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Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of administration tools for database platforms, is shipping a new version of its DB PowerStudio suite that includes new capabilities within its multi-DBMS management suite. Enhancements include features for optimizing SQL with fewer clicks, new database and schema change management functionality, improved reporting features and faster performance across all tools. Together, these enhancements make it easier for DBAs and developers to improve database performance and to carry out their work with greater efficiency. "With our XE2 database products, we're giving database professionals, especially those tasked with working in multi-DBMS environments, a set of tools that enables them to get their job done faster, more efficiently, and with higher dependability and quality," Scott Walz, senior director of product management for Embarcadero, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 06, 2011

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of administration tools for database platforms, is shipping a new version of its DB PowerStudio suite that includes new capabilities within its multi-DBMS management suite. Enhancements include features for optimizing SQL with fewer clicks, new database and schema change management functionality, improved reporting features and faster performance across all tools. Together, these enhancements make it easier for DBAs and developers to improve database performance and to carry out their work with greater efficiency. "With our XE2 database products, we're giving database professionals, especially those tasked with working in multi-DBMS environments, a set of tools that enables them to get their job done faster, more efficiently, and with higher dependability and quality," Scott Walz, senior director of product management for Embarcadero, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 05, 2011

Expressor Software, a provider of data integration software, has announced the general availability of Expressor 3.3, the third enhancement release of the Expressor Data Integration Platform since the launch of Expressor 3.0 in December 2010. Expressor 3.3 features a new extensibility framework that enables third-party developers, ISVs, and end user organizations to build connectors to web-service-based SaaS and cloud applications and to integrate Expressor with in-house systems and applications.

Posted July 05, 2011

The big data playing field grew larger with the formation of Hortonworks and HPCC Systems. Hortonworks is a new company consisting of key architects and core contributors to the Apache Hadoop technology pioneered by Yahoo. In addition, HPCC Systems, which has been launched by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, aims to offer a high performance computing cluster technology as an alternative to Hadoop.

Posted July 05, 2011

SQLVOX LLC has announced that it has filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cover the methods and techniques developed by the company that facilitate the integration of third-party technologies with Oracle databases. SQLVOX LLC is the publisher of SQL*VOX, an Oracle-based computer telephony integration and telecommunications development platform.

Posted July 05, 2011

CA Technologies announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Interactive TKO, Inc. (ITKO), a provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments, for $330 million in an all-cash transaction. "The addition of ITKO to CA Technologies will extend our ability to deliver a complete set of capabilities to help our customers and partners to increase their adoption and value from cloud-based applications," says David Dobson, executive vice president, Customer Solutions Group, CA Technologies.

Posted June 29, 2011

Kognitio today launched a new family of data warehouse appliances designed to let companies choose the model best suited to their specific data analysis speed and volume needs. "We have always offered a software-only database prepackaged on industry-standard hardware as an appliance for a turnkey solution. What we are doing today is basically giving customers more choice," Sean Jackson, vice president of marketing, Kognitio, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Kognitio has named the three new appliance varieties Rapids, Rivers and Lakes - which the company says are metaphors for the variety of performance and capacity issues that customers must consider.

Posted June 29, 2011

Vertica, an HP company, has announced the availability of Vertica 5.0, the latest version of the MPP columnar Vertica Analytics Platform. Vertica 5.0 offers a new software development kit (SDK) that provides the ability to customize and insert customer- and use case-specific query logic into the Vertica database for fully parallel execution. "The three tenets of Vertica have been its speed, scalability and simplicity and we have continued to further the industry-leading aspects of all three of those tenets of the system," Scott Howser, vice president of product marketing, HP Vertica, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 29, 2011

