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Join Progress DataDirect and DBTA for a practical primer into the space of Big Data, Analytics and Hadoop. This webcast will show how companies are successfully starting and using big data to drive business decisions and also how they are planning to integrate their Hadoop clusters with existing analytics tools to get the most out of those systems.

Posted September 18, 2012

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced its agenda of hosted meetings and educational sessions at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld 2012 conference Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 at the MosconeCenter in San Francisco. Throughout the week of the event, OAUG members will deliver more than 20 educational sessions exploring challenges, opportunities and best practices for implementing and managing Oracle Applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 and 12.1, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Hyperion Performance Management, Oracle Fusion Applications and more.

Posted September 18, 2012

Enterprise NoSQL database company MarkLogic Corporation today rolled out a new version of its flagship product,, MarkLogic 6, which includes new tools for faster application development, improved analytics and new visualization widgets to enable greater insight, and the ability to create user-defined functions for fast and flexible analysis of extremely large volumes of data. Key features of MarkLogic's NoSQL database include ACID transactions, horizontal scaling, real-time indexing, high availability, disaster recovery, government-grade security, and built-in search. With this release, in addition to MarkLogic's NoSQL flexibility, the company is focused on building features into the product that allow it to be easier to use and more accessible to a wider group of users within the enterprise.

Posted September 17, 2012

Serena Software announced advancements to its "Orchestrated IT" solution set, now designed to help enterprises take full advantage of mobile, social and cloud technologies. Serena's solutions are designed to help IT stakeholders to automate the continuous delivery of applications on-premise and to the cloud, as well as enable users to view release activity, analytics and key metrics from mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets.

Posted September 17, 2012

Layered Technologies, Inc. (Layered Tech), a provider of cloud and hosting services, announced a cloud platform that combines Layered Tech's management, security and compliance capabilities with self-service functionality. The LayeredTechCloudDataCenter includes a self-service portal, intended to give customers greater control, visibility and management of their cloud environments.

Posted September 17, 2012

Brocade, a provider of network solutions, advanced its vision of software-defined networking, with new switches and routers designed for cloud and virtualization workloads. The vendor began shipping a new switching platform intended to enhance data center network simplicity, efficiency and resiliency. The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch, along with VCS Fabric technology enhancements, is designed for enterprises and service providers striving to both simplify and scale-out their data center infrastructure. Brocade also announced what it calls the industry's highest core router density, with the introduction of a new 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) module for Brocade MLXe Series routers, part of its software-defined networking (SDN) strategy.

Posted September 17, 2012

CA Technologies announced it acquired privately-held Paragon Global Technology, Inc. (PGTI), a provider of software products designed to help clients improve service delivery by visualizing data from CA Workload Automation AE (formerly CA AutoSys). Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition brings predictive analytics, critical-path monitoring, service-level agreement (SLA) management, historical reporting, and a centralized management platform to CA Technologies workload automation product portfolio.

Posted September 17, 2012

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced the general availability of the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, a complete, integrated cloud infrastructure solution that integrates VMware's leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies. "By bringing together everything customers may need to build and manage agile, reliable cloud infrastructure, the VMware vCloud Suite simplifies and automates IT operations and delivers on the promise of cloud computing," says Mike Clayville, vice president of product marketing for cloud infrastructure products for VMware.

Posted September 17, 2012

IBM unveiled new social sentiment analysis tools, based on its sophisticated analytics technologies, targeted at helping cities better measure and understand public opinions on key issues and services, such as public transportation or education. With a wealth of online content and public commentary on social channels such as Twitter and Facebook, city officials need new ways to measure positive, neutral and negative opinions shared by citizens regarding important city issues. IBM's advanced analytics and natural language processing technologies - used to analyze large volumes of public social media data in order to assess and understand citizen opinions - are now available to city governments around the world via new capabilities delivered with the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities.

Posted September 17, 2012

CA Technologies has introduced a new version of its converged infrastructure management solution for enhancing customer experiences. CA Infrastructure Management (CA IM) integrates elements of CA Technologies Service Assurance portfolio, and is capable of translating volumes of disparate performance data into actionable insight delivered in unified, user-specific views, the vendor says.

Posted September 17, 2012

Percona, Inc. has announced the latest release of Percona Server, which it describes as its "enhanced drop-in replacement for MySQL." According to the company, Percona Server Version 5.5.27-28.0 includes new features that make it more valuable as an alternative for MySQL users. Offered free as an open source solution, Percona Server has self-tuning algorithms and support for high-performance hardware. In addition, the company is planning a two-day Percona Live Event for NYC in October and also for London in December, with speakers and tutorials spanning multiple tracks across the MySQL ecosystem. A more expansive, four-day conference, Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013, is planned for Santa Clara in April.

