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Nastel Technologies, a provider of application performance monitoring solutions for mission-critical applications, announced the release of a free tool for isolating faults in and measuring baseline performance of applications based on IBM's WebSphere MQ (WMQ). Nastel's MQSonar, available as a free download, can generate particularly valuable insight for enterprises using home-grown monitoring and management applications for WebSphere MQ.

Posted August 20, 2012

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a developer of high-performance flash memory solutions. TMS is a privately held company based in Houston, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted August 20, 2012

UC4, a provider of IT process automation software, says private equity firm EQT VI has agreed to purchase the company from global asset manager The Carlyle Group. Carlyle Europe Technology Partners I, L.P. originally acquired UC4 in March 2006.

Posted August 20, 2012

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market, has announced the availability of version 4.5 of its Archive Backup Client for OpenVMS, which enables users to include their OpenVMS servers in their heterogeneous IBM Tivoli Storage Manager backup solution. The updates to the backup software include a major enhancement to file backup speed and performance when backing up large numbers of files in a single directory. According to the company, it has verified backup performance improvements of nearly 30 times the throughput of the previous implementation.

Posted August 20, 2012

DataStax, provider of software, support and training for Apache Cassandra, has partnered with data access and analytics vendor Simba Technologies to deliver an ODBC 3.52 Hive connector to DataStax Enterprise. Built on Apache Cassandra, the scalable NoSQL platform is designed to manage real-time, analytic and enterprise search data in the same database cluster.

Posted August 16, 2012

IOUG ResearchWire is conducting two different surveys that enable members to contribute and benefit. The first covers data security. All respondents receive access to the full 30- to 35-page final report at no cost and are entered into the drawing for one iPad! Take the Survey and contribute to the fifth annual IOUG Data Security Survey.

Posted August 15, 2012

Oracle announced a new release of its mainframe rehosting platform, now optimized for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, that it says is capable of delivering up to 8x performance gains for rehosted IBM CICS and IMS applications. The platform is intended to help customers reduce mainframe IT costs by rehosting larger-scale mainframe applications more rapidly and running them more efficiently on traditional Linux or Unix servers, engineered systems, and in enterprise clouds.

Posted August 15, 2012

FLEXCUBE 12.0, the latest version of the Oracle FLEXCUBE banking platform, includes features that enable banks to deliver more personalized and convenient service to customers across all channels, and also offers a harmonized infrastructure and open development environment for more flexible deployment options and upgrade paths. "Oracle FLEXCUBE 12.0 gives financial institutions the power to redefine the banking experience and deliver a ‘personal banker' experience to each and every customer," says Chet Kamat, managing director and chief executive officer, Oracle Financial Services Software. Oracle FLEXCUBE 12.0 is qualified to run on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle's SPARC T4 Servers and is pre-certified on a standard stack of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Database options including virtualization.

Posted August 15, 2012

Symantec Corp. has partnered with Hortonworks to introduce the new Symantec Enterprise Solution for Hadoop, providing a scalable, resilient data management solution for handling big data workloads. The add-on solution for Symantec's Cluster File System enables Symantec customers to run big data analytics on their existing storage infrastructure.

Posted August 14, 2012

ParAccel, an enterprise analytics platform provider, has announced the general availability of ParAccel 4.0. "If you consider how analytics have traditionally been run - offline, static, standalone - there's a large gap that needs to be filled if organizations want to meet 21st century demands," says Chuck Berger, CEO at ParAccel. The new release builds on ParAccel's expertise to help organizations achieve high performance, interactive big data analytics with improved speed and reliability

Posted August 14, 2012

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has signed a distribution partnership agreement with Tokyo-based Insight Technology Inc. (ITI). The reseller agreement provides ITI the rights to distribute Attunity's data replication solutions in Japan, together with ITI's database machine "Insight Qube." "The partnership with Attunity is an important and strategic one for ITI," says Ichiro Obata, CEO at Insight Technology, Inc. "The key reason is big data. Making big data available is a critical need for today's top companies in Japan and all over the world, yet accessing and managing it quickly and efficiently for analytics and disaster recovery initiatives is a persistent challenge."

