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While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

Posted July 25, 2019

IBM is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software, in a $34-billion acquisition. The result of the acquisition is IBM taking a greater role in the fast-growing hybrid cloud market. The agreement is subject to Red Hat shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the latter half of 2019.

Posted July 25, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has announced the general availability of KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) 7.0, which automates large-scale system deployment and simplifies migrations of multiple operating systems.

Posted July 24, 2019

Percona, a provider of open source database software and services, is releasing the Percona Cloud Native Autonomous Database Initiative, a series of products that expand support for cloud-native applications and makes it easier for organizations to manage their hybrid multi-cloud environments.

Posted July 24, 2019

Rackspace's ObjectRocket portfolio offering has been certified as a worldwide cloud provider of MongoDB, a leading open source general purpose database platform. With this certification, Rackspace has joined a select group of cloud providers to ensure end-to-end management and support for customers on current and future versions of MongoDB, with the ability to escalate bug fixes and support issues on their behalf.

Posted July 24, 2019

Since 1999, SUSE and SAP have enjoyed a strategic partnership that has allowed customers to improve performance and stability, as well as inspire future advancements. The companies have been driving co-innovation to adapt and innovate faster for their customers to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in the digital era.

Posted July 24, 2019

SAP is further deepening its commitment to the developer and open source community with the contribution of UI5 Web Components, a comprehensive library for Web developers. This library enables them to create enterprise-grade Web applications more easily.

Posted July 24, 2019

Hitachi Vantara is releasing Pentaho 8.3, introducing a series of features designed to support DataOps initiatives. This latest version delivers improved data agility from customers' edge-to-multicloud environments while facilitating privacy, security, and overall data governance.

Posted July 24, 2019

Esri, a provider of location intelligence, now supports the SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA service, making it the first database as a service that is supported by Esri ArcGIS technology. Organizations can now run SAP HANA as the underlying multimodel database service for the ArcGIS system of record and take advantage of increased performance, lower total cost of ownership, and easier integration of enterprise data with spatial data either on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid deployment.

Posted July 24, 2019

Snow Software, a provider of technology intelligence solutions, is releasing a new suite of offerings to better enable customers to address their growing IT operations, cloud shift, and digital transformation challenges. Included in the offering is the Adoption Tracker product, which enables discovery, inventory, and normalization of all digital technology assets, with a hybrid approach that covers everything from freemium SaaS applications to enterprise systems such as Oracle.

Posted July 24, 2019

Established in 1875, Heritage Bank is Australia's largest customer-owned bank with 60 branches in Queensland and broker distribution staff in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. The Rocket MultiValue Application Platform makes it easy to manage data, regardless of structure, without requiring expensive DBA support.

Posted July 24, 2019

Revelation is known for its OpenInsight NoSQL MultiValue database development suite that provides Windows, Web 2.0, and .NET tools to develop and deploy mission-critical applications. In addition to OpenInsight 10, Revelation offers OpenInsight for Web (O4W) which is a rapid web application development tool that lets users generate responsive forms, reports, and dashboards.

Posted July 24, 2019

Zumasys, a provider of NoSQL databases for business-critical Pick applications, is collaborating with ONgroup to release new Pick MultiValue developer extensions for Visual Studio Code, the free open-source editor created by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. Committed to bringing new developers into MultiValue, ONgroup, and Zumasys hope to enrich the community and improve the development experience for both seasoned Pick veterans and for the next generation of MultiValue programmers.

Posted July 24, 2019

Software AG and Microsoft have introduced a new solution that enables enterprises to accelerate and simplify migration to Microsoft Azure while ensuring business continuity. Software AG's new Cloud Migration Accelerator, which is based on the company's webMethods.io Integration platform, is intended to hep enterprises to connect to applications, cloud services, and data faster.

Posted July 23, 2019

Apollo has updated its Apollo Data Graph Platform that enables teams to operate a single shared data graph for the organization, improving application delivery and user experience. Apollo is announcing managed federation tooling that provides analytics, CI, and collaboration workflows necessary for teams to work together efficiently on distributed graphs.

Posted July 23, 2019

Booz Allen Hamilton principal Shelly Brown discusses the importance of defining baseline and goal metrics, both in prioritizing projects and proving their value in this clip from her presentation at Data Summit 2019.

Posted July 23, 2019

IBM announced second-quarter 2019 results. "In the second quarter, we continued to grow in the high-value areas of the business, led by a strong performance across our Cloud and Cognitive Software segment," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president, and CEO. "With the completion of our acquisition of Red Hat, we will provide the only true open hybrid multi-cloud platform in the industry, strengthening our leadership position and uniquely helping clients succeed in chapter 2 of their digital reinventions."

