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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 announced that fiscal 2014 Q3 total revenues were up 4% to $9.3 billion. In constant currency, Oracle's Cloud Software subscriptions revenues grew 25% and its Engineered Systems revenue grew more than 30% in the quarter, said Oracle president and CFO Safra Catz in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 18, 2014

HP, which has a decades-long partnership with Oracle, has been named an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Diamond level partner, which is the highest ranking available in the OPN Specialized program.

Posted March 17, 2014

Today, businesses are ending up with more and more critical dependency on their data infrastructure. If underlying database systems are not available, manufacturing floors cannot operate, stock exchanges cannot trade, retail stores cannot sell, banks cannot serve customers, mobile phone users cannot place calls, stadiums cannot host sports games, gyms cannot verify their subscribers' identity. Here is a look at some of the trends and how they are going to impact data management professionals.

Posted March 17, 2014

Historical content within data structures increases their complexity. Making complexity "easy" for the initial developers and "harder" for the later users is a short-sighted approach.

Posted March 12, 2014

Database disaster recovery must be an integral component of your overall business recovery plan. Just because your organization has not yet experienced a disaster, or is not in a high-risk area, does not absolve you from the need for contingency planning. Here is what all DBAs should do to be prepared.

Posted March 12, 2014

Oracle announced Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 back in November 2013, which features new capabilities for managing Oracle Multitenant, an Oracle Database 12c enterprise edition option. The announcement was supported by a live webcast, titled "Delivering Pluggable Database as a Service." In this article, we provide answers to some of the common questions from the webcast.

Posted March 10, 2014

SAP underscored the company's strategy which focuses squarely on HANA and the cloud in a webcast presented by Jonathan Becher, chief marketing officer of SAP, and Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Products & Innovation. The company rolled out new and enhanced offerings for the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the SAP HANA Marketplace, HANA's new pricing, innovations on top of HANA, and also announced that HANA had broken the Guinness World Record for the largest data warehouse ever built - 12.1PB.

Posted March 05, 2014

To take advantage of new Oracle Database capabilities, CSX Corporation, an international transportation company, upgraded more than 400 databases supporting critical commercial, packaged and proprietary business applications, including payroll, dispatching, and a customer-facing order entry system. To minimize the business impact and downtime during the transition, CSX used Oracle Real Application Testing, an Oracle Database option, in conjunction with Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Posted March 05, 2014

Percona, a provider of MySQL support, consulting, remote DBA, training, and software development for MySQL, is hosting its third Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo from April 1-4 in Santa Clara. The company also recently introduced a new release of Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6., the latest version of its open source high availability clustering solution for MySQL.

Posted March 04, 2014

Teradata and EMC have collaborated to provide a certified backup and recovery approach for Teradata Database customers. The Teradata and EMC partnership was formed in October 2013 when Teradata certified the Data Domain Operating System 5.4. Teradata has also just certified EMC's latest product - the Data Domain DD720 - bringing greater backup performance improvements to customers.

Posted March 03, 2014

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) and IBM have launched a Big Data Survey to provide a timely analysis of the key technologies, practices and strategies that businesses across different industries are using to improve confidence in their decision making. Respond with a completed survey by March 2nd, 2014, in order to be included in a drawing to win one of three $200 American Express gift cards to be awarded at the conclusion of the study.

Posted February 26, 2014

The newest version of DataStax's eponymously named enterprise database platform adds a new in-memory option as well as enterprise search enhancements to support high performance. Along with the latest release of its enterprise NoSQL database, DataStax has also introduced version 4.1 of DataStax OpsCenter which supplies improved capacity management capabilities and visual monitoring of production database clusters.

Posted February 26, 2014

In order to be effective, big data analytics must present a clear and consistent picture of what's happening in and around the enterprise. Does a new generation of databases and platforms offer the scalability and velocity required for cloud-based, big data-based applications—or will more traditional relational databases come roaring back for all levels of big data challenges?

Posted February 26, 2014

Extending its partnership with SAP, BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data migration solutions, announced that SAP will resell two of its solutions to help customers accelerate data migration projects and accelerate the governance of human resources (HR) data and other custom data domains.

Posted February 26, 2014

Mission-critical applications in the banking, education, retail, healthcare, oil and gas, government, and travel industries depend on trusted MultiValue database systems. Yet, new requirements are emerging for MultiValue technology vendors to support integration with other enterprise data sources, enable mobile and web access, provide comprehensive business intelligence, and enforce greater security. In this special report, executives of seven leading MultiValue companies discuss how they are responding to their customers' evolving needs.

Posted February 26, 2014

The challenges of funding and executing IT projects that support competitive advantage for the enterprise are explored in a new EMC-sponsored survey of 285 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. A fundamental process to support big data analytics initiatives is the delivery of reliable information through the integration of networks, data systems and applications. However, many organizations find themselves instead mired in low-level database administration tasks.

Posted February 24, 2014

Splice Machine, provider of a real-time SQL-on-Hadoop database for big data applications, has completed a $15M Series B round of funding, led by InterWest Partners, along with returning Series A investor Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). The investment will be used to accelerate product development and expand sales and marketing in preparation for the company's upcoming public beta offering later this quarter.

Posted February 18, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted February 14, 2014

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Posted February 14, 2014

MemSQL, a provider of in-memory database technology, has announced the release of MemSQL v3.0, which provides a highly compressed column store in a new integrated architecture. The new tiered storage architecture enables companies to combine in-memory and flash optimized columnar engines to capture, store and query large amounts of data in real time.