Posted September 13, 2012

Database Plugins LLC, a company that specializes in the design, development and implementation of data-centric solutions for the Oracle market, has announced the availability of two new products. The Database Media-On-Demand Server provides specific support for the HTML5 video and audio tags as well as HTTP streaming of Flash videos. The Database Plugin Server and associated DBMPEG database plugin integrates the feature support of FFMpeg with the Oracle Database. The products form a fundamental framework for a multimedia server architecture, making it is easy for programmers and companies to import multimedia data and directly relate it with the relational data in their databases, Steve Guilford, president of Database Plugins, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 12, 2012

Oracle announced enhanced support for the R statistical programming language, including new platform ports of R for Oracle Solaris and AIX in addition to Linux and Windows, connectivity to Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database in addition to Oracle Database, and integration of hardware-specific Math libraries for faster performance. "Big data analytics is a top priority for our customers, and the R statistical programming language is a key tool for performing these analytics," says Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies.

Posted September 12, 2012

Quest Software has introduced Toad Business Intelligence Suite, a packaged suite of tools to link traditional and non-traditional data sources, bridging the gap between BI environments and distributed big data sources. In addition, Toad BI Suite aims to span the divide between technical and non-technical users by offering tailored interfaces designed to meet their individual data provisioning and analytic needs.

Posted September 12, 2012

Splunk Inc., a provider of operational intelligence software, has released a cloud service offering for organizations that develop and run applications in the public cloud using services such as Amazon Web Services, Heroku, Google App Engine, Rackspace, and others. Splunk Storm enables users to diagnose and troubleshoot application problems instantly, attain rapid insight into cloud-based applications, as well as monitor vital business metrics to achieve more effective operational intelligence.

Posted September 11, 2012

Syncsort has certified its DMExpress data integration software for high-performance loading of HP's recently released analytics platform software, HP Vertica 6. HP's Vertica FlexStore architecture allows access to any data, including structured, semi-structured and unstructured, stored in any location. "As companies are looking to do more with analytical data stores like Vertica, they need to load their big data into Vertica very quickly. And they need that to not only happen today but to scale over time as that big data and the volume and variety of data grows," Keith Kohl, Syncsort's director of product management, data integration, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 11, 2012

Business intelligence software vendor Actuate has partnered with VoltDB, provider of ultra-high-throughput relational database systems, to offer a solution that will allow ActuateOne and VoltDB customers to process their big data more quickly and effectively, resulting in improved insights. Together, the VoltDB and ActuateOne alliance is expected to substantially reduce the time from big data access to operational insights, providing customers with a competitive advantage in the market and improving the bottom line.

Posted September 11, 2012

An educational and interactive webcast will review the findings of the 2012 IOUG Test, Development and QA Survey and discuss the best practices and issues that it highlights. This IOUG study was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by IBM. Presented by Kimberly Madia, WW product marketing manager at IBM, and Thomas Wilson, president and CEO, Unisphere Research, the webcast will be held Thursday, September 27, from 12 - 1 PM CDT. Attendees to the webcast will receive a copy of the study report.

Posted September 11, 2012

Attunity CloudBeam, Attunity's recently introduced SaaS platform for Amazon Web Services (AWS), has expanded its services to provide a new data replication-as-a-service solution for AWS' Simple Storage Service (S3). Currently available for testing, the service provides replication and synchronization of big data stored in S3 across AWS cloud regions to enable business-critical initiatives, including disaster recovery, backup and data distribution. "Amazon Web Services has a replication capability but it is far less efficient and performant than ours and this is one of the reasons that AWS is so happy to have this capability," Matt Benati, vice president of global marketing, Attunity, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 10, 2012

Embarcadero Technologies announced a suite of major new releases to help developers rapidly build, migrate and maintain single-codebase native applications for Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion. "Today's mixed Windows and Mac environment poses unparalleled opportunities for ISVs and enterprises," says Michael Swindell, senior vice president of marketing and product management at Embarcadero. "Time pressure and R&D costs are the real barriers to reaping the Win/Mac benefits. Delphi XE3 and C++Builder XE3 enable development teams to code a project once, and deliver true native user experiences across multiple Mac and Windows OS versions and form factors."

