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iWave Software, a provider of storage automation software, has released a new version of its automation product that is intended to lower storage administration costs by allowing end users to provision, extend and reclaim enterprise storage, while enabling storage administrators to retain total control of the automated storage services through storage automation policies. "The whole idea behind Storage Automator is to automate some of the mundane tasks associated with enterprise storage management and to empower end users to actually perform those tasks. It is really attempting to help companies and organizations deliver storage as a service to storage users," Brent Rhymes, CEO of iWave Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 12, 2012

CA Technologies, an enterprise IT solutions provider, has updated its mainframe application tuning tool, which now provides a consolidated view of enterprise applications through a graphical interface. CA Mainframe Application Tuner 9.0 is designed to help administrators more quickly resolve performance inefficiencies in z/OS-based systems. "Any application program, no matter what platform it's running on, can experience performance problems," Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president for CA Technologies' Mainframe Customer Solutions Unit, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 12, 2012

SOA Software, a provider of SOA governance, cloud and enterprise API management products, launched what it calls one of the industry's most scalable and capable API developer platforms. The new SOA Software Open platform brings app developers and API providers together to build apps with scalable APIs. The service enables companies to manage their APIs for either private or public developer communities.

Posted November 12, 2012

BMC Software announced a new enterprise software solution which it says enables employees to take personal control over the delivery of the IT services and information they need - anytime, anywhere, from any device. The BMC MyIT solution is designed to be used from any device, delivering a personalized portfolio of technology and services to each individual employee, including a content locker, mobile corporate app store and other location-aware services and solutions. MyIT integrates with the BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite.

Posted November 12, 2012

Agiliance, Inc., a provider of solutions for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs, is shipping a risk management solution that integrates the COBIT framework intended to enable organizations, in automated fashion, to link business goals to IT goals, use metrics and maturity models to measure their progress, and assign governance responsibilities to appropriate business and IT process owners. This new content pack also improves regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting.

Posted November 12, 2012

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, is shipping a free-of-charge Enterprise Developer Personal Edition product. An integrated development environment (IDE) for IBM mainframe applications, Enterprise Developer Personal Edition is an entry-level version of the full Micro Focus Enterprise Developer product for IT development professionals and students. The toolset offers a choice of Eclipse or Visual Studio IDE to develop enterprise-class mainframe and distributed applications.

Posted November 12, 2012

Asigra Inc., a cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider, has unveiled Asigra Cloud Backup v12, a solution for backing up all enterprise data in a single consolidated repository. Cloud Backup v12 provides cloud application support (SaaS and PaaS), mobile endpoint support, advanced virtual disaster recovery for VMware environments and anytime/anywhere data recovery across the enterprise.

Posted November 12, 2012

RackSpace has launched a WordPress CMS installer within its Cloud Sites control panel, providing customers with a faster and easier way to install WordPress on newly created sites.The introduction of the WordPress CMS installer within the Cloud Sites control panel addresses an obvious need for Cloud Sites customers, Chris Spencer, a product manager at RackSpace, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Roughly 20% of the sites we host use WordPress today."

Posted November 12, 2012

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has released Attunity Managed File Transfer (MFT) for Hadoop. The new enterprise data transfer solution is designed to accelerate big data collection processes and integrate them seamlessly into and out of Hadoop. MFT enables organizations to collect and transfer big data in both the cloud and enterprise data centers for strategic initiatives including log and machine-data analytics, business intelligence, and data archiving."Attunity MFT for Hadoop, the first of several Hadoop solutions that Attunity will unveil, is designed to deliver on the great promise of Hadoop by helping organizations achieve faster time-to-value for big data analytics projects," says Matt Benati, VP Global Marketing at Attunity.

Posted November 09, 2012

Progress Software Corporation is offering a beta program of the DataDirect Cloud service. The new SaaS-based connection management service will enable simplified SQL access to a broad spectrum of cloud-based data sources through a single standards-based interface, without requiring customized interfaces or new libraries. "The success of cloud computing and SaaS based applications will depend in part on eliminating the 'data silo' these applications create for their customers," says Michael Benedict, vice president and business line manager, Progress DataDirect. Delivery of the DataDirect Cloud connectivity management service is expected in the second quarter of 2013, with beta program access available for a limited number of participants beginning in January 2013.

