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Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

DbWrench Database Design 3.2 Released

PostgreSQL News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:00
DbWrench Database Design v3.2 Released

Although version 3.2 did not contain new features it is still a significant release for DbWrench.

The primary focus of this release was to make it Java 8 compatible. This included:

- Upgrading the underlying NetBeans windowing platform. Which should be more responsive.

- Creating a new syntax highlighting SQL editor from the ground up.

A free trial download of this latest version is available at www.dbwrench.com.

Screen shots can be viewed here.

More About DbWrench

DbWrench is designed to increase the productivity of database developers by making creating and modifying databases much easier.

It's features include:

- Graphic entity relation diagram (ERD) designer

    - Forward engineer database designs with automatic SQL DDL script generation

    - Reverse engineer and visualize existing databases

    - A built in syntax highlighting SQL query editor

    - Runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux all in a single license
Categories: Database, Open Source

European Commission Clears Oracle’s Acquisition of MICROS

Oracle Database News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:05

European Commission Clears Oracle’s Acquisition of MICROSTender Offer Set to Expire, Tuesday, September 2REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – August 29, 2014

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has received approval from the European Commission for its pending acquisition of MICROS Systems, Inc. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of MICROS Systems is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of September 2, 2014. Consummation of the tender offer remains subject to MICROS Systems’ shareholders tendering a majority of the outstanding shares of MICROS Systems common stock on a fully diluted basis.


About Oracle

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This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This communication is for informational purposes only. The tender offer is not being made to, nor will tenders be accepted from, or on behalf of, holders of shares in any jurisdiction in which the making of the tender offer or the acceptance thereof would not comply with the laws of that jurisdiction. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including the Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and other offer materials) filed by Rocket Acquisition Corporation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 3, 2014, as amended from time to time. In addition, on July 3, 2014, MICROS Systems, Inc. filed a Solicitation/Recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC related to the tender offer. Stockholders of MICROS Systems, Inc. are urged to read these documents, all amendments thereto and other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety because they contain important information about the tender offer. The tender offer statement and certain other offer documents, along with the Solicitation/Recommendation statement, will be made available to all stockholders of MICROS Systems, Inc. at no expense to them. These documents are available at no charge through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. The Offer to Purchase, related Letter of Transmittal, the Solicitation/Recommendation statement and other offering documents may also be obtained for free by contacting the Information Agent for the tender offer, Innisfree, M&A Incorporated, toll-free at 888-750-5834.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and MICROS Systems, Inc., including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of MICROS Systems, Inc., 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 MICROS Systems, Inc., 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 MICROS Systems, Inc. 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 MICROS Systems, Inc. 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 MICROS Systems, Inc. is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and MICROS Systems, Inc., 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 MICROS Systems, Inc’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 MICROS Systems, Inc. is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

Categories: Database, Vendor

PGConf.EU 2014 schedule posted - Matt Asay to deliver keynote

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:00

PostgreSQL Conference Europe is pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2014 event, to be held in Madrid from 21st - 24th October, has now been published.

As well as a wide range of talks for PostgreSQL users, developers and decision makers, we’re pleased to announce that our opening keynote speaker will be Matt Asay, Vice President of Community at MongoDB, who will discuss how PostgreSQL and NoSQL databases can work together, and where each shine on their own.

The schedule is, of course, subject to changes, and a few slots are still empty as we work to confirm the last set of speakers.

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2014 is the sixth annual PostgreSQL Conference Europe, previous events having been held in cities such as Dublin, Prague and Amsterdam attracting hundreds of PostgreSQL developers and users. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

A discounted "early bird" registration rate is available until 15th September. A discount room rate at the conference hotel is available until 8th September, so we suggest you book your accommodation soon!

We still have seats left at some of the training sessions held the day before the main conference, taught by PostgreSQL experts from around the world, that are subject to availability at a first come first serve basis. See the training section on the website for details.

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid!