Pentaho, a provider of business intelligence software, announced a new release of its business intelligence toolset that incorporates interactive reporting and enhanced visualizations for business end users. Pentaho BI 4 Enterprise Edition includes an interactive, web-based report designer that provides more intuitive report-building capabilities for non-technical business users to serve their own reporting requirements without relying on IT. Pentaho BI 4 also includes a new visual interface designed to make BI more appealing and consumable by all users from developers, to power users, to non-technical business users. To a large extent, Pentaho BI 4 functions as an enterprise data mash-up tool, but with greater front-end capabilities, Ian Fyfe, chief technology evangelist for Pentaho, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 28, 2011

The PASS Summit 2011 Community Sessions have been finalized. Details on all community sessions, including four new half-day sessions, are now accessible on the PASS website. There are only a couple of days left to take advantage of savings on PASS Summit 2011. PASS is encouraging attendees to register by June 30 before the rate increases.

Posted June 28, 2011

IBM has announced new cloud services designed to enable clients to protect, store and retrieve their most critical data quickly after a disaster. The new IBM SmartCloud Resilience services enable companies to protect their data and applications in a more efficient manner than with traditional disaster recovery centers, the vendor says. "Now more than ever, companies are relying on a massive amount of data to run their businesses, storing it longer and retrieving it as needed," says Rick Ruiz, general manager of IBM's Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "This creates a need for a business resilience strategy that will ensure continuous operation and create a competitive advantage to enable growth opportunities."

Posted June 27, 2011

IBM has released the latest version of its transaction server software for z/OS environments, which includes additional support for event processing, Java, and the CICS Explorer. The new update, CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V4.2, builds upon the new and enhanced capabilities developed and delivered in V4.1, to enable companies to compete in the marketplace, comply with standards and regulations, and control IT processes.

Posted June 27, 2011

Symantec Corp. has introduced the latest version of Symantec ApplicationHA, Symantec's high availability solution for VMware virtual environments that supports customers' ability to virtualize their business-critical applications. As customers move from virtualizing peripheral applications to more core mission-critical apps, virtualization adoption declines because they tend to be more cautious and risk-averse, Don Angspatt, vice president of product management for Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "No one wants to stake their career on whether SQL, Oracle, SAP, and Exchange can be running all the time and be up all the time in a virtualized environment."

Posted June 27, 2011

Vormetric, Inc., a provider of enterprise systems encryption and key management software, has introduced Vormetric Data Security for SAP, a comprehensive solution that protects data in SAP environments with transparent, high-performance encryption. According to Gretchen Hellman, vice president of product management at Vormetric, SAP modules often contain sensitive data that is under the jurisdiction of the growing numbers of internal governance mandates and external regulations, and so require advanced protection from insider abuse and external breaches. The solution can encrypt, protect and control access to both structured as well as unstructured data - including SAP reports, archives and database extracts. "It is comprehensive protection for SAP data," says Hellman.

Posted June 27, 2011

BMC Software has acquired the portfolio of IMS (Information Management System) database products and customers from NEON Enterprise Software, a mainframe management software company. According to BMC, adding NEON Enterprise Software's IMS products to its existing offerings will satisfy the critical need organizations have for industry-leading, high-performance solutions that not only help manage, optimize and support IMS environments, but also reduce operating costs and improve business service delivery. All told, BMC is acquiring more than 20 products through the acquisition, says Robin Reddick, director of MSM Solutions Marketing at BMC Software.

Posted June 27, 2011

Dataguise, a provider of enterprise data privacy solutions, has introduced its latest generation of database security solutions for sensitive data discovery, masking and sensitive data risk management. DgSuite 3.5 provides proactive risk-based enterprise security intelligence and solutions for transparently securing personally identifiable information (PII), payment card industry (PCI) data, information covered by HIPAA regulations and other sensitive data located in structured database repositories across distributed enterprise environments. The new release features the new DgDashboard for actionable intelligence that enables executives, information security professionals, compliance and infrastructure managers to better understand shared responsibilities for protecting data. "It is the first time that CIOs and CISOs have a control board that they both can access to view what is going on in their enterprise," Allan Thompson, executive vice president of Dataguise, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 24, 2011

