Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2016

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The pressure is on for organizations to react faster to changing opportunities and risks by leveraging data to improve decision making.

The good news is that analytics-driven enterprises have more data than ever available for scrutiny. But the wealth of information being amassed from sources inside and outside organizations is creating a burden as well as an opportunity. In addition to well-established data management approaches such as relational, MultiValue, and the mainframe, there are now hybrid scenarios incorporating cloud, NoSQL, Hadoop, Spark, and other open source projects.

NoSQL is on the rise, according to a survey of data professionals conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Dell Software. The 2015 survey report showed that nearly 10% of respondents were already using NoSQL database technology, 12% were currently deploying NoSQL, and 18% expected to deploy NoSQL in 1–2 years. Cloud is also on the horizon. The 2015 IOUG survey on database manageability, sponsored by Oracle and produced by Unisphere, showed that close to half of the Oracle Database administrators questioned see cloud computing in general as a major shift in their organizations, and 43% believe that big data in all its forms is reshaping their computing landscapes. And, according to another recent Unisphere survey among IT practitioners and stakeholders who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications and Big Data Quarterly magazines, 55% of respondents were currently using Hadoop, and of these, 42% were running four or more clusters.

In short, the days of one system to depend on are coming to an end. And, not only do organizations have to make the right choices about technologies to best manage, store, analyze, and protect data, but they also must have the right tools in place to proactively monitor and manage increasingly complex data environments for peak performance. Simple it is not.

According to the Unisphere-Dell survey, nearly half of the DBAs questioned manage more than 25 database instances and almost 10% manage more than 100 data- base instances, with the number of database instances each DBA is responsible for on the rise. In addition to management of multiple database instances, DBAs are also handling database systems from multiple vendors. Approximately 70% of the respondents said that the DBAs in their organizations were responsible for databases from at least two vendors and 7% indicated that their DBAs were responsible for managing database systems from five or more vendors.

Recent industry research studies draw a picture of organizations facing difficulties making data available and adhering to agreed-upon SLAs, while being anxious to get meaningful benefit from data. Another Unisphere study of data managers and professionals, found that one-third of respondents reported low levels of satisfaction with their data availability strategies, with most reporting difficulties with funding new efforts. Additional data centers, tools, and people to support these efforts can be expensive. The study conducted among IOUG members and sponsored by EMC revealed that businesses are seeking more uptime from service-level agreements but IT departments are struggling to provide it. According to the report, only 28% stated that, at best, they can sometimes meet their agreed-upon SLAs for downtime.

In today’s fast-paced digital economy, it is understood that effective data management strategies can have significant impact.CA’s global study of senior IT and business executives on the role of software as a business enabler found that “digital transformation” is underway as a coordinated strategy among more than half of the survey participants. The top 14% of respondents were identified as “digital disruptors” and, according to the survey, have two times higher revenue growth than mainstream organizations and two-and-a-half times higher profit growth than mainstream enterprises.

With all the advanced technologies available today for data management, and the tremendous advantages to be gained by making the right choices, there is a need for organizations to become better informed. Leading vendors are providing innovative products and services aimed at helping organizations derive more value from their data and get better performance from their systems.

On the following pages, Database Trends and Applications magazine presents the list of Trend-Setting Products for 2016. 

