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To meet the growing demands of mobile consumers, IBM today unveiled the z13, the first mainframe designed for the growth of the mobile app economy. According to IBM, the new system delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy.

Posted January 14, 2015

Cloud is being embraced strongly at Oracle. That is the message loud and clear from the company, which brought its CloudWorld to New York City on January 13. During the event, which drew customers, analysts, and thought leaders, Oracle offered an overview of its cloud strategy and the progress the company has made thus far in addressing consumers and enterprise constituents in the cloud. Oracle's cloud strategy is very simple, said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. The idea is to bring Oracle's business applications, technology, software, database, middleware, analytic tools and infrastructure "to any customer anywhere in the world through the internet browser."

Posted January 13, 2015

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released PostgreSQL 9.4. According to the group, the latest version of the open source database system adds new features to enhance PostgreSQL's flexibility, scalability and performance for different types of database users, including improvements to JSON support, replication and index performance.

Posted January 12, 2015

For the 22nd consecutive year, IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients. The company just announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014, and that on average, IBM inventors earned more than 20 patents a day. After IBM, the next top patent earner in 2014 was Samsung with 4,952. During IBM's 22 years at the top of the patent list, IBM inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

Posted January 12, 2015

Informatica has broadened its partnership with Tableau Software, a provider of business analytics software, to expand the reach of Informatica Rev, a cloud data preparation product, for non-technical business users.

Posted January 09, 2015

CloudLink Technologies, a provider of cloud security and data encryption management solutions has added CloudLink SecureVM support for Microsoft Azure Key Vault, a cloud-hosted HSM-backed service for managing cryptographic keys and other secrets used in your cloud applications. According to the companies, with this solution, the cloud provider is responsible for key generation and storage. The customer, as the data owner, controls the security policy that regulates encryption key access and use.

Posted January 09, 2015

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Datalogix, a provider of digital marketing solutions. Datalogix will become part of the Oracle Data Cloud. The combination of Oracle and Datalogix's Data as a Service cloud solutions is intended to provide marketers and publishers with a deeper understanding of consumers across both digital and traditional channels and enable them to personalize customer interaction to maximize the value of their digital marketing.

Posted January 07, 2015

TeamSupport.com has achieved integration with Oracle Sales Cloud. TeamSupport is a collaborative, cloud-based B2B customer support software that seeks to enable cooperative customer service and problem solving. The combination is intended to give Oracle customers the ability to integrate their support and sales efforts to gain better visibility into the entire customer experience. The TeamSupport application is also available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted January 07, 2015

HP, a member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN), has introduced HP Digital Customer Experience services for Oracle to help companies plan, build and manage customer experience business solutions for more personalized, consistent interaction with their customers across store, web, mobile and social channels. "Consumers increasingly associate their digital experience with a company's overall brand and reputation, making it even more important to exceed their service expectations and rise above the competition," observed Robert Hildenbrand, vice president, worldwide Oracle Applications Services, HP Enterprise Services.

Posted January 07, 2015

Zumasys, a provider of cloud computing solutions for business-critical software applications and ERP systems, has acquired the jBASE database technology from Temenos, a Geneva, Switzerland-based provider of banking software systems. "jBASE was the industry's first database-independent solution. Its more contemporary architecture allows Pick-based applications to natively interact with the underlying Windows or UNIX operating system, and store data in SQL Server, Oracle, and the cloud, which fits perfectly with our vision for the future," noted Paul Giobbi, president of Zumasys.

Posted January 05, 2015

Compuware Corporation, a mainframe software and tools company, has begun shipping a solution intended to empower developers, data architects and other IT professionals to discover, visualize and work with both mainframe and non-mainframe data in a common, intuitive manner. The new software, called Topaz, is designed to help enterprises leverage high-value mainframe data as veteran mainframe professionals retire, with responsibility shifting to a new generation of developers and data architects who have little or no expertise in mainframe technologies.