Posted August 14, 2012

Cloud operating system provider Nimbula has unveiled its elastic Hadoop solution with MapR Technologies, allowing users to run their Hadoop clusters on private clouds. The elasticity and multi-tenancy of Nimbula Director paired with the dependability and security of MapR Hadoop Distribution allows for a fully-functional and highly-available Hadoop cluster on a single pool of infrastructure. "What we're trying to achieve is have the power of Hadoop on top of a private cloud and bringing the best of each world to the customer," Reza Malekzadeh, Nimbula's vice president of marketing & sales, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Customers can run Hadoop and non-Hadoop workloads on the same shared infrastructure.

Posted August 14, 2012

SQL database vendor Clustrix has announced high-performance SQL database offerings with new cloud economics, including a new database-as-a-service (DBaaS) and Clustrix Version 4.0. The products will address the real-time needs of customers developing applications with big data and in the cloud.

Posted August 14, 2012

Data warehousing is undergoing the most radical transformation seen since it was first conceived in the 1970s, and brought to market in the late 1980s and 1990s. One reason for this transformation is that data warehouses are on the front lines of the big data explosion. Findings from a new survey of IOUG members indicate that while most companies have well-established data warehouse systems, adoption is still limited within their organizations. This survey, underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., included input from 421 data managers and professionals.

Posted August 08, 2012

Oracle has enhanced its Exastack Optimized program with the ability to achieve Oracle Exastack Optimized status for Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. In addition, partners can now test their solutions on the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 through the Oracle Exastack Labs, remotely accessible environments for the purposes of testing and tuning applications on the latest major releases of key Oracle Exastack components. Part of the Oracle Exastack Program, Oracle Exastack Optimized enables independent software vendors (ISVs) and other qualifying members of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) to optimize their applications to run faster and more reliably on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Posted August 08, 2012

Oracle has announced Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. According to Oracle, customers in 43 countries across 22 industries have already adopted Oracle Exalogic, and it is the fastest growing Oracle engineered system with 3x Y/Y sales bookings based on the last two quarters of FY 2012. The second generation of Exalogic is raising the bar even further, with a single integrated system that addresses the key business goals of application owners - to seize market opportunities, lower business risk and reduce cost and complexity, noted Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president for product development at Oracle, who spoke during a webcast presentation to launch the new release.

Posted August 08, 2012

Learn how in-memory technology works, where it is being used and its advantages in this special August 9th webcast. Led by DBTA columnist and Unisphere Research analyst Joseph McKendrick, moderated by Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Research, and sponsored by Tableau Software, the webcast will provide the opportunity to gain a better understanding of this emerging technology that is changing the way organizations can work with big data and helping them achieve agile business intelligence.

Posted August 07, 2012

Data integration software vendor Informatica has announced Informatica Cloud Summer 2012, the latest release of its cloud-based data integration service, which seeks to build out the cloud integration platform and make it easier to use. New features such as Cloud Integration Templates, productivity assets on the Cloud Integration Developer site, increased native cloud connectors, and expanded support for Informatica Cloud Data Loader Service make cloud integration more consumable and manageable than before.

Posted August 07, 2012

Big data and cloud analytics vendor Kognitio has partnered with Xtremeinsights, a provider of solutions for leveraging Hadoop in existing data management systems. Together, the partners aim to deliver software and integration technologies to businesses that want to leverage the Hadoop platform and gain actionable insights from their big data. Using its in-memory analytical platform, Kognitio speeds up the analysis of data from Hadoop clusters, enabling ad hoc, real-time analytics at a significantly lower cost. "Xtremeinsights can build the underlying infrastructure so that your business users can do ad hoc analysis on ridiculous amounts of data and get answers in real-time," Michael Hiskey, Kognitio's vice president of marketing and business development, tells DBTA.

