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Information Security solutions protect enterprise and government data and help address the need for compliance with Government and Industry requirements in physical and virtual systems. Security technologies that help protect against misuse by external hackers and internal privileged users include Data Masking, Data Encryption, Identity Management, Degaussing, Firewalls, Auditing, and Mandatory Access Controls.



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You will often hear experienced practitioners and consultants suggest that there is both an art and a science to effective data governance. The art is in the details of fine-tuning a data governance program to fit your culture and address specific business needs. But the fundamental principles of data governance are best understood and executed through science.

Posted May 15, 2017

Data—now universally understood to be the lifeblood of businesses—is at risk like never before in the form of both malicious attacks and innocent indiscretions. Recently, Steve Grobman, CTO for McAfee, discussed the range of threats to data security and what companies must do to defend themselves.

Posted May 15, 2017

Big data and analytics are all around these days. Most companies already have their first analytical models in production and are thinking about further boosting their performance. However, far too often, these companies focus on the analytical techniques rather than on the key ingredient: data. The best way to boost the performance and ROI of an analytical model is by investing in new sources of data which can help to further unravel complex customer behavior and improve key analytical insights.

Posted May 15, 2017

What are the enabling technologies that make enterprise architecture what it is today? There are a range of new-generation technologies and approaches shaping today's data environments. The key is putting them all together to help enterprise architecture fit into the enterprise's vision of itself as a data-driven organization. Tools and technologies emerging within today's data-driven enterprise include cloud, data lakes, real-time analytics, microservices, containers, Spark, Hadoop, and open source trends.

Posted May 15, 2017

Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, a graph database solution, is releasing an update to Neo4j that introduces enterprise scaling, governance and security capabilities, and improves native graph performance. The update, Neo4j 3.2, adds multi-data center capabilities to enable customers to build the next generation of global internet scale applications.

Posted May 11, 2017

Dell EMC is announcing new data backup and protection solutions to enable customers to ensure data is secure, backed up and protected against disasters and outages.

Posted May 09, 2017

Not only has the Microsoft SQL Server engineering team added more and stronger leadership, outstanding individual engineers and staff members, but it is also radically moving its entire development process into a "cloud-first" ethos. Now, I'd like to show one of the most salient results of this new development process-accelerated product releases. It was only a few years ago (and is still the case for other data management platforms) that a major new release takes at least 2, but more likely 3 years. With the "production-ready" release of SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0, we are only 1 year from the last production release.

Posted May 05, 2017

MongoDB faced its worst-ever public relations challenge earlier this year when a spate of ransomware attacks plagued tens of thousands of Mongo instances. It's important to realize that we are not talking about some sort of obscure vulnerability here - these MongoDB databases were configured with NO passwords at all, and were easily found listening on the default port (27017) on publicly-accessible servers.

Posted May 05, 2017

Dell EMC has announced a new platform for implementing and sustaining a hybrid cloud based on Microsoft Azure Stack. The new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is aimed at helping organizations standardize on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem and provides automated IT service delivery for traditional and cloud-native applications.

Posted May 04, 2017

Dizzion, Inc., which specializes in virtualization solutions, including cloud delivered desktops and application streaming, has added new end user computing (EUC) points of delivery (POD) to extend the company's service capabilities. The new PODs are located in Pennsylvania and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Posted May 03, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Software is releasing the GDPR Starter Kit, helping organizations take the first step to prepare for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards. This bundled set of software solutions assists organizations to automatically identify, classify, and take action to secure information that falls under this regulation.

Posted May 03, 2017

Datos IO has announced a new version of its cloud-scale data management platform, RecoverX 2.0, to help organizations be more agile, enhance productivity, and drive operational efficiency as they deploy their next-generation customer-centric applications in the cloud and scale their traditional applications across hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud infrastructures.

Posted May 02, 2017

NextLabs, Inc., an SAP partner and provider of data-centric security software, released a new product in the Data Centric Security suite for SAP software, increasing access control and data security requirements. Entitlement Manager for S/4 HANA provides enhanced access control across all Fiori applications.

Posted April 26, 2017

IBM announced first-quarter earnings results, with traditional software and hardware solutions slumping, while next-generation offerings surged. The company's first-quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $3.5 billion, totaling $14.6 billion for the last 12 months.

Posted April 24, 2017

Vanguard Integrity Professionals said it is shipping a solution for its enterprise cybersecurity software suite intended to deliver expert-level vulnerability assessments of z/OS Security Server configuration controls and security settings with the ability to quickly produce audit results.

Posted April 24, 2017

Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of SaaS data protection, has been acquired by affiliates of Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm investing in software, internet and data services companies.

Posted April 20, 2017

As mobile has pushed deeper into enterprises, there is a growing recognition that it may be possible to run significant parts of businesses from relatively small devices. While mobile devices may not be ready to run entire enterprises, in many cases, they certainly can run more limited functions.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's enterprise database environments are growing in size and complexity, fueled by rising data volumes and new business demands. Many databases that have been at the heart of existing enterprises to power mission-critical applications are now being positioned to support new Digital Native businesses. As a result, 24x7 high availability is no longer a luxury for select applications; it's a necessity for the bulk of the business—many organizations can no longer afford downtime in their data environments—even for a minute.

Posted April 18, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is announcing its HPE SecureData platform has achieved the industry's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData has the world's first FIPS-validated AES-FF1 encryption configuration option to operate in strict FIPS mode, according to the vendor.

Posted April 13, 2017

The Oracle Public Cloud Offering has achieved a series of compliance certifications and attestations for for a number of core services.

Posted April 12, 2017

Oracle has unveiled its Cloud Converged Storage, which, it says, represents the first time a public cloud provider at scale has integrated its cloud services with its on-premises, high performance NAS storage systems.

Posted April 12, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted April 12, 2017

NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has announced the formation of the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC). Cyber threats are by nature global, and NTT Security's threat intelligence capabilities will now reflect this, offering a comprehensive view of the threat landscape but with regional delivery.

Posted April 11, 2017

M-Files Corporation, a provider of solutions to improve how businesses manage documents and other information, has introduced offerings that help companies better protect their customers' personal data and adhere to GDPR requirements. The objective of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to simplify and harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, and give EU citizens control of their Personally Identifiable Information (PII). There are substantial non-compliance fines—up to 20 million euros or 4% of global annual turnover based on the preceding financial year, whichever is greater.

Posted April 11, 2017

Software AG has updated its Zementis Predictive Analytics product to support IBM z Systems and Adabas and Natural applications and databases. Zementis supports artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning models in batch or real-time transactions, which in turn delivers operational AI for fast-moving, big data applications.

Posted April 10, 2017

CA Technologies has completed the acquisition of Veracode, a provider of web, mobile and third-party applications across the software development lifecycle. The acquisition positions CA Technologies as leader in the Secure DevOps market. Under the terms of the agreement, the transaction is valued at approximately $614 million in cash.

Posted April 10, 2017

By now we are all in agreement: The business of data is changing. Business users are more empowered to work with data; IT is becoming less about control and more about enablement. New data science job descriptions—such as the data scientist—are springing up as companies everywhere look for the right people with the right skill sets to squeeze more value from their data. Data itself is getting bigger, hardware more economical, and analytical software more "self-service." We've embraced the paradigm shift from traditional BI to iterative data discovery. It's a new era.

Posted April 07, 2017

Make no mistake: Big data is promising, exciting, and effective—when done right. Once considered an overhyped buzzword, it's now a potential tool that leaders in every vertical want to harness. Unfortunately, the majority of new big data projects—about 55% of them, according to Gartner—are shuttered before they even get off the ground.

Posted April 07, 2017

I always look forward to new research from Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., publishers of this magazine and other great products for data professionals. The latest report which you should read is "SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility & Resiliency 2017; PASS Database Management Survey."

Posted April 07, 2017

Every good DBA understands that backing up their database data is a non-optional part of assuring data availability and integrity. As a DBA, you need to know the difference between a full image copy backup and an incremental image copy backup and implement the proper image copy backup strategy based on application needs and database activity.

Posted April 07, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is receiving its largest funding to date, raising over $90 million in a Series C round co-led by investors GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Sequoia Capital, to expand sales and marketing to meet explosive customer demand. The investment will accelerate Cohesity's research and development of additional secondary storage use cases beyond data protection, with a special focus on analytics, test/dev, file services and object services.

