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Business analytics provider Birst Inc. has released a free cloud-based analytics edition of Birst available to business users, called Birst Express. Users can connect directly to Salesforce.com for sales analytics that span Salesforce.com and their own data sources, as well as visualize data and deliver analysis in a cloud-based environment. Users can then share their analyses and access their insights anywhere, on their desktop or mobile device.

Posted September 25, 2012

Database Month will be presented from October 15 through November 12 this year in New York City. Focusing on NoSQL and NewSQL, the free "festival" features prominent speakers in the industry. Conference sponsors include Clustrix, GoChat, Couchbase, NuoDB, Aerospike, AppNexus, Pivotal Labs, FoundationDB, VoltDB, Objectivity, HPCC Systems, Pythian, Schooner, Devart, ScaleBase, Continuent, Akiban, and The Ladders.

Posted September 25, 2012

Infobright has introduced a database appliance purpose-built for the analysis of machine-generated data called Infopliance. Integrating Infobright's analytic database with dedicated server and storage hardware, the new appliance is intended to provide customers with a cost-effective, scalable solution for extracting insight from growing volumes of real-time and historical information generated by web logs, network logs, call detail records, security data, and sensor data. "We have seen a growing need among customers who are going from one terabytes to two terabytes, to 15 terabytes, to 30 terabytes. They are experiencing very explosive data growth, and we began to realize that there would be a market for delivering a purpose-built machine-generated data appliance," Don DeLoach, president and CEO of Infobright, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 24, 2012

Oracle announced this week that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SelectMinds, a provider of cloud-based social talent sourcing and corporate alumni management applications. SelectMinds' applications enable recruiters, hiring managers and employees to leverage social connections to distribute job opportunities, source higher quality referrals, market their employment brand and manage corporate alumni relationships.

Posted September 19, 2012

Oracle announced the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2, the latest enhancement to the world's most popular, open source, cross-platform virtualization software. Making it easier and more efficient to manage larger numbers of similar virtual machines, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2's new VM Group feature enables grouping of VMs so that administrators or users can operate on any number of VMs all at once, through a graphical user interface, APIs, and command line tools. In addition, VMs that don't need user interaction can now be started within Oracle VM VirtualBox the same way as standard VMs. Virtual machines of all types can be set to start automatically after the host system is booted, allowing virtual machines to be managed similarly to other host services.

Posted September 19, 2012

In recent years, the networks of developers, integrators, consultants, and manufacturers committed to supporting database systems have morphed from one-on-one partnerships into huge ecosystems in which they have become interdependent on one another, and are subject to cross-winds of trends and shifts that are shaping their networks. Nowhere is this more apparent than the huge ecosystem that has developed around Oracle. With Oracle's never-ending string of acquisitions, new functionality, and widespread adoption by enterprises, trends that shape this ecosystem are certain to have far-reaching effects on the rest of the IT world. Concerns that percolate through the ecosystem reflect — and influence — broad business concerns. New paradigms — from cloud computing to big data to competing on analytics — are taking root within the Oracle ecosystem long before anywhere else.

Posted September 19, 2012

EMC and Alpine Data Labs, under a formal reseller agreement, have released a joint solution that combines Alpine's predictive analytics application with EMC's Greenplum analytics platform. EMC resells the Alpine Data Labs product suite, including Alpine Miner and Illuminator, integrated with EMC Greenplum Database, EMC Greenplum Chorus, EMC Greenplum HD, and EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA). An in-database solution for big data predictive analytics, the joint offering from EMC and Alpine eases deployment and accelerates time to value for improved insights into big data. Additionally, customers benefit from coordinated Alpine/EMC global support.

Posted September 18, 2012

Composite Software third annual Data Virtualization Day will take place October 10 in New York City. Data Virtualization Day 2012: The Logical Next Steps represents the world's largest gathering of data virtualization experts and implementers, expected to draw more than 200 Composite Software customers and prospects. Attendees will hear from leading authorities on data virtualization, data warehousing, data integration and business intelligence discussing "Data Virtualization: Why it's Logical for Business and IT."

Posted September 18, 2012

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

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