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Trend-setting products for 2016.

THE PRESSURE IS ON for organizations to react faster to changing opportunities and risks by leveraging data to improve decision making.

The good news is that analytics-driven enterprises have more data than ever available for scrutiny. But the wealth of information being amassed from sources inside and outside organizations is creating a burden as well as an opportunity. In addition to well-established data management approaches such as relational, MultiValue, and the mainframe, there are now hybrid scenarios incorporating cloud, NoSQL, Hadoop, Spark, and other open source projects.

NoSQL is on the rise, according to a survey of data professionals conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Dell Software. The 2015 survey report showed that nearly 10% of respondents were already using NoSQL database technology, 12% were currently deploying NoSQL, and 18% expected to deploy NoSQL in 1-2 years. Cloud is also on the horizon. The 2015 IOUG survey on database manageability, sponsored by Oracle and produced by Unisphere, showed that close to half of the Oracle Database administrators questioned see cloud computing in general as a major shift in their organizations, and 43% believe that big data in all its forms is reshaping their computing landscapes. And, according to another recent Unisphere survey among IT practitioners and stakeholders who are subscribers to Database Trends and Applications and Big Data Quarterly magazines, 55% of respondents were currently using Hadoop, and of these, 42% were running four or more clusters.

In short, the days of one system to depend on are coming to an end. And, not only do organizations have to make the right choices about technologies to best manage, store, analyze, and protect data, but they also must have the right tools in place to proactively monitor and manage increasingly complex data environments for peak performance. Simple it is not.

According to the Unisphere-Dell survey, nearly half of the DBAs questioned manage more than 25 database instances, and almost 10% manage more than 100 database instances, with the number of database instances each DBA is responsible for on the rise. In addition to management of multiple database instances, DBAs are also handling database systems from multiple vendors. Approximately 70% of the respondents said that the DBAs in their organizations were responsible for databases from at least two vendors, and 7% indicated that their DBAs were responsible for managing database systems from five or more vendors.

Recent industry research studies draw a picture of organizations facing difficulties making data available and adhering to agreed-upon SLAs, while being anxious to get meaningful benefit from data.

Another Unisphere study of data managers and professionals found that one-third of respondents reported low levels of satisfaction with their data availability strategies, with most reporting difficulties with funding new efforts. Additional data centers, tools, and people to support these efforts can be expensive. The study conducted among IOUG members and sponsored by EMC revealed that businesses are seeking more uptime from service-level agreements but IT departments are struggling to provide it. According to the report, only 28% stated that, at best, they can sometimes meet their agreed-upon SLAs for downtime.

In today's fast-paced digital economy, it is understood that effective data management strategies can have significant impact.

CA's global study of senior IT and business executives on the role of software as a business enabler found that "digital transformation" is underway as a coordinated strategy among more than half of the survey participants. The top 14% of respondents were identified as "digital disruptors" and, according to the survey, have two times higher revenue growth than mainstream organizations and two-and-a-half times higher profit growth than mainstream enterprises.

With all the advanced technologies available today for data management and the tremendous advantages to be gained by making the right choices, there is a need for organizations to become better informed. Leading vendors are providing innovative products and services aimed at helping organizations derive more value from their data and get better performance from their systems.

On the following pages, Database Trends and Applications magazine presents the list of Trend-Setting Products for 2016.

Expanded descriptions of Trend-Setting Products with explanations of what makes these products unique begin on page 32.

Aetian Corp.

Actian Vortex--enables high-performance analytics at scale in Hadoop, including elastic data preparation, SQL analytics, and predictive analytics

Aerospike, Inc.

Aerospike--a high-performance NoSQL operational database that offers support for Spark and Hadoop to help users gain greater value from the analytics they create with their data lakes for real-time decisioning scenarios


AgilData--provides a real-time streaming database platform that enables developers to build massively scalable and performant stream processing pipelines, and interfaces with existing databases and message queues using standard SQL, Inc.

Amazon Bedshift--part of Amazon Web Services, Redshift is a managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud that simplifies all data using existing business intelligence tools

Attunity Ltd.

Attunity Visibility--provides data usage analytics to enable visibility to support big data management and optimization across Hadoop as well as enterprise data warehouse platforms such as Teradata, Exadata, IBM PureData, Oracle, and IBM DB2

BackOffice Associates

BackOffice Data Stewardship Platform--delivers a standardized and scalable approach to the data quality, data migration, and information governance functionality to help customers keep pace with changing business conditions

Bradmark Technologies, Inc.

