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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
August 14, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: August 14, 2012. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

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

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

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

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

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

Think About It

SQL Server 2012 includes a lot of new and exciting features. One feature that has caught the imagination of many in the user community is the high-performance feature called Columnstore Indexes. (Incidentally, it was also known as Apollo during its beta cycles). Columnstore indexes, as their name implies, store indexed (and always compressed) data contiguously in columns, rather than in standard format where the data is stored contiguously on 8Kb data pages according to the rows in which the data resides. Because of their structures, columnstore indexes speed up read-heavy operations like data warehouse queries from factors of 10x to 100x.