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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.



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Nimble Storage's Predictive AF-Series All Flash arrays are now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. As a result, Nimble customers can leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments, providing an additional choice for organizations working in heterogeneous environments. This certification adds to the SAP HANA certification Nimble previously obtained for its Adaptive Flash CS-Series arrays for use as enterprise storage solutions for the SAP HANA platform.

Posted September 28, 2016

SAP is releasing a next generation data warehouse solution for running a real-time digital enterprise on-premise and in the cloud. The new solution, SAP BW/4HANA, will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC).

Posted September 28, 2016

Data lakes are quickly transitioning from interesting idea to priority project. A recent study, "Data Lake Adoption and Maturity," from Unisphere Research showed that nearly half of respondents have an approved budget or have requested budget to launch a data lake project. What's driving this rapid rush to the lake?

Posted September 27, 2016

Database Brothers, Inc. (DBI) has released V6.3 of its flagship product, pureFeat Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUW, which adds the Predictive Index Impact Analysis capability.

Posted September 27, 2016

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has added new capabilities in the latest version of its SQL Secure product, including proactive security and permissions auditing capabilities.

Posted September 27, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World, Pentaho announced five new improvements, including SQL on Spark, to help enterprises overcome big data complexity, skills shortages and integration challenges in complex, enterprise environments. According to Donna Prlich, senior vice president, product management, Product Marketing & Solutions, at Pentaho, the enhancements are part of Pentaho's mission to help make big data projects operational and deliver value by strengthening and supporting analytic data pipelines.

Posted September 26, 2016

In his keynote on Monday at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd showcased customer success stories and offered three new predictions for the future of cloud, which, he said, represents a generational shift in the IT market.

Posted September 21, 2016

RedPoint Global, a provider of data management and customer engagement technology, has made updates to the RedPoint Convergent Marketing Platform to solve what it describes as a customer engagement gap facing marketers today. The new version of the platform is aimed at helping marketers become more effective in coordinated cross-channel campaigns, including those integrating Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Posted September 20, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, has introduced active data quality tools and services for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Posted September 20, 2016

SVA Software, a provider of storage performance management software, has announced the release of BVQ, an infrastructure performance optimization platform that aims to simplify management of virtualized data center operations. "BVQ was built from the ground-up with one mission: to deliver a solution that is easy to implement, easy to use, affordable, fits into all size environments and is focused on solving real-world storage challenges IBM Spectrum Virtualized customers are facing today," said Don Mead, SVP Technology & Partner Development, at SVA Software.

Posted September 19, 2016

"In this coming year, you'll see us aggressively moving into infrastructure-as-a-service," Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief technology officer and executive chairman of the board, said to kick off the company's OpenWorld conference Sunday night at the Moscone Center. In the first of his two scheduled keynote addresses, Ellison went on to outline a number of strategic announcements that aim to strengthen the company's offerings, as well as to help it compete with Amazon.com, one of its top challengers.

Posted September 19, 2016

Nuxeo, developer of an enterprise content management platform for managing complex digital content at scale, has announced that Goldman Sachs has made a $20 million investment in the company, adding to the $10 million commitment by Kennet Partners announced in June, for a total of $30 million.

Posted September 14, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted September 14, 2016

erwin Inc. has acquired UK-based Corso Ltd, a provider of enterprise architecture solutions. erwin has also announced general availability of erwin CloudCore, an integrated cloud bundle consisting of erwin Data Modeler and Corso Agile EA.

Posted September 12, 2016

At its partner conference this week, Teradata is announcing three key new offerings to support customers choosing hybrid environments spanning cloud and on-premise, and relational and big data technologies.

Posted September 12, 2016

Data governance is sometimes viewed as a roadblock that keeps data scientists and analysts from turning data into business insights quickly and efficiently. Yet, in the enterprise data and analytics work that we've undertaken for clients across diverse industries, we've found that it's often a lack of sound data governance that prevents organizations from realizing the full value of their data.

Posted September 07, 2016

patchVantage has announced plans to formally launch its flagship product which automates backup, cloning, and patching for Oracle databases and applications.

Posted September 07, 2016

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is excited to be joining the Oracle technology community in San Francisco once again at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, September 18-22. IOUG's 30,0000+ member community is comprised of the top Oracle technology experts from around the globe, several of whom will be presenting sessions on hot topics like Data Intelligence, iOT, Data Security, and Cloud migrations.

Posted September 07, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced plans for a spin-off and merger of its non-core software assets with Micro Focus in a transaction valued at roughly $8.8 billion. The software assets include HPE's Application Delivery Management, Big Data, Enterprise Security, Information Management & Governance and IT Operations Management businesses. According to the vendors, added to Micro Focus' complementary portfolio, the combined assets will create one of the world's largest pure-play software companies

Posted September 07, 2016

Datawatch Corporation unveiled an enhanced version of its self-service data preparation solution, making the platform faster and more intuitive. Datawatch Monarch 13.5 empowers business users and data analysts to overcome traditional data access and preparation challenges by enabling them to easily and rapidly mine data from virtually any source and then manipulate, blend, enrich, and prepare it for use in analytics tools or optimizing manually intensive business processes.

Posted September 07, 2016

Dell has completed the acquisition of EMC, creating a $74 billion company with a technology portfolio spanning hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity. Describing itself as the world's largest privately-controlled technology company, the combined entity will be known as Dell Technologies.

Posted September 07, 2016

Software AG has formed a strategic OEM partnership with Cumulocity, an IoT application enablement platform vendor. By incorporating Cumulocity's device connectivity and management product, Software AG says its Digital Business Platform will provides the foundation for enterprises to securely integrate, link and scale to a network of millions of connected devices, distributed globally over thousands of tenants.