VoltDB, a provider of high-velocity data management systems, has announced the release of VoltDB Integration for Hadoop. The new product functionality, available in VoltDB Enterprise Edition, allows organizations to selectively stream high velocity data from a VoltDB cluster into Hadoop's native HDFS file system by leveraging Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH), which has SQL-to-Hadoop integration technology, Apache Sqoop, built in. Because Volt is special purpose-built around high velocity data "we need to be very good at integrating with analytic databases so that customers that have high throughput, high velocity requirements on the front end, can then also take that data and move it into a long-term data store where they can get their deep analytics," VoltDB CEO Scott Jarr tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 24, 2011

Representing a continued expansion of its big data analytics portfolio, IBM has introduced a new addition to the Netezza product family of analytics appliances that is designed to help organizations uncover patterns and trends from extremely large data sets. The appliance is the first to be delivered by IBM since it acquired Netezza in November 2010. According to IBM, using the new appliance, businesses can now more easily sift through petabytes of data, including banking and mobile phone transactions, insurance claims, electronic medical records, and sales information, and they can also analyze this information to reveal new trends on consumer sentiment, product safety, and sales and marketing effectiveness. "This new appliance takes the scalability to a completely new dimension," says Razi Raziuddin, senior director of product management at IBM Netezza.

Posted June 24, 2011

Vormetric, Inc., a provider of enterprise systems encryption and key management software, has introduced Vormetric Data Security for SAP, a comprehensive solution that protects data in SAP environments with transparent, high-performance encryption. According to Gretchen Hellman, vice president of product management at Vormetric, SAP modules often contain sensitive data that is under the jurisdiction of the growing numbers of internal governance mandates and external regulations, and so require advanced protection from insider abuse and external breaches. The solution can encrypt, protect and control access to both structured as well as unstructured data - including SAP reports, archives and database extracts. "It is comprehensive protection for SAP data," says Hellman.

Posted June 23, 2011

Oversight Systems' Oversight 6.2 solution has achieved certified integration with the SAP BusinessObjects Process Control application to further help organizations identify fraud and errors with continuous transaction monitoring. Through the integration, Oversight alerts SAP BusinessObjects Process Control of potential control violations identified by transaction monitoring based on event-driven defined rules, proactively providing the last line of defense.

Posted June 22, 2011

Registration is now open for TechWave 2011, which will be co-located with SAP TechEd, September 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. TechWave will continue to deliver targeted training on Sybase products, plus offer attendees access to TechEd keynote sessions, exhibits, special event and other networking functions.

Posted June 22, 2011

The development team at BlueFinity International today announced the release of a new version of its flagship product mv.NET, which combines the power and flexibility of proven MultiValue technology with the feature-rich Microsoft .NET environment. Its seamless integration with Visual Studio provides a rapid application development environment fine-tuned for the MultiValue developer.

Posted June 22, 2011

Media Services Group (MSGL) a developer of integrated publishing and event management software, has formed a partnership with Entrinsik to offer MSGL clients Informer Web Reporting, Entrinsik's web-based reporting and analysis solution.

Posted June 22, 2011

Registration is now open for the Revelation Software Users' Conference at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference dates are Tuesday, October 4 - Friday, October 7, 2011.

Posted June 22, 2011

Oracle has announced that it is has entered into an agreement to acquire FatWire Software, a provider of web experience management solutions. FatWire's solutions provide organizations with the ability to deliver relevant customer content, build community engagement and drive site stickiness and loyalty. "The addition of FatWire products will give Oracle the ability to provide a complete suite of software that empowers web marketers to engage visitors, converting more prospects to customers, and enhancing customer loyalty," says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president at Oracle.

