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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
March 3, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: March 3, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, has announced the availability of the public beta release of Attunity Oracle-CDC for SSIS. The beta product is "a bespoke solution" for the SQL Server and SSIS community that aims to make replication and real-time integration of Oracle data using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) robust and easy to deploy.

Embarcadero Technologies plans to hold DataRage, three full days of online technical sessions and a virtual trade show targeted at DBAs, data architects, database developers, security experts, and other database professionals, from March 17 through March 19. "We needed a conference tuned to the massive user base that we have—and beyond," Greg Keller, chief evangelist at Embarcadero, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Microsoft Corporation has announced SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse, a new set of reference architectures for data warehousing that will help eliminate many of the barriers companies traditionally face while creating data warehouses. Priced on a per terabyte basis, SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse gives customers immediate access to pretested, preconfigured industry-standard hardware from partners Bull, Dell and HP that makes it easier and more affordable for companies to deploy enterprise-class data warehousing projects.

Netezza Corporation, a global leader in data warehouse and analytic appliances, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held Tizor Systems, a Massachusetts-based provider of advanced enterprise data auditing and protection solutions for the data center. This acquisition will allow Netezza's enterprise customers to track, store and perform forensic analysis against years of data access history and more easily meet regulatory compliance requirements.

ParAccel, Inc., provider of the ParAccel Analytic Database, a high-speed, low-effort, columnar database management system, has introduced the ParAccel Management Console (PMC), an integrated, easy-to-use system administration and configuration environment that includes a customizable system management report library built on Jaspersoft's JasperServer 3.0.

Quest Software made a joint announcement with Microsoft at the recent VSLive! Conference in San Francisco, indicating that it will offer an Oracle Database Schema Provider for the upcoming release of Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010. Quest's new tool provides Oracle support for VSTS, enabling Oracle developers to fully participate with other VSTS team members throughout the entire application lifecycle. Previous to this, Oracle professionals could not benefit from the improvements in communication and workflow that VSTS offers. Oracle development in VSTS was limited, involved time-consuming manual processes, and did not support the system's new offline database development and design paradigm. With Quest's new tool, VSTS can now support both Oracle and SQL Server databases.

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