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Last year picked up where 2020 left off. Though pandemic restrictions have eased, 2022 looks to be another uncertain year with the rise of the omicron variant. As we begin 2022, DBTA presents the annual MultiValue Special Report and asks MV executives to address several questions.

Posted February 08, 2022

In early November 2021, Microsoft announced the private preview of its flagship database product, SQL Server 2022. At some point in 2022, we will see SQL Server 2022 released as a general availability (GA) product, but the specific release date has not yet been disclosed. We can expect to see a variety of the announced features in the next major release deployed to Azure SQL customers. Microsoft has a long history of deploying new features to the Azure cloud far in advance of the on-prem products.

Posted February 08, 2022

Most database administrators know database servers didn't initially come in a cloud or cluster. Once upon a time, DBAs had to reconfigure disk files and handle data manually. Now, with virtualization and the shift toward the cloud, the evolution of database administration yields more opportunities to automate tasks and fewer reasons for DBAs to get their hands dirty.

Posted February 08, 2022

Oracle Autonomous Database is a fully managed cloud service. It is a combination of Exadata infrastructure automation, Oracle Database 19c automation, and automated data center operations and machine learning. During Quest Experience Week 2021, Gerald Venzl, distinguished product manager at Oracle, shared how Oracle Autonomous Database simplifies the management of operational and analytical database workloads and how innovation continues to improve analyst, data scientist, and developer productivity.

Posted February 08, 2022

The old Chinese expression "May you live in interesting times" has never been more applicable in my lifetime than in 2020 and 2021. The global pandemic combined periods of great anxiety with long stretches of mind-numbing lockdown boredom. But it certainly kept our attention!

Posted February 08, 2022

Folks relate to physical tables; even the most non-relational-minded person can picture a fixed structure file and equate that to a table and its columns. The spreadsheet image is ubiquitous. DBMS-defined views are logically similar to tablesand in usage are certainly interchangeable with tables.

Posted February 08, 2022

Catalogic Software, a provider of smart data protection solutions, is releasing major features to its cloud native back-up-as-a-service platform, CloudCasa, enabling advanced migration and recovery to restore data across clusters, regions, cloud accounts, and cloud providers. CloudCasa protects cloud-native applications across IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), DigitalOcean, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Red Hat OpenShift, SUSE Rancher, and VMware Tanzu.

Posted February 08, 2022

VAST Data, the storage software company, announced it is broadening its international expansion plans, continuing to disrupt and modernize the legacy storage infrastructure market. VAST has opened up operations in the UK, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey, Czech Republic, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Korea. These will now be followed by further expansion across EMEA with Benelux, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the Nordics, and in Asia with Japan.

Posted February 08, 2022

Each year, Data Summit features industry-leading experts covering the topics that matter most for data professionals who want to stay on top of the latest technologies and strategies. The conference program is now available for review, and a variety of pass options are being offered, including special pricing for attendees who register early.

Posted February 08, 2022

There's been a lot of hype recently around the concept of a data lakehouse, and for good reason. Essentially, it is a new data management paradigm that combines the capabilities of data warehouses and data lakes, changing the way data teams operate together. This new architecture represents a significant fundamental shift in the way we work with data.

Posted February 08, 2022

Panzura is introducing Data Flex, a set of new hyper-converged cloud capabilities for users of the company's flagship global file system Panzura CloudFS. The new features are designed to provide more flexible access, management, and visibility of unstructured data across an entire hybrid multi-cloud environment, under a single pane of glass using Panzura solutions.

Posted February 07, 2022

Exasol announced that its high-performance analytics database is now available through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model on Amazon Web Services (AWS), strengthening Exasol's position as the performance bridge to the cloud for businesses with a cloud-first strategy.

Posted February 07, 2022

IBM said it plans to introduce a new mainframe during its conference call on fourth-quarter 2021 earnings. The new IBM Z introduction will occur late in the first half of 2022.

Posted February 07, 2022

NVIDIA announced that its AI Enterprise 1.1 is now generally available, bringing new updates including production support for containerized AI with the NVIDIA software on VMware vSphere with Tanzu, which was previously only available on a trial basis. Now, enterprises can run accelerated AI workloads on vSphere, running in both Kubernetes containers and virtual machines with NVIDIA AI Enterprise to support advanced AI development on mainstream IT infrastructure.

Posted February 07, 2022

Vista Equity Partners, a global investment firm focused exclusively on enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled businesses, and Evergreen Coast Capital, an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management L.P., have entered into a deal to acquire Citrix in an all-cash transaction valued at $16.5 billion. Vista and Evergreen intend to combine Citrix and TIBCO Software, one of Vista's portfolio companies. The companies say this union will create one of the world's largest software providers, serving 400,000 customers, including 98% of the Fortune 500, with 100 million users in 100 countries.