Categories: Database, Open Source

Microsoft to Cut Azure SQL Prices This Fall

Database Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:15

Microsoft is getting ready to slash prices by up to 50 percent after Azure SQL's new service tiers are made generally available next month.

Categories: Database

PASS Summit 2014 - Don’t miss the largest conference for SQL Server Professionals

Do you have the “Data Gene”? 

Preparations for PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle, Washington are well underway.  We are very excited to have this year’s event back in Seattle and look forward to bringing you some great sessions and activities throughout the event.    

Tune in to this week’s TechNet Radio special to listen to Jennifer Moser, Lara Rubbelke, Ann Bachrach and SQL RockStar, Thomas LaRock talk about the “data gene” and why you don’t want to miss this year’s event.

Don’t procrastinate, get registered for PASS Summit 2014!  

Categories: Database

SQL Server AlwaysOn Offering in Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery

We are excited to announce the release of a SQL Server AlwaysOn template in the Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery. This offering was announced in Scott Guthrie’s blog post along with several other exciting new features.

This template fully automates the configuration of a highly available SQL Server deployment on Azure Infrastructure Services using AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

AlwaysOn Availability Groups

AlwaysOn Availability Groups, released in SQL Server 2012 and enhanced in SQL Server 2014, guarantee high availability for mission-critical workloads. Last year we started supporting Availability Groups on Azure Infrastructure Services. The main components of such a configuration are two SQL Server replicas (a primary and a secondary), and a listener (DNS name). The replicas are configured for automatic failover, and each replica is contained on a distinct Virtual Machine. The listener is a DNS name that client applications can use in their connection string to connect to the current primary replica. The image below shows a depiction of this setup.

 Other components required are a file share witness to guarantee quorum in the configuration to avoid “split brain” scenarios, and a domain controller to join all VMs to the same domain. Similar to the SQL replicas, there is a primary and secondary domain controller to prevent a single point of failure for the domain. The SQL replicas are deployed to an availability set to ensure they are in different Azure failure and upgrade domains. Likewise, the domain controller replicas are in their own availability set. The configuration is depicted in the image below.

 

SQL Server AlwaysOn Template

Setting up the Availability Group configuration requires a long set of steps and a decent time commitment. In order to dramatically simplify this, we have released a SQL Server AlwaysOn template in the Azure Gallery. This template fully automates the configuration of a highly available SQL Server deployment on Azure Infrastructure Services using an Availability Group. Currently, this feature only supports SQL Server 2014 Enterprise images.

The SQL Server AlwaysOn Template, depicted below, is found in the Gallery under “Virtual Machines” and “Recommended”.

 

After selecting it, it will show a description of the configuration that will be created, and the option to specify some arguments. This is depicted in the picture below.

The only arguments required are a Resource Group (an identifier of the deployment) and administrator credentials. From that point on, all settings are optional and will be auto-generated based on these 3 inputs. The domain Sysadmin account, the local SQL Server accounts, and the SQL Server service account password will be auto-generated based on the credentials entered. The names for all resources being created will be based off of what was entered for Resource Group name. The SQL Server service account name and the domain name will be auto-generated but will not be based on the Resource Group name or credentials. If you wish to customize any of these arguments, simply go to the other configurations and change the values entered for any setting. One argument that you may want to change is the Listener name, which your applications will use to connect to SQL Server. By default, entirely new resources will be provisioned for you. You have the option to select an existing domain for the deployment. In future updates, there will be more options to add existing resources to your configuration.

After the template has executed, 5 Virtual Machines will be created under the resource group: 2 Standard A5 VMs for the SQL Server replicas, 2 Standard A1 VMs for the Domain Controller replicas, and 1 Basic A0 VMs for the file share witness. This is depicted below:

You can RDP to one of the SQL Server VMs to see the Availability Group configuration as depicted below:

Try out the SQL Server AlwaysOn Template today by going to the Azure portal: http://portal.azure.com/

Categories: Database

Oracle: Is Parallel Really Necessary?

