by Craig S. Mullins
Every year around this time the DBA Corner looks back over the most significant data and database-
The Acquisitions of 2013
As is common in the data and DBMS marketplace, the year saw its fair share of important data-
Oracle acquired Eloqua Inc. for approximately $871 million to further expand into the cloud computing market. Eloqua’s enable companies to tailor and measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. In February Oracle agreed to acquire Acme Packet, a global provider of session border control technology for service providers and enterprises. In March 2013, Oracle announced it was acquitting Nimbula, a provider of private cloud infrastructure management software. Then, a few weeks later in March, Oracle announced that it would acquire Tekelec, a provider of network signaling, policy control, and subscriber data management solutions for communications networks. In October Oracle agreed to acquire BigMachines, a leading cloud-
IBM was not quiet in terms of acquisition in 2013, either. In February, IBM agreed to acquire the software portfolio of Star Analytics Inc., a privately held business analytics company. IBM also announced in February that it had completed the acquisition of StoredIQ, which was initiated by IBM in the fourth quarter of 2012. In late April, IBM announced the acquisition of UrbanCode which automates the delivery of software, helping businesses quickly release and update mobile, social, big data, cloud applications. Cloud computing was the theme of many acquisitions in 2013, as IBM agreed to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, a cloud computing company, in early June. Among its many cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer allows clients to buy enterprise-
Microsoft was not as busy as IBM or Oracle, but it made the biggest splash of the year. In early September, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Nokia’s smart phone business for approximately $7.2 billion. While this acquisition is not necessarily notable for its impact on the database market, it is quite noteworthy in terms of its impact on Microsoft. With this acquisition, Microsoft becomes a full-
Microsoft’s other acquisitions in 2013 include MetricsHub (a cloud monitoring service for automating cloud performance management), NetBreeze (a social analytics provider whose claim to fame is modern Natural Language Processing), and the InRelease business of InCycle Software (continuous release management and deployment software).
And finally, SAP made a couple of interesting acquisitions in 2013, too. In early March, SAP acquired Camilion, a provider of insurance product development, product life-
The bottom line is that 2013 remained active in terms of acquisitions and consolidation in the database industry.
The Technology of 2013
Last year also saw the announcement and release of a lot of great new DBMS technology, too.
Early in the year IBM announced enhancements to its PureSystems portfolio. IBM describes PureSystems as “expert integrated systems.” Basically, you can think of PureSystems as pre-
In early February Oracle released the latest version of MySQL… MySQL 5.6. The highlight of this latest version of the open source DBMS is the incorporation of NoSQL functionality into the offering. And then in March, Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Database Appliance X3-
As for Microsoft, in at its annual TechEd conference in New Orleans, the company announced Microsoft SQL Server 2014, which should be available in early 2014. SQL Server 2014 features Hekaton in-
Of course, this column covers just the highlights. There were many other interesting database stories in 2013, including financial ups and downs, lawsuits, and product announcements. Indeed, the database marketplace continues to be a busy and interesting place!
From Database Trends and Applications, January 2014.
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