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Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:35
Press Release Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience New field service capabilities can improve customer satisfaction and response times, while reducing service delivery costs

Redwood Shores Calif—Apr 28, 2016

Oracle today announced a comprehensive new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud, formerly known as TOA Technologies. The latest release, which is part of Oracle’s end-to-end cloud customer service offering,  delivers extensive new field service enhancements focused on mobility, ease of use, and connecting contact center agents delivering service via the phone, email, and chat to field technicians providing in person support.   Field service is a customer service cornerstone for brands spanning a number of industries – including telecommunications, utilities, high tech and manufacturing.  A field service appointment may be the only time a company engages with its customers face-to-face to deliver a differentiated customer experience.  Leveraging time-based, predictive, self-learning technology, Oracle Field Service Cloud helps create the most efficient job schedules and travel routes for field resources to ensure the right field resource arrives to every job on-time, with the parts and knowledge to complete the work the first time. New features and integrations available in the latest release of Oracle Field Service Cloud include:  
  • Expanded Field Resource Manager:  Using a mobile device, field supervisors can now manage all field activities in real time with additional insights into field service team capacity.  These new capabilities enable the field workforce to quickly respond to changing customer needs, while streamlining collaboration between resources in the field.
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  • Automated Urgent Work Assignment: Companies can now respond to emergency situations using Oracle Field Service Cloud. When an event occurs, the application automatically locates the field resource nearest to the job and immediately routes them to the urgent event. The ability to take action automatically, without requiring human intervention, will help companies ensure relevant resources are quickly deployed – which in emergency situations, can make all the difference.
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  • Integration with Oracle’s E-Business Suite: This integration helps streamline job scheduling and inventory tracking capabilities. New integrations with Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) help Oracle Field Service Cloud customers quickly and easily integrate with other cloud applications such as Oracle Sales Cloud.
  “At Pella we continually strive to exceed our customer’s expectations and with the recent implementation of Oracle Field Service Cloud we are gaining new levels of customer service capabilities,” said Julia Neary, IT Manager, Fulfillment and Service, Pella Corporation. “We are already seeing a reduction in manual processes and improved management of our service technicians. More importantly we are able to leverage Oracle Field Service Cloud to respond faster, more reliably and more efficiently to our customer’s needs.”   Oracle Field Service Cloud is part of the Oracle Service Cloud portfolio which delivers a complete service experience across a wide range of modern contact center channels including web, phone, email, chat, social and the in-person field service interaction, all powered by the latest technology. This cross channel, connected and mobile service experience is something that competitive products fail to deliver.   Oracle believes that the latest release further cements Oracle Service Cloud’s leadership position cited by industry analyst firm Forrester Research in:  The Forrester Wave™: Customer Service Solutions For Enterprise Organizations, Q4 2015 and The Forrester Wave™: Customer Service Solutions For Midsize Teams, Q4 2015. Both ranked Oracle Service Cloud as a Leader, with the highest current offering category scores in both reports.  In addition, Oracle Service Cloud was noted among vendors that “deliver high-volume omnichannel service” and “have a foundational layer of knowledge management to deliver channel-specific answers to customer inquiries.   Contact Info Erik Kingham
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Oracle Buys Textura

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Buys Textura Adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 28, 2016

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura (NYSE: TXTR), a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for $26.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $663 million, net of Textura’s cash.

Textura’s cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors. Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity. Further, usage of Textura’s cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.

Oracle Primavera offers a complete suite of cloud solutions for project, cost, time and risk management. The Oracle Primavera flagship products have been completely re-architected for the Cloud, and the result is a set of cloud services that are growing rapidly as construction and engineering companies embrace digital transformation. Together, Oracle Primavera and Textura will form the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit offering a comprehensive cloud-based project control and execution platform that manages all phases of engineering and construction projects.

“The increasingly global engineering and construction industry requires digital modernization in a way that automates manual processes and embraces the power of cloud computing to easily connect the construction job site, reduce cost overruns, and improve productivity,” said Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM, Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle. “Together, Textura and Oracle Engineering and Construction will have the most comprehensive set of cloud services in the industry.”

“Textura’s mission is to bring workflow automation and transparency to complex construction projects while improving their financial performance and minimizing risks,” said David Habiger, Chief Executive Officer, Textura. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring our cloud-based capabilities to help extend the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform.”

The Board of Directors of Oracle has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Textura stockholders tendering 66 2/3% of Textura’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing (as required by Textura’s certificate of incorporation) in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/textura.

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Textura, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of Textura, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words "anticipates", “can", “will”, "look forward to", "expected" and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Textura, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or Textura may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Textura.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Textura, respectively, file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle's and Textura’s respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor Textura is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Textura product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle's standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle's review of Textura’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Textura or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Additional Information about the Acquisition and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition, Oracle will commence a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Textura. The tender offer has not yet commenced. This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Textura, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the SEC upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender is commenced, Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and Textura will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of Textura are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of Textura securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of Textura at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Oracle and Textura file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Oracle or Textura at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Oracle’s and Textura’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

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Re-thinking SQL Queries Using Sets in Oracle

Database Journal News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 08:01

Sometimes it's good to re-think how to write a query; set operations can provide performance benefits over 'straight SQL'.  Read on to see an example of this in action.