Posted September 10, 2012

Database Plugins LLC, a company that specializes in the design, development and implementation of data-centric solutions for the Oracle market, has announced the availability of two new products. The Database Media-On-Demand Server provides specific support for the HTML5 video and audio tags as well as HTTP streaming of Flash videos. The Database Plugin Server and associated DBMPEG database plugin integrates the feature support of FFMpeg with the Oracle Database. The products form a fundamental framework for a multimedia server architecture, making it is easy for programmers and companies to import multimedia data and directly relate it with the relational data in their databases, Steve Guilford, president of Database Plugins, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 10, 2012

A new conference called Big Data Insights: Finance is being launched this year, December 4-5, at the Hilton Stamford in Connecticut. According to conference organizers, financial services firms have been collecting, collating and harvesting data for years, and this conference is intended to help them find the right technologies to take advantage of those rich data assets. Banking has long been in data warehousing, but there are new opportunities that are bubbling up in terms of analysis of data, Diana Middleton, conference director, Finance & Investments, Institute for International Research, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We are really hoping to create a forum where the business side of the house and the technology side of the house can get together and determine how best to use data, be strategic with it, and be able to generate revenue."

Posted September 07, 2012

NoSQL company Couchbase has announced its integration solution for VMware vFabric Application Director. The solution allows deployment and management of Couchbase Server on any VMware vCloud-powered private, public or hybrid clouds so that application middleware teams can more easily leverage Couchbase Server in their virtual and cloud environments. Because so many users are deploying Couchbase on the cloud, it seemed a natural fit to support VMware vFabric Application Director, Frank Weigel, vice president of products at Couchbase, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 06, 2012

Revelation Software has announced the availability of the latest release of OpenInsight Development Suite 9.3.2, which provides OpenInsight for Web (O4W) 1.4. Revelation's flagship product, OpenInsight, is a database development suite that provides Windows, Web 2.0 and .Net tools to develop and deploy mission-critical applications. There are currently more than 1.5 million licensed users of Revelation products across 60,000 deployed sites worldwide.

Posted September 06, 2012

Enterprise PaaS company rPath has unveiled a new adoption model for enterprise IT and managed service providers to help decrease risk in cloud projects and assure better business outcomes. The framework, which offers insight into the sequence and implications of each successive investment in cloud maturity with a focus on starting points, traps, and destinations, is founded on the principle that an effective cloud must standardize and automate both infrastructure and application platforms. The primary target with the framework is large enterprises with their own private clouds and secondarily, service providers, Shawn Edmondson, vice president of product strategy at rPath, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 06, 2012

Database security company Application Security, Inc. (AppSecInc) has announced the general availability of a major new release of its flagship platform, DbProtect. Version 6.4 incorporates insights gained from 10 years of working with customers, Josh Shaul, CTO of AppSecInc, tells 5 DBTA. DbProtect is intended to let organizations evaluate the security of their database environment and have access to preventative controls so they can eliminate security risks without the need to patch or reconfigure databases. With this release, the product, which has been rebuilt from scratch, offers a much easier to use interface as well as the ability to provide various groups of stakeholders with individual views based on a single scan, thereby limiting the burden on the database as well as limiting user access based on roles, notes Shaul.

Posted September 06, 2012

Enterprise Linux distribution provider SUSE has released SUSE Cloud, an OpenStack-based private cloud solution. This automated cloud management platform enables the rapid deployment and management of an infrastructure as-as-service (IaaS) private cloud, improving resource utilization and delivery of services by managing and provisioning workloads across a secure and compliant cloud environment. SUSE Studio and SUSE Manager are also included, allowing users to easily build and manage cloud-based applications.

Posted September 04, 2012

LogicMonitor, provider of SaaS-based IT infrastructure monitoring for physical, cloud, and hybrid environments, has partnered with cloud management vendor RightScale Inc. to provide a comprehensive, automated monitoring solution for managed public, private, and multi-cloud/hybrid cloud deployments, spanning their premises-based infrastructure.

Posted September 04, 2012

Citrusleaf, which provides a real-time NoSQL database and key-value store, has rebranded the company and product as Aerospike. According to the company, the name change reflects the increasing adoption by a new generation of web-scale applications that demand near-instantaneous response. "Aerospike is the point on a rocket that lets it accelerate past the speed of sound and safely travel beyond the boundaries of our planet," says Monica Pal, Aerospike vice president of marketing, explaining that it is an image that reflects why customers choose the company's technology. Separately, Aerospike also announced that it has acquired Alchemy Database (AlchemyDB).