Posted January 05, 2015

Thoma Bravo, LLC has formally completed its acquisition of Compuware Corporation and implemented its previously announced plan to separate the company's mainframe and application performance management (APM) businesses — with the mainframe business carrying the Compuware name.

Posted January 05, 2015

CA Technologies has introduced a new release of its application performance management software, designed to help organizations more proactively manage the user experience of their applications. The CA Application Performance Management (APM) toolset is intended to provide simplified management of application performance, mobile performance management, support for modern languages, and product integrations to enhance DevOps.

Posted January 05, 2015

IBM is partnering with Equinix, Inc., an interconnection and data center company, to help provide enterprises direct access to the full portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Equinix also announced Cloud Exchange enhancements, including API functionality that makes it easier for service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near real-time provisioning.

Posted January 05, 2015

Rackspace has announced its affiliation with the OpenPOWER Foundation, and is now an official member. With its membership in the OpenPower Foundation, Rackspace says it also expects to provide benefit to two other communities: OpenStack and the Open Compute Project. Rackspace announced its affiliation with OpenPOWER in a blog authored by Aaron Sullivan, ?senior director and distinguished engineer at Rackspace. According to Sullivan, Rackspace has already been involved with OpenPOWER for more than 18 months.

Posted January 05, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted December 29, 2014

MapR, a provider of an enterprise grade distributed data platform including Hadoop, has announced a relationship with SAS, a provider of business analytics software and services. "If I were to summarize the journey the two companies are on, it is about getting data results bigger and faster," explained Jack Norris, CMO, MapR Technologies. The partnership of both organizations will allow for additional flexibility and control of Hadoop-based data.

Posted December 29, 2014

The Sony hack not only sidelined a major film, "The Interview," but it is beginning to look as if the data breach may be worthy of a Hollywood movie itself. The incident which exposed sensitive company and employee data has drawn widespread scrutiny on how it happened as well as how it has been handled. The still-unfolding events are placing a renewed focus on the importance of enterprise data security and what must be done to ensure it.

Posted December 23, 2014

As analytics continues to play a larger role in the enterprise, the need to leverage and protect the data looms larger. According to the IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015. Here are 10 predictions from industry experts about the data and analytics in 2015.

Posted December 19, 2014

In its fourth big data-related acquisition this year, Teradata announced it has acquired RainStor, a privately held company specializing in online big data archiving on Hadoop. RainStor's technology offers three key advantages, explains Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services at Teradata. It enables extreme data compression with the ability to compress data from 10x to 40x, Rainstor data is immutable which is important for compliance and security regulations, and it is all accessible by SQL.

Posted December 18, 2014

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and provider of IT consulting and managed services, is now a SAP-certified provider of hosting services for SAP solutions and operations services for the SAP HANA platform. The companies say the certifications complement the existing Hitachi Consulting Cloud Framework for SAP solutions and serve to confirm the ability of Hitachi Consulting to deliver comprehensive IT operations services for customers running SAP solutions or applications running on the SAP HANA platform.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP has completed its acquisition of Concur Technologies. Concur is a provider of integrated T&E management solutions for companies of all industries and sizes, with more than 25,000 customers and 25 million active users in over 150 countries. Concur will operate as a business unit within SAP and continue to be led by its existing management team.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, running on AWS combines the flexibility of the cloud with powerful in-memory technology from SAP and helps companies of all sizes streamline their overall business execution through accessible, easy-to-use, real-time data that provide clear insights. According to SAP, this AWS pay-as-you go, subscription-based model will help reduce total cost of ownership for the solution.

Posted December 17, 2014

Oracle has opened its latest cloud development facility in Toronto's downtown tech center. The company plans to increase its Toronto cloud software development team by 30% with a focus on advancing Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Posted December 17, 2014

Violin Memory has announced availability of its Oracle Performance Analysis Service (O-PAS). Violin says the tool helps IT professionals remove the complexity of reporting, analyzing and decision-making around Oracle databases to lower the costs of their Oracle deployments while increasing Oracle database and associated application performance.

