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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
August 24, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: August 24, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Idera, a provider of Microsoft SQL Server management and administration solutions, has announced Idera SQL admin toolset 1.5, a set of 25 desktop tools for monitoring, troubleshooting, administering and reporting on SQL Server.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is offering additional online educational opportunities for its members through the recordings of its Oracle Fusion Architecture: "Soup to Nuts" Online Webinar series. The recordings cover a range of topics, including application development and customization, database, usability, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Fusion Architecture, to create a single, unified program that explores Oracle Fusion Architecture from a variety of perspectives.

Oracle has announced Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a complete management, hosting and access solution for virtualized desktops hosted in the data center. By enabling standardized virtual desktop images, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps reduce administration overhead, lover total cost of ownership and increase security. New features in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 include global hot-desking, multi-company capabilities, enhanced video and audio capabilities and administrative enhancements. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2 is part of Oracle Virtualization, the industry's most complete virtualization portfolio - from desktop-to-data center.

At an event last week co-located in Boston and Frankfurt, company leaders from SAP AG and Sybase came together for the first time to share the strategy and joint product direction for the newly combined companies. SAP confirmed that Sybase will be run as a separate, independent unit - and that customer investments in Sybase products will be preserved and supported.

Translattice, a predictive data software startup, has announced a cloud-based computing infrastructure designed to anticipate application and data needs based on policy, usage and geography. Translattice offers data delivery across the network, supported by infrastructure components such as load balancing, application run times, and relational storage that reside on identical, deployed nodes. Capacity and scalability are increased by adding nodes, which may be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or a combination of both. If a site becomes unreachable due to an outage, geographic redundancy preserves the availability of applications and data, the vendor says.

Think About It

When a new version of one of my favorite products ships, one of the first things I do is open the online help and read "What's New in This Release."