Posted November 09, 2012

In a new survey of 207 IT and data executives, respondents report that their organizations are behind the curve when it comes to managing the risks that could come from exposing live data to less secure settings—including development departments and outside contractors. This is an Achilles' heel that is being overlooked in data security efforts. The survey, which drew responses from the membership of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by IBM. The executive summary of the report titled "Testing the Bounds of Data Governance: 2012 IOUG Test Development & QA Survey" is publicly available - and IOUG members may access the full report from the IOUG website.

Posted November 07, 2012

Oracle has announced general availability of Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1. Oracle Solaris 11 is the first operating system built for cloud, Charlie Boyle, senior director of Solaris product marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We have taken lessons learned from our customers and feature requests and built those into Solaris 11.1 to enhance our cloud platform." In addition, Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 extends high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of Oracle Solaris and includes virtual cluster features supporting efficient application consolidation.

Posted November 07, 2012

Oracle announced the latest generation of its mainframe virtual tape system, which the company says is the first and only mainframe virtual tape storage system to provide a single point of management for the entire system that leverages the security of the mainframe environment. StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6 is designed to manage data and storage resources with automated, policy-driven management that simplifies deployment and streamlines ongoing tape operations for data protection, disaster recovery and archive.

Posted November 07, 2012

Asigra Inc., a cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider, has unveiled Asigra Cloud Backup v12, a solution for backing up all enterprise data in a single consolidated repository. Cloud Backup v12 provides cloud application support (SaaS and PaaS), mobile endpoint support, advanced virtual disaster recovery for VMware environments and anytime/anywhere data recovery across the enterprise.

Posted November 07, 2012

JackBe, a provider of business Intelligence software, launched Presto 3.5, the latest release of its flagship real-time operational intelligence platform. "The theme around the new release is DIY BI and basically what that means is that we are bringing metrics-driven real-time operational intelligence to front-line decision makers, and we are giving business users more self-service access to real-time KPIs and analytics so they can better assess the business impact of changing conditions as they happen," Elizabeth Edwards, CMO of JackBe, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 07, 2012

Cloudera, provider of Apache Hadoop-based software and services, announced the first big data management solution that allows batch and real-time operations on any type of data within one scalable system. Cloudera Enterprise Real-Time Query (RTQ), powered by Cloudera Impala, improves the economics and performance of large scale enterprise data management, allowing organizations to process data at petabyte scale and interact with that data in real time all on the same system.

Posted November 06, 2012

Informatica Corporation has introduced Informatica PowerCenter Big Data Edition, a solution for organizations supplementing transactional data with social, mobile, cloud and machine data at high velocity, volume and variety. PowerCenter Big Data Edition works with emerging technologies like Hadoop as well as traditional data management infrastructure to leverage organizations' big data while reducing costs and risks.

Posted November 06, 2012

Open source software vendor Talend announced that it has added big data profiling for Apache Hadoop and support for NoSQL databases in the upcoming release of its integration platform, Talend v5.2. Data profiling, the process of evaluating the character and condition of data stored across the enterprise, is a critical step toward gaining control over organizational data, and is emerging as a big data best practice. "Profiling allows you to understand what you have in your Hadoop cluster and how this data can be used for your big data integration and management project," Yves de Montcheuil, Talend's vice president of marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted November 06, 2012

Big data is here, offering both vast opportunities — as well as vexing challenges — for every organization it touches. For a number of years, it has been understood that to be of value, information needs to be readily available, as close to real time as possible, to users in any location. Now, with the onset of "big data," the task gets more daunting. "These are all increasing the demands on both transactional and analytics data systems," says Bernie Spang, director of database software and systems for IBM.

Posted November 06, 2012

Contact data quality and direct marketing solution provider Melissa Data is making its Address Check and IP Check product offerings available via the Windows Azure Store - a subset of Melissa Data offerings available in the Windows Azure Marketplace. Windows Azure developers can access the new store from the Windows Azure Management Portal and browse and purchase products and services representing a cross-section of functionality from a premium selection of vendors.

