August 2013 - UPDATE

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There may be no more commonly used term in today's IT conversations than "big data." There also may be no more commonly misused term. Here's a look at the truth behind the five most common big data myths, including the misguided but almost universally accepted notion that big data applies only to large organizations dealing with great volumes of data.

SAP AG introduced new high availability and disaster recovery functionality with SAP Sybase Replication Server for SAP Business Suite software running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE). "After only a year and a quarter supporting the Business Suite, ASE has already garnered about 2,000 customer installations. This easily provides that near zero-downtime for HA/DR that is non-intrusive to the system using Replication Server as the key enabling technology," said Dan Lahl, vice president, Database Product Marketing, SAP, in an interview.

Data analytics, long the obscure pursuit of analysts and quants toiling in the depths of enterprises, has emerged as the must-have strategy of organizations across the globe. Competitive edge not only comes from deciphering the whims of customers and markets but also being able to predict shifts before they happen. Fueling the move of data analytics out of back offices and into the forefront of corporate strategy sessions is big data, now made enterprise-ready through technology platforms such as Hadoop and MapReduce. The Hadoop framework is seen as the most efficient file system and solution set to store and package big datasets for consumption by the enterprise, and MapReduce is the construct used to perform analysis over Hadoop files.

Even before all the new data sources and platforms that big data has come to represent arrived on the scene, providing users with access to the information they need when they need it was a big challenge. What has changed today? The growing range of data types beyond traditional RDBMS data - and a growing awareness that effectively leveraging data from a wide variety of sources will result in the ability to compete more effectively.Join DBTA on Thursday August 29, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET for a special roundtable webcast to learn about the essential technologies and approaches that help to overcome the big data integration challenges that get in the way of gaining actionable insights.

IBM announced its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe, designed for enhanced analytics, cloud, and mobile computing. Priced at $75,000 for the base model, IBM says it is targeting smaller organizations. The computer giant says it is also adding new industry solutions and software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio, designed for financial services and government operations.

Progress Software announced availability of new data connectivity and application capabilities as part of its Progress Pacific application platform-as-a-service (aPaaS) for building and managing business applications on any cloud, mobile or social platform. "Pacific is a platform running in the cloud that is targeted at small and medium-size businesses, ISVs and departmental IT," John Goodson, chief product officer at Progress Software, explained in an interview. Instead of requiring a highly trained IT staff to build applications, Goodson says, the platform provides a visual design paradigm that allows users with limited skills to build powerful applications that can quickly connect to any data sources.