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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
October 20, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: October 20, 2009. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

EnterpriseDB, the commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, recently announced the release of Postgres Plus Standard Server 8.4, an advanced open source database product that combines the price and performance benefits of a community-developed open source technology, with the full support of a stable commercial entity. PostgreSQL adoption is growing rapidly, and many organizations are now viewing it as an alternative to proprietary database offerings. With this version of Postgres Plus Standard Server, EnterpriseDB is advancing this adoption by giving enterprises the cost benefits of an open source database platform, the performance benefits of a community-developed product, and the reassurance of proven vendor support.

Fortinet, a provider of unified threat management (UTM) software solutions, recently announced a major upgrade of its database security and compliance product, FortiDB. FortiDB is a broad solution designed to secure databases and applications for both virtualized and non-virtualized environments. The product performs vulnerability assessments (along with providing remediation advice), database activity monitoring, data loss prevention, automation of auditing and compliance, and change control to keep track of changes related to database structures and end users. FortiDB supports heterogeneous environments including Oracle, DB2, Sybase and MS SQL Server.

At the recent Oracle OpenWorld event, Oracle announced a series of new enhancements to its Java middleware stack, which incorporates application server and Java tools from last year's BEA acquisition. Dubbed the Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Grid, the offerings are intended to enable faster development and deployments within the Java framework. At the core of Oracle's offerings is WebLogic application server, acquired from BEA, which integrates some functionality of the now discontinued Oracle Application Server.

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, recently announced the release of the Progress Actional 8.1 Business Transaction Management platform. The Actional platform can be used to manage the complexity of interconnected distributed applications, and allows users to detect and resolve problems between applications and their interactions, thereby ensuring 100% transaction success.

Yesterday marked the beginning of the annual Teradata Partners User Group conference with a flurry of announcements from the enterprise data warehousing leader focused on new product innovations and partner developments. "Information is power, but intelligence is transformative," James Vollmer, president of the Partners steering committee, announced to a buzzing room after stepping out of a custom Teradata-orange muscle car during the opening keynote.

Think About It

Since the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) 7 years ago, companies have had to rethink the way they use technology to store company data.