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  • Eyeing the Internet of things, the software giant touts the high-performance innovations that the newest version of SQL Server has to offer enterprises.

  • Tesora updated its database virtualization engine to provide better performance from its Trove-based database as a service (DBaaS).

  • The German-based company is having trouble selling conventional database-related software, and sales of cloud services are slow on the uptake.

  • Database-as-a-service technology, live upgrades, storage improvements and federated identity are part of the new open-source cloud platform release.

  • There are a number of high-profile security firms in the IT industry, though few have generated as many headlines as FireEye in recent years. One of the big reasons for FireEye's notoriety is the company's $1 billion acquisition of security firm Mandiant earlier this year. The acquisition price might seem like a high one to pay for Mandiant, but it's one that the FireEye board of directors, which includes former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem, thought was fair given the market opportunity. Mandiant, led by charismatic Kevin Mandia, jumped into the public consciousness in February 2013 when it released its APT1 report on a covert Chinese army hacking unit. In a new Mandiant M-Trends "Beyond the Breach" report released on April 10, Mandiant provides insight into the current status of the Chinese APT1 threat and how it has changed over the course of the last year. The report also provides insight into the overall threat landscape, providing visibility on the industries that are being attacked. In 2013, Mandiant found an increasing number of attacks against financial services firms as well as media and entertainment companies. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some surprising trends from the Mandiant M-Trends report.

  • The company's database change management product brings DevOps to SQL Server environments, putting a huge chunk of the database market within its reach.

  • The threat of insider tampering with data systems is a constant worry for IT managers. Such threats, currently on the rise, are caused by employees or associates (including contractors and partners) of an organization who either maliciously or accidentally put their organizations and data at risk. Most expensive, high-profile breaches are the result of attack techniques used inside the network; therefore, the threat extends to outsiders who have obtained the legitimate credentials needed to gain access and conduct malicious activities that cause operational harm and steal data. New-gen IT, including the implementation of cloud and big data projects, adds the opportunity for data theft due to the distributed nature of such systems. Regulatory and compliance issues are also driving the requirement to provide better protection against insiders and those who comprise trusted employees. This eWEEK slide show—consisting of data gathered by Ovum Research and compiled by Tina Stewart, marketing vice president at security specialist Vormetric—presents 10 key metrics regarding the landscape of insider IT threats in early 2014.

  • Identities lost to breaches reached an all time high in 2013, while targeted attacks focused on a greater number of smaller groups, according to Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report.

  • After taking over from O'Reilly Media, Percona is positioning itself as an industry thought leader by owning the MySQL event.

  • IT services is forecast to total $964 billion in 2014, up 4.6 percent from 2013, as buyers shift spending from consulting to implementation.

  • Heavyweights Microsoft and Oracle dominated the worldwide market while Salesforce achieved the highest growth in the industry.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Delphix stands alone as a data virtualizer and as a result is owning a new sector that more and more large enterprises are discovering.

  • AirStrip hopes that acquiring the assets of wireless fetal monitoring firm Sense4Baby will eventually lead to home-based monitoring of fetal and maternal heart rate and contraction patterns.

  • The chip maker will take an 18 percent share in the big data software company, which announced a total of $900 million in recent financing.

  • The company also plans to release a QuickApps visual editor that will make it easier for customers to create their own applications.

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