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SAP is advancing HANA on three fronts, all aimed at improving the overall experience with the platform. The enhancements include a more visually appealing and intuitive user experience, powerful new features, and simplified cloud-based deployment.

Posted October 22, 2013

Calpont Corporation, a provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, has announced InfiniDB 4.0 and InfiniDB for the Cloud. In addition, the core product will be available under the General Public License version 2.0 to enable more users to have access to its MPP, column-oriented data technology.

Posted October 22, 2013

At its Partners User Group Conference in Dallas, Teradata made a range of product and partner announcements, including the introduction of the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2750, the availability of the Teradata Cloud, and new support for Java Script Object Notation (JSON) data.

Posted October 22, 2013

At the PASS Summit, Dell Software introduced new tools for SQL Server database management and monitoring. The new releases included Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise 10.0, a SQL Server database monitoring tool; two new Spotlight products available for download at no charge; and Toad for SQL Server 6, a performance tuning tool for SQL Server.

Posted October 18, 2013

Oracle has released new versions of its data integration products - Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate - with features designed to enhance performance, increase productivity and streamline deployment. Brad Adelberg, vice president of development, Oracle, talks about the key new features in Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c.

Posted October 17, 2013

Oracle has released the latest version of VM VirtualBox which provides a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and offers enhanced networking capabilities that allow developers to virtualize modern operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems. Designed for IT professionals, Oracle VM VirtualBox is cross-platform virtualization software that enables users to run multiple operating systems at the same time.

Posted October 16, 2013

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired Confio Software, which provides database performance management software. The Boulder, Colorado-based software company was purchased for $103 million in cash. Confio's flagship product, Confio Ignite, improves software development and service delivery for systems based on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, and SAP Sybase databases, running on VMware virtual servers as well as physical servers.

Posted October 16, 2013

Datical, Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and introduced Datical DB which uses a patent-pending, data model approach for automating, simplifying and managing database schema change, configuration and complex dependencies as part of the application release process. The solution provides a graphical user interface and wizards for creating a model of schema from an existing database which can be simultaneously migrated to any environment and database such as Oracle, DB2, MySQL, SQL Server, and Postgres.

Posted October 16, 2013

NuoDB, a provider of distributed database technology, today announced the general availability of NuoDB 'Blackbirds' Release 2.0. NuoDB targeted four key areas for improvement in this release, Seth Proctor, CTO, NuoDB, said in an interview.

Posted October 16, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of big data software, has sold its Data Protection business to an investor group formed by members of its executive management team, industry veterans Robert Belau and Ken Barth of Bedford Venture Partners, and established Syncsort investor Windcrest Partners.

Posted October 16, 2013

Clustrix, provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has been granted two new patents for systems and methods for redistributing and slicing data in relational databases from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "For years, people have been trying to figure out how to take a relational database and make sure that you can use it across multiple distributed servers and get linear, better performance and that is at essence of what these patents do," said Robin Purohit, CEO, Clustrix in an interview.

Posted October 15, 2013

Astera Software, a developer of data integration solutions for small and large enterprises, has introduced a new alliance partner program that offers customers complete solutions to their complex data issues. Astera seeks to collaborate with OEM partners and work with resellers and system integrators to bring Astera-enabled data integration and management solutions to market more quickly, easily and with greater impact

Posted October 15, 2013

TIBCO Software introduced the latest version of its data discovery and visualization platform, TIBCO Spotfire 6.0, which includes enhancements and new products that offer greater automation, better contextualization, and expanded deployment opportunities.

Posted October 15, 2013

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired Confio Software, which provides database performance management software. The Boulder, Colorado-based software company was purchased for $103 million in cash. Confio's flagship product, Confio Ignite, improves software development and service delivery for systems based on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, and SAP Sybase databases, running on VMware virtual servers as well as physical servers.