Posted February 07, 2022

More data is being collected than ever before from online interactions, apps, and smart devices. With cyberattacks, ransomware, and a variety of data breach risks on the rise, industry leaders took the opportunity presented by Data Privacy Day to reflect on the current state of data security and the business damage that can be sustained if data is not handled effectively.

Posted February 07, 2022

Aqua Security, the pure-play cloud native security provider, is adding a variety of key features to its Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP), helping time-strapped security, DevOps, and IT practitioners to assess their cloud native security risks and respond to attacks in real-time.

Posted February 04, 2022

Foresite Cybersecurity, a cyber security innovator, is acquiring Cyber Lantern, absorbing the company's solutions into its security monitoring, management, and assessment solutions. Now integrating support for more than 160 of the most important compliance standards, Foresite offers the most comprehensive SaaS solution for small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) looking to automate the management of their security, risk, and compliance initiatives.

Posted February 04, 2022

Keepit, a provider of cloud backup and recovery with a  blockchain-based cloud dedicated to SaaS data protection, is including support for Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) in its recent platform update. This upgrade adds comprehensive Azure AD support to Keepit's multi-cloud backup and recovery solution.

Posted February 03, 2022

SolarWinds, a provider of secure IT management software, is offering its database performance monitoring products—SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), SolarWinds SQL Sentry, and SolarWinds Database Insights for SQL Server—on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Organizations can now fulfill their license subscriptions for SolarWinds database performance management products with their Azure consumption commitment benefit under their Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC).

Posted February 03, 2022

Syntax, a provider of multi-cloud and mission-critical application managed services and member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has increased its investment in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as part of its multi-cloud strategy and will accelerate the transformation of Oracle E-Business Suite to the cloud.

Posted February 02, 2022

Oracle has announced the availability of its first cloud region in Africa to meet the rapidly growing demand for enterprise cloud services on the continent. The Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region will boost cloud adoption across Africa while also helping businesses achieve better performance and drive continuous innovation. The opening marks Oracle's 37th cloud region worldwide with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, continuing one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider.

Posted February 02, 2022

Oracle has achieved FedRAMP High Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) for an expanded set of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services.

Posted February 02, 2022

Teradata is forming a global partnership with Microsoft to integrate the Teradata Vantage data platform with Microsoft Azure, enabling businesses seeking to modernize their data analytics workloads to leverage the technology of both companies. Teradata Vantage on Azure is already heavily integrated with the Azure ecosystem, including more than 60 Azure data services.

Posted February 02, 2022

Directus, a software company democratizing the future of data management, is releasing Directus 9, an Open Data Platform that can power any data driven app or digital experience. With a new codebase built on Node.js and Vue.js 3, Directus 9 achieves  higher performance than previous versions for near-instant SQL query responses, whether browsing vast datasets in the Directus app or performing deeply nested relational API requests, according to the vendor.

Posted February 02, 2022

DataOps.live, a software company dedicated to helping enterprise companies build and lifecycle manage data applications and data products using Snowflake, announced it has secured $10.3 million in Seed funding, enabling the company to scale-up rapidly, attract even more talent, expand further into North America.

Posted February 01, 2022

Rafay Systems, a platform provider for Kubernetes operations, is adding support for running both Virtual Machines (VMs) and containers on Kubernetes through its Kubernetes Operations Platform (KOP). "By allowing users to deploy VMs and containers on a fleet of Kubernetes clusters via a single pane of glass, Rafay eliminates the operational headache of managing them separately," said Mohan Atreya, SVP product and solutions at Rafay Systems.

Posted January 31, 2022

MinIO Inc., creators of the MinIO multi-cloud object storage suite, announced it has raised $103 million in Series B funding at a $1 billion valuation, enabling the company to accelerate multi-cloud storage adoption. The investment was led by Intel Capital with participation from new investor SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and existing investors Dell Technologies Capital, General Catalyst, and Nexus Venture Partners. This financing brings MinIO's total funding raised to $126 million.

Posted January 28, 2022

StorCentric, provider of a comprehensive portfolio of secure data management solutions, is making enhancements to its Global Nexsan Partner Program, introducing the Nexsan Partner Certification Program. The new program enables Nexsan channel partners to further enhance their ability to serve end clients' data management and security needs, fortify their trusted advisor status, and drive additional business opportunities.

Posted January 28, 2022

Google Cloud is introducing autoscaling for Bigtable, enabling users to automatically add or remove capacity in response to the changing demand of applications. In a blog post, Anton Gething, Bigtable product manager and Ashish Chopra, cloud-native databases product marketing lead, announced that with autoscaling, users only pay for what they need and can spend more time their business instead of managing infrastructure.