Posted December 17, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 17, 2014

Consumers are shopping online in greater numbers than ever before. Kore Technologies is working to help its brick-and-mortar clients begin to adapt to the e-commerce world.Kore Technologies offers the KommerceServer eCommerce Suite, which contains a webStoreFront, webPortal, webAdminstration and Mobile Edition. The suite also contains out-of-the-box functionality for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) eCommerce environments.

Posted December 17, 2014

Entrinsik, developer of award-winning data management software Informer has announced its inclusion in the Data Discovery & Visualization Business Intelligence TrustMap published by TrustRadius.

Posted December 17, 2014

Based in the Chicago metropolitan region, Solution Specialties, Inc. has been developing information systems for justice agencies since 1987, and has customers using its Tracker software from coast to coast. Tracker is designed to provide a fully integrated view of the justice process from the point of an initial crime report all the way up to and including corrections and parole and long-term follow-up. This highly evolved software suite rests on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, a MultiValue-based application development environment.

Posted December 17, 2014

Data is increasingly being recognized as a rich resource flowing through organizations from a continually growing range of sources. But to realize its full potential, this data must be accessed by an array of users to support both real-time decision making and historical analysis, integrated with other information, and still kept safe from hackers and others with malicious intent. Fortunately, leading vendors are developing products and services to help. Here, DBTA presents the list of Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015.

Posted December 17, 2014

BlueData, which provides EPIC Enterprise, software to enable enterprises to create a self-service cloud experience on premise, has announced the growth of its big data partner ecosystem. Thirteen new companies spanning infrastructure, big data distributions, ETL/BI applications and system integrators have joined the partner program to accelerate the adoption of big data private cloud on-premises.

Posted December 16, 2014

Rackspace has announced its affiliation with the OpenPOWER Foundation, and is now an official member. Rackspace announced its affiliation with OpenPOWER in a blog authored by Aaron Sullivan, senior director and distinguished engineer at Rackspace. According to Sullivan, Rackspace has already been involved with OpenPOWER for more than 18 months. "We worked amongst the founders for months before the foundation launched, and remained engaged after launch, but chose to remain quiet. We've been evaluating the technology and the movement for quite some time," noted Sullivan.

Posted December 16, 2014

Aerospike has introduced new features and enhancements to its open source, flash-optimized, in-memory NoSQL key-value store database. Enhancements include new clients, easier installation and deployment, storage and performance improvements, enterprise security enhancements, Hadoop integration and numerous community contributions.

Posted December 15, 2014

Denodo's latest release connects to all internal and external data sources such as structured, semi-structured or unstructured, and combines them into logical, virtual data services to provide unified access and integrated delivery through a single "virtual" data layer and publishes these to consuming applications in real time. "In today's information economy, organizations rely heavily on the availability and quality of data at all levels in order to support investments in new business capabilities, business intelligence, compliance, and for creating an information-driven, strategic advantage," said Suresh Chandrasekaran, Senior VP, Denodo Technologies.

Posted December 15, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 15, 2014

2014 has been described as the year of the data breach. But 2015 will be the year of the regulator, says Suni Munshani, CEO of Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 708 breaches that took place in the past year, grabbing headlines and sending warnings to retailers to prepare for the 2014 holiday shopping season that is now in full swing.

Posted December 11, 2014

Oracle has announced its latest-generation NAS storage system, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, the ZFS Storage ZS4-4 provides analytics for pluggable databases, doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence, and also provides high-level protection against security breaches with fine-grained encryption capabilities. The OS 8.3 adds over 30 enhancements and three new innovations that expand Oracle's leadership in NAS performance, efficiency, and application-engineered storage, said Oracle executive vice president John Fowler.

Posted December 10, 2014

With the latest update to the Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle has built in the notion of a "dev/test appliance," according to Sohan DeMel, vice president, product strategy and business development, Oracle. According to DeMel, Oracle has found that customers use five, six, or as many as seven times as many systems for their test and development functions because there are so many different aspects to testing - such as integration testing, user acceptance testing, and stress testing. While the dev/testing capability is not new to the market, DeMel points out that what is different about the Database Appliance approach to dev/test is that Oracle has essentially commoditized the capability and is providing it as a core platform feature and not something that it is up-selling and charging customers more for.

