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Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) continue to do the heavy lifting in data management, while newer database management systems are taking on prominent roles as well. NoSQL database systems such as Key-Value, Column Family, Graph, and Document databases, are gaining acceptance due to their ability to handle unstructured and semi-structured data. MultiValue, sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database, is also a well-established database management technology which continues to evolve to address new enterprise requirements.



Database Management Articles

Oracle recently announced general availability of Oracle Application Express (APEX) 18.1, a low-code rapid application development platform that can run in any Oracle Database and is included with every Oracle Database Cloud Service.  APEX enables users to develop, design, and deploy data-driven desktop and mobile applications using only a browser. 

Posted May 30, 2018

Looker, a data platform provider, is releasing new tools and integrations to optimize data science workflows. Looker is improving its governed data workflow with an SDK for R and connections for Python, as well as streamed and merged results, Google TensorFlow integrations, and clean, visual recommendations for users.

Posted May 30, 2018

Reltio, provider of a self-learning data platform, has secured a $45 million Series D investment to accelerate innovation, fuel international expansion, and ramp support for global enterprise customers. With current investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA) leading this round, and participation from other existing investors, Crosslink Capital, .406 Ventures, and Sapphire Ventures, Reltio has now raised $117 million in total.

Posted May 30, 2018

SolarWinds is making a series of updates to its network management product portfolio, allowing the platform to support networks up to four times larger. This improvement makes it easy to consolidate monitoring solutions to a single provider enterprise-wise, and gives IT professionals' far greater flexibility to scale up and support larger data center networks as workloads increase, or scale out to address complex distributed networks. 

Posted May 25, 2018

MariaDB Corporation is releasing MariaDB TX 3.0, allowing application developers and database administrators to support multiple workloads with different characteristics.  MariaDB TX 3.0 uses purpose-built storage engines to simultaneously support multiple workloads with different characteristics - transactional, analytical, write-intensive or extreme scale.

Posted May 24, 2018

Kore Technologies, a provider of enterprise integration and eCommerce solutions, is releasing version 4.5 of Kourier Integrator Data Management, further enhancing cloud capabilities. Users will see new benefits for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The update provides enhanced functionality and higher performance when doing integration and data warehousing with Microsoft SQL Server in the cloud.

Posted May 23, 2018

It's spring-cleaning season, meaning many diligent homeowners are busy trying to organize their closets and homes in preparation for the spring and summer. Organizations, both small and large, also must keep up with cleaning their virtual dust bunnies on a regular basis, just as one would do within their own home.

Posted May 23, 2018

Okera has launched out of stealth mode to address the gap in data management across heterogeneous data stores and formats. The company seeks to give data producers, consumers, and stewards a unified platform for unlocking the power of their data while not compromising on governance or compliance.

Posted May 22, 2018

Violin Systems LLC, a provider of extreme-performance enterprise storage, has announced that information technology and services expert VDX has added the Violin Flash Storage Platform to its solutions portfolio. With the Violin Flash Storage Platform, the companies say, enterprises can transition from legacy storage solutions to enterprise-class, all-flash storage to achieve favorable CAPEX and OPEX scenarios.

Posted May 21, 2018

Syncsort has announced new capabilities in MIMIX, a product line in its portfolio of high availability (HA) and disaster recovery software for IBM i. MIMIX addresses key IT challenges for assuring data and application availability. According to Syncsort, the new MIMIX release delivers faster replication to protect organizations' growing volumes of data and transactions, a streamlined GUI dashboard with visibility into key HA metrics for simplified management, and new features that help ensure applications can be switched to a recovery server at a moment's notice. 

Posted May 21, 2018

NGINX will now support its NGINX Application Platform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, allowing customer to better manage and scale their applications. Red Hat has emerged as a static provider of Linux, Linux containers, and Kubernetes as foundational technologies that provide applications with portability, enhanced security, and cloud-like efficiencies.

Posted May 21, 2018

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire DataScience.com, whose platform centralizes data science tools, projects and infrastructure in a fully-governed workspace.

Posted May 17, 2018

Dell Boomi has announced the Spring 2018 release of the Boomi platform, which features IoT connectivity for business outcomes, integration accelerators, and new capabilities for creating low code workflow applications. 