Bradmark Surveillance DB--provides monitoring and performance management for SAP ASE, IQ, Replication Server, and HANA running on UNIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems, with views of overall system health and comprehensive drill-down capabilities to determine the root cause of performance bottlenecks

CA Technologies

CA EBwin r9.6--with a collaborative data modeling environment to manage enterprise data through an intuitive, graphical interface, this release adds improvements to the Report Designer, PDF report export, updates to database support, upgraded metadata import/export bridges, user interface enhancements, and other features

CenturyLink, Inc.

CenturyLink Cognilyties--acquired by CenturyLink in 2014, Cognilytics is a global provider of big data, decision sciences, business intelligence, and data visualization services to help deliver insights that convert data into a monetizable asset

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ciseo Data Virtualization Platform--agile data integration software to build and run federated business views that help organizations deliver information in a rationalized form that can be easily understood and used, while shielding business users from the complexity of IT


CitusDB 4.0--a hybrid operational and analytics database for big data built on PostgreSQL scales across a cluster of physical or virtual servers through sharding and replication, offering an advanced query engine that parallelizes incoming SQL queries across servers to enable real-time responses


Cloudera Enterprise--a platform that provides centralized management and support to operate Apache Hadoop effectively as a mission-critical piece of technology infrastructure with system management tools plus dedicated support and community advocacy from Hadoop developers and experts

Compuware Corp.

Compuware Topaz--a solution suite that helps enterprise customers tap the business value of their IBM z Systems environments, providing visibility to make it easier for veteran and novice developers alike to understand, modify, and troubleshoot mainframe code

Concurrent, Inc.

Concurrent Driven--enables application performance monitoring and management across heterogeneous Hadoop and Spark environments within a single, comprehensive solution


Corvil Network Data Analytics--transforms raw packet data into real-time operational and business intelligence to improve the speed of seeing, understanding, and acting on business as it is happening

Couchbase, Inc.

Couchbase Server 4.0--a distributed NoSQL database, engineered for performance, scalability, and availability, offers a SQL-based query language, N1QL (pronounced Nickel), that helps developers build enterprise-class applications with less code and greater agility

Data Intensity

Data Intensity Analyticsl--a cloud-based analytics and business intelligence solution that provides visualization and architecture services as well as hosting and platform services (cloud hosting or remote managed services), with support for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Postgres, and DB2 database management systems


DataStax DevCenter 1.4--a visual development tool for Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise that, along with the recently announced Cassandra 2.2, provides formal support for JSON data management with visual developer capabilities that allow users to easily create, query, and navigate JSON data

Datavail Corp.

Datavail Alert Optimizer--a web-based tool that supports Oracle Enterprise Manager implementations by helping to eliminate unwanted OEM alerts, identify unnecessary metrics and policies, and set up critical warning thresholds at the right levels

Datical, Inc.

Datical DB--Datical's flagship product automates the deployment of database schema updates for organizations that struggle with the constant state of application change across complex environments

DBI Software (Database Brothers, Inc.)

DBI Software pureFeat V6.2 Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUW--combines solutions for database analytics, tuning, and trending; advanced lights-out alerting; and real-time monitoring

Deep Information Sciences

DeepSQL--integrates underneath MySQL as a storage engine and leverages machine learning and predictive algorithms to create data environments that adapt to changing application conditions, to accelerate performance, speed, and scale, while helping to take the pressure off data personnel

Dell Software

Dell SharePlex 8.6--provides high-performance replication and data integration with support for Oracle 10g, 11g, and 12c, as well as other systems. Dell also offers SharePlex for SQL Server, SharePlex for SAP, and SharePlex Connector for Hadoop

Delphix Corp.

Delphix Data as a Service--a DaaS platform available on premise or as cloud software that helps to address governance management and integration challenges by delivering virtualized data into the right environment more quickly than moving and copying data across redundant systems

Denodo Technologies

Denodo Platform 5.5--an integrated platform for data virtualization that creates, manages, and delivers virtualized data services at both project and enterprise levels with key capabilities for real-time query optimization supported by intelligent caching, scheduled data orchestration, and unified data governance and quality

Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.

Embarcadero ER/Studio XE7--Embarcaderos flagship data architecture suite provides capabilities to enhance data architecture, address emerging industry technologies and techniques, and improve the user experience

EMC Corp.

EMC XtremlO 4.0--an all-flash array that supports larger all-flash array configurations, expands on-demand capabilities, and consolidates workloads at high levels of performance and availability

Empolis Information Management GmbH

Empolis Smart Cloud--allows customers to avoid the initial investment of license fees and efforts involved in creating their own IT infrastructure, while providing the full range of Smart Information Management services, including creation, management, analysis, intelligent processing and provisioning of all relevant information needed for business processes, regardless of source, format, user, location, or device

EnterpriseDB Corp.

