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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

While temporal data support is something that has existed in the past within other database platforms, it is a newly available feature with the RTM version of SQL Server 2016. In case you haven't heard of temporal data values (or for some, "bitemporal"), here is a brief explanation.

Posted June 09, 2016

The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today's up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions. Business leaders recognize that the key to success in hyper-competitive markets is the ability to leverage data to draw insights that predict and provide prescriptive action to stay ahead of markets and customer preferences. For that, they need to keep up with the latest solutions and approaches in data management. Here are 12 of the key technologies turning heads—or potentially opening enterprise wallets—in today's data centers.

Posted June 09, 2016

Many of the NoSQL tools out there, such as MongoDB, Couchbase, Hadoop, and others, purport to be leading a revolution and breaking the bonds of servitude to the restrictive, inflexible, established, relational market. They claim users need more, users need better … and they are there to help. Of course, when speaking about those relational flaws, the comments always focus on problematic aspects of a DBMS' physical implementation.

Posted June 09, 2016

Keeping your DBMS software up-to-date can be a significant job. The typical release cycle for DBMS software is every 18 to 36 months for major releases, with constant bug fixes and maintenance updates delivered in between those major releases.

Posted June 09, 2016

Digital transformation is taking place at an accelerated rate in the world today. CIOs are struggling to maintain legacy systems, while the world around them continues to transform at a rapid pace. At the same time, clients are expecting IT professionals to support the latest technology that becomes available. As IT continues to lag behind the digital wave, clients are becoming impatient and moving toward cloud technologies such as PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, and DBaaS to address their business requirements.

Posted June 09, 2016

Almost all organizations have migrated at least some infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, just 9% of IT departments have not migrated anything. Furthermore, databases rank in the top three for both infrastructure already migrated to the cloud and infrastructure with the highest priority for future migration.

Posted June 09, 2016

Data Dynamics, Inc., a provider of storage management solutions for unstructured data, has introduced new software modules as part of the StorageX platform.

Posted June 08, 2016

Progress is releasing a new package of platforms that will enable enterprises to tap into the full potential of digital business. Progress DigitalFactory is a new cloud-based platform that provides a holistic, extensible solution for businesses to create omni-channel digital experiences.

Posted June 08, 2016

Cloud computing is gaining ground in the enterprise since it allows businesses to concentrate on their core competencies rather than on IT. As cloud becomes more popular, organizations are focusing on hybrid strategies that combine on-premise and cloud capabilities, industry research shows. However, data integration and security remain concerns.

Posted June 07, 2016

A new integrated development environment for real-time, high performance analytics, available on IBM Cloud, called the Data Science Experience, is aimed at helping to blend emerging data technologies and machine learning into existing architectures.

Posted June 07, 2016

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of software products for optimizing and protecting business-critical application environments, is rolling out a new release of SIOS iQ, its machine learning analytics software for VM environments. Providing a key new capability, SIOS has worked with SQL Sentry to integrate iQ version 3.7 with SQL Sentry Performance Advisor to bridge what it describes as a critical gap between IT infrastructure administrators and SQL Server administrators.

Posted June 07, 2016

Emerging and newer vendors can offer fresh, innovative ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching.

Posted June 06, 2016

At Spark Summit in San Francisco this week, Microsoft announced it is making a major commitment for Spark to power Microsoft's big data and analytics offerings including Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, and Microsoft R Server.

Posted June 06, 2016

NoSQL database technology vendor Couchbase has introduced a new Couchbase Spark Connector. According to Couchbase, the new Spark connector will enable businesses to gain business insights faster, enabling them to deliver better customer experiences through web, mobile and IoT applications.

Posted June 06, 2016

Attunity Ltd. is partnering with Microsoft Corp. to enable faster and easier adoption of Microsoft SQL Server 2016. The partnership allows Microsoft to tap into Attunity Replicate's data replication and change data capture technologies to achieve "zero-downtime migrations" from systems such as Oracle and others to SQL Server 2016.

Posted June 06, 2016

Cisco and IBM are partnering to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) insights at the edge of the network. The new approach combines technology from both companies to allow businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations to tap the benefits of IBM's Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco's edge analytics capabilities.

Posted June 02, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted June 01, 2016

The ability to stand up and voice your opinion about a solution or technology that will not solve a business problem is critical. At times, choices are made for budgetary reasons, and other times, it may be organizational pressure. But regardless of the reason, as IT professionals, we need to be courageous and do the right thing, whatever that is.

Posted June 01, 2016

CSC's board of directors has unanimously approved a plan to merge the company with the Enterprise Services segment of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE. The strategic combination of the two businesses will create what the companies' executives called one of the world's largest pure-play IT services companies. The new company is expected to have annual revenues of $26 billion and more than 5,000 clients in 70 countries.

Posted May 31, 2016

Dynatrace, a management tools provider, has teamed up with Pivotal, a digital services tools vendor, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. Dynatrace Application Monitoring Service Broker Tile and Buildpack Extensions for Pivotal Cloud Foundry will provide actionable performance insights for businesses with cloud initiatives.

