by Craig S. Mullins
Each new year, the final DBA Corner column looks back over the most significant data and database-
The Acquisitions of 2012
As is common in the data and DBMS marketplace, the year saw its fair share of important data-
Early in the year, IBM bought Emptoris, a cloud-
What about Oracle, though? That never-
Microsoft and SAP made a couple of interesting acquisitions, too. In late June, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer is an emerging enterprise social network provider and Microsoft is looking to incorporate it into its Office, Skype and cloud offerings. And in late May, SAP announced plans to acquire Ariba, Inc., a cloud-
Clearly 2012 was all about the major data companies bolstering their cloud, analytics, Big Data, and social media capabilities via acquisition. I think it is safe to assume those same trends will continue in 2013.
Perhaps the most interesting acquisition of the year for DBAs, though, was Dell’s purchase of Quest Software. Announced in early July, Dell agreed to pay $28 a share for Quest, valuing the deal at $2.36 billion. It also brought a bidding war for Quest to an end – private equity firm Insight Venture Partners had earlier bid $23 per share for Quest… and later increased its offering to $25.75. The private equity firm was thought to have the inside track to acquire Quest because of its longstanding relationship with Quest chairman and CEO Vinny Smith.
Quest, established in 1987, serviced more than 100,000 customers worldwide, including 87% of the Fortune 500. Quest’s portfolio included tools for Windows server management, identity and access management, and database administration and management. Many DBAs use Quest’s TOAD to provide a simple, consistent way to build, manage, and maintain databases.
So, all in all, it was a very busy year in terms of acquisitions and consolidation in the database industry.
The Technology of 2012
Over the course of the past year we saw the advancement of our DBMS technology, too. Microsoft unleashed SQL Server 2012 for general availability in March via a virtual launch event. This latest version of SQL Server brought many improvements spanning advanced analytics, performance and availability gains, and most significantly, cloud support with SQL Azure.
In April, IBM released DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (previously code-
SAP made news with its in-
And let’s not forget about Oracle. Even though Oracle Database 12c was not released for GA in 2012, the company unveiled some details about the release at its annual Open World conference. Larry Ellison promoted the new release as the world’s first multi-
And, of course, there were the daily, weekly, and quarterly travails of quarterly results, lawsuits, and data analytics product announcements that we’ve all come to take with a grain of salt, too. But there is only so much room for my column so I had to cover just the highlights. Still, though, it was a busy year in the database world, wasn’t it?
From Database Trends and Applications, January 2013.
© 2013 Craig S. Mullins,