Posted December 10, 2014

Town Sports International (TSI) operates fitness clubs in major United States metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. TSI needed a high-availability, high-performance platform to host its updated Oracle E-Business Suite applications, but wanted to avoid the complex and lengthy deployment timelines typically associated with integrating servers, networks, and storage from multiple vendors, as well as the costs and data center space requirements associated with such projects. To meet its goals, TSI deployed an architecture based on two Oracle Database Appliances with the virtualized platform, one for test and one for production, as the platform for its deployment of Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters, Oracle VM and Oracle E-Business Suite.

Posted December 10, 2014

Data has grown at an exponentially faster rate over the past 2 years than all of the previous years combined. "Ninety percent of data that exists today has been created in the past 2 years," said Bill Brunt, product manager of Dell SharePlex, during a recent DBTA webcast. This increase in data has caused companies to look for more efficient ways of moving data within their organizations. Dell SharePlex strives to offer the best overall customer experience when working with their software.

Posted December 09, 2014

Luminex Software, Inc. has introduced a new line of mainframe virtual tape products, which it calls virtual tape vaults. Luminex's new MVT Vault is designed to store second or third copies of virtual tape data out-of-region for data protection.

Posted December 08, 2014

CA Technologies has announced what it calls its "Management Cloud" - a portfolio of applications, delivered from the cloud, that enable customers to make portfolio decisions, deliver service experiences and empower mobile workforces. "The Management Cloud portfolio was developed to manage complexity and transform IT investments into business value rapidly and effectively," said James Harvey, general manager of IT Business Management at CA Technologies.

Posted December 08, 2014

HP has refreshed its portfolio of midrange and flash-optimized systems to offer new workload-centric storage personas, including unified storage access as well as data protection for flat backup to HP StoreOnce. This announcement builds on HP's vision for HP Converge Storage to simplify storage through polymorphic architectures with a single platform built for the new style of IT, said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager of storage for HP.

Posted December 08, 2014

IBM and Docker, Inc., a provider of application container solutions, have formed a strategic partnership intended to help customers more efficiently build and run applications that can be moved between cloud and on-premises systems. "As enterprises demand tools that allow them to develop applications in a consistent and easy manner, Docker containers have quickly become the de facto building block for doing so," said Angel Diaz, vice president of open technology and cloud performance solutions at IBM.

Posted December 08, 2014

IBM has announced that the availability of a beta for Watson Analytics, a cloud-based, natural language-based cognitive service that can provide access to predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses.

Posted December 08, 2014

SOA Software is shipping EnVision, an API analytics platform intended to help enterprises obtain information on the reach and performance of their application programming interfaces. The solution uses MongoDB as its data store.

Posted December 08, 2014

There is still time to submit a speaking proposal for DBTA's Data Summit 2015, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015.

Posted December 08, 2014

TIBCO, a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software, has released TIBCO Jaspersoft 6. With this release, Jaspersoft is introducing embeddable dashboards powered by Visualize.js, the new JavaScript framework for embedding BI components. "We have been focused on a very particular type of BI, embedded BI, which is pretty under-served," stated Mike Boyarski, director of product marketing at TIBCO.

Posted December 04, 2014

Watson Analytics, IBM's natural language-based cognitive service is now open for business and available in beta.

Posted December 04, 2014

Citus Data is releasing an open source extension, "pg_shard," that enables PostgreSQL to scale large datasets and operational workloads. "PostgreSQL continues to grow as one of the most popular databases in the world," said Umur Cubukcu, CEO and co-founder of Citus Data. "With pg_shard, CitusDB is making PostgreSQL horizontally scale in a simple way, while keeping the benefits of a mature, open ecosystem, and taking its relational advantages to the next level."

Posted December 04, 2014

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