Company NameProduct NameProduct Spotlight
Actian Corp.Actian Vortex 
Aerospike Aerospike
AgilData   AgilData Spotlight, Inc.  Amazon Redshift 
Attunity Ltd. Attunity VisibilitySpotlight 
BackOffice Associates BackOffice Data Stewardship Platform 
Bradmark Technologies, Inc. Bradmark Surveillance DB Spotlight
CA Technologies CA ERwin r9.6 
CenturyLink, Inc. CenturyLink Cognilytics 
Cisco Systems, Inc. Cisco Data Virtualization Platform 
CitusData  CitusDB 4.0 
Cloudera Cloudera Enterprise 
Compuware Corp.  Compuware Topaz 
ConCurrent, Inc. ConCurrent Driven 
Corvil Corvil Network Data Analytics 
Couchbase, Inc. Couchbase Server 4.0 
Data Intensity  Data Intensity Analytics1 
DataStax  DataStax DevCenter 1.4 
Datavail Corp. Datavail Alert Optimizer 
Datical, Inc. Datical DB 
DBI Software (Database Brothers, Inc.) DBI Software pureFeat V6.2 Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUWSpotlight
Deep Information Sciences DeepSQL 
Dell Software  Dell SharePlex 8.6 
Delphix Corp. Delphix Data as a Service 
Denodo Technologies Denodo Platform 5.5 Spotlight
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. Embarcadero ER/Studio XE7 Spotlight
EMC Corp.  EMC XtremIO 4.0 Spotlight
Empolis Information Management Empolis Smart Cloud Spotlight
EnterpriseDB Corp. EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Cloud Database 
FairCom FairCom c-treeACE V10.3 Spotlight
GridGain Systems, Inc. GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric v7.4 v7.3 
Hortonworks, Inc. Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) HPE Vertica Excavator 
HPE Security—Data Security HPE SecureData Suite for Hadoop Spotlight
IBM Corp. IBM Cloud Data Services 
Idera, Inc. Idera SQL Hekaton Memory Check 
Informatica LLC Informatica Secure@Source 
InterSystems Corp. InterSystems Caché 2015.2 Spotlight
Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. CellShield Enterprise Edition 
JethroData JethroData 1.0 
Jinfonet Software, Inc. Jinfonet JReport 13.1 
Kore Technologies Kore Technologies KommerceServer 5.4 Spotlight
Looker Data Sciences, Inc.  Looker 
MapR Technologies, Inc. MapR 5.0 
MariaDB Corp. MariaDB Enterprise 
MarkLogic Corp.  MarkLogic 8.0 
Melissa Data Corp. Melissa Data Personator Spotlight
MemSQL Inc.  MemSQL 4 
Microsoft  Microsoft Azure IoT Suite 
MicroStrategy, Inc.  MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise 
MongoDB, Inc.  MongoDB 3.0 
Ntirety, a Division of HOSTING Ntirety Remote DBA Services Spotlight
NuoDB, Inc. NuoDB Robins Release 2.3 
Objectivity, Inc. Objectivity InfiniteGraph 3.4 Spotlight
OpenText Corp.  OpenText Actuate Big Data Analytics 
Oracle Corp.  Oracle Big Data Discovery 
ParStream  ParStream Analytics Platform 
Paxata  Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation 
Pentaho  Pentaho 6.0 
Percona  Percona TokuDB 
Predixion Software Predixion Insight 4.5 
Progress  Progress Data Direct Cloud 
Pythian   Big Data Services Spotlight
Qlik  Qlik Sense Cloud 
Qubole, Inc.  Qubole Data Service 
Rackspace, Inc.  Rackspace ObjectRocket 
Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise 3 
RedPoint Global, Inc. RedPoint Data Management for Hadoop 
Revelation Software  Revelation OpenInsight 10 Spotlight
Rocket Software, Inc. UniData 8.1 Spotlight
Ryft Systems, Inc. Ryft ONE Spotlight
SAS Institute SAS Factory Miner 
SiSense, Inc. SiSense 5.75 
SnapLogic, Inc. SnapLogic Elastic Integration Summer 2015 
Snowflake Computing, Inc. Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse 
Software AG Terracotta BigMemory 
SolarWinds, Inc. Database Performance Analyzer 
Splice Machine, Inc. Splice Machine 
Splunk, Inc. Splunk Light 
SQL Sentry, LLC  SQL Sentry Performance Advisor v8 
SQLstream, Inc.  SQLstream Blaze 4.0 
Sqrrl Data, Inc.  Sqrrl Enterprise 
Syncsort, Inc. Syncsort DMX-h Release 8 
Tableau Software Tableau 9.0 
Talend, Inc. Talend Integration Cloud—Summer ’15 
Teradata Corp. Teradata Loom 
Treasure Data, Inc.  Treasure Data 
Violin Memory, Inc. Violin Memory Flash Storage Platform 
VMware  VMware vSphere 6 
VoltDB, Inc. VoltDB 5.0 
WhereScape Software Ltd. WhereScape RED Spotlight
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