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Redgate is releasing another update for its Data Masker for SQL Server tool, making it much easier for users to identify the best data masking rules to fit their needs. Alongside the 15 updates that were released in 2018, it's part of the development team's goal to ensure the tool ties in as closely as possible with customer requirements and workflows.

Posted July 12, 2019

IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools, has announced the latest release of its flagship SQL Compliance Manager product. Version 5.6 features new reports and log files that increase compliance visibility and awareness with a focus on GDPR, as well as improved usability and functionality of configuration settings. Separately, the company also announced the latest release of SQL Secure. Version 3.3 extends support for Microsoft SQL Server databases to include those deployed in Amazon RDS and EC2 cloud environments, as well as managed instances of Azure SQL Database.

Posted July 12, 2019

Snow Software, a provider of technology intelligence solutions, is releasing a new suite of offerings to better enable customers to address their growing IT operations, cloud shift, and digital transformation challenges. Included in the offering is the Adoption Tracker product, which enables discovery, inventory, and normalization of all digital technology assets, with a hybrid approach that covers everything from freemium SaaS applications to enterprise systems such as Oracle.

Posted July 11, 2019

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is expanding its Data Restoration and Migration Services (DRMS), offering customers seeking to migrate tape-based data into Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the expanded offering, companies will have the ability to modernize their data management strategy while maintaining high levels of security, access, and governance.

Posted July 11, 2019

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of IT resilience through intelligent application availability, has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Microsoft Workloads Competency status within the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation recognizes that SIOS provides proven technology and deep expertise in helping customers in the migration, deployment, and management of Microsoft-based applications on AWS, specifically with workloads based on Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted July 11, 2019

According to Alluxio, a provider of open source data orchestration technology, the rise of compute-intensive workloads and the adoption of the cloud has driven organizations to adopt a decoupled architecture for modern workloads—one in which compute scales independently from storage. While this enables scaling elasticity, it also introduces new data engineering problems. Just as compute and containers need Kubernetes for container orchestration, Alluxio contends, data also needs orchestration—a tier that brings data locality, accessibility, and elasticity to compute across data silos, zones, regions, and clouds.

Posted July 11, 2019

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is introducing Privacy Flag, a new feature in its comprehensive Global Email Verification suite designed to verify email addresses and improve overall email deliverability. Privacy Flag draws attention to customer emails that are more likely to require additional controls to remain compliant with regulations such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted July 10, 2019

Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. The acquisition of Elastifile is expected to be completed later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. Upon the close of the acquisition, Elastifile will join Google Cloud.

Posted July 09, 2019

Calling it a landmark acquisition, IBM and Red Hat announced today that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.

Posted July 09, 2019

With today marking the end of extended support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2008, John 'JG' Chirapurath, Microsoft Azure's GM of data, blockchain & AI, posted a blog entry yesterday urging customers to consider the company's Azure cloud service. In addition, Microsoft announced two data platform advancements.

Posted July 09, 2019

Syncsort has added new data integration capabilities that expand support for Microsoft Azure, enabling enterprises to access, transform, and deliver critical mainframe data to Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse to uncover deeper business insights. The new integration leverages Syncsort's ability to integrate mainframe data into next-generation data management platforms for advanced analytics.

Posted July 08, 2019

MarkLogic Corporation, a data platform provider for simplifying data integration, announced that MarkLogic Data Hub Service has completed the Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) Type II audit as certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). MarkLogic is already a secure modern database and the only one to carry a Common Criteria security certification.

Posted July 08, 2019

Oracle has introduced the new Autonomous Database Dedicated service to provide customers with more control for their most mission-critical workloads. "Our Autonomous Database Dedicated service eliminates the concerns enterprise customers previously had about security, isolation, and operational policies when moving to cloud," said Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle.

Posted July 03, 2019

Quest Oracle Community and the Independent Oracle Users Group have signed a definitive agreement finalizing the IOUG's integration into the Quest community. There is also new branding for the IOUG which is now the "IOUG Database & Technology Community."

Posted July 03, 2019

Oracle recently announced fiscal 2019 Q4 results and fiscal 2019 full year results. "In Q4, our non-GAAP operating income grew 7% in constant currency—which drove EPS well above the high end of my guidance," said Oracle CEO Safra Catz. "Our high-margin Fusion and NetSuite cloud applications businesses are growing rapidly, while we downsize our low-margin legacy hardware business. The net result of this shift away from commodity hardware to cloud applications was a Q4 non-GAAP operating margin of 47%, the highest we've seen in 5 years."