EnterpriseDB Postgres Plus Cloud Database--is designed specifically for the cloud and features automated scale-out from its cluster architecture, built-in failover for high availability, private instances for security and consistent performance, and complete administrative access


FairCom c-treeAce V10.3--database technology that builds upon the V10 release and adds new compression options to save space; shared memory advances to boost performance; batch updates to improve efficiency; reduced SQL limitations; and graphical tools

GridGain Systems, Inc.

GridGain ln-Memory Data Fabric v7.4 v7.3--powered by Apache Ignite, GridGain In-Memory Fabric provides a unified API that spans key types of applications and connects them with multiple data stores containing structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, and with its latest release, offers enhancements to security, management, availability, and performance

Hortonworks, Inc.

Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3--a release of the open source Apache Hadoop platform that focuses on easing enterprise adoption by eliminating administration complexities, improving developer productivity, enhancing security and data governance, and delivering proactive cluster monitoring

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

HPE Vertica Excavator--this release of Vertica, codenamed "Excavator," enables organizations to quickly ingest and analyze high-speed streaming data from various sources, including Internet of Things applications, and provides enhanced SQL analytics and performance to Hadoop

HPE Security-Data Security

HPE SecureData Suite for Hadoop--provides full data-centric security, including HP Format-Preserving Encryption, HP Secure Stateless Tokenization, HP Stateless Key Management, and also includes HP SecureStorage for volume protection

IBM Corp.

IBM Cloud Data Services--a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services incorporating services, such as Cloudant, a fully-managed NoSQL database as a service; dashDB a data-warehousing solution on the cloud; and DataWorks, a cloud-based data refinery that enables organizations to simplify and automate finding, refining, and preparing data

Idera, Inc.

Idera SQL Hekaton Memory Check--a free tool that allows DBAs to see real-time memory usage on all SQL Server instances that use Hekaton, Microsoft's in-memory database for online transaction processing in SQL Server, and take action to avoid downtime and optimize appropriately

Informatica, LLC

Informatica Secure@Source--a data security intelligence solution that enables enterprises to take a datacentric approach to the security challenges arising from massive enterprise data growth and proliferation within and beyond the corporate firewall by identifying and visualizing sensitive data wherever it resides

InterSystems Corp.

InterSystems Cache 2015.2--high-performance database technology which combines an object database, high-performance SQL, and multidimensional data access which can simultaneously access the same data, comes with several built-in scripting languages, and is compatible with popular development tools

Innovative Routines International (IPI), Inc., The CoSort Co.

RI CellShield Enterprise Edition--a full-featured, professional compliance package for Excel workbooks that can locate and automatically protect sensitive data across a network


JethroData 1.0--an index-based SQL engine for Hadoop that focuses on interactive queries for business users, leveraging its indexes to deliver query performance, while requiring minimal Hadoop cluster resources

Jinfonet Software, Inc.

Jinfonet JReport 13.1--a Java-based reporting platform that embeds into any application, delivering reporting, dashboards, and analytics via the web and mobile devices to allow users to visualize and interact with their data

Kore Technologies

Kore Technologies KommerceServer 5.4--engineered to integrate with any backoffice ERP system, this release of Kore's B2B and B2C ecommerce platform is up to 20 times faster when searching for products, and adds new B2B and B2C features to enhance the user experience and improve product information management

Looker Data Sciences, Inc.

Looker--an analytics tool that helps analysts to curate and centralize massive amounts of data to create a single source of truth and provides an easy way for business teams to quickly ask and answer their own questions

MapR Technologies, Inc.

MapR 5.0--a release of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop that adds improvements for real-time Hadoop, security, and self-service data exploration and agility

MariaDB Corp. Ab

MariaDB Enterprise--a subscription designed to support organizations using MariaDB and MySQL in production environments with certified binaries, expertise from the MariaDB team, and enterprise-grade tooling

MarkLogic Corp.

MarkLogic 8.0--an enterprise NoSQL database platform that supports server-side JavaScript and JSON, and includes enterprise features such as semantics and bitemporal data management

Melissa Data Corp.

Melissa Data Rersonator--a data quality cloud service that verifies an entire contact record as a whole by matching a name to an address, telephone number, and/or email address to support ecommerce, ID verification, and enterprise applications

MemSQL, Inc.