Posted November 05, 2012

DBAs are dealing with complex DBMS platforms while maintaining stringent uptime and performance levels in mixed data center environments. As a result, many security programs are seen as an obstruction to delivering on their SLAs. However, perimeter defenses and native DBMS security features fall short of adequately protecting the sensitive information stored in databases, so a dedicated solution is a must. In this webcast, attendees will learn how McAfee Database Security can help DBAs and security admins to easily identify and remediate exploitable security weaknesses; establish complete visibility into the database landscape; protect databases in real-time from threats across all vectors without architecture changes or noticeable performance impact; and patch current and even legacy databases with updated protection without downtime.

Posted November 05, 2012

Oracle has announced general availability of Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1. Oracle Solaris 11 is the first operating system built for cloud, Charlie Boyle, senior director of Solaris product marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We have taken lessons learned from our customers and feature requests and built those into Solaris 11.1 to enhance our cloud platform." In addition, Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 extends high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of Oracle Solaris and includes virtual cluster features supporting efficient application consolidation.

Posted November 01, 2012

Cirro, a company that enables simplified big data access, exploration, and analysis across heterogeneous data sources, has formed a technology partnership with Hortonworks, a commercial vendor for Apache Hadoop and related projects. The strategic partnership will focus on collaborative engineering and go-to-market activities that promote Hortonworks Data Platform for enterprise class Hadoop data processing and Cirro's solutions for on-the-fly access and integration of Hadoop with other enterprise data sources.

Posted November 01, 2012

BI Software provider MicroStrategy rolled out MicroStrategy Cloud Express, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed for "do-it-yourself" business analytics, mobile intelligence and data publishing. According to the company, the new solution enables any business person - regardless of technical skill - to access and analyze data on their own, as well as design and share mobile apps data-driven mobile apps without writing code.

Posted November 01, 2012

Application Security, Inc. (AppSecInc) has updated its database scanning tool, AppDetectivePro, with expanded capabilities and a new user interface. The new tool allows organizations to quickly and easily understand their security posture and capabilities to proactively remediate vulnerabilities and protect sensitive information.

Posted November 01, 2012

Rocket Software has launched CorVu NG v2.2.3, merging U2 DataVu into its CorVu product for strategic performance management and business intelligence, and adding new features. U2 customers will be able to purchase the entire suite of CorVu Performance Management modules. The new release is targeted at addressing the needs of business users without necessitating high level IT support as well as enabling users to analyze a greater variety of data - including unstructured data. In addition, Rocket has announced SB/XA v6.2 and launched a new website.

Posted October 31, 2012

With information now being generated from all corners of the enterprise, executives, managers, and professionals can ask and get answers to questions they have never been able to consider. For companies that are able to offer business decision makers rapid and easy access to business intelligence (BI) or analytic data from which they can assemble their own interfaces and reports, this means competitive advantage. However, today's BI systems still present obstacles to realizing this vision, according to a new survey of 250 data managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., for Tableau Software. The survey findings are outlined in a new report, titled, "Opening Up Business Intelligence to the Enterprise: 2012 Survey of Data Professionals On Self-Service BI and Analytics."

Posted October 30, 2012

MarkLogic Corporation announced the MarkLogic enterprise NoSQL database running directly on the Hadoop Distributed File System(HDFS). This will enable Hadoop customers to take advantage of MarkLogic enterprise features - such as ACID transactions, role-based security, full-text search, and the flexibility of a granular document data model for real-time applications - while also leveraging their existing Hadoop infrastructure. A MarkLogic Server technology preview, featuring Hadoop Distributed File System(HDFS) storage, is available from MarkLogic Developer Labs and MarkLogic expects the production release to be generally available in early 2013.

Posted October 30, 2012

Mark Clark, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), spoke with 5 Minute Briefing at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference about issues facing Oracle Applications users and the OAUG's plans for the year ahead. Helping members understand the significance of the cloud, Fusion applications, and EBS 12.2 are key issues, as the OAUG continues to provide education, networking opportunities, and a voice for members to Oracle, says Clark, who is also a senior partner at O2Works.