Posted April 04, 2017

Data security provider McAfee has begun operating as a new standalone entity, with plans to expand upon its security solutions platform to better enable customers to effectively identify and orchestrate responses to cyberthreats.

Posted April 04, 2017

Thales, a provider of cybersecurity and data security solutions, is integrating its nShield hardware security module (HSM) with Chain, a provider of enterprise-grade blockchain infrastructure. The shared ledger model will offer the financial industry a new model for transacting between organizations that is more efficient and secure than legacy systems, according to Thales. Cost savings, faster transactions, and improved data quality add to the many benefits of the technology.

Posted March 30, 2017

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has represented the voice of data technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are excited about how our community continues to grow and focus on peer-to-peer education and know-how. With that focus we are excited for our premier yearly event: COLLABORATE 17 - IOUG Forum.

Posted March 29, 2017

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, is adding two-factor authentication (2FA) support in ADManager Plus, its Active Directory (AD) management, and reporting solution, making its platforms much more secure. The addition of 2FA support establishes an extra layer of security around ADManager Plus logins while user provisioning support makes the iOS app a complete user life cycle management tool for on-the-go AD admins.

Posted March 29, 2017

IBM has made additions to the IBM Cloud Object Storage family, and is offering clients new choices for archival data and a new pricing model to more easily apply intelligence to unpredictable data patterns using analytics and cognitive tools. IBM also announced an expanded partnership with NetApp that provides NetApp customers with more ways to take advantage of IBM Cloud.

Posted March 27, 2017

MicroStrategy is releasing an enhanced version of its signature platform, delivering a new set of APIs that will allow users to connect to almost any data source. MicroStrategy 10.7 also adds integrations with Natural Language Generation (NLG) providers Automated Insights and Narrative Science, letting users add Intelligent Narratives to their dashboards alongside their reports, graphs, and visualizations.

Posted March 27, 2017

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is rebranding as "Melissa" to reflect the company's increased focus on enabling global business intelligence. The change reflects the company's new identity verification services and industry-specific solutions to support Know Your Customer initiatives, risk management, and compliance.

Posted March 20, 2017

Dataguise, a provider of sensitive data governance, has announced that DgSecure now provides sensitive data monitoring and masking in Apache Hive.

Posted March 15, 2017

DH2i Company, a provider of Microsoft Windows Server application virtualization and management solutions, has announced the general availability of DxEnterprise version 16 (v16). The updated release of DH2i's container virtualization and management software includes added support for Oracle Database on Windows, enabling Oracle users to create stateful containers for new and existing Oracle databases using the Vhost container technology of DxEnterprise.

Posted March 15, 2017

Signals from IoT-enabled devices represent an opportunity for organizations to better manage, interpret, and leverage data, and the organizations that have the ability to integrate device data into their business processes and applications can gain critical predictive insights and drive cost-effective actions.

Posted March 15, 2017

Dell EMC has rolled out DLm release 4.5 for cloud-based physical tape replacement, offered as a substitute for physical tape. This builds on Dell EMC's offerings of Dell EMC VMAX All Flash primary storage and Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) virtual tape.

Posted March 13, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nimble Storage, a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. The reported purchase price is $1 billion.

Posted March 13, 2017

Thales, a provider of cybersecurity and data security, will partner with BT, a provider of communications services and solutions, to provide Vormetric Transparent Encryption to its users. Vormetric Transparent Encryption helps customers encrypt data-at-rest, control privileged user access, and manage a collection of security intelligence logs without re-engineering applications, databases or infrastructure.

Posted March 13, 2017

Unravel Data, which provides an application performance management (APM) platform designed to simplify DataOps, has unveiled a new set of automated actions for improving big data operations and performance.

Posted March 10, 2017

GridGain Systems, provider of in-memory computing platform solutions based on Apache Ignite, is releasing GridGain Professional Edition 1.9, improving performance and automated benchmarking. This update version fully supports Apache Ignite 1.9 and introduces Kubernetes support for deploying containerized Ignite clusters, expands support for data manipulation language (DML), and more.

Posted March 09, 2017

AtScale is releasing 5.0 of its signature platform, introducing new features such as a dimensional calculation engine, a machine learning performance optimizer, a universal data abstraction layer, and enterprise-grade security, governance and metadata management capabilities.

Posted March 07, 2017

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