Database Journal News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:01

You're running processes in parallel; is it really faster?  Sometimes it may not be; read on to see why parallel processing may be creating more work than you'd expect.

Categories: Database

Database .NET 12.6 released

PostgreSQL News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:00

I am happy to announce the new major release of Database .NET 12.6, an innovative, powerful and intuitive multiple database management tool, With it you can Browse objects, Design tables, Edit rows, Export data and Run queries with a consistent interface.

Free, All-In-One, Portable, Standalone (No Installation) and Multlanguage.

Major New features from version 11.1 to 12.6:

The new version is immediately available for download.
Categories: Database, Open Source

Azure previews fully-managed NoSQL database and search services

I am pleased to announce previews of new NoSQL database and search services and the evolution of our Hadoop-based service. Available as previews today are Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. Generally available today, Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based solution for the cloud, now supports Apache HBase clusters.

With these new and updated services, we’re continuing to make it easier for customers to work with data of any type and size – using the tools, languages and frameworks they want to -- in a trusted cloud environment. From Microsoft products like Azure Machine Learning, Azure SQL Database and Azure HDInsight to data services from our partners, we’re committed to supporting the broadest data platform so our customers get data benefits, in the cloud, on their terms.

Preview of Azure DocumentDB

Applications today must support multiple devices, multiple platforms with rapid iterations from the same data source, and also deliver high-scale and reliable performance. NoSQL has emerged as the leading database technology to address these needs. According to Gartner inquiries, flexible data schemas and application development velocity are cited as primary factors influencing adoption. Secondary factors attracting enterprises are global replication capabilities, high performance and developer interest.*

However, while NoSQL technologies address some document database needs, we’ve been hearing feedback that customers want a way to bridge document database functionality with the transactional capabilities of relational databases. Azure DocumentDB is our answer to that feedback – it’s a NoSQL document database-as-a-service that provides the benefits of a NoSQL document database but also adds the query processing and transaction semantics common to relational database systems.

Built for the cloud, Azure DocumentDB natively supports JSON documents enabling easy object mapping and iteration of data models for application development. Azure DocumentDB offers programming libraries for several popular languages and platforms, including.Net, Node.js, JavaScript, and Python. We will be contributing the client libraries to the open source community, so they can incorporate improvements into the versions published on Azure.com.

One DocumentDB customer, Additive Labs, builds online services to help their customers move to the cloud. "DocumentDB is the NoSQL database I am expecting today,” said Additive Labs Founder Thomas Weiss. “The ease and power of SQL-like queries had me started in a matter of minutes. And the ability to augment the engine’s behavior with custom JavaScript makes it way easier to adapt to our customers’ new requirements.”

Preview of Azure Search

Search has become a natural way for users to interact with applications that manage volumes of data.  However, managing search infrastructure at scale can be difficult and time consuming and often requires specialized skills and knowledge. Azure Search is a fully-managed search-as-a-service that customers can use to integrate complete search experiences into applications and connect search results to business objectives through fine-tuned, ranking profiles. Customers do not have to worry about the complexities of full-text search or deploying, maintaining or managing a search infrastructure.

With Azure Search developers can easily provision a search service, quickly create and tune one or more indexes, upload data to be indexed and start issuing searches. The service offers a simple API that’s usable from any platform or development environment and makes it easy to integrate search into new or existing applications. With Azure Search, developers can use the Azure portal or management APIs to increase or decrease capacity in terms of queries per second and document count as load changes, delivering a more cost effective solution for search scenarios. 

Retail platform provider Xomni is already using Azure Search to help the company manage its cloud infrastructure. "We have the most technically advanced SaaS solution for delivering product catalogue data to the retail industry in the market today,” said Xomni CTO Daron Yondem. “Integrating Azure Search into our platform will help solidify our leadership as datasets and faceted search requirements evolve over time."

General availability of Apache HBase for HDInsight

In partnership with Hortonworks, we’ve invested in the Hadoop ecosystem through contributions across projects like Tez, Stinger and Hive. Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based service, is another outcome of that partnership.