Posted September 04, 2012

Quest Software has introduced Toad Business Intelligence Suite, a packaged suite of tools to link traditional and non-traditional data sources, bridging the gap between BI environments and distributed big data sources. In addition, Toad BI Suite aims to span the divide between technical and non-technical users by offering tailored interfaces designed to meet their individual data provisioning and analytic needs.

Posted September 04, 2012

10gen has released version 2.2 of MongoDB, its agile and scalable, document-oriented NoSQL database. The latest release from 10gen features advanced aggregation framework, new multi-data center deployment features, improved concurrency, as well as 600 more new features, enabling faster and easier application development.

Posted September 04, 2012

GT Software, a provider of technology solutions for enterprise modernization, has announced the general availability of its latest releases of the NetCOBOL compiler solutions - NetCOBOL for Windows v10.4 x64 and NetCOBOL for Linux v10.4 x64.NetCOBOL is a COBOL compiler and development environment used to create standalone COBOL applications and/or COBOL components. The latest release of NetCOBOL v10.4 brings new levels of flexibility, removes file size restrictions, and provides updated support for the growing Linux COBOL community. It can be used to create 64-bit server applications or applications that need the power of easy to maintain COBOL business logic.

Posted September 04, 2012

IBM announced an updated mainframe server configured to meet the heightened performance demands of cloud computing, as well as providing enhanced security. The zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server also offers support for operational analytics that can help clients sift through large volumes of raw data and transform it to gain knowledge that can be used for competitive advantage. The EC12 is the result of an investment of over $1 billion in IBM R&D, and the work of more than 2,500 development engineers across 18 labs worldwide, says Rod Adkins, senior VP of IBM's Systems and Technology Group.

Posted September 04, 2012

Luminex Software, a virtual tape solutions vendor, and Nirvanix, a provider of cloud storage, have teamed up to provide a new cloud-based tape vaulting solution designed specifically for mainframe environments. As a result, the companies say, mainframe customers are no longer limited to open or distributed systems, and can securely store mainframe tape volumes in the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network and access them globally.

Posted September 04, 2012

William Data Systems (WDS) has introduced a new gateway server intended to help data centers move to the IPv6 protocol. According to WDS, transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 is a challenge for many customers, since there are costs and risks of changes to applications, networks and hardware. The vendor's ZEN Application Gateway (ZAG) is a software solution designed to help implement IPv6 under z/OS by minimizing the need to make changes to applications, hardware or networks. "Our ZEN Application Gateway can be used for either production or testing, it depends on the shop's agenda," Graham Storey, vice president of marketing at WDS, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 04, 2012

Neebula Systems, a provider of service modeling and management solutions, has unveiled a preview of its latest cloud management solution, the Neebula ServiceWatch solution in the cloud. The offering is intended to provide IT managers access to a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based product to discover and map IT resources - hardware and software - that make up a specific business service. This eliminates the long, labor-intensive process of installing on-premise software and then manually discovering and mapping IT resources, the vendor says.

Posted September 04, 2012

Data protection and management vendor Quantum Corp. has announced that Teradata, an analytic data solutions company, will offer Quantum's Scalar tape libraries and Scalar Key Manager encryption software standard in its enterprise data protection solution. Quantum's Scalar tape libraries feature iLayer management software and are designed for a broad range of data protection and archive environments.

Posted August 28, 2012

EnterpriseDB, provider of PostegreSQL and Oracle database compatibility products and services, has released a public beta of its new Multi-Master Replication (MMR) capability in Postgres Plus xDB Replication Server. According to EnterpriseDB, this will provide database administrators with improved write-availability and read-scalability, customization, database performance, as well as a cost reduction in Oracle licensing.

Posted August 28, 2012

Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2 (R2), the latest version of Oracle's real-time data integration solution, is now available, featuring greater support for high-volume systems, global implementations and heterogeneous platforms, while enhancing data capture and security. In addition, increased integration with existing Oracle Applications and technologies, including Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Enterprise Manager, enable customers to have faster and more reliable access to information across the enterprise.

Posted August 28, 2012

Progress Software is offering a limited-availability preview program of its new driver for Hadoop, a fully-compliant ODBC driver supporting multiple Hadoop distributions out-of-the-box. According to Progress, the new DataDirect Connect for ODBC driver for Hadoop will deliver the same efficiency that its existing data connectivity portfolio already provides to more than 300 OEM partners and hundreds of thousands of users. The DataDirect for Connect ODBC driver for Hadoop will offer support for popular Hadoop distribution frameworks, including Apache, Cloudera, MapR, and Amazon EMR. It will also provide Windows, Red Hat, Solaris, SUSE, AIX, and HP-UX platform support.