Posted June 22, 2011

Rally, a vendor in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) and a Gold-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, has announced that Rally Enterprise Edition 2011.2 has achieved Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) 8. The integration will allow project managers to more easily view and analyze critical data from Agile development teams, enabling them to adjust investment priorities in the organization's portfolio of IT projects.

Posted June 22, 2011

OpenText has announced the release of a new version of OpenText Integration Center featuring an enhanced, native connector to OpenText ECM Suite 2010. Helping customers better leverage their structured and unstructured content, OpenText Integration Center unifies access to multiple sources of disparate information from OpenText ECM Suite for applications such as business systems integration, legacy decommissioning, in-place content management and content migration. OpenText Information Center 8.0 inherently understands both the unstructured world and the unstructured world to bring together information for a complete view of the business, Janet Luisser, senior program manager, connectivity, at OpenText, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 22, 2011

With data breaches rocking large organizations with alarming regularity, Application Security, Inc. (AppSec), a provider of database security, risk and compliance solutions for the enterprise, today announced new enhancements to its flagship enterprise platform, DbProtect. The latest version (v6.3) of the database security solution now includes the ability to block real-time attack and unauthorized activity. In addition, DbProtect will now include rights management support for IBM DB2 and Sybase ASE environments, joining the previously announced capabilities for Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server. "AppSec already offers proactive measures that short-circuit attacks in their early stages, and now we're bolstering those capabilities with an active defense," says says Josh Shaul, CTO, AppSec.

Posted June 22, 2011

Composite Software has introduced Composite 6, a new version of its flagship data virtualization software that provides "big data" integration support for the Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH), IBM Netezza and HP Vertica data sources. In addition, Composite 6, which is now completing beta test and will be commercially available in July, includes performance optimizations, cache enhancements, new data governance capabilities and ease-of-use features. "Data virtualization is emerging as an ideal solution for managing today's complex data integration challenges," says Jim Green, CEO for Composite Software.

Posted June 22, 2011

When you think of mission-critical services, perhaps none is as critical as electrical service. Not much can happen in modern businesses, government offices, or even homes without it. Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) is the largest electric company in Vermont. More than 159,000 customers in 163 communities rely on the electrical service CVPS provides. And, according to J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing and surveying company, for overall customer satisfaction, CVPS continues to rank in the top tier of utilities in the eastern region, more than 50 points above the regional average.

Posted June 22, 2011

Jaded IT professionals and managers, as well as market analysts, weary and wary from decades of overblown analyst claims about emerging new technologies, "paradigm shifts" and "enchanted quadrants," will take heart in a new series of Unisphere Research studies being released over the next several months. The first of these, "The Post-Relational Reality Sets In: 2011 Survey on Unstructured Data," has just been released, and tackles the current dimensions and impact of unstructured data on enterprise IT practices, technologies, policies, purchasing priorities and the evaluation of new technologies.

Posted June 22, 2011

Jaded IT professionals and managers, as well as market analysts, weary and wary from decades of overblown analyst claims about emerging new technologies, "paradigm shifts" and "enchanted quadrants," will take heart in a new series of Unisphere Research studies being released over the next several months. The first of these, "The Post-Relational Reality Sets In: 2011 Survey on Unstructured Data," has just been released, and tackles the current dimensions and impact of unstructured data on enterprise IT practices, technologies, policies, purchasing priorities and the evaluation of new technologies.

Posted June 22, 2011

BMC Software has acquired the portfolio of IMS (Information Management System) database products and customers from NEON Enterprise Software, a mainframe management software company. According to BMC, adding NEON Enterprise Software's IMS products to its existing offerings will satisfy the critical need organizations have for industry-leading, high-performance solutions that not only help manage, optimize and support IMS environments, but also reduce operating costs and improve business service delivery. All told, BMC is acquiring more than 20 products through the acquisition, says Robin Reddick, director of MSM Solutions Marketing at BMC Software.

