October 2013 - UPDATE

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Modern data centers contain a mix of physical and virtual systems and must be able to provide access to highly distributed collaborative applications as well as support systems that leverage cloud computing. Here are 8 best practices for achieving data center security and an in-depth analysis of the new security concerns presented by next-generation data centers.

Datical, Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and introduced Datical DB which uses a patent-pending, data model approach for automating, simplifying and managing database schema change, configuration and complex dependencies as part of the application release process. The solution provides a graphical user interface and wizards for creating a model of schema from an existing database which can be simultaneously migrated to any environment and database such as Oracle, DB2, MySQL, SQL Server, and Postgres.

Survivorship, known as the Golden Record in data terms, allows for the creation of a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record. A new technique for Golden Record selection offers a much more effective and logical approach when it comes to record survivorship. The most powerful future for data quality lies in the new and unique ability to discern contact data quality information and select the surviving record based on the level of quality of the information provided.

MarkLogic unveiled the latest version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform, MarkLogic 7. With this release, MarkLogic automates the process of placing data in the storage tiers that are most cost-effective and performance-appropriate, and introduces the new MarkLogic Semantics option.

The challenges associated with big data can be turned into opportunities for small-to-midsize enterprises (SMEs) with the right data strategy. As SMEs look to increase their businesses, it is critical to incorporate a cost-effective approach that aligns with both existing data challenges and future plans for expansion. Laying a strong base for big data will help SMEs prepare for this growth by providing immediate insight on key business drivers and objectives.

Clustrix, provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has been granted two new patents for systems and methods for redistributing and slicing data in relational databases from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "For years, people have been trying to figure out how to take a relational database and make sure that you can use it across multiple distributed servers and get linear, better performance and that is at essence of what these patents do," said Robin Purohit, CEO, Clustrix in an interview.