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Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:32
Press Release Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards The 2016 Markie Awards represent Oracle Marketing Cloud’s biggest award campaign in history with 350 submissions highlighting modern marketing success

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE – Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

To promote best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of modern marketers around the world, Oracle has announced the winners of the 2016 Markie Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the annual Markie Awards recognize the top companies and leaders for creative, innovative, and effective modern marketing campaigns that delivered increased engagement, conversation and ROI. Past winners include notable companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, Intel, Marriott Rewards, DocuSign, Twitter and Rockwell Automation.   The Markie Awards highlight the best omnichannel success stories in an age where the customer experience is more important than ever before. This year marked the Markie Award’s biggest campaign yet with a total of 350 award submissions, up 80 percent over last year.   The 2016 Markie Awards featured 19 categories that reflect the evolving marketing landscape, including: Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem, Best Sales and Marketing Alignment, Best Mobile Experience, Rapid Transformation, Content is King, and Modern Marketing Leader of the Year.   “The 10th anniversary of the Markie Awards represents a decade of marketing excellence from top companies and leaders around the world,” said Kevin Akeroyd, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “This year’s winners have gone above and beyond, fully leveraging the most innovative marketing technologies to create campaigns that put the customer at the heart of their programs, which delivered outstanding results.”   Winners of the 2016 Markie Awards are:  
  • Best Use of Audience Data: Dell, Inc.
  • Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem: Lenovo
  • Best Email Marketing Campaign: Jetstar
  • Best International Campaign: Tomtom
  • Best Mobile Experience: Zalora
  • Best Social Campaign: Family Share Network / Deseret Digital
  • Content is King: Wine.com.br
  • Best Customer Retention or Loyalty Program: Cetera Financial Group
  • Best Use of Data Analytics and Insights: Thomson Reuters (MarkMonitor)
  • Best Integrated Consumer Marketing Program: AGA
  • Rapid Transformation: BT Global Services
  • Best Sales and Marketing Alignment: Sierra
  • Best Testing and Optimization of the Customer Experience: YOTEL
  • Best Lead Management Program: Juniper
  • Best Emerging Company Marketing Program: Mobovida
  • Modern Marketing Leader of the Year: Blake Cahill, Royal Phillips
  • Best Web or Commerce Experience: SunPower
  • Most Creative Marketing Campaign: Eaton
  • People’s Choice Markie Award - Best Video: Cisco Systems
  “At Oracle, we strive to put the customer at the forefront of everything we do,” said Catherine Blackmore, group vice president, customer success, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “Therefore, we believe the best Modern Marketers are all about the customer, too. Oracle is proud to recognize and honor these winners for their customer-centric campaigns, outstanding achievements, and their dedication to Modern Marketing.”   The 2016 Markie Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 26th, during Oracle Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada.     Contact Info Erik Kingham
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Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:40
Press Release Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing New innovations and integrations help direct-to-consumer marketers personalize the customer experience and optimize marketing spend

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE – Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

Extending its commitment to help consumer marketers target, convert and retain their ideal customers, Oracle has introduced new innovations and integrations for the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower marketers to use differentiated audience data for targeting on their paid media, orchestrate cross-channel interactions and further optimize the customer experience.

Marketers can now improve the customer experience through a new direct integration between Oracle Maxymiser and Oracle Responsys applications. The integration enables marketers to orchestrate Oracle Maxymiser-delivered messaging on a website in conjunction with messaging in email, SMS, MMS, push messaging, in-app messaging and display advertising. In addition, Oracle Maxymiser is now fully integrated with the Oracle Data Management Platform. The integration empowers marketers to tap into first, second and third party data and use it for audience testing and optimization initiatives.

To help marketers connect the right audience data and deliver a more consistent customer experience, new integrations with the Oracle Data Cloud have been introduced to the Oracle Marketing Cloud’s Data Management Platform. By leveraging Oracle Data Cloud’s enhanced modeling solution, the first integration gives marketers the ability to model their online audiences based on critical offline data, such as in-store purchase transactions. The second integration gives customers access to Oracle Data Cloud's AddThis Audience Discovery tool, which helps marketers better understand and target their ideal audience with relevant paid media campaigns. The powerful data-driven marketing solution uses natural language processing to look at keywords on billions of web pages across the web. It transforms those keywords into audience data that is based on the online behaviors of two billion unique users traversing more than 15 million websites around the world.

The latest additions to the Oracle Marketing Cloud also reduce the complexity of data-driven marketing by delivering greater insight into how customer engagement drives revenue. By leveraging the speed and scale of Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Marketing Cloud now provides marketers with advanced data visualization and investigation tools through an easy-to-use interface that delivers deep insights into performance across different channels. To further enhance usability, a new graphical audience segmentation feature allows B2C marketers to benefit from segmentation logic that is easier to visualize, test and reuse.

“Marketing has the opportunity to take the lead in driving a deeply personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions,” said Steve Krause, group vice president, Product Management, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “To help marketers capitalize on this opportunity, we have introduced a number of new integrations and innovations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help B2C marketers orchestrate and personalize the full customer experience. The latest additions include powerful data integrations that will help brands increase engagement and optimize marketing spend.” 

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:33
Press Release Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates Innovative new platform enables business-to-business marketers to scale and optimize account-based marketing programs

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE - Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

Oracle today announced new account-based marketing capabilities within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help business-to-business (B2B) marketers increase lead generation, reduce sales cycles and improve conversion rates. By supporting the entire B2B buyers’ journey from acquisition and prospecting to closing new business, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capabilities enable B2B marketers to optimize targeting on paid media, more effectively engage target prospects and simplify data management and integration.   

Account-based marketing can be extremely complex and difficult to scale as marketers often have to personalize interactions with multiple IT and business stakeholders during the deal cycle. In order to simplify the process and help marketers accelerate deal cycles and maximize revenue potential, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capability provides one of the industry’s largest sets of curated B2B account audience data for targeting on paid media through a new direct integration between Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Data Cloud. Oracle Data Cloud has data on more than one million US companies and over 60 million anonymous business profiles.  B2B marketers can now use this data within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to prospect for anonymous users based on account, online behavior and offline data such as past purchases or other behavioral data. The powerful insights delivered enable marketers to systematically drive account-based re-targeting, site and content optimization.

In addition, to empower B2B marketers to execute account-specific campaigns that increase conversion rates and decrease sales cycles, the new capabilities include unique account-based messaging that enables communications to be personalized at scale. Marketers can also easily append account data to new and existing leads, eliminating the need to present long forms for lead capture, while significantly improving data quality. The new account scoring and nurturing capabilities are powered by integrations with Demandbase and other Oracle Marketing AppCloud partners. It can be administered directly inside Oracle Eloqua, the Oracle Marketing Cloud’s marketing automation product. 

“Account-based marketing can be very powerful, but it has always been unnecessarily complex for B2B marketers,” said John Stetic, group vice president of products, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “With the latest enhancements to the Oracle Marketing Cloud, customers will benefit from a simpler and more innovative approach to account-based marketing through new integrations, data services and expanded capabilities. B2B marketers will be able to more efficiently and effectively execute account-based marketing campaigns that demonstrate a clear ROI.

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Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:29
Press Release Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience New innovations within Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite help organizations create consistent and personalized experiences across all channels and devices

MODERN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE - Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

To help organizations deliver a consistent and personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions, Oracle today introduced a series of new innovations within the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite. The latest additions help organizations embrace modern customer experience best practices across sales, commerce, customer service and marketing through enhancements to Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Extending Oracle’s commitment to providing sales teams with the modern processes, tools, resources and intelligence required to increase revenues, Oracle Sales Cloud now includes new mobile capabilities. A new Call Report app improves mobile productivity by enabling sales reps to perform critical and frequent call report tasks on the go, while a new Mobile Commissions app enhances sales performance management by allowing the sales reps to review their compensation anywhere, any time. The latest additions build on an extensive range of mobile capabilities already available in the Oracle Sales Cloud including the Deal Management app, Oracle Voice app and the Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile app.

To help organizations further enhance selling experiences, Oracle has also updated Oracle Commerce Cloud. New visual merchandising and automated recommendation capabilities enable merchandisers to better understand the consumer experience and offer more responsive personalized interactions. In addition, a new release of Oracle CPQ Cloud helps organizations optimize commerce across channels by providing support for flexible document generation. The new Document Designer provides new drag and drop capabilities as well as new organization and execution tools.

In order to further help organizations enhance the on location customer experience, Oracle has also introduced new field service capabilities within the Oracle Service Cloud. A new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud enables customer service professionals to leverage time-based, predictive, self-learning technology to create the most efficient job schedules and travel routes for field resources. By enabling organizations to optimize field resources, the new release helps ensure the right field resource arrives to every job on time with the parts and knowledge required to meet the customers’ expectations.

The enhancements to the Oracle CX Cloud Suite also include new innovations and integrations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower consumer marketers to take advantage of powerful data insights to orchestrate and optimize the customer experience across marketing channels and enable business-to-business marketers to take a holistic approach to account-based marketing that improves results across the entire buyers’ lifecycle. For further details on the additions to the Oracle Marketing Cloud, please visit the Oracle Newsroom.

“Digitally empowered consumers demand personalized, engaging and consistent experiences whenever and however they interact with a brand, and organizations that fail to deliver risk losing revenue opportunities and ultimately market share,” said Rondy Ng, Oracle SVP. “To help organizations meet these increasing expectations, we have developed a complete customer experience suite that supports the whole lifecycle of customer interactions. With industry leading solutions across sales, commerce, service and marketing, Oracle is uniquely positioned to help organizations transform the customer experience and drive measurable results across every customer interaction.”

“Consumer expectations in the electronics industry have never been higher” said Scott Strickland, Chief Information Officer for Denon + Marantz Electronics.  “Creating a consolidated view of our end consumer’s journey – from tracking the frictionless initial sale to understanding their positive customer service experience to engaging via successful marketing campaigns and social media  – is our goal.  The Oracle CX Cloud Suite provides an integrated, cloud based solution that allowed us to exceed this goal and has quickly scaled with our business.”  

 

Part of Oracle Applications Cloud, Oracle CX Cloud Suite empowers organizations to improve experiences, enhance loyalty, differentiate their brands, and drive measurable results by creating consistent, connected, and personalized brand experiences across all channels and devices. The Oracle CX Cloud Suite includes Oracle Service Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.

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Louisville Water Company Overhauls Aging Systems to Drive Comprehensive Customer Experience Strategy with Oracle Solutions

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:05
Press Release Louisville Water Company Overhauls Aging Systems to Drive Comprehensive Customer Experience Strategy with Oracle Solutions Oracle Utilities solutions enable utility to cut billing process by more than 80 percent

CS Week—Phoenix, AZ—Apr 27, 2016

Today’s customers live in a universe tailored to their unique needs and wants. They require instant, digital gratification and organizations—regardless of industry—are challenged to shift strategies to accommodate these requests. Louisville Water Company (Louisville Water), which provides drinking water to more than 850,000 people in Louisville, Ky., recognized this need and turned to Oracle to help meet its growing customer expectations.

Like many utilities, Louisville Water relied on aging systems to manage its customer care and fieldwork activities with limited to no customer self-service capabilities. The utility, known throughout the industry for its high-quality water and engineering innovation, saw an opportunity to increase its customer satisfaction and drive its competitive advantage. Louisville Water worked with Oracle Utilities Professional Services to transform its business leveraging Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management, and Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service.

“This implementation was the largest technology project in Louisville Water’s 155-year-history,” said Dave Vogel, vice president of customer service at Louisville Water. “Some of the immediate benefits with Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing include significantly cutting down our cancel/rebill process time and the ability to view all customer information within one screen with easily accessible drop down and search menus. These simple benefits mean we can better serve our customers.”

Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management, another component of the implementation, helps Louisville Water to streamline field work processes. For example, the solution identifies the best field service representative available for the field activity and the most cost-effective field resources to complete the action. The solution’s daily work auto-assignment feature enables Louisville Water to use minimal manual intervention and provides alerts if overtime is needed based on work that is scheduled and being assigned for the day.

“Doing a large overhaul of aging systems can be a big undertaking, but with planned, measurable steps it is achievable and can have a significant impact on customers,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities. “Businesses across industries are beginning to turn to advanced technology offerings to enhance and improve customer service. Louisville Water’s overall implementation laid the foundation to continue enhancing the customer experience with self-service options and a redesigned bill.”

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Getting Started with Temporal Table in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2

Database Journal News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 08:01

With the new temporal table feature, SQL Server 2016 internally manages two tables--a base table, which contains the latest data and a history table, which contains the history of changes. Read on to learn about this new feature, how it works, how to create a new table or enable the feature for an existing table.

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GE and Oracle Partner to Help Digitally Connect Every Industrial Asset in the World

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:22
Press Release GE and Oracle Partner to Help Digitally Connect Every Industrial Asset in the World

Redwood Shores and San Ramon, Calif.—Apr 21, 2016

GE and Oracle today announced a strategic partnership focused on building the first of its kind platform for companies to digitally connect industrial assets across the world.

Through this collaboration, GE Digital and Oracle will develop and integrate complementary solutions across their product portfolios. GE Digital brings its Predix offering that combines cutting-edge technology and decades of industry experience into a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) targeted to securely ingest machine-grade data at scale and analyzes it to deliver outcomes –fast. The Predix platform is purpose-built for developing, deploying, operating and monetizing Industrial Internet applications. Oracle’s enterprise solutions, including its Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud Applications and ERP and Supply Chain Management applications, can use the information from Industrial Internet devices to help automate and optimize business processes, enable better asset visibility, more efficient supply chains, intelligent manufacturing, predictive maintenance and service, and improve logistics and transportation efficiency.

GE’s operational technology and Oracle’s enterprise solutions are intended to integrate into one optimized view for customers, allowing for end-to-end insight from customer assets in the field and on the factory floor, to the front and back office to the boardroom. With these integrated solutions, customers can connect any machine or sensor to any other machine or business application to also create disruptive and innovative products and services. Customers will leverage these solutions to maximize the benefits of the convergence of Operational Technologies (OT) with Information Technologies (IT) in driving business outcomes such as operational efficiencies, cost to quality reduction and enhanced customer experiences.

“GE and Oracle, two industry powerhouses, share a vision for growing the digital industrial ecosystem and providing customers with the easiest path to transformation,” said Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle. “GE’s Industrial Internet platform sets the standard for the industry and we are committed to developing joint solutions that leverage Oracle’s enterprise expertise in analytics and business applications to deliver digitally- enabled business process innovation for industrial companies.”

GE Digital and Oracle will bring their large partner ecosystems together to train, certify and implement powered by Predix solutions with Oracle’s Cloud offerings, technology software and business applications.

“We are building an ecosystem with world-class partners who share our belief that customers benefit at the intersection of information technology and operations technology,” said Bill Ruh, CEO for GE Digital. “Oracle has become a market leader in cloud-based enterprise software and we are co-developing solutions on Predix that will leverage this intersection to provide our customers with new insights that were not possible before.”

Contact Info Candice van der Laan
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candice.van.der.laan@oracle.com Amy Sarosiek
GE Digital
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amy.sarosiek@ge.com About GE Digital

GE Digital connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics and people, providing industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities driving digital industrial transformation for big gains in productivity, availability and longevity. For more information, visit the website at www.ge.com/digital.

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Deletes In Oracle: More 'Costly' Than You Think

Database Journal News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 08:01

Deletes may be more 'expensive' than the Oracle optimizer reports; read on to see why.

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SQL Server 2016 cloud backup and restore enhancements

This post was authored by Eli Fisher, Program Manager, SQL Server.

By backing up to the cloud, you can easily store a copy of your data offsite, allowing you to take advantage of cost-effective storage options. In SQL Server 2016, we have added significant enhancements to our backup technologies, making it easy to leverage the cloud for backups.

Backup to URL

With traditional on-premises backup strategies, storing backups can be difficult for reasons such as storage management, storage device failure and making backups geographically redundant. SQL Server Backup to URL allows you to easily backup directly to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, removing the need to manage hardware for backups while also giving you the benefit of storing your backups in flexible, reliable and virtually bottomless storage.

In SQL Server 2016, we now support the use of block blobs to make this tool even more helpful.

  • Backup striping can be used to support backup sizes of up to 12 TB.
  • Faster backup and restore when using backup striping.
  • You can use shared access signatures to create SQL backup credentials that limit SQL Server’s access to a specific container, rather than the whole storage account.
Managed Backup

Currently, automating backups for multiple databases requires developing a backup strategy, writing custom code and scheduling backups. Using SQL Server Managed Backup to Azure, you can easily create a backup plan by specifying the retention period and the Microsoft Azure storage location. SQL Server Managed Backup to Windows Azure does the rest – scheduling, performing and maintaining the backups.

In SQL Server 2016 we have enhanced this feature to make it even easier to back-up your databases.

  • Full, bulk-logged and simple recovery models are all supported.
  • System databases can be configured for backups.
  • Backup striping can be used to support backup sizes of up to 12 TB.
  • Customer backup schedules can be specified to ensure your backups are created when it is best for your workload.
    Getting started with SQL Server 2016 Managed Backup is simple with our configuration guide.

You can also configure Managed Backup on a SQL Server Azure Virtual Machine with our Auto Backup feature. Simply follow the screenshot below when creating your virtual machine.

Creating a VM

File-Snapshot Backup

With traditional SQL Server backups, you need to stream entire copies of your databases and their logs into backup files. This can be both a time consuming and resource intensive process. When storing SQL Server Data Files directly in Azure Blob Storage, File-Snapshot Backup allows you to backup and restore data quickly, and with minimal impact on performance. As data in the blob changes over time, the snapshots continue to point to the data at the time when the snapshots were created.

Backup to Azure Blob Storage

Not only does this feature fully support point-in-time restore, but, unlike traditional point-in-time restore (where you need all the transaction log backups from the most recent full or differential backup before the point-in-time), File-Snapshot Backup only requires the backup before the point-in-time and the backup after the point-in-time. The image below compares using File-Snapshot Backup with what is required to restore to a place in the last log backup of a backup chain using traditional streaming backup. Note the difference in the number of backups required for File-Snapshot Backup.

Backup to Azure with File-Snapshot

To get started with File-Snapshot Backup, please follow our tutorial on Using Azure Blob Storage service with SQL Server 2016 databases and check out the File-Snapshot Backup Channel 9 video below.

Summary

With SQL Server 2016, we improved our hybrid backup feature set to help you be more productive and secure. With SQL Server Backup to URL we support much larger databases and provide you with more secure storage account backup configurations. With SQL Server Managed Backup we have made it easier to customize your backup configurations and backup your system databases. File-Snapshot Backup allows you to take nearly instantaneous backups and very fast restores of SQL Server Data Files directly in Azure Blob Storage.

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New Cloud Storage Options Enable Oracle DIVA Customers to Securely Store, Manage, and Retrieve Rich Media Assets

Oracle Database News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:00
Press Release New Cloud Storage Options Enable Oracle DIVA Customers to Securely Store, Manage, and Retrieve Rich Media Assets Customers can now connect the industry’s top content storage management application with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 19, 2016

Today at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Oracle announced new cloud storage options that enable organizations with large volumes of rich media to store, manage, and retrieve content for one-seventh the cost of any other cloud archive service. By integrating Oracle DIVA, the industry-leading content storage management application, with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage, Oracle is enabling customers to take advantage of flexible and scalable cloud storage priced at one-tenth of a penny per gigabyte per month or $12,000 USD per petabyte per year.

“Video storage is expected to quintuple over the next three years, driven in part by higher resolution digital formats,” said James Cates, senior vice president of engineering, Oracle. “Currently, 24 hours of video requires upward of 86 terabytes of storage and this trend will only increase. We saw the growing need for flexible, scalable, and secure storage, which is why we integrated two of our most powerful offerings. Now, media and entertainment companies can focus on producing excellent content, working with a solution that makes storing, managing, and retrieving rich media for both on-premise and in the cloud.”