Posted August 07, 2012

Progress Software has released DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET 4.0, the most recent version of its suite of ADO.NET data providers that includes 100% managed code and eliminates the need for database client libraries. With support for Microsoft Entity Framework, Visual Studio Lightswitch, and expanded enterprise capabilities, developers can quickly and easily create, deploy and manage mission-critical desktop and Cloud applications.

Posted August 07, 2012

With the rise of big data,the database and data management tools market is in a state of flux, the likes of which have not been seen in this sector before. Companies are now awash in big data, and end users are demanding greater capability and integration to mine and analyze new sources of information. As a result, organizations are supplementing their relational database environments with new platforms and approaches that address the variety and volume of information being handled.

Posted August 07, 2012

Data management provider Actian has announced the upcoming release of its Hadoop Data Connector, which will increase performance and make analysis of Hadoop data more affordable for businesses and enterprises. With bi-directional data integration, Actian Vectorwise optimizes the analysis of Hadoop data, providing enterprises with actionable information for business decisions. The Hadoop Data Connector allows businesses to alternate between running quick, interactive queries in Vectorwise and running large-scale Hadoop data analysis.

Posted August 07, 2012

Certes Networks, a developer of network and cloud encryption solutions, has announced that its Virtual Certes Enforcement Point (vCEP) for cloud security has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that the vCEP has undergone detailed test procedures and is supported on VMware vSphere 5 for production environments.

Posted August 07, 2012

EMC has introduced a high-end virtual tape library product for large enterprise mainframe environments. The new tape library has two unique enhancements, Jim O'Connor, senior marketing manager for backup and recovery systems at EMC, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is the first mainframe virtual tape library to provide synchronous replication for the DR site, he says, and in addition, the DLm8000 uses EMC VMAX enterprise storage and supports Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) replication, making it ideal for large, transaction-oriented enterprises such as banks and brokerage houses that have stringent RTOs due to regulatory requirements.

Posted August 06, 2012

Oracle announced a new release of its mainframe rehosting platform, now optimized for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, that it says is capable of delivering up to 8x performance gains for rehosted IBM CICS and IMS applications. The platform is intended to help customers reduce mainframe IT costs by rehosting larger-scale mainframe applications more rapidly and running them more efficiently on traditional Linux or Unix servers, engineered systems, and in enterprise clouds.

Posted August 06, 2012

Serena Software announced the availability of a new release of its dashboard, designed to provide improved visibility into end-to-end IT process performance and new accessibility on mobile devices. Serena will be exhibiting Serena IT Dashboard at the SHARE Technology Expo at Booth #417.

Posted August 06, 2012

Attachmate Corporation announced the availability of the version 7.1 of Attachmate FileXpress Platform Server for UNIX, part of the Attachmate FileXpress family of products for the managed file transfer (MFT) software market. FileXpress Platform Server is the engine that powers the file transfer infrastructure and enables secure delivery of files of any size across all major platforms, including servers running Unix and Linux operating systems.

Posted August 06, 2012

To help IT organizations deliver better user experiences, BMC Software has created a "chart and compass" to quickly map and navigate the end user experience. BMC End User Experience Management is a solution intended to help IT organizations rapidly diagnose and improve customer satisfaction rates. In the latest release, BMC has extended this solution to include applications running in the cloud, with visibility from the end user all the way back to the code.

Posted August 06, 2012

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a provider of scalable storage, announced a centralized management solution for its storage, file system, and in-storage processing technology. With a unified interface designed to handle all aspects of big data storage infrastructure administration, DDN's DirectMon minimizes administrator overhead and provides a framework for both real-time and predictive systems management and tuning of SAN, NAS and parallel file storage environments.