MemSQL 4--a purpose-built database for instant access to real-time and historical data, MemSQL uses a familiar SQL interface and a horizontally scalable distributed architecture that runs on commodity hardware or in the cloud, and now offers real-time, distributed geospatial intelligence and the MemSQL Spark Connector


Microsoft Azure IoT Suite--an integrated, cloud-based offering leveraging Azure capabilities to connect devices and other assets, it is customizable to fit the diverse needs of organizations, but also provides finished applications to accelerate deployment for common use cases such as remote monitoring, asset management, and predictive maintenance

MicroStrategy, Inc.

MicroStrategy 10 Secure Enterprise--an analytics platform that combines traditional business intelligence functionality with data discovery, mobile analytics, and enterprise security and builds on proven enterprise capabilities to make sophisticated, high-performance analytics faster and more easy

MongoDB, Inc.

MongoDB 3.0--a NoSQL document store database that offers a new, flexible storage architecture, including the WiredTiger storage engine, reduces operational overhead, has better write performance, and reduces on-disk database size

Ntirety, a Division of HOSTING

Ntirety Remote DBA Services--augments an organization's existing IT team with remote Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL DBA services, including database monitoring and alerting, a database service desk, backup assurance for recovery, and database performance tuning

NuoDB, Inc.

NuoDB Robins Release 2.3--a scale-out SQL database that includes geo distribution, continuous availability, multi-tenancy, and real-time operational intelligence

Objectivity, Inc.

Objectivity InfiniteGrapH 3.4--offers graphing technology that combines the strengths of persisting and traversing complex relationships requiring multiple hops across vast and distributed data stores

OpenText Corp.

OpenText Actuate Big Data Analytics--an advanced analytics software appliance built for business analysts with a columnar database engine that loads billions of records into a simple visual interface, enabling users to blend data from disparate sources and apply precoded algorithms and analytical techniques to gain insights from massive datasets

Oracle Corp.

Oracle Big Data Discovery--a visual, intuitive product that enables users to leverage the power of Hadoop and turn raw data into business insight in minutes


RarStream Analytics Platform--an analytics platform for the Internet of Things that at its core has ParStream's massively parallel processing columnar database with a shared nothing architecture for fast data analysis


Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation--a data preparation application that sits on top of an enterprise-scale platform built on Hadoop and powered by Spark to address the biggest challenge in any analytical exercise--simply getting the data ready

Pentaho, A Hitachi Group Company

Pentaho 6.0--a big data integration and analytics platform that includes the Pentaho enterprise-class server with features designed to automate and manage all stages of the analytic data pipeline

Percona LLC

Percona TokuDB--an open source, high-performance storage engine for Percona Server that is designed for the demanding reguirements of big data applications and to reduce the deployment costs associated with scaling and optimization efforts

Predixion Software

Predixion Insight 4.5--a cloud-based predictive analytics platform that supports end-to-end advanced analytics capabilities, from data shaping to production deployment, is optimized for the Internet of Things and enables analytics to run in-cloud, on-gateway, and on-device


Progress Data Direct Cloud--a streamlined, versatile data integration platform to enable simple, fast connections to cloud and on-premise data regardless of the source

The Pythian Group, Inc.

Pythian Big Data Infrastructure Services--assists enterprises by providing a variety of architects, engineers, and consultants to help build big data solutions that integrate with existing infrastructures


Qlik Sense Cloud--a SaaS version of Qlik Sense data visualization for private sharing of Qlik Sense apps that reveal connections instantly, allowing users to explore data and see opportunities from every angle on the cloud

Qubole, Inc.

Qubole Data Service--provides a unified interface for performing a variety of use cases and workloads that a data-driven organization will face such as ad hoc analysis, predictive analysis, machine learning, streaming, and MapReduce

Rackspace, Inc.

Rackspace ObjectBocket--a fully managed database platform that offers instances of MongoDB and Redis in data centers across the globe with 24x7x365 monitoring by an operations team, free backups, and migration assistance, now offers fully managed instances of Elasticsearch

Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise 3--a self-service platform that automates application builds, deployments, scaling, and health management to better streamline developer workflows to get apps to market faster

RedPoint Global, Inc.

RedPoint Data Management for Hadoop--allows users to gain greater control over their data by managing both traditional and Hadoop repositories with a single product without reguiring special skills or knowledge of MapReduce

Revelation Software

Revelation OpenInsight 10--a NoSQL database development suite that provides Windows, Web 2.0, and .NET tools to develop and deploy mission-critical applications

Rocket Software, Inc.

UniData 8.1--a MultiValue database platform that serves the needs of SMBs to enterprises and offers 64-bit file support, support for IPv6, security enhancements, and installation and upgrade improvements, as well as other enhancements

Ryft Systems, Inc.

