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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
August 23, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: August 23, 2011. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Host Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Research, set the stage for this recent webcast by noting that a study among DBTA subscribers revealed that 43% of respondents are evaluating new data management strategies and nearly 20% are currently evaluating NoSQL databases. A key technical attribute of graph databases is that everything about the database is optimized around data relationships, Darren Wood, InfiniteGraph architect and lead developer, explained as part of his overview of graph databases. While that may sound like a relational database, it is actually quite different, he emphasized.

Composite Software announced that Carfax, the vehicle history expert, has developed and deployed a data abstraction layer using the Composite Data Virtualization Platform that will provide the company greater agility in managing its rapidly changing reporting environment. The first deployment consisted of publishing logical views to support reporting for the company's finance, sales, marketing and business development organizations.

Big data, and particularly unstructured data, is becoming more broadly recognized as a competitive and decision-making tool, while also stretching IT's management, governance and storage capabilities.On September 8, at 2 pm ET/11 am PT Database Trends and Applications and MarkLogic will offer a one-hour webcast on the nature and scope of the unstructured data challenge, and the key issues that managers are dealing with as they seek to leverage and effectively manage non-relational data in the form of business documents, social and web content, as well as information generated by smartphones and email systems.

EnterpriseDB, a provider of PostgreSQL and Oracle compatibility products and services, has announced general availability of Postgres Enterprise Manager, which allows developers and DBAs to monitor, manage, and tune both PostgreSQL and Postgres Plus Advanced Server installations regardless of the platform they run on - from a single console application. "Now, customers can easily ramp up their PostgreSQL footprint at a fraction of the cost of proprietary alternatives," said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB.

HP and Autonomy Corporation plc have announced plans for HP (through an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, HP SPV) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Autonomy for £25.50 ($42.11) per share in cash. "Together with Autonomy, we plan to reinvent how both unstructured and structured data is processed, analyzed, optimized, automated and protected. Autonomy has an attractive business model, including a strong cloud-based solution set, which is aligned with HP's efforts to improve our portfolio mix," said Léo Apotheker, HP president and chief executive officer, in a statement issued by the company.

Think About It

In last month's column, "2012 Might Really Be the End of the World as We Know It," I described a number of major developments in the IT industry that are likely to disrupt the life of database professionals everywhere. I categorize those four disrupters - virtualization, cloud computing, solid state drives (SSD), and advanced multi-core CPUs - into two broad groups. I'm going to continue an analysis of these disruptive technologies in inverse order. Today, let's discuss SSDs.