014

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