Posted October 15, 2013

Sepaton, Inc., a provider of backup and recovery platforms, today unveiled a new data protection solution called Sepaton VirtuoSO that is intended to address the challenges organizations are facing due to the exponential growth of both structured and unstructured information. According to the vendor, the scale-out NAS-based data protection solution provides five times the capacity of competitive solutions at initial release with up to 22 times the capacity planned for future releases.

Posted October 15, 2013

Software Diversified Services (SDS) is partnering with McAfee to provide support, maintenance, new enhancements, and compliance upgrades for McAfee's E-Business Server, a comprehensive suite of products using industry-standard encryption to automatically protect corporate data within applications, email, file transfers, and transaction processing. As part of the agreement to take over support and development of E-Business Server, SDS says it will assume full and ongoing responsibility for all current and future customer support functions and also deliver a series of customer-requested upgrades and enhancements.

Posted October 14, 2013

Software AG announced cloud-based IT and process management technologies at its recent user conference in San Francisco. Portfolios Live is a cloud-based service that provides CIOs the ability to manage and transform IT landscapes based on budget, regulatory, legal and technical information. A sister product, Process Live, is a cloud-based service integrating social collaboration with process improvement. "We've changed our architecture from client/server to an event-driven architecture," Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost said at the keynote kicking off the conference.

Posted October 14, 2013

CA is offering a free version of its CA Nimsoft Monitor solution to help customers quickly achieve visibility into the health of their IT resources. With this, CA's first "freemium" offering, the company seeks to meet the requirements of emerging, high-growth enterprises, as well as reaching out to the system and admin people rather than the economic buyer, Bill Talbot, director of product marketing for CA's infrastructure management solutions and business unit at CA, said in an interview.

Posted October 14, 2013

IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.

Posted October 14, 2013

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has introduced Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware. Veeam MP extends VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center, providing complete visibility of physical and virtual infrastructures and applications, all from one console. The Veeam Management Pack connects the VMware virtual infrastructure and puts that data into Systems Center Operations Manager, and then the presentation is done through what is called the Management Pack, Doug Hazelman, Veeam vice president of product strategy, explained in an interview.

Posted October 14, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of data protection solutions, is shipping a new data management solution that provides a centralized way to catalog and search the NetApp ONTAP and VMware landscape, delivering information that helps IT to increase storage efficiency, accelerate the use of snapshot technology for efficient data protection and ensure compliance. The solution, ECX Enterprise Catalog, provides visibility into file and virtual machine environment across all tiers, helping them achieve a new level of operational efficiency to control costs, identify unprotected data or indicate where protection may have failed due to an errant configuration, change or other issues.

Posted October 14, 2013

Macro 4, a software and services company, introduced an Eclipse interface for its mainframe application performance management software, FreezeFrame. The new interface gives developers and support staff extra features to enhance productivity and collaboration and makes it easier for new or less experienced mainframe support staff to work with z/OS systems. "Our products are designed for the various stages of mainframe application deployment, whether in test or production environments, and they work in an integrated way in Eclipse," noted Michelle Harris, Group Product Release Manager at Macro 4.

Posted October 14, 2013

MarkLogic unveiled the latest version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform, MarkLogic 7. With this release, MarkLogic automates the process of placing data in the storage tiers that are most cost-effective and performance-appropriate, and introduces the new MarkLogic Semantics option.

Posted October 10, 2013

Datical, Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and introduced Datical DB which uses a patent-pending, data model approach for automating, simplifying and managing database schema change, configuration and complex dependencies as part of the application release process. The solution provides a graphical user interface and wizards for creating a model of schema from an existing database which can be simultaneously migrated to any environment and database such as Oracle, DB2, MySQL, SQL Server, and Postgres.

Posted October 09, 2013

To augment its product and service offerings both within and outside of the cloud, TransLattice, a provider of a geographically distributed database management system for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has acquired Red Bank, NJ-based StormDB, Inc. The StormDB database is based on PostgreSQL, and TransLattice expects to incorporate proprietary StormDB capabilities and elements of the open source Postgres-XC into the TransLattice Elastic Database.