Posted May 17, 2018

Enterprise NoSQL database provider MarkLogic has announced the release of MarkLogic 9.0-5. MarkLogic 9.0-5 is part of MarkLogic's continuing mission to make use of MarkLogic easier to use and more automatic, said David Gorbet, SVP of engineering, MarkLogic. Beyond that, he said, the new enhancements can be divided into two main themes, one of which is "smart database technology," with the database providing the ability to understand more about the context of a company's data so it can govern and manage it better.

Posted May 16, 2018

Extending autonomous capabilities across its Cloud Platform, Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud, Oracle Autonomous Integration Cloud, and Oracle Autonomous Visual Builder Cloud.

Posted May 16, 2018

Accenture has revealed its new "Technology Vision for Oracle" report, forecasting the five key technology trends that will drive Accenture and Oracle's collaboration in the enterprise over the next 3 years. Designed to highlight the strategic shifts companies must make to take advantage of the potential of the intelligent enterprise, the report looks at specific use cases and technologies that are actively reinventing businesses.

Posted May 16, 2018

Percona is extending its open source database support expertise to PostgreSQL, enabling organizations to work with a single vendor to meet their support needs for MySQL, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, or any hybrid combination of these database technologies. By adding PostgreSQL to its portfolio of services, Percona has made it faster and easier for organizations to get the PostgreSQL support they need.

Posted May 14, 2018

Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration solutions, is unveiling a new platform called Talend Data Streams - a free, Amazon marketplace application for the ingestion of massive volumes and wide varieties of real-time data. Talend Data Streams provides self-service access to real-time data for engineers, data scientists, data analysts and other ad hoc integrators.

Posted May 14, 2018

Blockchain has been one of the most loudly trumpeted new technologies on the enterprise database scene in recent history. However, the concept of a blockchain is not really a new notion. It is more of a repackaging of existing constructs to deliver a new set of benefits to any organization leveraging it for their use cases. It provides the benefit of irrevocable proof, and it reduces friction with information exchange.

Posted May 11, 2018

Although security is often related to privacy, they are not synonymous. Data security can be defined as the set of policies and techniques to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data at all times. Data privacy refers to the fact that the parties accessing and using the data do so only in ways that comply with the agreed-upon purposes of data use in their roles. These purposes can be expressed as part of a company's policy, but are also subject to legislation. In this way, several aspects of security can be considered as necessary instruments to guarantee data privacy.

Posted May 11, 2018

Write this down: Converged transactional and analytical data platforms stand for digital business. None of us has been alive long enough to remember a time without the printing press, but such a time did once exist. The printing press revolutionized the world of books, journalism, scientific research, and countless other areas by automating a process that was once tedious and time consuming.

Posted May 11, 2018

Enterprise architects are making major waves. In fact, a recent KPMG study spotlighted enterprise architecture (EA) as today's most in-demand tech skill, as companies recognize EA's critical role in cutting both costs and complexities. But while enterprise architecture is one of the fastest-growing skillsets, it's also undergoing a major evolution. Where the role previously involved exhaustive plans consisting of excessive amounts of analysis, slow timelines, and rigid conceptual models, the agility and DevOps movement has forced old EA mentalities into obsolescence.

Posted May 11, 2018

Redgate Software is further developing its SQL Search tool to integrate with Microsoft SQL Operations Studio. SQL Search is a popular tool Redgate developed and the version for SQL Server Management Studio and Visual Studio 2017 has been downloaded more than half a million times.

Posted May 10, 2018

Offered in partnership with Rackspace, Couchbase Managed Cloud is a fully-managed database service that allows IT teams to solve cloud and database infrastructure challenges and to reallocate resources toward business initiatives that drive growth. With Couchbase Managed Cloud, Couchbase combines powerful NoSQL technology with the capabilities and expertise of Rackspace, which provides transformation as a service across applications, data, security, and infrastructure, to deliver a single solution for a unified customer experience.

Posted May 10, 2018

Confluent, a provider of a streaming platform based on Apache Kafka has announced the Confluent Operator, an enterprise-grade solution to provision and manage Apache Kafka on Kubernetes for scalability and deployment flexibility. This enables enterprises to deploy Kafka as a cloud-native application on Kubernetes to simplify provisioning, automate management, and minimize the operating burden of managing Kafka clusters.

Posted May 10, 2018

Organizations worldwide are grappling with the requirements of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and it's no secret that finding ways to remain compliant has become one of the most visible challenges, and one that has dominated the conversation. What's more pertinent; however, is the root of the problem: outdated systems which organizations use to track and understand where their data lives. This has grown more difficult day-by-day, as the amount of data collected by organizations grows exponentially. GDPR is a good forcing function to spur them to dig into this problem before it gets worse.

