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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
February 5, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: February 5, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Big data platform vendor DataStax has announced the early adopter program (EAP) of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 3.0, providing core security capabilities to the entire Cassandra community, as well as advanced data protection in an enterprise-grade database. This allows modern enterprises to confidently adopt NoSQL databases as they scale their big data infrastructure.

Dell Inc. announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which it will be acquired by Michael Dell, Dell's founder, chairman and CEO, in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake. The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and equity contributed by Michael Dell, cash funded by investment funds affiliated with Silver Lake, cash invested by MSD Capital, L.P., a $2 billion loan from Microsoft, as well as financing from other sources. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter of Dell's FY2014.

Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, has released Hortonworks Sandbox, a learning environment and on-ramp for anyone interested in learning, evaluating or using Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. This tool seeks to bridge the gap between people who want to learn Hadoop, and the complexity of setting up a cluster with an integrated environment that provides demos, videos, tutorials.

HP announced two new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions intended to speed application delivery and improve visibility, collaboration and agility across often siloed or geographically dispersed application development and operations teams. HP Agile Manager accelerates application time to market with an intuitive, web-based experience that offers visibility for planning, executing and tracking Agile development projects; and HP Performance Anywhere helps resolve application performance issues before they impact business services by providing visibility and predictive analytics.

IT management company ManageEngine has announced that its on-premise application performance monitoring solution, Applications Manager, now supports NoSQL databases Apache Cassandra and MongoDB. This solution monitors application performance and provides operational intelligence for NoSQL technologies in addition to support for traditional relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL and memcached.

Objectivity, Inc., a provider of the object and graph databases, has announced the availability of a new version of its flagship product, Objectivity/DB. Version 11.0 adds new enhancements for deployment, querying, and object clustering for improved big data analysis. Objectivity/DB is deployed in multiple verticals with customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, Ericsson, Siemens and X. "There are really two sets of new features," Leon Guzenda, founder of Objectivity, tells 5 Minute Briefing. One is more about tools and the placement of objects, and the other is heavily query-oriented.