Azure HDInsight combines the best of Hadoop open source technology with the elasticity and manageability that enterprises require. Today, we’re making generally available HBase as a managed cluster inside HDInsight. HBase clusters are configured to store data directly in Azure Blob storage. For example, customers can use HDInsight to analyze large datasets in Azure Blobs generated from highly-interactive websites or can use it to analyze sensor and telemetry data from millions of end points.

Microsoft data services

Azure data services provide unparalleled choice for businesses, data scientists, developers and IT pros with a variety of managed services from Microsoft and our partners that work together seamlessly and connect to our customers’ data platform investments-- from relational data to non-relational data, structured data to unstructured data, constant and evolving data models. I encourage you to try out our new and expanded Azure data services and let us know what you think.

*Gartner, Hype Cycle for Information Infrastructure, 2014, Mark Beyer and Roxane Edjlali, 06 August 2014

 

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Categories: Database

Frost & Sullivan Applauds Oracle for Meeting Tangible Business Needs with its Managed Cloud Services

Oracle Database News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:16
Frost & Sullivan Applauds Oracle for Meeting Tangible Business Needs with its Managed Cloud Services

The company combines cloud automation with dynamic, manual processes to enable maximum efficiency for managed cloud customers’ Oracle environments

Mountain View and Redwood Shores, Calif. – July 22, 2014News Facts Based on its recent analysis of the managed cloud services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Oracle with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Oracle’s suite of managed cloud services offers customers a highly secure, reliable, yet dynamic infrastructure that addresses the entire cloud stack, with performance metrics that are customizable for each customer. The service’s balance between automated orchestration and manual process refinement offers customers a unique environment in which to deploy their Oracle applications and workloads. Oracle maximizes the efficiency of each managed cloud customer’s Oracle environment by overlaying a variety of services—including deployment, monitoring, patching, security, and upgrade services—on top of the cloud infrastructure that hosts the customer’s Oracle applications. Many of these services are delivered through Oracle’s proprietary cloud automation platform, which standardizes routine management tasks and performs them based on pre-set conditions within the cloud environment. The company also employs manual processes as part of its standard governance process. These processes are handled by a service delivery team that is trained to provide reliable cloud services that are manually delivered and easily customizable to ensure that they meet customers’ evolving business needs. Oracle combines the best of automation and personalization, designing a suite of processes that help manage the basics of the cloud environment automatically, with manual assistance that can be frequently tweaked to meet changing business needs. Oracle’s Managed Cloud Services are unusual in the degree to which they rely on a shared approach to business process optimization and enhancement. After customers share their business goals with Oracle, it designs the optimal infrastructure, platforms and applications, and then codifies the configuration and processes as the customer’s standard operating procedure. “Oracle is unique among managed cloud providers in that it can customize the cloud environment based on the customer’s stated business needs,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Karyn Price. “By coupling a robust, intelligent automation platform with the expertise of its service delivery team, Oracle provides cloud performance metrics that help meet key business goals.” Oracle is also unique in its management capability for cloud services. The company can manage systems that are hosted within its own cloud, on a customer’s premise, or in a third-party cloud facility. This offers customers greater choice to deploy cloud in the manner most comfortable to them, while still benefitting from Oracle’s management of the service. The company is now working on business technology management in a hybrid environment, affording customers maximum choice with regard to where their Oracle applications are housed. The Oracle cloud is engineered to handle massive transaction details in a highly secure manner. Managed cloud customers that move workloads to the Oracle cloud benefit from a highly secure environment that has been certified as compliant by PCI, HIPAA, government, identity management, and 21 CFR Part 11. Oracle also offers a self-service mobile application that allows customers to drill down on data about their service and infrastructure as well as system usage and business transaction processing. This offers the customer visibility into operational processes so that they, too, can monitor the operational health of services and systems. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company's inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion. Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research. Read the full report.About Oracle Managed Cloud Services

With Oracle Managed Cloud Services, you can leverage Oracle’s years of experience to manage your applications in the cloud so that you’re able to drive innovation and re-direct your valuable resources to those projects that add even greater value to your organization. Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides more value to your software investments, more choice to deploy your applications in the cloud, and more confidence that your applications are maintained and run by qualified Oracle experts. For information visit www.oracle.com/managedcloudservices.

