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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
June 25, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: June 25, 2013. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Dell Software has introduced the latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance, which now includes integrated software asset management to boost software license compliance, while helping lower IT costs. The K1000 adds automated software asset identification, tracking and optimization to its capabilities for managing the deployment, operation and retirement of software assets. The need for the appliance is being fueled by a range of factors, including the influx of new technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and BYOD, which are adding complexity in terms of systems management, Lisa Richardson, senior product marketing manager for Endpoint Systems Management, Dell Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

DBTA and SAP will present a webcast on how extreme transaction works and how it is helping data-intensive enterprises overcome their data growth and complexity challenges. Across the public sector, financial services, healthcare, and other industries, organizations are being challenged with managing more data and more users are demanding access to that data with less time and resources. This trend was underscored in a study conducted over Database Trends and Applications readers in April, which found that faster query performance was the number-one technology challenge that respondents are trying to get their arms around.

Oracle expanded its partnerships with key cloud vendors. Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have formed a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle. In addition, Salesforce.com and Oracle also announced a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

RainStor, a provider of an enterprise database for managing and analyzing historical data, says it has combined the latest data security technologies in a comprehensive product update that has the potential to rapidly increase adoption of Apache Hadoop for banks, communications providers and government agencies.

Tokutek, providing database performance at scale, has released TokuMX, an upgraded storage engine for MongoDB that increases performance and database compression. TokuMX speeds indexing by 10x or more for greater scalability of large databases. TokuMX features Tokutek's patented Fractal Tree Indexing to improve how MongoDB organizes and stores information. With its high performance indexing, TokuMX is ideal for applications that must simultaneously query and update large volumes of rapidly arriving data. "We feel that this going to be a very welcome development in the MongoDB world to be able to handle tens of thousands of accesses to the database per second," John Partridge, CEO of Tokutek, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

AIMS Innovation is launching a new technology in the U.S. market tailored for system integrators working with Microsoft BizTalk. "We help IT operations turn from a reactive mode to a proactive mode and really reduce a lot of the time that is spent monitoring, maintaining and supporting their system integration," Ivar Sagemo, CEO of AIMS Innovation, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Terracotta, a provider of in-memory technologies for enterprise big data, is making Terracotta Universal Messaging available as a standalone product. Terracotta Universal Messaging is a software platform for big data applications using real-time data-streaming across a wide range of devices and networks. Addressing the growing challenge of eliminating bottlenecks in transferring data within and beyond enterprise systems to external devices, such as sensors, smart phones and databases, Terracotta's unified messaging solution extends the use of data beyond current enterprise boundaries and accelerates time to insights and action.

Think About It

IBM recently launched an extensive array of cloud solutions designed for the C-suite, intended to help executives accelerate their innovation. This includes a Big Data and social analytics solution that chief marketing officers (CMOs) can use to get an emotional reading on how customers view their brand. Cloud computing is quickly becoming essential to C-suite executives. While technology decisions have been made historically by CIOs and IT department heads, the C-suite is adopting cloud computing because they see its ability to transform their front office processes - marketing, procurement, supplier management, human resources and legal. In fact, industry analysts estimate that by 2017, CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs.