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  • After 20 years supporting the US Open tennis tournament, IBM is bringing its Watson cognitive computing technology to bear at this year's event.

  • IBM's Compose database-as-a-service company is taking its hosted RethinkDB offering out of beta and making it generally available.

  • At an event in Boston, the company shows off the broad range of its cloud offerings, in particular its dashDB hosted data warehousing service.

  • Hortonworks announced plans to acquire Onyara and use its NSA-built Apache NiFi technology to fuel a new DataFlow offering.

  • The chip maker also will, for the third time, invest in the company, which will optimize its EPIC big data software for the Intel Architecture.

  • Researcher stresses that enterprises need to be doing business intelligence on hot, fresh data to make accurate decisions, not weeks-old data in a warehouse.

  • WANdisco and Talend announced new enterprise big data wins with Nokia Networks and Ellie Mae.

  • Cisco and Basho Technologies partner to integrate Basho's Riak NoSQL database with the open-source Apache Mesos cluster manager.

  • MapR Technologies gives enterprises another alternative channel for its Hadoop distribution with placement in the AWS Marketplace.

  • Along with including automatic failover, RethinkDB 2.1 now allows users to add and remove nodes without any interruption in service.

  • Database developer MongoDB deepened its partnership with IBM by announcing support for Big Blue's mainframe systems.

  • Edge Up Sports announced it is working with IBM to build a fantasy football application powered by IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology.

  • At its annual Big Data Conference, the company announces a new release of its Vertica software and its latest work with the open-source community.

  • Open-source database technology has gained a strong foothold in the data center. Database ranking Website DB-Engines shows a nearly 50-50 split of commercial versus open-source databases. According to a recent report from Gartner, "Information leaders who opt for an OSDBMS [open-source DBMS] licensing model can yield much lower costs than using a commercial model." The community of end users has grown considerably so the cost of finding expertise has come down in recent years. Also, the relational database Postgres has the native capabilities to handle structured data and additional NoSQL functionality to manage unstructured and semi-structured data within the single database management system. Postgres was also developed to be expandable and easily incorporate new data types, indexing schemes and languages without compromising other features of the database. Still, the IT industry harbors misconceptions about how open-source software works, its performance, its benefits and its ROI. eWEEK, with input from open-source PostgreSQL database specialist EnterpriseDB, helps debunk some of the most common open-source database myths, including those about its costs and capabilities.

  • Azul Systems taps into the emerging market around Apache Cassandra by providing consulting services for the database.

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