Posted August 06, 2012

TransLattice, a provider of distributed databases and application platforms for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has released TransLattice Elastic Database (TED), which the company describes as the world's first geographically distributed relational database management system (RDBMS). A single database can run on multiple TransLattice nodes around the world, allowing for greater data availability, performance, and scalability at a lower cost than traditional databases. "Since we have the ability to pre-position the data close to end users and have a node that's operating on their behalf in distributed queries, we can offer a much higher level of user experience than conventional systems," Michael Lyle, CTO of TransLattice, explains to DBTA. Additionally, TED makes it easier for global enterprises to comply with data jurisdiction policy requirements.

Posted August 06, 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 02, 2012

Oracle announced the latest release of the Oracle Identity Management platform, Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2. The new release brings together Oracle's portfolio of Identity Management offerings, consolidating them into three main categories designed to help customers improve performance and operational scale. "Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 addresses key new business requirements such as integrating with social identity to power customers' marketing plans or safely expanding their offerings through mobile with our new access solutions," Marc Boroditsky, vice president, Oracle Identity Management, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 01, 2012

The winner of the Apple iPad 3 drawn from the pool of 358 data managers and professionals who responded to the 2012 IOUG High Availability Survey has been announced. The winner is Debbie Gollnick, president of Gollnick, Inc. The executive summary of the survey report, "Enterprise Data and the Cost of Downtime: 2012 IOUG Database Availability Survey," is publicly available, and the full survey report is available exclusively to IOUG members.

Posted August 01, 2012

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Xsigo Systems, a provider of network virtualization technology, whose products have been deployed at enterprise customers including British Telecom, eBay, Softbank, and Verizon. Xsigo's software-defined networking technology simplifies cloud infrastructure and operations by allowing customers to connect any server to any network and storage, enabling increased asset utilization and application performance while reducing cost.

Posted July 31, 2012

TransLattice, a provider of distributed databases and application platforms for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has released TransLattice Elastic Database (TED), which the company describes as the world's first geographically distributed relational database management system (RDBMS). A single database can run on multiple TransLattice nodes around the world, allowing for greater data availability, performance, and scalability at a lower cost than traditional databases. "Since we have the ability to pre-position the data close to end users and have a node that's operating on their behalf in distributed queries, we can offer a much higher level of user experience than conventional systems," Michael Lyle, CTO of TransLattice, explains to DBTA. Additionally, TED makes it easier for global enterprises to comply with data jurisdiction policy requirements.

Posted July 31, 2012

Idera, a provider of application and server management solutions announced the availability of SQL secure 2.7, the latest version of a solution that helps DBAs improve security and ensure compliance with corporate and industry audit requirements.

Posted July 31, 2012

Informatica, Talend, Jaspersoft, and Pervasive Software Inc. have joined the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program as Technology Partners. To help customers get the most out of its cloud platform products, explains Eric Morse, head of Sales and Business Development, for Google's Cloud Platform, Google work closely with technology companies that provide powerful complementary solutions integrated with the platform.

Posted July 31, 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 July 30, 2012

Pentaho's Business Analytics 4.5 is now certified on Cloudera's latest releases, Cloudera Enterprise 4.0 and CDH4. Pentaho also announced that its visual design studio capabilities have been extended to the Sqoop and Oozie components of Hadoop. "Hadoop is a very broad ecosystem. It is not a single project," Ian Fyfe, chief technology evangelist at Pentaho, tells DBTA. "Sqoop and Oozie are shipped as part of Cloudera's distribution so that is an important part of our support for Cloudera as well - providing that visual support which nobody else in the market does today."

Posted July 27, 2012

Oracle has announced Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. According to Oracle, customers in 43 countries across 22 industries have already adopted Oracle Exalogic, and it is the fastest growing Oracle engineered system with 3x Y/Y sales bookings based on the last two quarters of FY 2012. The second generation of Exalogic is raising the bar even further, with a single integrated system that addresses the key business goals of application owners - to seize market opportunities, lower business risk and reduce cost and complexity, noted Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president for product development at Oracle, who spoke during a webcast presentation to launch the new release.