Posted June 21, 2011

QueplixCorp., a provider of data integration and data management products, has introduced the new Data Quality Manager for QueCloud, enabling companies to create and maintain data consistency throughout the data migration, integration and management lifecycle with a single cloud-based platform. As a central component of the QueCloud dashboard, Data Quality Manager is tightly coupled with the solution's core data integration and data management functionality.

Posted June 21, 2011

ParAccel, Inc., an analytic platform provider, announced the latest version of its flagship technology which introduces analytic integration for a wide range of analytic tools and data sources. ParAccel Analytic Database 3.1 (PADB 3.1) enables organizations to combine all internal and external data sources, both structured and unstructured, into analysis work."Analytic integration delivers new applications and analytic capabilities to our customers," says Tarun Loomba, chief marketing officer of ParAccel, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 21, 2011

Talend, a developer and distributor of open source middleware, has announced Talend Cloud, a cloud-enabled integration platform that provides a unified integration platform for on-premise systems, cloud-based systems and SaaS applications. Based on Talend's Unified Integration Platform, it also provides a common environment for users to manage the entire lifecycle of integration processes including a graphical development environment, a deployment mechanism and runtime environment for operations and a monitoring console for management - all built on top of a shared metadata repository.

Posted June 21, 2011

OpenText has announced the release of a new version of OpenText Integration Center featuring an enhanced, native connector to OpenText ECM Suite 2010. Helping customers better leverage their structured and unstructured content, OpenText Integration Center unifies access to multiple sources of disparate information from OpenText ECM Suite for applications such as business systems integration, legacy decommissioning, in-place content management and content migration. OpenText Information Center 8.0 inherently understands both the unstructured world and the unstructured world to bring together information for a complete view of the business, Janet Luisser, senior program manager, connectivity, at OpenText, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 21, 2011

Entrinsik has announced that R&R Insurance Services, one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in the Midwest, has selected Informer. R&R was struggling to extract information and capture specific data within their AMS360 database. It needed a reporting solution that would allow it to create, save and distribute custom reports without the need to continually recreate the reports from scratch.

Posted June 21, 2011

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 delivers live migration capabilities to the SPARC T-series server family, including SPARC T3, UltraSPARC T2 Plus and UltraSPARC T2 based servers, allowing customers to quickly migrate running domains from one physical server to another, eliminating application outages and server downtime. In addition, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Virtualization Management Pack provides full lifecycle management of Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

Posted June 15, 2011

Confio Software, maker of the Ignite8 performance analysis software tool, has introduced IgniteVM, targeted specifically at DBAs to monitor and ensure database performance in a VMware environment. IgniteVM provides visibility beyond the database and into the virtual server layers, reducing the risk of database performance issues and helping to enable a successful physical to virtual (P2V) transition. With IgniteVM, which is focused squarely on the DBA and the DBA management team, Confio aims to reduce risk and increase visibility by combining the essential database response monitoring available in Confio's Ignite8 tool with non-intrusive VMware visibility.

Posted June 15, 2011

With data breaches rocking large organizations with alarming regularity, Application Security, Inc. (AppSec), a provider of database security, risk and compliance solutions for the enterprise, today announced new enhancements to its flagship enterprise platform, DbProtect. The latest version (v6.3) of the database security solution now includes the ability to block real-time attack and unauthorized activity. In addition, DbProtect will now include rights management support for IBM DB2 and Sybase ASE environments, joining the previously announced capabilities for Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server. "AppSec already offers proactive measures that short-circuit attacks in their early stages, and now we're bolstering those capabilities with an active defense," says says Josh Shaul, CTO, AppSec.

