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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
September 13, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: September 13, 2011. 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 software, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire RepliWeb Inc., a Coconut Creek, Florida.-based provider of enterprise file replication and managed file transfer technologies. According to Attunity, RepliWeb has more than 1,500 customers worldwide, and is a profitable business that generated approximately $8 million in revenue during 2010. "This acquisition is an important milestone that will help Attunity to grow faster through the introduction of new software technologies and broader base of established customers," said Shimon Alon, Attunity's chairman and CEO.

VoltDB, Inc. today announced the general availability of VoltDB open source relational database management system (RDBMS) version 2.0. VoltDB is a distributed, in-memory database designed for applications that are pushed beyond their limits by high-volume data sources. The new release adds new features for developer productivity, database durability and recovery, including performance and interoperability improvements.

InterSystems Corporation, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with offices in 23 countries, has announced the strategic acquisition of Siemens Health Services (SHS) France from its Siemens parent company. SHS, a provider of healthcare solutions to hospitals in France, will now operate as InterSystems SAS. This acquisition moves InterSystems into a strong position in France, which is one of the world's top five healthcare IT markets by revenue, and marks the entry of InterSystems TrakCare advanced clinical applications into this market.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced its program of hosted meetings and educational sessions at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference Oct. 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Throughout the week of the event, OAUG members will facilitate more than 30 educational sessions addressing the training and professional development needs of Oracle Applications users.

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, has announced the general availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.7. Sybase ASE 15.7 provides a cost-efficient relational database management system (RDBMS) for managing very large data sets for the most demanding applications. The new version of the enterprise data management solution saves disk space, increases performance and scalability on parallel hardware, and efficiently manages unstructured data.

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has announced the release of PostgreSQL 9.1. This latest version of the open source database offers important new features such as synchronous replication, K-Nearest Neighbor indexing, and foreign data wrappers.

Think About It

Often, when the business of data management frustrates me, I look for inspiration in what may seem at first glance to be odd places. For instance, I think the Lewis Carroll "Alice in Wonderland" books offer sage advice for our particular industry. I mean, how many times have you watched a software salesman grin as he spoke and then expected him to simply disappear the way the Cheshire Cat does?