The integration of Oracle DIVA with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage also provides customers with an incremental cloud extension tier to on-premises archive solutions, such as Oracle’s StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 tape libraries. The capability to tier video content from the cloud to on-premise environments brings cloud to the entire workflow of media lifecycle management and enables customers to leverage the bulk economics of the cloud while retaining the performance and usability of on-premises solutions that is critical for video.

To further support the storage and archiving demands of the world’s largest media organizations, Oracle has also updated Oracle DIVAnet, Oracle DIVArchive, and AXF Explorer, an open format for universal content transport, storage, and long-term preservation.

  • Oracle DIVAnet 2.0: With the latest release of Oracle DIVAnet, media and entertainment organizations can securely share and back up rich media assets globally by connecting up to 10 Oracle DIVArchive systems through a single global namespace. Access control by site and by application is now enabled in DIVAnet 2.0 to provide additional security for valuable video assets.
  • Oracle DIVArchive 7.4: Oracle’s top content storage management application now has incorporated Oracle Database 12c and has added support for Oracle Linux, further enhancing the benefits of running Oracle software on Oracle hardware.
  • AXF Explorer: With the release of Oracle AXF Explorer, Oracle DIVA customers gain access to the SMPTE standard open format for sharing and managing content among disparate storage systems.

Oracle DIVA solutions are powered by Oracle Database 12c and are designed to meet the unique needs of the world’s largest media companies. Today, 10 of the top 10 media companies run Oracle software, with organizations such as Major League Baseball moving more than 600 hours of live video content daily and seven petabytes of information annually using Oracle DIVArchive with Oracle’s StorageTek SL8500 modular library system and Oracle’s StorageTek T10000 tape drives.

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Secure and protect Cassandra databases with IBM Security Guardium

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 05:00
IBM Security Guardium leads the way in providing a monitoring and auditing solution for NoSQL database systems. In this article, we provide an overview of one popular NoSQL database, Apache Cassandra, and explain how and why Guardium can help organizations protect Cassandra data and automate compliance reporting and sign-offs. This article includes detailed instructions and a sample security policy to help you configure Guardium and extract value immediately.
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Postgres-XL 9.5 R1 Released!

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 01:00

The Postgres-XL community is pleased to announce the 1st release of Postgres-XL 9.5. This release has been fully synced up till PostgreSQL 9.5.2.

Postgres-XL is a massively parallel database built on top of, and very closely compatible with PostgreSQL 9.5 and its set of advanced features. Postgres-XL is fully open source and many parts of it will feed back directly or indirectly into later releases of PostgreSQL, as we begin to move towards a fully parallel sharded version of core PostgreSQL.

Postgres-XL is different because it supports both Business Intelligence and OLTP workloads in the same horizontally scalable server. This allows Postgres-XL to support a diverse range of workloads

  • OLTP workloads that need write-scalability as well as read-scalability
  • Business Intelligence requiring OLAP with massive parallelism
  • Operational Data Store/ Central Data Backbone
  • Distributed Key-Value store using JSONB, similar to NoSQL
  • Internet of Things applications
  • Mixed-workload environments

Star schema style SQL queries exhibit large performance gains from massively parallel processing (MPP). Many queries show fully linear performance gains, for example a 16-node XL cluster is 16 times faster than PostgreSQL on one node. Postgres-XL is able to successfully complete the complex TPC-H business intelligence benchmark, showing its capability to address much more than basic operations.

Besides proving its mettle on Business Intelligence workloads, Postgres-XL has performed remarkably well on OLTP workloads when running pgBench (based on TPC-B) benchmark. In a 4-Node (Scale: 4000) configuration, compared to PostgreSQL, XL gives up to 230% higher TPS (-70% latency comparison) for SELECT workloads and up to 130% (-56% latency comparison) for UPDATE workloads. Yet, it can scale much, much higher than even the largest single node server.

Postgres-XL’s High Availability functionality has also been enhanced in this release. Popular features such as BRIN indexes, JSONB and GIN index compression are fully supported, as are many popular extensions.

Postgres-XL is available for download here: www.postgres-xl.org/download/ You can go through XL’s comprehensive documentation here: files.postgres-xl.org/documentation/

We expect R2 to bring further features to Postgres-XL 9.5 in the next few months.

2ndQuadrant has led the development of Postgres-XL 9.5, building upon the work of many others over a long period of continuous development, with easily more than 10 man years of development. After six months of professional formal alpha-level testing & tuning, and an additional 2 months in Beta phase with user feedback, the project has now reached the next stage of maturity and we are now ready to release it for production use.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2015) under grant agreement n° 318633. Postgres-XL has also received support and assistance from European Space Agency's Gaia project, as well as other users in industry.