Posted September 06, 2016

Programming is a literal sport. Code does exactly what it is configured to do, no compromises. When the definition of a task is fuzzy, it is up to the developer to do what they believe is correct. Does the code reflect what is desired? That answer is left open to interpretation. Sadly, developers may not have a clear understanding, and even the users requesting the solution may not be sure. The results can be very painful for an organization. Expectations may not align with the delivered solutions. Users will blame IT; IT will blame users.

Posted September 02, 2016

It is widely accepted that to realize the full potential of blockchain technology we will need a next-generation blockchain to supplement the one provided in the Bitcoin implementation. Ethereum represents just such a next-generation blockchain.

Posted September 02, 2016

As a heavy user of other RDBMS data platforms, I have long appreciated the extra effort that Microsoft put into their data management and administration tool, the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). While SSMS is an outstanding administration and T-SQL programming tool, it does have its minor qualms and quibbles.

Posted September 02, 2016

The current driving force for many IT projects is big data and analytics. So how will the job of DBA be impacted as their companies deploy big data analytics systems? The answer, is quite a bit, but don't forget everything you already know!

Posted September 02, 2016

The elastic and distributed technologies that run modern applications require a new approach to operations — one that learns about your infrastructure and assists IT operators with maintenance and problem-solving. The interdependencies between new applications are creating chaos in existing systems and surfacing the operational challenges of modern systems. Solutions such as micro services architectures alleviate the scalability pains of centralized proprietary services but at a tremendous cost in complexity.

Posted August 25, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced significant updates to the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Version 10.2 supports MySQL as a back-end database in addition to SQL Server and Oracle Database, includes visualization and analysis tools to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking, and deadlock issues, and adds support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Posted August 24, 2016

When you think about the role of a database professional, you probably don't include "cost savings" in the list of responsibilities. Maybe if there were a clearer correlation between the work of database professionals and money, people would pay more attention. Well, it turns out, there is.

Posted August 24, 2016

SHARE recently wrapped up its summer conference in Atlanta. James Vincent, immediate past president of SHARE, reflected on the changes that have taken place in the IT industry during his tenure and the key takeaways from the event which took place July 31-August 5. "One takeaway is that SHARE is on the right track when it comes to its focus on the new IT generation, what we call zNextGen," said Vincent.

Posted August 22, 2016

Google has announced that all of its database storage products are generally available and covered by corresponding service level agreements (SLAs). With this announcement, the company says, Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore are now generally available. It is also releasing new performance and security support for Google Compute Engine.

Posted August 16, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management software, has acquired Simba Technologies Inc., a provider of cross-platform standards-based data access solutions for relational, multi-dimensional, and non-relational data sources. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Posted August 16, 2016

As IT decision making moves out of the IT department and into the functional areas of organizations, partnerships and collaboration become even more critical. According to an article in strategy+business on why CEOs must become more technology savvy, "the majority of technology spending (68%) is now coming from budgets outside of IT, a significant increase from 47% in 2014." What this means is that many critical technology decisions are being made without the consultation of IT professionals.

Posted August 16, 2016

Regulatory compliance is a critical aspect of the IT landscape these days, and the ability to audit database activities showing who did what to which data when is a specific requirement of many industry and governmental regulations. There are six primary methods that can be used to accomplish database auditing.

Posted August 16, 2016

Redis Labs and Intel announced they have collaboratively benchmarked a throughput of 3 million database operations/second at under 1 millisecond of latency, while generating over 1GB NVMe throughput, on a single server with Redis on Flash and Intel NVMe-based SSDs.

Posted August 12, 2016

Nimbus Data is releasing a new all-flash platform for cloud, big data, virtualization, and massive digital content that will offer unprecedented scale and efficiency.

Posted August 09, 2016

Datameer is launching a newly redesigned Global Partner Program to recruit and enable a dynamic ecosystem of technology, services, and reseller partners. Datameer's new program introduces a rewards system that recognizes partners and helps form a trusted and easily accessible network for customers.

Posted August 09, 2016

Thousands of members of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) get the answers they need by sharing best practices, case studies and lessons learned. As the world's largest education, networking and advocacy forum for users of Oracle Applications, the OAUG helps members connect to find the solutions they need to do their jobs better and to improve their organizations' return on investment in Oracle Applications.

Posted August 04, 2016

Anyone who has ever attended Oracle OpenWorld knows that you must plan ahead. The conference held in San Francisco each fall is vast, and the upcoming conference, scheduled for September 18-22, 2016, promises to be equally expansive. Just as in years before, tens of thousands of attendees from well over 100 countries can be expected converge to learn more about Oracle's ever-expanding ecosystem of technologies, products and services during thousands of sessions held at the Moscone Center and multiple additional venues in downtown San Francisco. Here, Database Trends and Applications presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2016

As one works through the normal forms, be it a journey to the placid shores of third normal, or the more arid climes of Boyce-Codd normal form, or even the cloudy peaks of fourth normal and beyond—and before one starts thinking about normalizing the design—the database designer has covered a lot of ground work already. Before thinking of normalizing, one needs to have conceptualized the relations that might be within the solution's scope.

Posted August 04, 2016

I had the pleasure to spend some time with my old friend Mark Souza, a general manager in the Data Platform team at Microsoft, while speaking at the SQL Saturday event in Dublin, Ireland. Now keep in mind that Mark and I have known each other since the 1990s when SQL Server was just being ported to a brand new operating system called Windows NT. Mark and I were having a laugh and more than a twinge of nostalgia about how much SQL Server has improved over the decades and now sits atop the heap on most analysts' "best database" reports. This isn't just two old-timers sharing a few war stories though. This is a living, breathing transformation that is still in process.

Posted August 04, 2016

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