Posted August 24, 2012

Australia-based Koorong Books has migrated its enterprise computer system to run on the InterSystems CACHÉ high-performance object database, enhancing its legacy system and improving its performance and integration. One of the most important characteristics of the next generation of applications is that they will utilize all of the data in the enterprise, Robert Nagle, vice president of Software Development, InterSystems, tells DBTA.

Posted August 22, 2012

Entrinsik, developer of Informer reporting and business intelligence software (BI), is expanding its training and implementation services to offer key performance indicator (KPI) consulting and development to customers using Informer Dashboards, enabling them to visualize real-time data from multiple sources on one screen to quickly identify actionable information and key trends. "Working with our customers to develop the right KPIs for their business helps them to improve decision making through the greater use of more data-driven decision making," says Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik.

Posted August 22, 2012

BlueFinity's upcoming release of mv.NET, version 4.3, will bring important additions to the company's flagship product, including support for Visual Studio 2012 and support for RESTful web service development, as well as performance enhancements, the company says.

Posted August 22, 2012

Rocket U2 has announced DataVu V2.2, which strengthens connectivity with UniData and UniVerse (U2) and adds team authoring capability, mobile access and an optional text analytics capability for unstructured data. DataVu delivers real-time data access and interactive drill-downs provide the right information — at the right time — to desktop, web, and mobile users. It also enables fresh information to be concurrently drawn in real-time from across the enterprise — from transactional data sources, data warehouses, or from the content of structured files.

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP BusinessObjects reporting solution vendor LaunchWorks Inc. has partnered with Centigon Solutions, developer of location intelligence solutions for SAP BusinessObjects, to deliver integrated location and mapping intelligence known as GMaps Plugin in secure outward facing dashboards, providing real-time business intelligence. The integration partnership is intended to enable customers to provide better product quality, reduced time and costs, and quicker identification of areas that need improvement by consuming and monetizing business intelligence quickly and accurately.

Posted August 22, 2012

With many organizations having established data warehouse solutions there comes a point where the solution needs to be extended in an unusual direction. This challenge presented when a European mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) wanted to add both compliance and archiving functionality to their existing data warehouse. MVNOs differentiate themselves by very competitive pricing on certain parts of the call package, for example ethnic MVNOs target ethnic communities by providing inexpensive calls to their home country. To enable such offerings and to track costs, especially where subscribers start using the service in unexpected and possibly costly ways, is a key business function and this is where the data warehouse is used.

Posted August 22, 2012

Big data is toughfor enterprises to handle, and adding to the challenge is the fact that much of it is unstructured data—business documents, presentations, log files, and social media data. Respondents to a survey of 264 data managers and professionals—subscribers to Database Trends and Applications—almost unanimously agree that unstructured data is on the rise and ready to engulf their current data management systems. The trouble is, their management typically does not understand the scope of the challenge and is failing to recognize the significance of unstructured data assets to the business.

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP AG introduced a new solution to help organizations gain real-time insights into market trends and customer sentiment. The SAP rapid-deployment solution for sentiment intelligence with SAP HANA is intended to allow users to analyze customer sentiment from social networking sites, communities, wikis, blogs and other sources, and combine the information with CRM data. Customers that have had success getting started with big data analytics are the ones that have set out to solve a very specific use case or set out to solve a specific problem, David Jonker, director of marketing for database and technology at SAP, tells DBTA. "The rapid deployment solution for sentiment intelligence does exactly that."

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP AG has announced a free mobile developer license, a new SAP Mobile Apps Partner program, and additional support for integrating the software development frameworks from Adobe, Appcelerator Titanium, and Sencha with the SAP mobile platform. With the new programs, SAP seeks to encourage the developer community to create new mobile apps for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) environments, David Brutman, senior director, Developer Relations at SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 22, 2012

SAP BusinessObjects reporting solution vendor LaunchWorks Inc. has partnered with Centigon Solutions, developer of location intelligence solutions for SAP BusinessObjects, to deliver integrated location and mapping intelligence known as GMaps Plugin in secure outward facing dashboards, providing real-time business intelligence. The integration partnership is intended to enable customers to provide better product quality, reduced time and costs, and quicker identification of areas that need improvement by consuming and monetizing business intelligence quickly and accurately.

Posted August 21, 2012

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