Posted May 31, 2016

For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing three bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). The current memory landscape spans from venerable DRAM to hard disk drives to ubiquitous flash. But in the last several years, PCM has attracted the industry's attention as a potential universal memory technology based on its combination of read/write speed, endurance, non-volatility and density. For example, PCM doesn't lose data when powered off, unlike DRAM, and the technology can endure at least 10 million write cycles, compared to an average flash USB stick, which tops out at 3,000 write cycles.

Posted May 31, 2016

Thanks to the cloud and other empowering technologies such as Hadoop and Apache Spark, we're at the tipping point for big data. These technologies now provide a path to big data success for companies who otherwise lack the specialized big data skills or heretofore proprietary (and expensive) infrastructure to do it themselves. As 2016 progresses, we'll see the broader market put big data capabilities to work and the benefits of big data will, in turn, spread beyond the privileged few companies that were early big data adopters.

Posted May 25, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

EMC Corp.'s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) is releasing an upgraded version of its EMC InfoArchive platform, enhancing the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical data and content.

Posted May 25, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 25, 2016

It seems every week there is another data breach in the news, which translates to millions and millions of personal records, credit card numbers, and other pieces of confidential information stolen each month. The victims of these breaches include important companies with professional IT staff. Now, you may be thinking: "Shouldn't the network guys be responsible for security?"

Posted May 25, 2016

Redmonk's annual programming language rankings - based on GitHub and StackOverflow traffic - were recently released and to no one's surprise, JavaScript was ranked as the most popular programming language.

Posted May 18, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse solutions company. Founded in 1984, Datalytics Technologies offers pre-built data warehouse and data mart solutions for SAP's and Oracle's families of ERP systems.

Posted May 18, 2016

AtScale, Inc., which provides a self-service BI platform for Hadoop, has raised a Series B round of $11 million, bringing its total funding to date to $20 million. According to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer of AtScale, its platform is different from others in three key ways, making it applicable to use cases in an array of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and financial services.

Posted May 17, 2016

Bringing another tool to its product portfolio, IDERA has released SQL BI Check, a no-cost option for real-time performance monitoring of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). SQL BI Check, with agentless installation, provides data on performance metrics with graphs and charts that assess and SSAS health.

Posted May 17, 2016

MarkLogic has announced that MarkLogic 9 is available for early access. The latest release of the enterprise NoSQL database features enhancements in data integration, security, and manageability.

Posted May 10, 2016

The world's data has doubled in 18 months' time. The industry estimates that the global amount of storage will reach 40 ZB by 2020. Historically, storage architectures were built on solutions that could only scale vertically. This legacy approach to storage presents significant challenges to being able to store the tremendous quantities of data being created today in a way that is cost-effective and maintains high levels of performance. Today, most of the world's data centers are still using vertical scaling solutions for storage, which means that organizations are seeking alternatives that allow them to scale cheaply and efficiently in order to remain competitive. And now, with software defined storage moving forward, we see the use of more scale-out storage solutions in data centers.

Posted May 04, 2016

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

Being able to assess the effectiveness and performance of your database systems and applications is one of the most important things that a DBA must be able to do. This can include online transaction response time evaluation, sizing of the batch window and determining whether it is sufficient for the workload, end-to-end response time management of distributed workload, and more. But in order to accurately gauge the effectiveness of your current environment and setup, service level agreements, or SLAs, are needed.

Posted May 04, 2016

Many thought it was an early April Fool's Day prank, but it was no joke: On March 7, 2016, Microsoft announced the beta release of SQL Server on Linux with the intention of shipping a full release of the product by April of 2017.

Posted May 04, 2016

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, a provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, in a transaction valued at approximately $532 million. Separately, Oracle also announced another agreement to acquire Textura, a provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for in a deal valued at approximately $663 million.

Posted May 04, 2016

What makes an IT organization static or dynamic? What triggers an organization to move from one to the other? The transformation is not easy and it certainly does not happen quickly. These questions can also be asked at a personal level. As an IT professional, are you more likely to be static or dynamic?

Posted May 04, 2016

Say what you will about Oracle, it certainly can't be accused of failing to move with the times. Typically, Oracle comes late to a technology party but arrives dressed to kill.

Posted May 04, 2016

Qlik is unveiling the next version of its Qlik Sense Enterprise platform, combing enterprise readiness and governance with visualization and data preparation capabilities, according to the company.

Posted May 03, 2016

TimeXtender, a provider of data warehouse automation (DWA) software for Microsoft SQL Server, is partnering with Qlik to offer a complete data warehouse and business intelligence package to users across the globe.

Posted May 03, 2016

Analytics provider Lavastorm is partnering with Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, to offer an integrated solution for a broader swath of users of all skill levels through Qlik Sense.

Posted May 03, 2016

Led by Pivotal, GE Ventures, and GTD Capital, SnappyData has secured $3.65 million in Series A funding that will help it grow and further its technologies.

Posted April 29, 2016

Accenture and Splunk have formed an alliance that integrates Splunk products and cloud services into Accenture's application services, security, and digital offerings. The goal is to help customers improve business outcomes by mining vast amounts of application and operational data to identify trends and opportunities for improvement that were previously difficult to detect.

Posted April 28, 2016

Snowflake Computing, a provider of cloud-based data warehousing, and MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, are teaming up to provide cloud-enabled analytics. The collaboration will build on Snowflake's certified connectivity with MicroStrategy 10 through further product integration and go-to-market collaboration.

Posted April 28, 2016

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