Posted July 03, 2019

While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

Posted July 03, 2019

source{d}, a data platform for the software development life cycle (SDLC), is releasing a new Enterprise Edition with built-in visualization, management capabilities, and advanced analytic functions. source{d} enables enterprises to aggregate all SDLC data sources into one data lake where they can easily extract, load and transform source code, version control data, project tracking data, build systems data, configuration files and more.

Posted July 02, 2019

RavenDB, a provider of database infrastructure solutions, is releasing its new RavenDB Cloud managed database service. RavenDB Cloud performs all daily tasks such as maintaining hardware servers, installation, configuration, monitoring internals, and security for its users worldwide.

Posted July 02, 2019

MicroStrategy, a worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019 Update 2, adding powerful new capabilities and products for MicroStrategy 2019 that boosts critical business data. The latest update expands the platform's suite of HyperIntelligence products to supercharge web browsing, accelerate access to intuitive intelligence on iOS and Android devices, and add windows of contextual insights to email on Outlook.

Posted July 01, 2019

EnterpriseDB has been acquired by Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. "This acquisition comes at a time when the Postgres market is exploding," said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB. Michael Stonebraker, a pioneer in database technology and original architect of what is now Postgres, has been named technical advisor; and database expert and entrepreneur Andy Palmer has been named to the board of directors.

Posted July 01, 2019

ProcessUnity, a provider of cloud-based applications for risk and compliance management, is releasing the latest version of its Risk and Compliance platform, extending the platform's configurability and flexibility while adding intelligent capabilities. 

Posted June 28, 2019

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is introducing a new technology partner program, extending and accelerating the development of partner-built solutions for Talend Data Fabric. The new Technology Alliance Program is available worldwide and provides partners with access integration tool kits, product licenses for testing and demonstration, marketing assistance, and technical resources, including development support to speed the building of value-added data integrations and connectors for customers.

Posted June 27, 2019

Timescale, the company behind the open-source time-series SQL database TimescaleDB, is releasing Timescale Cloud , an on-demand and managed cloud service that makes it easy to work with time-series and IoT data. Timescale Cloud is a multi-cloud time-series database service that runs on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Posted June 27, 2019

Salesforce has unveiled its Customer Data Platform (CDP) with the next generation of Customer 360. New platform services will enable companies to unify disparate customer data throughout their entire organization and then personalize every engagement based on a single view of the customer. Customer 360 will go beyond traditional CDP capabilities and extend the power of CRM with consumer-scale data management and activation.

Posted June 27, 2019

Unravel Data, a data operations platform providing full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations, is introducing the Unravel Partner Program, bringing together world-leading technology innovators to simplify the way businesses optimize the performance of their modern data applications and the complex pipelines that power those applications.

Posted June 26, 2019

e-Spirit, maker of the FirstSpirit Digital Experience Platform, is receiving certification for SAP Commerce Cloud's Integration API. The integration incorporates e-Spirit's hybrid (headless+) Content Management System (CMS) technology into SAP Commerce Cloud, which enables B2B and B2C companies to easily create and deliver content-rich, personalized digital experiences across all channels such as websites, mobile devices, social media, digital signage, progressive web applications, and conversational platforms.

Posted June 26, 2019

Oracle recently unveiled a new, customer-centric vision for Oracle Analytics at its Analytics Summit. A key element of the strategy is the concept of one offering: Oracle Analytics, rationalizing 18-plus products down to a single brand.

Posted June 25, 2019

Platform9, a provider of SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Kubernetes Managed Apps, allowing the Platform9 fully-managed Kubernetes service and SLA guarantee to also cover a set of critical Kubernetes services and tools. Kubernetes Managed Apps enables self-service consumption, white-glove experience and Day-2 operations for these applications - at scale - all backed by Platform9's industry-leading 99.9% SLA.

Posted June 24, 2019

IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers are now available in the IBM Cloud. This gives customers access to IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers in North America via the IBM Cloud catalog, providing scaleup compute for AIX and IBM i workloads for hybrid cloud. According to IDC, 90% of enterprises will embrace integrated hybrid cloud services, tools and strategies to support different applications and use cases by 2024.

