SAVE $$$$: Moving to Open Source Databases Can See Savings of 90 Per Cent. Enterprises could save up to 90 per cent on licensing costs by moving away from incumbent proprietary databases to an open source alternative, according to Frank Fanzilli, independent board director at PostgreSQL vendor EnterpriseDB and board director of the Linux Foundation. Read more

FDA: Proposes New Databases to Monitor CAR T-Cell Safety Across INDs. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to create two new databases that will allow it to look at safety and manufacturing information across multiple applications for products within a promising class of cancer immunotherapies called anti-CD19 CAR modified T-cells. Read more

HADOOP: Don’t Expect Your DBA to Do a Hadoop Expert’s Job. Big data deployments challenge organizations to rethink the role of data across their entire operations landscape. But a funny thing happens when it comes to administering these systems: There is an understandable tendency to map the organizational responsibilities for the care and feeding of big data systems such as Hadoop to existing database administrators (DBAs). After all, these same teams have kept your data assets humming along to this point. Surely they can pick up the running of the new Hadoop cluster, right? Not in most cases. Read more

ORACLE: Amazon, Microsoft Launch Full-Court Press To Steal Oracle’s Database Customers. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are both taking aim at Oracle’s database business with separate offerings designed to make it easier for customers to ditch Oracle’s software. AWS plans to launch the AWS Database Migration Service, which migrates on-premises Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL production databases to the AWS cloud. Microsoft is running a campaign in which organizations can migrate their Oracle databases to SQL Server and receive free Microsoft licenses. Read more


BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

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Database News – Daily Tech Update – March 23, 2016

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