Posted July 22, 2019

Skytap, a global, purpose-built cloud service, has announced that its support for the IBM i operating system is now available in US-West, US-Central, and EMEA-UK, broadening its support for IBM Power Systems-based applications that can be developed, tested and run in production.As clients enter the next chapter of their cloud journeys, they want the flexibility and choice to run their workloads across any environment, including on-premise, and in public and private clouds, said Harish Grama, general manager, IBM Cloud. The collaboration with Skytap enables IBM to combine the power of IBM Cloud with Skytap's portfolio, and this new support helps to provide additional choice and flexibility.

Posted July 22, 2019

Days after closing its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM announced that it has inked a multi-year strategic alliance that is said to be worth billions. IBM will be the primary developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business's operational applications and will help manage the AT&T Communications IT infrastructure, on and off-premise, and across different clouds, private and public. 

Posted July 22, 2019

The latest release of Db2, version 11.5, unleashed on the world in June 2019, is being marketed by IBM as "The AI Database." AI promises to be one of the biggest technological game-changers of this century as it enables computing devices and systems to take on more activities that heretofore had to rely on a human. But, what does IBM mean by an AI database?

Posted July 22, 2019

Calling it a landmark acquisition, IBM and Red Hat announced today that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.

Posted July 22, 2019

While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

Posted July 22, 2019

IBM announced second-quarter 2019 results. "In the second quarter, we continued to grow in the high-value areas of the business, led by a strong performance across our Cloud and Cognitive Software segment," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president, and CEO. "With the completion of our acquisition of Red Hat, we will provide the only true open hybrid multi-cloud platform in the industry, strengthening our leadership position and uniquely helping clients succeed in chapter 2 of their digital reinventions."

Posted July 17, 2019

Pivotal Software, a cloud-native platform provider, is introducing the alpha version of PAS on Kubernetes, as well as launching new products based on PAS features that improve the developer and operator experience when using Kubernetes. Kubernetes is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of the cloud infrastructure. But many organizations are struggling to bring it into production because it's so complex.

Posted July 17, 2019

PremiumSoft has announced the release of Navicat Monitor version 2.0. Navicat Monitor provides database server monitoring that covers system resources for MySQL, MariaDB, and SQL Server. The company says the multi-platform application runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and enables agentless installation for physical, virtual, and cloud servers without endpoint deployment complexity.

Posted July 17, 2019

Snow Software, a provider of technology intelligence solutions, is releasing a new suite of offerings to better enable customers to address their growing IT operations, cloud shift, and digital transformation challenges. Included in the offering is the Adoption Tracker product, which enables discovery, inventory, and normalization of all digital technology assets, with a hybrid approach that covers everything from freemium SaaS applications to enterprise systems such as Oracle.

Posted July 17, 2019

Oracle recently unveiled a new, customer-centric vision for Oracle Analytics at its Analytics Summit. A key element of the strategy is the concept of one offering: Oracle Analytics, rationalizing 18-plus products down to a single brand.

Posted July 17, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has announced the general availability of Quest QoreStor 6.0 to enable software defined hybrid cloud secondary storage for businesses.

Posted July 16, 2019

Exadel, a provider of digital software engineering solutions, is launching a Kubernetes deployment solution, CrossKube. The packaged solution gives organizations the ability to deploy everything that is needed for a highly scalable, cloud-based application, including application best-practice templates for Kubernetes, microservices, containerization, application discovery, database connectivity, front-end application structure, and automated testing.

Posted July 16, 2019

YugaByte, a provider of open source distributed SQL databases, announced that YugaByte DB is now 100% open source under the Apache 2.0 license, bringing previously commercial features into the open source core. The transition breaks the boundaries between YugaByte's Community and Enterprise editions by bringing previously commercial-only, closed-source features such as Distributed Backups, Data Encryption, and Read Replicas into the open source core project distributed under the permissive Apache 2.0 license.

Posted July 16, 2019

PremiumSoft has announced the release of Navicat Monitor version 2.0. Navicat Monitor provides database server monitoring that covers system resources for MySQL, MariaDB, and SQL Server. The company says the multi-platform application runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and enables agentless installation for physical, virtual, and cloud servers without endpoint deployment complexity.

Posted July 16, 2019

In his closing keynote at Data Summit 2019, John O'Brien, principal advisor and chief researcher, Radiant Advisors, discussed organizations need to take in order to get the outcomes they seek from artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Posted July 16, 2019

A cloud migration is when a company moves some or all of its data center capabilities into the cloud, usually to run on the cloud-based infrastructure provided by a cloud service provider. However, there are always risks and challenges with migrating systems and databases to new environments.

Posted July 15, 2019

Redgate is releasing another update for its Data Masker for SQL Server tool, making it much easier for users to identify the best data masking rules to fit their needs. Alongside the 15 updates that were released in 2018, it's part of the development team's goal to ensure the tool ties in as closely as possible with customer requirements and workflows.