For more details, please visit: 2ndQuadrant.com/resources/postgres-xl/

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Oracle to Share Modern Customer Experience Best Practices in Las Vegas

Oracle Database News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 22:22
Press Release Oracle to Share Modern Customer Experience Best Practices in Las Vegas Events for marketing, commerce, sales and service professionals to provide actionable insights that help attendees meet demands of digitally empowered consumers

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 18, 2016

To help organizations embrace modern customer experience (CX) best practices across marketing, commerce, sales and customer service, Oracle will host four separate conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 26-28. Held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Resort, Modern Marketing Experience, Modern Commerce Experience, Modern Sales Experience and Modern Service Experience will empower professionals with the insights needed to deliver a personalized customer experience whenever and however a customer interacts with a brand.

Digital technologies have transformed the way organizations engage with customers and have fundamentally reshaped the role of marketing. To help marketers embrace a role that increasingly includes responsibilities for overall customer experience initiatives, Modern Marketing Experience will provide attendees with the knowledge and experience they need to make a difference in their companies and careers through insights from experts in marketing automation, social marketing, content marketing, big data and testing and optimization. The event includes more than 200 sessions, presentations from CMOs of some of the most iconic brands in the world and the 10th annual Markie Awards, which honor the best of modern marketing.

In addition, Oracle is hosting dedicated events for customer service, sales, and commerce professionals. Modern Commerce Experience will help businesses understand how to satisfy customers who increasingly expect seamless omni-channel commerce experiences on the web, on mobile and in-store. Modern Sales Experience will demonstrate how industry experts and customers are taking advantage of modern sales tools to unlock customer insights and dedicate the right sales resources to focus on the right targets to boost results. Modern Service Experience will show how customer service teams can differentiate their brand by unifying web, social and contact-center experiences that help develop lasting, profitable relationships with their customers.

Highlights Across the Four Conferences
  • Engaging Keynotes: Keynote speakers includes Oracle CEO Mark Hurd; Kevin Akeroyd, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud; Ryan Deutsch, divisional vice president, Digital Marketing, Sears Holdings Corporation; Nick Cerise, CMO, Western Union Business Solutions; Eric Reynolds, senior vice president & CMO, The Clorox Company
  • Inspiring Guest Speakers: The conferences will feature a range of guest speakers including Zach King, Vine star and digital influencer; Troy Carter, founder, chairman and CEO, Atom Factory, and brand developer extraordinaire, including responsibility for Lady Gaga’s rise to stardom; Jay Baer, industry influencer and author, Convince & Convert; Tyra Banks Founder & CEO of TYRA Beauty and Creator & Executive Producer of America’s Next Top Model
  • Powerful Insights: Attendees will have access to several hundred high-quality sessions, deep-dive training sessions, and expert keynotes covering marketing, sales, customer service and commerce, plus partner demos
  • Industry Best Practices: The 2016 Markie Awards, celebrating its 10th year of honoring outstanding marketing success, will host a dinner and ceremony to showcase examples of excellence in modern marketing on Tuesday, April 26th at 8:00 p.m. PT, and the event will host the award-winning band, Bastille. Modern Service Experience will also recognize service innovators during a morning customer appreciation award ceremony on Wednesday, April 27th.
  • Lots of Fun: Oracle’s customer appreciation event, on Wednesday, April 27th at 8:00 p.m. PT in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, will offer attendees a night of great music, fine food and drink, and more opportunities to connect with peers from around the world. The event will feature the Goo Goo Dolls

“Meeting the demands of today’s mobile and social empowered consumer requires a commitment to optimizing the customer experience across the entire organization,” said Des Cahill, Vice President and Head CX Evangelist. “To help organizations succeed in this new market reality, we are bringing together thousands of people from the world’s top brands to provide insights into the trends and best practices that help enhance customer experience across all touchpoints. As the market leader in customer experience for marketing, sales, service and commerce, Oracle is uniquely positioned to deliver effective omni-channel customer experience via our Oracle CX Cloud Suite. Customer Experience is the number one technology investment area for CEOs over the next 5 years and Oracle is helping thousands of leading organizations create competitive advantage in this area.” 

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Oracle
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Row Level Security with SQL Server 2016: Part 2 - Blocking Updates at the Row Level

Database Journal News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:01

With the new security policy feature in SQL Server 2016 you can restrict write operations at the row level by defining a block predicate. Read on to learn why a block predicate is important when you implement row level security using SQL Server 2016.

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PostgresOpen 2016 - Call For Papers!

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 01:00

Greetings!

The Call For Papers for PostgresOpen 2016, being held in Dallas, Texas from September 13th to 16th, is now open!

If you are working with PostgreSQL, please visit:

https://2016.postgresopen.org/callforpapers/

and submit a talk!

Presentations can be on any topic related to PostgreSQL, including, but not limited to, case studies, experiences, tools and utilities, migration stories, existing features, new feature development, benchmarks, performance tuning, and more!

The 2016 PostgresOpen Committee looks forward to bringing the best PostgreSQL presentations and tutorials from speakers around the world to Dallas, Texas! We're only able to do that with support from our great sponsors! If you are interested in sponsoring, please visit our sponsoring campaign:

https://2016.postgresopen.org/becomesponsor/

Anyone and everyone in the PostgreSQL community is encouraged to submit a talk. Talks will be accepted up until May 30th, Anywhere on Earth (AoE), also known as: 2015-05-30 23:59:59-12:00.