About Oracle

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For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Categories: Database, Vendor

Importance of Recovery Model in SQL Server

Database Journal News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:01

Have you ever wondered, especially in the case of a data warehousing scenario, why the transaction log file grows bigger and bigger--sometimes much bigger than your database's data files? What caused it to happen? How do you control it? How does the recovery model of a database control the growing size of the transaction log? Read on to learn the answers.

Categories: Database

Reduce the source footprint of CDC by querying databases for archive logs

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:00
Learn how the Change Data Capture (CDC) Oracle Redo physical standby configuration in InfoSphere Data Replication allows CDC to read logs off the standby device regardless of the log shipment method. This configuration reduces the source footprint by querying the standby database for archive log information.
Categories: Database

Barman 1.3.3 released

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:00

21 August 2014: 2ndQuadrant is proud to announce the release of version 1.3.3 of Barman, Backup and Recovery Manager for PostgreSQL.

This major release improves robustness of both backup procedures and their monitoring, by introducing:

  • the so-called "smelly backup" control, allowing DBAs to detect possible problems in scheduling of periodical backups, by receiving complaints by "barman check" when the latest available backup for a server is older than a specified timeframe
  • management of retry attempts for base backup copy (for both "barman backup" and "barman recover" commands), making the operation more resilient to temporary issues such as network connection drops

Performance issues have been fixed in relation to remote recovery over existing directories (incremental recovery), by invoking checksum control only when strictly necessary.

Usability has been enhanced through better exception handling, output and logging messages. PostgreSQL 8.3 is also now supported.

The following major bugs have been fixed:

  • Copies "recovery.conf" during remote "barman recover" (#43)
  • Correctly detect pre/post archive hook scripts (#41)

Minor bugs have also been fixed.

Many thanks for funding towards the development of this release go to Agile Business Group (www.agilebg.com), Jobrapido (www.jobrapido.com), Navionics (www.navionics.com), and Subito.it (www.subito.it).

For a complete list of changes, see the "Release Notes" section below.

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Release notes

  • Added "last_backup_max_age", a new global/server option that allows administrators to set the max age of the last backup in a catalogue, making it easier to detect any issues with periodical backup execution
  • Improved robustness of "barman backup" by introducing two global/server options: "basebackup_retry_times" and "basebackup_retry_sleep". These options allow an administrator to specify, respectively, the number of attempts for a copy operation after a failure, and the number of seconds of wait before retrying
  • Improved the recovery process via rsync on an existing directory (incremental recovery), by splitting the previous rsync call into several ones - invoking checksum control only when necessary
  • Added support for PostgreSQL 8.3
  • Minor changes:
    • Support for comma separated list values configuration options
    • Improved backup durability by calling fsync() on backup and WAL files during "barman backup" and "barman cron"
    • Improved Nagios output for "barman check --nagios"
    • Display compression ratio for WALs in "barman show-backup"
    • Correctly handled keyboard interruption (CTRL-C) while performing barman backup
    • Improved error messages of failures regarding the stop of a backup
    • Wider coverage of unit tests
  • Bug fixes:
    • Copies "recovery.conf" on the remote server during "barman recover" (#43)
    • Correctly detect pre/post archive hook scripts (#41)

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About Barman

Barman (Backup and Recovery Manager) is an open source administration tool for disaster recovery of PostgreSQL servers written in Python. It allows your organisation to perform remote backups of multiple servers in business critical environments and help DBAs during the recovery phase. Barman’s most requested features include backup catalogues, retention policies, remote backup and recovery, archiving and compression of WAL files and backups. Barman is distributed under GNU GPL 3.