Posted July 12, 2019

IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools, has announced the latest release of its flagship SQL Compliance Manager product. Version 5.6 features new reports and log files that increase compliance visibility and awareness with a focus on GDPR, as well as improved usability and functionality of configuration settings. Separately, the company also announced the latest release of SQL Secure. Version 3.3 extends support for Microsoft SQL Server databases to include those deployed in Amazon RDS and EC2 cloud environments, as well as managed instances of Azure SQL Database.

Posted July 12, 2019

Snow Software, a provider of technology intelligence solutions, is releasing a new suite of offerings to better enable customers to address their growing IT operations, cloud shift, and digital transformation challenges. Included in the offering is the Adoption Tracker product, which enables discovery, inventory, and normalization of all digital technology assets, with a hybrid approach that covers everything from freemium SaaS applications to enterprise systems such as Oracle.

Posted July 11, 2019

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is expanding its Data Restoration and Migration Services (DRMS), offering customers seeking to migrate tape-based data into Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the expanded offering, companies will have the ability to modernize their data management strategy while maintaining high levels of security, access, and governance.

Posted July 11, 2019

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of IT resilience through intelligent application availability, has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Microsoft Workloads Competency status within the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation recognizes that SIOS provides proven technology and deep expertise in helping customers in the migration, deployment, and management of Microsoft-based applications on AWS, specifically with workloads based on Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted July 11, 2019

According to Alluxio, a provider of open source data orchestration technology, the rise of compute-intensive workloads and the adoption of the cloud has driven organizations to adopt a decoupled architecture for modern workloads—one in which compute scales independently from storage. While this enables scaling elasticity, it also introduces new data engineering problems. Just as compute and containers need Kubernetes for container orchestration, Alluxio contends, data also needs orchestration—a tier that brings data locality, accessibility, and elasticity to compute across data silos, zones, regions, and clouds.

Posted July 11, 2019

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is introducing Privacy Flag, a new feature in its comprehensive Global Email Verification suite designed to verify email addresses and improve overall email deliverability. Privacy Flag draws attention to customer emails that are more likely to require additional controls to remain compliant with regulations such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted July 10, 2019

Opsview, the company that unifies cloud and infrastructure monitoring, will be offering a bi-directional native ServiceNow integration for Opsview Monitor. The new integration with ServiceNow provides a configuration which allows notifications from Opsview Monitor to be opened automatically as ServiceNow incidents.

Posted July 10, 2019

Collibra, the data intelligence company, is acquiring SQLdep, a leading SaaS provider of automated data lineage, empowering data citizens to uncover faster and deeper insights from data. SQLdep automates the discovery and visualization of technical data lineage and enables organizations to better capture context around data, understand data quality, support compliance initiatives, and increase trust.

Posted July 10, 2019

Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. The acquisition of Elastifile is expected to be completed later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. Upon the close of the acquisition, Elastifile will join Google Cloud.

Posted July 09, 2019

Calling it a landmark acquisition, IBM and Red Hat announced today that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.

Posted July 09, 2019

With today marking the end of extended support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2008, John 'JG' Chirapurath, Microsoft Azure's GM of data, blockchain & AI, posted a blog entry yesterday urging customers to consider the company's Azure cloud service. In addition, Microsoft announced two data platform advancements.

Posted July 09, 2019

According to Pythian Group's Danil Zburivsky, Hadoop didn't quite play out as a unified data platform, and he explains why in this clip from his presentation at Data Summit 2019. 

Posted July 09, 2019

The European Commission announced that it has "approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, both information technology companies based in the US. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns."

Posted July 08, 2019

Compuware has introduced new zAdviser analytics to enable application development and delivery teams to make data-driven decisions that improve mainframe software quality, velocity, and efficiency. Compuware is also announcing expanded integration of ISPW and Git, the popular version control software. The integration helps developers with little mainframe experience work with mainframe source code. Changes in Git are automatically synchronized back into the mainframe where ISPW's automated build, deploy, and fallback capabilities can be leveraged in a CI/CD pipeline.

Posted July 08, 2019

Syncsort has added new data integration capabilities that expand support for Microsoft Azure, enabling enterprises to access, transform, and deliver critical mainframe data to Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse to uncover deeper business insights. The new integration leverages Syncsort's ability to integrate mainframe data into next-generation data management platforms for advanced analytics.

Posted July 08, 2019

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is integrating AppOptics, the company's SaaS-based application performance monitoring solution, with its Loggly and Papertrail cloud-hosted log monitoring and log analytics solutions. AppOptics together with Loggly and Papertrail now combine application performance management (APM), distributed tracing, and log management to help technology professionals identify performance and availability issues before they affect users, pinpoint the root cause, and reduce mean time to repair (MTTR).

Posted July 08, 2019

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