Posted January 28, 2022

Global cloud services provider Ridge announced it has secured $22 million in early-stage funding, enabling the company to extend cloud services to locations where there is a gap in public cloud coverage, or to applications for which a public cloud is not a great fit. The funding round was lead by Gigi Levy-Weiss at NFX. NFX led the Seed round and also participated in the Series A led by Chartered Group. Mayfield, Slow Ventures, and Viola also contributed to the investment round.

Posted January 27, 2022

Firebolt, the cloud data warehouse for builders of next-gen analytics experiences, has announced a $100 million Series C funding round, reaching a $1.4 billion valuation. This latest round of funding brings its total investment to $269 million. The new funding will enable Firebolt to capitalize on the demand from tech companies to build analytics-enabled products.

Posted January 27, 2022

Cloudian is integrating its HyperStore object storage with the WEKA Data Platform for AI, providing high-performance, exabyte-scalable private cloud storage for processing iterative analytical workloads. The combined solution unifies and simplifies the data pipeline for performance-intensive workloads and accelerated DataOps, all easily managed under a single namespace. In addition, the new solution reduces the storage TCO associated with data analytics by a third, compared to traditional storage systems, according to the vendor.

Posted January 27, 2022

Confluent, Inc., the platform to set data in motion, announced the Confluent Q1 ‘22 Launch, including new additions to fully managed data streaming connectors, new controls for cost-effectively scaling massive-throughput Apache Kafka clusters, and a new feature to help maintain trusted data quality across global environments.

Posted January 27, 2022

To fast-track new businesses, Xerox has chosen an integrated set of Oracle Cloud solutions. This "Oracle-in-a-box" approach gives its businesses all they need to get up and running: an online storefront in Oracle Commerce, finance and accounting in Oracle NetSuite, budgeting and financial planning in Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), and integration in every direction via Oracle Integration, a key component of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Posted January 27, 2022

Aerospike has announced the availability of Aerospike Kubernetes Operator 2.0. According to Aerospike, the Operator provides a solid base for automation when deploying and managing the Aerospike database on Kubernetes platforms, both in the public cloud (AKS, EKS, and GKE) and on-prem.

Posted January 27, 2022

Today, businesses want data to help them get deep, dynamic, and even real-time insights into their customers, markets, and supply chains, often via machine learning models. They want to make better predictions both of day-to-day realities and longer-term trends. They want data to help them create better, unique experiences for their customers. And they need fast access to data to support the rapid innovation that will let them thrive in the new hyper-competitive environment. Businesses can no longer afford to wait for the old data mills' wheels to turn.

Posted January 27, 2022

For many of today's top enterprises, the ability to get the most out of their data has become a top priority. Turning data into insights, though, is easier said than done. Organizations need a data intelligence engine that will harness the power of their data, ensure it can be trusted, and empower their data consumers with the right data at the right time.

Posted January 27, 2022

Micro Focus has announced plans to build a secure and compliant government cloud for U.S. Government customers. According to Micro Focus, as the federal government accelerates digital transformation and smart adoption of highly secure cloud platforms to help protect mission-critical information, this effort will allow for them to leverage Micro Focus' IT capabilities to compose service offerings for advanced cases in IT Operations Management and DevSecOps.

Posted January 27, 2022

Zaloni has announced certification on the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP). Zaloni's data governance platform, Zaloni Arena, is now a Cloudera Certified Technology and has been tested, validated, and certified to work with the Cloudera Data Platform. 

Posted January 26, 2022

Couchbase has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outposts Ready designation, part of the AWS Service Ready Program. This achievement recognizes that Couchbase has demonstrated integration with AWS Outposts deployments, which is a fully managed service that extends AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs and tools to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-prem facility for a consistent hybrid experience.

Posted January 26, 2022

Keepit, a provider of cloud backup and recovery that offers a blockchain-based cloud dedicated to SaaS data protection, announced it has formally entered the North American market with the establishment of a U.S. headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The announcement comes after a $30 million investment in the company aimed at fueling Keepit's global growth in becoming a leader in the SaaS data protection market.

Posted January 26, 2022

Domino Data Lab, provider of an Enterprise MLOps platform, is releasing Domino 5.0 with new capabilities that unleash model velocity, a metric of how fast data science teams build and update models. Domino 5.0 is also the validated and integrated with NVIDIA AI Enterprise, an end-to-end software suite optimized to run AI workloads with VMWare vSphere with Tanzu, on mainstream data center servers.

Posted January 26, 2022

To help retailers digitally transform to make their businesses sustainable, SAP is featuring a number of offerings in this space. The new SAP Intelligent Returns Management solution was built to optimize the returns process for the retail industry. The solution uses routing and dispositioning decisions driven by artificial intelligence (AI) to guide products from customers' hands to the final dispositioning steps, ultimately maximizing customer experience and company margins while also mitigating waste.

Posted January 26, 2022

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