Posted June 15, 2011

Varonis Systems Inc., a provider of data governance software, has released a new version of its solution, targeted at Microsoft Exchange administrators seeking increased visibility and control over mailboxes and public folders. DatAdvantage for Exchange provides greater visibility into activities, such as who deleted a message or a folder; who changed permissions; who sent a message on behalf of someone else; who changed the content of an email and forwarded it as or on behalf of the original sender; who accessed an inbox, read emails and then marked them as unread. The challenge with the Microsoft Exchange native journaling and diagnostics tools is that they only capture a limited amount of data, according to Varonis. "With this latest update, our customers not only have a critical audit trail that they didn't have previously, but they also benefit from Varonis' automated analysis of that audit trail," David Gibson, director of strategic accounts and technical marketing for Varonis, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 14, 2011

Confio Software, maker of the Ignite8 performance analysis software tool, has introduced IgniteVM, targeted specifically at DBAs to monitor and ensure database performance in a VMware environment. IgniteVM provides visibility beyond the database and into the virtual server layers, reducing the risk of database performance issues and helping to enable a successful physical to virtual (P2V) transition. With IgniteVM, which is focused squarely on the DBA and the DBA management team, Confio aims to reduce risk and increase visibility by combining the essential database response monitoring available in Confio's Ignite8 tool with non-intrusive VMware visibility.

Posted June 14, 2011

Infobright has announced Infobright 4.0, a database with built-in intelligence for fast analysis of machine-generated data, including sources ranging from web, network and computer logs, to data from online gaming, social networks, sensors, satellites, and financial transaction feeds. Infobright is focused on providing an analytics database that is optimized for machine-generated data, and in most cases, users are seeking almost real-time access to the data to slice and dice it, as opposed to end-of-day reporting, Susan Davis, vice president of product management and marketing, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Machine-generated data which is being created 24x7 not only represents the fastest-growing category of big data, but it also represents great potential value to customers as well, says Davis.

Posted June 14, 2011

WhereScape, developer of WhereScape RED, an agile IDE for managing data warehouses, has introduced WhereScape 3D, a data-driven design tool for planning and reality-testing data warehousing and business intelligence projects. According to the vendor, using WhereScape 3D, organizations are able to reduce project risk by planning accurate, user-tested projects up front, in hours or days rather than weeks or months.

Posted June 13, 2011

FairCom Corporation announced a new solution for COBOL environments, designed to expose previously inaccessible silos of COBOL data to open access methods. c-treeACE for COBOL is intended to "marry COBOL standard I/O routines and SQL," the vendor says. C-treeACE for COBOL is intended to be an alternative database solution for COBOL developers to use without making code changes. "From the pure COBOL point of view, c-treeACE for COBOL is just a straight, more advanced native COBOL file system, with no limitations imposed on the COBOL programmer," says Evaldo Oliveira, general manager of FairCom.

Posted June 13, 2011

Dell says it will resell RainStor's specialized data retention database to support solutions such as application retirement and retention of machine-generated data. RainStor, a data storage infrastructure software company, designs and sells technology that enables data to be de-duplicated and compressed, while still accessible online through standard SQL language and BI tools. "The RainStor-Dell solution combines the object storage capabilities of the Dell DX with RainStor's online data retention (OLDR) repository," Ramon Chen, vice president of product management at RainStor, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 13, 2011

Precise, a provider of transaction performance management (TPM) products and managed services, introduced an appliance intended to make it easier to get started with end-to-end management of enterprise systems. The downloadable Precise Virtual Appliance is built for managing new private cloud applications.

Posted June 13, 2011

Attachmate Corporation announced it has begun shipping Attachmate Reflection for the Web 2011 R1, the latest version of its web-to-host tool for connecting local and remote users to legacy applications on a variety of host platforms. The latest release includes new support for multiple platforms and browsers.

Posted June 13, 2011

At last week's INNOVATE 2011 conference, IBM announced new application development collaboration software built on its Jazz open source development platform. New features are designed to enable developers to interact quickly, share data from any source in the development process and connect teams and development communities. "A critical challenge facing businesses is how to innovate through fostering collaboration among teams and a complex array of partners and suppliers," says Dr. Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM Rational.

Posted June 13, 2011

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