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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
December 7, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: December 7, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Aster Data nCluster 4.6, a massively parallel processing (MPP) analytic database with an integrated analytics engine, offers a unified SQL and SQL-MapReduce analytical framework on a hybrid row and column DBMS that enables advanced reporting and analytics on large data volumes and diverse data types. Tableau 6.0 enables everyone-from enterprises to enterprising individuals-to rapidly access and analyze all their data for smarter and faster business decisions.

Want to find out if Hadoop can benefit your organization? Attend the second in a series of educational webcasts from Database Trends and Applications to learn more about extracting business intelligence and business value from large and complex data, with Apache Hadoop. In the past, the ability to deploy and manage Hadoop was restricted to teams of software engineers. Now, Cloudera and Pentaho have teamed up to provide solutions that enable the data intensive enterprise to leverage Hadoop's distributed storage and processing framework to perform sophisticated analysis and transformations of structured and unstructured data. Using the joint solution, organizations can combine a wide range of data sources and provide end users with powerful BI reports, dashboards and ad hoc analytics.

eIQnetworks, Inc., a provider of unified situational awareness solutions, announced the launch of ForensicVue, a real-time forensic search engine designed to provide enterprise security analysts with the ability to search every piece of security data on their network. ForensicVue is offered as a component of SecureVue, the vendor's situational awareness platform, and is intended to help organizations rapidly get to the root cause of incidents.

Oracle has announced a world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on a SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers. In addition to the new world record, Oracle also announced a new service called Gold Support, as well as the SPARC Solaris-based Exalogic Elastic Cloud System, and a complete refresh of the SPARC Enterprise Server product line.

At SAP TechEd 2010 held in Bangalore, India, last week, SAP AG announced availability of the new High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA). According to the company, the SAP in-memory computing engine that resides at the heart of SAP HANA is an integrated database and calculation layer that allows the processing of massive quantities of real-time data in main memory to provide immediate results from analyses and transactions. The engine supports industry standards such as SQL and MDX but also incorporates a high-performance calculation engine that embeds procedural language support directly into the database kernel. This approach, SAP explains, eliminates the need to read data from the database, process it, and then write data back to the database.

Think About It

If you've been following news reports about the ongoing WikiLeaks saga, you've no doubt noticed that it is a trusted insider, an army intelligence analyst, who is believed to be responsible for downloading the sensitive documents and handing them over to WikiLeaks.