Posted October 09, 2013

Percona Server 5.6, based on MySQL 5.6 Community Edition, is now generally available. Percona says the latest version of Percona Server offers all the improvements found in MySQL Community Edition as well as additional features for enhanced scalability, availability, backup, and security features found in the enterprise edition. The free download of Percona Server 5.6 also includes new diagnostics and improved integration with other Percona software.

Posted October 08, 2013

Scaleout Software, a provider of in-memory data grids (IMDGs), announced the availability of ScaleOut hServer V2, which incorporates new technology to run Hadoop MapReduce on live data. This new platform now gives users the ability to analyze live data using standard Hadoop MapReduce code, in memory and in parallel, without the need to install and manage the Hadoop stack of software.

Posted October 08, 2013

Modern marketers are increasingly targeting their efforts at providing the right information to the right customer at just the right moment. These marketers see the ability to provide relevant content to clients and prospective customers as a way of building their brand awareness and forging lasting relationships. However, according to a new survey, sponsored by Skyword, Inc., and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., there are obstacles in the path to achieving the full effect of these efforts.

Posted October 04, 2013

NoSQL database vendor MongoDB today announced it has secured $150 million in financing, which the company described as the largest single funding round for any database vendor, NoSQL or otherwise. MongoDB, which is headquartered in Palo Alto and New York, will direct this funding toward the core MongoDB project, as well as toward the MongoDB Management Service, which provides tools and services to operate MongoDB at scale, and to growing its user base globally.

Posted October 04, 2013

Logi Analytics, a data analytics company, has formed a partnership with Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop technology, to help its customers better address the challenges they are facing as they collect and store more information than ever before. Hortonworks provides the Hortonworks Data Platform, an enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution. Logi Analytics provides web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within applications, systems, and processes. As a result of the new partnership, Logi Analytics customers can connect directly to the Hortonworks Data Platform, allowing them to uncover new insights, distribute valuable information, and improve business decision making.

Posted October 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.

Posted October 02, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted October 02, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted October 02, 2013

In a tightly contested match for the three seats up for election on the PASS Board of Directors, members of the Professional Association for SQL Server selected directors for two new regional seats and an open seat for the 2014/2015 term. This year, the PASS Board converted two seats to regional director-at-large seats, designating one for EMEA to bring more international perspective as PASS continues to grow globally and one for the US/Canada. An open director-at-large seat, without regional restrictions, was also up for election.

Posted October 02, 2013

Splunk, a platform for real-time operational intelligence, introduced its Splunk Enterprise 6 edition. Splunk's mission is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone and - to further that objective - Splunk Enterprise 6 has features that are aimed at eliminating the data divide struggle between the business and IT

Posted October 01, 2013

Tokutek, a provider of big data performance solutions, has introduced TokuMX Enterprise Edition with hot backup. This new edition is designed to eliminate backup-related downtime for non-stop big data applications. TokuMX is an open source database and a performance engine for MongoDB. TokuMX delivers support for ACID transactions without any changes to an application, 20x performance improvements and, on the compression side, a 90% reduction in database size. When databases get extremely large, this is a significant money saver, explained Coco Jaenicke, vice president of marketing, Tokutek, in an interview.

Posted October 01, 2013

Syncsort has completed the acquisition of UK-based Circle Computer Group, signaling the start of its acquisition-based and organic growth strategy announced earlier this year by its CEO Lonne Jaffe. According to Syncsort, the purchase of Circle is significant because it provides a portfolio of software products that allow organizations to make mainframe data securely available for new enterprise-wide big data initiatives without requiring any changes to existing applications, reducing software costs in the process.

Posted September 30, 2013

IBM says it will be shipping z/OS Version 2 Release 1 (z/OS V2.1) today, which includes enhanced support for cloud and mobile computing. The new version of z/OS is engineered to help enterprises pursue the innovation to drive highly scalable workloads -- including private clouds and support for mobile and social applications, IBM said. The new operating system also is designed for big data workloads, with a new security infrastructure and an optimized data availability that supports data analytics solutions.