Ryft ONE--an open UI platform that delivers the speed, scalability, simplicity, and security required for real-time intelligence applications such as fraud prevention, cybersecurity, social commerce, and bioinformatics


SAP HANA SPS 10--this release of SAP's in-memory database platform connects users with the Internet of Things at enterprise scale, manages big data more effectively, further extends high availability of data across the enterprise, and enables business to accelerate the development of applications with advanced analytics

SAS Institute

SAS Factory Miner--provides a web-based, automated-yet-customizable environment for building, comparing, and retraining predictive models at scale across multiple business segments in order to increase the predictive model building power and productivity of an analytics staff

SiSense, Inc.

SiSense 5.75--a business intelligence platform to provide organizations with a complete solution for big data aggregation, preparation, analytics, and visualization in the cloud

SnapLogic, Inc.

SnapLogic Elastic Integration Summer

2015--expands self-service, reuse, and enterprise governance by offering impact analysis and modeling, enhanced governance features, and new Snaps for better integration with other tools

Snowflake Computing, Inc.

Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse--a flexible and scalable data warehouse platform that utilizes the cloud, possesses multidimensional elasticity, handles different types of data, and performs at high scale

Software AG

Terracotta BigMemory--an in-memory data management solution for the enterprise, BigMemory grants access to a variety of data, snaps into enterprise apps to speed up access to data in-memory, and scales up or out into the cloud

SolarWinds, Inc.

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer--monitors the entire environment on premise, in the cloud, or as a service along with helping to quickly identify performance issues, eliminate database bottlenecks, and improve performance

Splice Machine, Inc.

Splice Machine--delivers a database solution that incorporates the scalability of Hadoop, the standard ANSI SQL and ACID transactions of an RDBMS, and the distributed computing power of HBase

Splunk, Inc.

Splunk Light--a comprehensive solution for small IT environments, automating log search and analysis, speeding up tactical troubleshooting, enabling powerful searches, dynamic dashboards and alerts, and reporting for real-time analysis

SQL Sentry, LLC

SQL Sentry Performance Advisor v8--monitors relevant metrics and provides insight into poorly performing SQL, blocks, deadlocks, and storage and I/O bottlenecks, as well as system resource usage

SQLstream, Inc.

SQLstream Blaze 4.0--a stream processing platform that includes a SQL-compliant stream processor, tools for real-time visualization of high volume data streams, StreamApps for rapid implementation of industry solutions, and integration with Apache Storm

Sqrrl Data, Inc.

Sqrrl Enterprise--enables users to ingest and analyze disparate datasets to facilitate proactive threat detection

Syncsort, Inc.

Syncsort DMX-H Release 8--a pure-play ETL engine that operates natively in the Hadoop MapReduce framework and is designed to remove obstacles from adopting Hadoop by delivering an approach for moving heavy workloads from data warehouses and mainframes into Hadoop

Tableau Software

Tableau 9.0--visual analytics software to provide users with a simple and interactive interface while analyzing data and performing data preparation, with new capabilities to help people to achieve more with data, answering questions at interactive speed

Talend, Inc.

Talend Integration Cloud--Summer '15--a secure and hosted platform for connecting cloud and on-premises data and applications with Remote Engine, sandbox functionality, the Talend Data Mapper, and an assortment of new cloud and on-premises app connectors to simplify the development of cloud-to-cloud and hybrid integration flows

Teradata Corp.

Teradata Loom--a platform for profiling, preparing, and tracking data lineage for data in Hadoop that is designed to reduce the time and effort needed to carry out big data analytics

Treasure Data, Inc.

Treasure Data--analytics infrastructure-as-a-service to collect event data from dispersed sources, store it at scale, and refine and transform it to help businesses leverage their data to make smart decisions

Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin Memory Flash Storage Platform--an integrated all-flash storage solution designed for primary storage at the cost of legacy enterprise disk solutions, supports business continuity, data protection, data scaling, and efficiency


VMware vSphere 6--with more than 650 new features and capabilities, this release of VMware's flagship virtualization platform addresses the needs of business-critical and cloud-native applications with higher performance, scale, and consolidation ratios; long distance vMotion; multi-processor fault tolerance; and Instant Clone technology

VoltDB, Inc.

VoltDB 5.0--an in-memory, scale-out operational database that offers increased support for the Hadoop ecosystem, expanded SQL support, and a new Management Center to better enable creation and management of fast data applications

WhereScape Software Ltd.

WhereScape RED--WhereScape's flagship automation software that is optimized to leverage the MPP power of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System, a turnkey big data analytics appliance
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