Categories: Database, Open Source

Oracle Enhances Oracle Social Cloud with Next-Generation User Experience

Oracle Database News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Enhances Oracle Social Cloud with Next-Generation User Experience Social Station creates advanced, customizable experiences that facilitates productivity and social business resultsRedwood Shores, Calif. – August 20, 2014 News Summary

Today’s enterprise must meet the technology standards of today’s consumer. According to a recent IDG Enterprise report, enterprises that invest in consumerized, easy-to-use technologies experience a 56 percent increase in employee productivity and a 46 percent increase in customer satisfaction. In order to deliver that simple and intuitive experience across even the most advanced social management capabilities, Oracle today introduced Social Station, an innovative new workspace within Oracle Social Cloud’s Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform. With Social Station, users benefit from a personalized and intuitive user experience that helps increase both the productivity and performance of social business practices.

News Facts Oracle today introduced Social Station, an innovative new workspace within Oracle Social Cloud’s Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform that helps organizations socially enable the way they do business. With an advanced yet intuitive user interface, Social Station delivers a compelling user experience that improves productivity and helps users more easily deliver on social objectives. To help users quickly and easily build out and configure their social workspaces, Social Station provides drag-and-drop capabilities that allow users to personalize their workspace with different social modules. With a new Custom Analytics module that mixes and matches more than 120 metrics with thousands of customizable reporting options, users can customize their view of social data and access constantly refreshed updates that support real-time understanding. One-click sharing capabilities and annotation functionality within the new Custom Analytics module also drives productivity by improving sharing and collaboration across teams, departments, and executives. Multiview layout capabilities further allows visibility into social insights by offering users the flexibility to monitor conversations by network, stream, metric, graph type, date range, and relative time period. Social Station also includes an Enhanced Calendar module that provides a clear visual representation of content, posts, networks, and views, helping users easily and efficiently understand information and toggle between various functions and views. To support different user personas and social business needs, Oracle plans to continue building out Social Station with additional modules, including content curation, influencer engagement, and command center creation. Supporting Quote “Consumers today have high expectations of technology applications’ capabilities and usability, and those expectations don’t stop when they enter their workplaces,” said Meg Bear, group vice president, Oracle Social Cloud, Oracle. “We constantly evolve our products to give our customers a competitive edge, and Social Station delivers a dynamic UX that drives productivity and social business results. By making it easier than ever to understand, report, and share social insights across the enterprise, we are enabling our customers to move at the speed of social to align and impact business metrics and strategy.”Supporting Resources Learn More About Oracle Cloud Oracle Social Cloud Oracle Social Spotlight Blog Follow Oracle Social on Twitter Oracle OpenWorld 2014 http://oracle-downloads.com/OracleSocial/ About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Oracle
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Categories: Database, Vendor

Build a data mining app using Java, Weka, and the Analytics Warehouse service

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:00
The Analytics Warehouse (formerly BLU Acceleration) service provides data warehousing and analytics as a service on IBM Bluemix. Developers can develop and deploy a heavy-duty analytic application using blazing-fast IBM BLU database technology offered in the cloud. Learn how to develop a data mining application using the Weka statistical analysis tool and leveraging the IBM BLU columnar database.
Categories: Database

Build a data mining app using Java, Weka, and the Analytics Warehouse service

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:00
The Analytics Warehouse (formerly BLU Acceleration) service provides data warehousing and analytics as a service on IBM Bluemix. Developers can develop and deploy a heavy-duty analytic application using blazing-fast IBM BLU database technology offered in the cloud. Learn how to develop a data mining application using the Weka statistical analysis tool and leveraging the IBM BLU columnar database.
Categories: Database

Build a cache application in the cloud with Bluemix cache services

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:00
This tutorial talks about building caching applications on top of the IBM Cloud environment. The execution time recorded demonstrates the speed of accessing the caching service.
Categories: Database