Posted May 08, 2018

Agile approaches to projects have been touted by many organizations across the globe.  IT shops frustrated over expensive projects falling well shy of their goals have been desperate for change. These anxious organizations race into trying Agile as a solution to their woes.

Posted May 08, 2018

The relational optimizer is a very complex component of the RDBMS that we too often take for granted. The optimization techniques of the major RDBMS products continue to be improved with every new release, too. Relational optimization has saved countless hours of work and, as long as we use it properly and code our applications with knowledge of what optimization can do, the RDBMS can be used for a wide variety of requirements and use cases. Don't lose sight of that as you wend your way through the hype out there regarding new types of database systems.

Posted May 08, 2018

To provide customers with the tools and insight to meet rapidly evolving business demands, Oracle NetSuite has introduced an intelligent cloud suite. By building capabilities based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) within its cloud business management suite, Oracle says, NetSuite can deliver the insight, interaction and automation customers need to grow their businesses.

Posted May 07, 2018

We're all familiar with the IT "war room" scenario. When there's an issue, members of the IT team come together to troubleshoot and find a solution. For organizations with important applications, such as SQL Server running in virtual infrastructures, these IT teams are no strangers to the IT war room environment. In this case, input from the SQL Server system administrators and DBAs isn't considered (or even requested) when the infrastructure team implements it virtualization plan.

Posted May 07, 2018

Push Technology, a real-time intelligent data streaming and messaging provider, is releasing Diffusion Intelligent Data Platform version 6.1, introducing data lifecycle management and ownership functions. The new functions further simplify and reduce development time for companies building mission-critical business applications.

Posted May 04, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted May 02, 2018

GDPR has gone into effect. Rex Ahlstrom, chief strategy and technology officer at BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data stewardship solutions, discussed what's at stake.

Posted May 01, 2018

Recently, the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directions (MiFID II) launched in the EU. The sweeping regulatory changes will impact transaction reporting on all financial instruments traded in Europe and affect all U.S. firms that do business with European counterparts or customers. Firms will face new requirements in tracking data—including emails, texts, and documents related to every transaction—and will need to be able to quickly reconstruct trades and search across data silos,  presenting a significant challenge. Here, Ken Krupa, CTO at enterprise database company MarkLogic, discusses the impact to U.S. firms, and how new regulations underscore the importance of increasing transparency, consumer protection, and data integrity.

Posted April 30, 2018

erwin has introduced the next generation of erwin DM NoSQL, which supports native integration with the Couchbase Data Platform for new enterprise applications and legacy RDBMS-based migrations. With this integration, erwin DM NoSQL provides native (non-relational) data modeling for document databases, automating the creation of platform-specific deployment scripts, to strengthen data governance. It also helps reduce the risks and costs associated with new platform adoption and accelerates the time-to-value, the company says.

Posted April 30, 2018

SentryOne has acquired Pragmatic Works Software (PWS), a provider of solutions for developing, testing, documenting, and monitoring the Microsoft Data Platform. According to SentryOne, the addition of the PWS product suite gives it a comprehensive offering for the Microsoft data professional, both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted April 30, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 26, 2018

For enterprises storing sensitive data in the cloud, an enhanced security strategy is key to monitoring and protecting that data. In fact, according to Oracle research, 40% of respondents say that detecting and responding to cloud security incidents is now their top cyber security challenge. As part of efforts to address this concern, four in 10 companies have hired dedicated cloud security architects, while 84% say they are committed to using more automation to effectively defend against sophisticated attackers.

Posted April 26, 2018

HCL Technologies (HCL), along with Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology and growth-focused private equity firm, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Actian Corporation. The all-cash deal is valued at $330 million.

Posted April 26, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 25, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article. Malcheski goes over the "hot topics," including blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things, and notes that DBAs of the future will need to understand not only the technical aspects of these and the other technologies but also must be able understand and add value to the functional data requirements necessary for all-encompassing solutions. "This is characterized in a data point from Gartner: By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be 'versatilists' holding multiple roles, most of which will be business rather than technology related."

Posted April 18, 2018

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and provider of consulting-led solutions and services, has been named an OPN Cloud Elite partner. Joining a small number of Oracle partners who have attained this designation, Hitachi Consulting earned the status by achieving a set of criteria that demonstrate its full investment in Oracle Cloud solutions.

Posted April 18, 2018

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