Posted July 27, 2012

Data management software vendor Terracotta has released the latest version of its flagship product, BigMemory 3.7, providing performance at any scale through in-memory data management. The latest release offers improved in-memory access, allowing customers to store big data in real time with high application speed, performance, and scale. "We've made optimizations that allow people to put more data and capacity into our product so that they get more value out of the data that they put in," Gary Nakamura, general manager of Terracotta, explains to DBTA.

Posted July 25, 2012

A benchmarking report released by SAP reveals that companies with mature mobile best practices double their operating margins and experience three times higher revenue growth compared to those with average mobile practices. The global study is comprised of more than 300 SAP customers of all sizes and across all industries such as banking, consumer products, high tech, professional services, public sector, telecommunications and utilities.

Posted July 25, 2012

A brand new, 2-day, pre-PowerBuilder Developers Conference, hands-on workshop taught by PowerBuilder expert, TeamSybase member, and PowerBuilder MVP Yakov Werde has just been added to the conference line-up. In this ISUG course, attendees will learn how to design and deploy a .NET 4.0 SOA Application with WCF and PowerBuilder 12.5 - using both Classic and .NET versions of PowerBuilder.

Posted July 25, 2012

The opportunity to save $300 through early bird registration for SAP TechEd 2012 Las Vegas - which will be held at the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center October 15-19 - ends August 3. SAP TechEd provides an interactive training experience on core technology topics to help attendees attain maximum results in a few days' time, as well as an opportunity to meet with key product engineers and partners.

Posted July 25, 2012

SAP AG has announced the general availability of the on-demand edition of SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere. For independent software vendors (ISVs) adding software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to their product portfolio or building new SaaS applications, SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition, is a data management solution that enables ISVs to build, deploy and manage cloud applications as demanded by their application and customers without having to compromise. The new product allows users to take advantage of the cloud's economies of scale while providing them with the tools they require to help ensure they can still treat each of their customers individually.

Posted July 25, 2012

Northgate now offers Database-as-a-Service (DbaaS) in the cloud. According to Northgate, the fully-managed DbaaS takes care of scalability and high availability of customers' Reality databases in the cloud. The initial offering is for U.S.-based companies.

Posted July 25, 2012

Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., is using Entrinsik's Informer software to keep its emergency notification system refreshed with the most up-to-date information. According to Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik, who describes the implementation in a new blog post this month on the Entrinsik website, the college purchased a new emergency notification system and they wanted the system updated frequently. The project was a high priority for the college because it needed to be able to get messages out to the students, faculty and staff in case of emergencies.

Posted July 25, 2012

BlueFinity International has extended its reach to enable applications running on any MultiValue database to be deployed across tablets, handhelds, phones and other mobile devices. According to BlueFinity, because its approach provides all of the ‘plumbing' and framework to support the application creation process, developers can save time and money as well as reduce the inherent risks of developing their own framework in getting the application implemented and ready to launch. "There is a rapidly growing trend, fuelled by the rapid uptake of smartphone and tablet devices, for IT strategy to be driven by end user expectation," adds Pete Loveless, CEO of BlueFinity International. "Ultimately, it's all about being able to deliver solutions that address the evolving needs and expectations of users and customers."

Posted July 25, 2012

Kore Technologies partner Frank Kertai gave a presentation titled Integrated SQL Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence for Datatel Colleague at the combined 3CDUG / CHUGADUG Datatel (Ellucian) User Group meeting held on July 18 and July 19, 2012 at the Woodland Community College campus.

Posted July 25, 2012

MITS, a provider of advanced reporting and analytics solutions, has introduced a new release of MITS Discover, an online analytics processing (OLAP) technology platform that provides easy-to-use tools for tracking and capitalizing on company patterns and trends, including sales, profitability, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. "MITS Discover 8.0 is the culmination of over a year and a half of intense effort, and several enhancements we included in this release were based on predicted future requests from our user base. This customer-focused approach is designed to maximize user satisfaction in what is already a highly regarded data analysis and reporting tool," says Mickey Lass, vice president, MITS Sales & Business Development.

Posted July 25, 2012

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