Posted June 24, 2019

Bluewolf, an IBM company, has introduced AI Now for Connected Commerce at Salesforce Connections. With the goal of simplifying the retail landscape across service, marketing, and sales channels, AI Now For Connected Commerce is a B2C and B2B platform that can provide intelligent order management, price promotion and supply chain management—powered by IBM Watson on Salesforce Marketing, Commerce, and Service Clouds. 

Posted June 24, 2019

Alluxio, developer of open source data orchestration technology for the cloud, is collaborating with Starburst Data, the Presto company, to offer a bundled solution that provides users with multi-cloud capabilities for interactive analytic workloads. The goal is to help customers transform their legacy data warehouse approach to a modern cloud approach, with a disaggregated compute and storage stack built on Presto, Alluxio, and any file or object storage.

Posted June 20, 2019

Syncsort has introduced Trillium DQ for Big Data to provide data profiling and data quality capabilities in a single solution that is designed to work natively with distributed architectures.

Posted June 20, 2019

Syncfusion has released Bold BI, a cloud-based business intelligence solution that allows business analysts and other users to create cutting-edge dashboards. Syncfusion's Bold BI platform offers integration with more than 80 of the most common data sources, including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle, as well as generic access to any data source through support for REST.

Posted June 20, 2019

Cloudian is extending its native S3-compatible object storage solution for VMware Cloud Providers, managed directly from VMware vCloud Director. The Cloudian solution gives VMware Cloud Providers a limitlessly scalable, cost-effective, and feature-rich storage foundation for delivering new and enhanced value-add services to their customers.

Posted June 19, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is continuing to expand its hybrid cloud portfolio with vast updates including enhanced automation, workload-optimized solutions, and a consistent experience across clouds. These updates include extending AI-driven operations and composability across its portfolio, adding new workload-optimized infrastructure, and expanding choice of clouds through new partnerships with Google Cloud and Equinix.

Posted June 19, 2019

To help organizations bring together customer data from across the entire organization, Oracle is collaborating with Accenture and Capgemini to focus on the customer data platform (CDP) market.

Posted June 19, 2019

Oracle has announced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8 which features hardware and software enhancements, including AI and machine learning capabilities, to supercharge performance. With Exadata X8, Oracle introduces new machine-learning capabilities, including Automatic Indexing, which continuously learns and tunes the database as usage patterns change. Based on technology from Oracle Autonomous Database, the process is automatic and improves database performance while eliminating manual tuning.

Posted June 19, 2019

Rackspace is partnering with MuleSoft, a provider of enterprise integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solutions, to help customers accelerate application and data integration connected through APIs, on-premises or in the cloud. Deploying the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform as a managed service helps organizations build integrated, efficient application networks while removing the operational burden from their IT teams.

Posted June 18, 2019

Oracle has launched a new Oracle Cloud Solution Hub in Kuala Lumpur, and has been recruiting to fill close to 150 new positions for the new facility with experienced and highly trained cloud consultants.

Posted June 12, 2019

MariaDB is releasing MariaDB Enterprise Server 10.4, code named "Restful Nights" for the peace of mind it brings enterprise customers. The new MariaDB Enterprise Server includes added functionality for enterprises running MariaDB at scale in production environments, involves new levels of testing, and is shipped in a configuration that is secure by default.

Posted June 11, 2019

Databricks, a provider of analytics software founded by the original creators of Apache Spark, and Booz Allen Hamilton, a provider of machine learning services to the U.S. Federal Government, are helping federal agencies scale their data analytics capabilities and accelerate AI initiatives across on-premise, hybrid, and cloud environments.

Posted June 11, 2019

WANdisco, the LiveData company, is launching LiveMigrator, a non-blocking technology that migrates petabytes of unstructured data from on-premise data centers to any cloud vendor in one pass. Rather than implementing costly and risky multiple passes to migrate data, which can take three to six months and block users from making changes, applications can continue to access the on-prem environment - even as data moves to the cloud - with users directing new workloads or queries at cloud assets.

Posted June 11, 2019

AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics are used synonymously by even the most data-intensive organizations, but there are subtle, yet important, differences between them. Machine learning is a type of AI that enables machines to process data and learn on their own, without constant human supervision. Predictive analytics uses collected data to predict future outcomes based on historical data.

Posted June 10, 2019

With deep learning so much praised, you've probably read a lot about its positive side. Let's skip the positives and instead concentrate on the things that can go wrong with deep learning-based demand forecasts as well as offer some ways to overcome these problems. 

Posted June 10, 2019

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