Posted September 30, 2013

Red Hat, a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new enhancements and a roadmap for its OpenShift platform, which facilitates the creation, integration and management of applications and business processes in the cloud. The new line of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings include Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift provide enterprise application, integration and business process automation capabilities and services in an extensible open PaaS platform, and is designed to enable development and deployment of enterprise applications and business processes in the cloud.

Posted September 30, 2013

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of memory-based storage systems, announced the availability of a suite of memory services software designed to accelerate, tier, migrate and protect application data in the enterprise data center. The new offering, Violin Maestro, is part of Violin's Enterprise Memory Software portfolio, and is intended to help bring the speed of memory to enterprise applications running on legacy storage, while enabling a transition from disk to a memory-based data center.

Posted September 30, 2013

The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance software-defined networking (SDN), recently provided a first glimpse at the OpenDaylight SDN architecture for the first release called "Hydrogen." "The OpenDaylight community is developing an SDN architecture that supports a wide range of protocols and can rapidly evolve in the direction SDN goes, not based on any one vendor's purposes," explained David Meyer, Technical Steering Committee chair, OpenDaylight Project.

Posted September 30, 2013

ManageEngine, a provider of real-time IT management solutions, is shipping a Large Enterprise Edition of OpManager, its network and data center infrastructure management software. With this release, the vendor hopes to offer an alternative for companies seeking to replace their legacy network management tools from HP, IBM, CA and Microsoft.

Posted September 30, 2013

At LinuxCon 2013, IBM announced plans to invest $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for IBM's Power Systems servers. The new pledge recalled the company's announcement in 2000 that it would embrace Linux as strategic to its systems strategy, followed a year later with the promise of $1 billion dedicated to backing the Linux movement. The new investment will fuel two immediate initiatives - a new client center in Europe and a Linux on Power development cloud.

Posted September 30, 2013

MemSQL announced that its distributed in-memory database can now provide JSON analytics, to deliver a consolidated view of structured and semi-structured data, including standard enterprise and social-media data. "This basically fuses SQL and semi-structured data into one system," said Eric Frenkiel, CEO, MemSQL, in an interview.

Posted September 30, 2013

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has introduced CONNECT, the company's new metadata governance platform. "There is a growing recognition that data governance is the pragmatic approach to the complexities of the enterprise data landscape," Henry Olson, director of product management, Embarcadero, explained in a recent interview. The two key ideas for CONNECT center around what Embarcadero calls "embracing the sprawl," said Olson.

Posted September 30, 2013

Revolution Analytics, which provides production-grade analytics software built upon the open source R statistics language, and Teradata, a provider of analytic data solutions, recently announced that as a result of a deepened partnership, Teradata is now offering in-database R Analytics that are fully parallel and scalable. David Smith, Revolution Analytics' vice president of marketing and community, talks about what's ahead for the companies' joint customers.

Posted September 30, 2013

Dataguise, a provider of data security intelligence and protection solutions, has secured $13 billion in Series B funding. According to Dataguise, traditional approaches to securing Hadoop fail because they are too complex, expensive, and incapable of selectively protecting the data that matters in large and diverse environments. Dataguise's solution, DG for Hadoop, aims to provide an efficient and economical method of determining where and how to secure sensitive data in Hadoop. "We are helping people go from a sandbox environment to the production environment," Manmeet Singh, CEO, Dataguise, said in an interview.

Posted September 30, 2013

Syncsort, a software company specializing in high speed sorting products, data integration and backup software and services, has formed a technology partnership with Cloudera. The joint effort is aimed a providing an approach that customers can leverage to exploit critical mainframe data in Hadoop for big data analytics. "We view Cloudera as enabling a lot of the enterprise-level services that Hadoop needs," said Jorge Lopez, director of product marketing, Syncsort, in an interview. "Together, we can really bridge the gap between the mainframe and Hadoop."

Posted September 30, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.

Posted September 27, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted September 26, 2013

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