Posted February 11, 2014

In many organizations, users find it hard to trust their own internal information technology (IT) group, leading them to try any possible option to solve problems own their own. The resulting stealth IT projects can lead to confusion or even complete chaos.

Posted February 10, 2014

Metadata is required to make data usable by applications, yet many data professionals do not understand or simply ignore metadata management. Just think about the metadata you must manage on your iPod—or whatever MP3 player you use—to be able to successfully select the music you want to hear.

Posted February 10, 2014

To help customers in process industries, such as in Natural Resources, Life Sciences, Food & Beverage, Chemicals, and Consumer Goods, meet strategic cost management objectives, Oracle has introduced Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries. The new In-Memory Applications from Oracle aim to provide real-time insight, allowing process organizations to maximize revenue, increase profits, and optimize operational costs and working capital.

Posted February 05, 2014

CodeFutures is now the sponsor of MapDB, a database for Java developers. According to CodeFutures, MapDB will remain open source under the Apache 2.0 license, enabling free access to the core technology.

Posted February 04, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

EnterpriseDB has expanded its Postgres Plus Cloud Database to support Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud, a web service that enables users to launch AWS Cloud resources in a user-defined virtual private network.

Posted January 28, 2014

ISUG-TECH, the technical user group for SAP products, has published the conference tracks and sessions for the upcoming ISUG-TECH 2014 conference which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, and sponsored by SAP. In addition to the main conference tracks, there also will be six pre-conference and three post-conference workshops providing deeper technical dives.

Posted January 22, 2014

2013 saw its fair share of important data-related acquisitions. Key players like Oracle, IBM and SAP were all busy with data-related acquisitions. Last year also saw the announcement and release of a lot of great new DBMS technology, too. Let's look back over the most significant data and database-related events of the previous year.

Posted January 07, 2014

You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the growth and uptake of cloud computing. Most enterprises are still exploring cloud computing for their relational databases, but there is no doubt that cloud computing is growing due its many benefits. Here's a look at what SQL Server 2014 will do for you with regard to business cloud computing.

Posted January 07, 2014

Changes and enhancement to solutions are hard, even under the best of circumstances. It is not usual that, as operational changes roll out into production, the business intelligence area is left uninformed, suggesting that data warehouses and business intelligence be categorized according to the view of the old comedian Rodney Dangerfield because they both "get no respect."

Posted January 07, 2014

SAP will be the Diamond Sponsor for the Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH) conference, which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton, Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. The event will provide three full days of technical content and SAP will be providing a significant amount of that content, said Mike Harrold, executive director of ISUG-TECH.

Posted December 18, 2013

Applied Relevance has announced general availability of a new information management application, Epinomy version 7 optimized for MarkLogic 7. According to Applied Relevance, Epinomy provides information architects with a comprehensive approach to linking and tagging information assets such as tables and text; and then leveraging triple store technology to enable a high-speed search experience.

Posted December 09, 2013

IT organizations see benefit in providing cloud services and database as a service in consolidation environments and in being able to deliver the needed business solutions quickly and cost-effectively. A first step to starting the journey to providing databases as a service is to consolidate database environments, and the Oracle Database 12c actually provides a great way to do just that.

Posted December 04, 2013

While there have always been many database choices, it's only recently that enterprises have been embarking on new journeys with their data strategies. Today's database landscape is increasingly specialized and best of breed, due to the expanding range of new varieties of databases and platforms—led by NoSQL, NewSQL, and Hadoop. This is complicating the already difficult job of bringing all these data types together into a well-integrated, well-architected environment.

Posted December 04, 2013

OpenText, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, has announced Project Red Oxygen, which the company describes as a "harmonized" release of new EIM software advancements designed to give CIOs the ability to extract value from their enterprise information and accelerate competitive advantage.

Posted December 02, 2013

The Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH), has opened the call for papers for the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference, which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton, Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. With a strong focus on SAP's database technologies, the conference will provide three days of technical content across all SAP products, including SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), SAP Sybase Replication Server, SAP PowerBuilder, the SAP Mobile Platform and SAP HANA.

Posted November 27, 2013

Significant momentum for SAP Business Suite software on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE) has developed in the year and a half since the offering's release in April 2012, according to SAP. The company says more than 1,000 customers have chosen to run SAP Business Suite on SAP Sybase ASE and there are more than 2,000 customer installations

Posted November 27, 2013

A new strategic OEM agreement between Rolta and SAP will enable Rolta to provide customers with business analytics and big data solutions designed to exploit SAP's database and technology portfolio.

Posted November 27, 2013

Changes to database structures should be performed in a coordinated fashion as the application processes that support the new functionality are rolled out into production. While the "work" involved in adding a column or a table to a relational database is actually minimal, often there are circumstances where developers and DBAs create additional columns and additional tables in anticipation of future needs. Sadly, this "proactive" effort results in databases littered with half-formed ideas, fits-and-starts, and scattered-about columns and tables that provide no meaningful content.

Posted November 13, 2013

There was an interesting new vibe at Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2013. There was a very strong positive energy permeating the place and a noticeable uptick in positive interactions among attendees. In broader technical news, Microsoft unveiled a couple of powerful new features that had been hidden even in the closed previews and also announced the availability of SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.

Posted November 13, 2013

The number of databases continues to grow, but evolution tells us that not all may survive. Through the natural selection of most useful traits, intensifying the most crucial features, and implementing the best of both, databases will continue to flourish in new remarkable ways, helping organizations achieve specialized goals unique to their business. Here's a look at where the evolutionary path of the data center could take us in the coming years.

Posted November 13, 2013

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