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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
December 21, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: December 21, 2010. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

MarkLogic Corporation, whose flagship product is a purpose-built database for unstructured information, has announced that it was selected as the database of choice after a proof of concept that included a migration of the existing catalog content in less than four days.

Karmasphere has introduced Karmasphere Analyst, productivity software for data professionals working with massive data sets. "Karmasphere is focused on providing software for developers and analysts to work with Big Data in Hadoop clusters. Over the past 12 months, we have been introducing products specifically focused on developers who are early adopters of Hadoop and are working on Big Data in Hadoop, but what we have heard time and time again from enterprise organizations is the need to unlock access to data in Hadoop clusters for enterprise analysts," Martin Hall, CEO of Karmasphere, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Oracle has announced the general availability of MySQL 5.5. The new release delivers enhancements enabling users to improve the performance and scalability of web applications across multiple operating environments, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X. MySQL 5.5 is the first major MySQL server release which has been done under Oracle's reign and it is also represents the first time the InnoDB team, which was acquired by Oracle back in 2005, and the MySQL team worked together to create a new release, Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

QSM Associates is shipping an updated version of the SLIM software lifecycle management solution, which incorporates support for Agile software development methodologies. A product of McLean, Virginia-based QSM, Inc., the new release, SLIM Suite 8.0, addresses development concerns with Agile methodologies, which emphasize iterative approaches working as small teams with business users.

Queplix Corp., a provider of data virtualization software, has introduced its new Advantage Partner Program to provide Queplix partners, including value added resellers (VARs), independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and system integrators and professional services (SIPS), with access to its data virtualization technology, training, marketing and customer support programs. According to Mark Cashman, CEO, Queplix, "The goal of the Advantage Partner Program is two-fold: to help our partners capitalize on and benefit from the next wave of virtualization by providing access to the training and certification needed for rapid implementation of our technology across a broad spectrum of data discovery, data integration, data migration and master data management projects; and in addition, enable customers to move faster to complete successful implementations and realize the return on investment they expect."

Sentrigo, Inc., a provider of database security and data protection solutions for the data center and the cloud, said it has secured $6 million in a Series C funding round. The round included participation from existing investors Benchmark Capital and Stata Venture Partners, as well as a new strategic investment from Juniper Networks, through the Junos Innovation Fund. The financing will allow Sentrigo to increase global sales and marketing activities in support of its rapid revenue growth rate, as well as to continue expanding its database security and data integrity solutions for the cloud.

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