Posted October 30, 2012

HiT Software, a provider of data replication and change data capture (CDC) solutions for heterogeneous database environments, has announced the release of DBMoto 7.2, which includes support for the Actian Vectorwise analytical database. "Vectorwise is a leading analytical database that is designed to deliver an incredible speed in returning queries on big data," Carolyn Hughes, director of marketing at HiT Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing. In turn, she notes, users also want to be able to get data into Vectorwise at the same level of speed so that their reporting and analytics can be as close to real time as possible. DBMoto captures data from all major relational databases including Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2 (all versions), MySQL, Informix, Sybase and others, and automatically passes data and any updates to Vectorwise.

Posted October 30, 2012

Oracle announced the latest generation of its mainframe virtual tape system, which the company says is the first and only mainframe virtual tape storage system to provide a single point of management for the entire system that leverages the security of the mainframe environment. StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6 is designed to manage data and storage resources with automated, policy-driven management that simplifies deployment and streamlines ongoing tape operations for data protection, disaster recovery and archive.

Posted October 29, 2012

A new software as a service solution from HP, Service Anywhere, aims to help organizations more quickly resolve IT incidents, while ensuring availability of critical IT systems. HP Service Anywhere provides service desk capabilities, including handling of inbound requests and IT service configuration as well as incident, problem and change management.

Posted October 29, 2012

Sepaton, Inc. is shipping a next-generation data protection platform that features Hitachi Data Systems HUS 100 storage arrays for 25% more capacity, delivering what Sepaton says is 350% more single system capacity than other system on the market. Sepaton's S2100-ES3 series 2922 purpose-built appliance, with version 6.3 software, "is an extremely large system that is designed for the largest enterprises," Peter Quirk, director of product management, at Sepaton, tells 5 Minute Briefing.In addition, with the advanced capabilities provided in the new appliance, there is the advantage of being able to protect up to 2 petabytes of data, notes Florin Dejeu, director of production management for Sepaton.

Posted October 29, 2012

IBM announced a tough third-quarter 2012, with revenues down across most sectors, with the exception of Websphere. For the quarter, IBM saw $3.8 billion in net profit on total revenues of $24.7 billion. The company's revenues were down 5% from the third quarter of 2011. Currency negatively impacted revenue growth by nearly $1 billion, the company adds.

Posted October 29, 2012

GT Software, a provider of enterprise modernization solutions, announced that it has joined the partner program for Rackspace Hosting, a relationship that provides a cloud infrastructure and services program that enables organizations to take legacy mainframe applications, data and processing to the Rackspace cloud environment

Posted October 29, 2012

Avere Systems, a provider of optimized network attached storage (NAS), announced its intent to develop a new joint solution with Fujitsu to provide customers with 100TB of capacity and 100,000 IOPs for $100,000 (US). Labeled the "100/100/100" bundle, the new solution marries the Fujitsu Core filer with UDS NAS controllers and ETERNUS DX80 S2 Disk Storage System with a two-node Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer cluster. "Avere's Edge filers give customers the ability to easily scale performance for the most demanding application workloads, while the Fujitsu storage systems deliver high capacity along with rich data management functionality," says Bill King, executive vice president, Platform Products Group of Fujitsu America.

Posted October 29, 2012

Attachmate Corporation, a provider of web-to-host solutions, announced it has updated its family of terminal emulation and PC X server software for connecting desktop and mobile users to data center systems. Compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 Certified, Attachmate's new terminal emulator software - Attachmate Reflection 2011 R3 - connects users to enterprise applications running on IBM mainframes (including the new IBM zEnterprise EC12), IBM System i, UNIX/Linux servers and HP NonStop.

Posted October 29, 2012

Power Analytics Corporation has completed a software integration and license agreement with Envirotrol, a provider of building management systems. Power Analytics integrated its software, Paladin Gateway and Paladin DesignView, with Envirotrol's Niagara-based open platform to present visualization of automation projects and process environments

Posted October 29, 2012

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance company, announced pricing for what it says is the industry's first deep transaction management solution for optimizing performance of Apache Hadoop applications. Compuware APM's dynaTrace Enterprise for Hadoop will be offered starting at just $1,000 per Hadoop Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Posted October 29, 2012

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, is partnering with Teradata to offer Attunity Replicate for Teradata, a big data replication solution designed to enable loading of heterogeneous data to Teradata with high performance, efficiency and ease-of-use.