Speakers will be notified by June 6th, 2015 AoE, with the schedule to be published once selected speakers have confirmed.

Early Bird registration for PostgresOpen 2016 will open on May 9th!

Join us in celebrating our 6th conference year! We look forward to seeing everyone in Dallas!

Any questions? Please contact: program2016@postgresopen.org.

Stephen Frost

PostgresOpen 2016 Committee Chair

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pgBackRest 1.0 Released

PostgreSQL News - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 01:00

April 17, 2016: Crunchy Data is proud to announce pgBackRest 1.0, Reliable PostgreSQL Backup & Restore.

Release 1.0

The first stable of release of pgBackRest introduces a new, more capable repository format, simpler configuration, and comprehensive support for backup and restore of symlinked directories and files.

There are a number of important changes in pgBackRest 1.0 so be sure to read the release notes very carefully before upgrading.

Links Features Multithreaded Backup & Restore

Compression is usually the bottleneck during backup operations but, even with now ubiquitous multi-core servers, most database backup solutions are still single-threaded. pgBackRest solves the compression bottleneck with multithreading.

Utilizing multiple cores for compression makes it possible to achieve 1TB/hr raw throughput even on a 1Gb/s link. More cores and a larger pipe lead to even higher throughput.

Local or Remote Operation

A custom protocol allows pgBackRest to backup, restore, and archive locally or remotely via SSH with minimal configuration. An interface to query PostgreSQL is also provided via the protocol layer so that remote access to PostgreSQL is never required, which enhances security.

Full, Incremental, & Differential Backups

Full, differential, and incremental backups are supported. pgBackRest is not susceptible to the time resolution issues of rsync, making differential and incremental backups completely safe.

Backup Rotation & Archive Expiration

Retention polices can be set for full and differential backups to create coverage for any timeframe. WAL archive can be maintained for all backups or strictly for the most recent backups. In the latter case WAL required to make older backups consistent will be maintained in the archive.

Backup Integrity

Checksums are calculated for every file in the backup and rechecked during a restore. After a backup finishes copying files, it waits until every WAL segment required to make the backup consistent reaches the repository.

Backups in the repository are stored in the same format as a standard PostgreSQL cluster (including tablespaces). If compression is disabled and hard links are enabled it is possible to snapshot a backup in the repository and bring up a PostgreSQL cluster directly on the snapshot. This is advantageous for terabyte-scale databases that are time consuming to restore in the traditional way.

All operations utilize file and directory level fsync to ensure durability.

Backup Resume

An aborted backup can be resumed from the point where it was stopped. Files that were already copied are compared with the checksums in the manifest to ensure integrity. Since this operation can take place entirely on the backup server, it reduces load on the database server and saves time since checksum calculation is faster than compressing and retransmitting data.

Streaming Compression & Checksums

Compression and checksum calculations are performed in stream while files are being copied to the repository, whether the repository is located locally or remotely.

If the repository is on a backup server, compression is performed on the database server and files are transmitted in a compressed format and simply stored on the backup server. When compression is disabled a lower level of compression is utilized to make efficient use of available bandwidth while keeping CPU cost to a minimum.

Delta Restore

The manifest contains checksums for every file in the backup so that during a restore it is possible to use these checksums to speed processing enormously. On a delta restore any files not present in the backup are first removed and then checksums are taken for the remaining files. Files that match the backup are left in place and the rest of the files are restored as usual. Since this process is multithreaded, it can lead to a dramatic reduction in restore times.

Advanced Archiving

Dedicated commands are included for both pushing WAL to the archive and retrieving WAL from the archive.

The push command automatically detects WAL segments that are pushed multiple times and de-duplicates when the segment is identical, otherwise an error is raised. The push and get commands both ensure that the database and repository match by comparing PostgreSQL versions and system identifiers. This precludes the possibility of misconfiguring the WAL archive location.

Asynchronous archiving allows compression and transfer to be offloaded to another process which maintains a continuous connection to the remote server, improving throughput significantly. This can be a critical feature for databases with extremely high write volume.

Tablespace & Link Support

Tablespaces are fully supported and on restore tablespaces can be remapped to any location. It is also possible to remap all tablespaces to one location with a single command which is useful for development restores.

File and directory links are supported for any file or directory in the PostgreSQL cluster. When restoring it is possible to restore all links to their original locations, remap some or all links, or restore some or all links as normal files or directories within the cluster directory.

Compatibility with PostgreSQL >= 8.3

pgBackRest includes support for versions down to 8.3, since older versions of PostgreSQL are still regularly utilized.

About

pgBackRest aims to be a simple, reliable backup and restore system that can seamlessly scale up to the largest databases and workloads. Instead of relying on traditional backup tools like tar and rsync, pgBackRest implements all backup features internally and uses a custom protocol for communicating with remote systems. Removing reliance on tar and rsync allows for better solutions to database-specific backup challenges. The custom remote protocol allows for more flexibility and limits the types of connections that are required to perform a backup which increases security.

Crunchy Data supports the ongoing and active development of pgBackRest as an entirely open source project, released under the BSD-compatible MIT license.

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