Posted October 25, 2012

Kognitio is allowing companies to download a fully functional copy of its software at no charge, and with no time restrictions. The company, which made the announcement at O'Reilly Strata and Hadoop World conference, said it is offering a full-featured, perpetual use license of up to 128 gigabytes without an expiration period or other limited functions normally found in "trialware." This capability gives companies the ability to do in-memory analytics on, for example, more than 500 million customer records at once.

Posted October 25, 2012

SAP announced the availability of the SAP ERP Customer Order Entry mobile app on SAP Store. The mobile app, which is built on is built on the technology of Sybase Unwired Platform, connects an iPhone into the sales and distribution systems of wholesale distributors and consumer product providers, enabling their customers to have mobile access to supply orders in real time. The announcement was made at the SAP Retail Forum North America, held in Dallas earlier this month.

Posted October 24, 2012

At SAP TechEd 2012 in Las Vegas, SAP unveiled its plans for SAP HANA Cloud, a next-generation cloud platform based on in-memory technology. As part of SAP HANA Cloud, the company also announced the general availability of SAP NetWeaverCloud, an open standards-based application service, and SAP HANA One, a deployment of SAP HANA certified for production use on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, as the first offerings based on SAP HANA Cloud.

Posted October 24, 2012

The opportunities and challenges presented by big data are addressed in a new report summarizing the results of a survey of data managers and professionals who are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. Key highlights from the survey include the finding that more than one out of 10 data managers now have in excess of a petabyte of data within their organizations, and a majority of respondents report their levels of unstructured data are growing.

Posted October 24, 2012

Survey respondents to the IOUG Big Data survey were entered into a drawing to win an iPad by providing their email addresses. The winner of the iPad in the recent IOUG Big Data study sweepstakes drawing was Thomas F. Lewandowski, an independent Oracle DBA.

Posted October 24, 2012

At OpenWorld, Oracle's annual conference for customers and partners, John Matelski, president of the IOUG, and CIO for Dekalb County, Georgia, gave his perspective on the key takeaways from this year's event. Matelski also described the user group's efforts to help the community understand the value of Oracle's engineered systems and deal with the broad implications of big data, and how the IOUG is supporting Oracle DBAs in their evolving roles.

Posted October 24, 2012

BlueFinity will present a webinar to demonstrating the key points in using Microsoft and BlueFinity technology to extend MultiValue data and business logic with SQL Server. BlueFinty's mv.SSIS allows developers on major MultiValue platforms to take advantage of Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), a graphical based tool which runs inside Visual Studio and allows developers to define how external data is to be imported into a SQL Server database.

Posted October 24, 2012

Development has started on Revelation Software's next release of OpenInsight (OI) which will include a 32-bit and 64-bit implementation of the product. OI 10.0 will include a range of new components, including an embedded web server in the OEngineServer for use with the O4W_CHILD_FORM and O4W_STANDALONE_FORM; a WYSIWYG O4W Form Designer; as well as provide increased performance on 64-bit operating systems.

Posted October 24, 2012

UK-based Ladybridge Systems is making the OpenQM MultiValue database software available on the Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi computer launched in February 2012 by the Raspberry Pi Foundation is a credit card-sized computer with a price tag of under $35, featuring 512MB RAM, SD card data storage, two USB ports, high definition video and Ethernet connectivity. Primarily intended as an educational tool, enthusiasts have purchased these devices as fast as they can be manufactured, says Ladybridge. "Making OpenQM available on the Raspberry Pi is one element of a project to increase awareness of the MultiValue data model," says Martin Phillips, technical director of Ladybridge Systems.

Posted October 24, 2012

Since April 2012, Rocket Software's U2 team has published monthly updates for the Eclipse-based U2 DBTools to an online update site. Now, enhancements and fixes for all of the U2 DBTools products, such as U2 BASIC Developer Toolkit, U2 Extensible Administration Tool, and U2 Metadata Manager, can be installed directly through the Eclipse "Install New Software" facility. Rocket is also planning a webinar to provide more information about the upcoming release of SystemBuilder Extensible Architecture (SB/XA) 6.2 - including the premiere of the SB/XA Designer, additional default styles, BI Integration, and improved navigation.

Posted October 24, 2012

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