February 2017 Newsletter

Revelation Software
February 2017 Newsletter
OpenInsight named in DBTA Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2017

By Joyce Wells

Over the past 10 years, a wealth of products and services has emerged to help companies wring more value from the large quantities of data they are amassing. New entries are constantly coming on the market, while tried-and-true offerings continue to be updated with cutting-edge capabilities.

Today, innovative approaches, such as Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL, and NewSQL, are being used in addition to more established technologies, including the mainframe and relational and MultiValue database systems. Cloud solutions are working alongside on-premises, the range of open source technologies is growing in addition to proprietary options, and software-defined data centers are being deployed to augment hardware-based approaches.

According to the 2016 IOUG Survey on Enterprise Data Storage Trends, “Cloud Steps Up as a Data Storage Platform,” the volume of data to be stored continues to rise into the petabyte range for many organizations. The survey, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle, found that a total of 31% respondents have more than 100TB of Oracle Database data in storage, including clones, snapshots, replicas, backups, and archives—up from 28% of respondents 2 years ago. In addition, 15% of respondents now have more than 1PB of Oracle data within their enterprises—up from 10% in the previous survey.

Research from CSC finds that data production will be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009, and, by 2020, more than one-third of all data will live in or pass through the cloud. And, while projections for the growing number of connected devices have varied widely, many industry estimates still put the number of items that will collect and store data at a staggering number—somewhere between 20 billion and 30 billion—by 2020.

Indeed, data growth in all its varieties has been an ongoing hurdle for IT, yet today, there is no single solution that promises to answer all requirements. As a result, it is more important than ever to have the right tools for the job. Leading vendors are stepping up to help customers address their data-driven challenges and opportunities, with the associated demand for capabilities spanning self-service access, real-time insights, security, collaboration, governance, scalability, high availability, and more.

To help bring these resources to light, each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine looks for offerings that promise to help organizations derive greater benefit from their data, make decisions faster, and work smarter and more securely. On the following pages, we present DBTA’s list of Trend-Setting Products for 2017.

We encourage you to continue your exploration by visiting the companies’ websites for additional information. And, to stay on top of the latest news, IT trends, and research, go to www.dbta.com, and review Unisphere Research’s library of survey reports at www.unisphereresearch.com.

In addition, in this issue, we include “Product Spotlight” articles penned by company executives with explanations of what makes these products unique. 

OpenInsight 9.4 Engine Server patch is available to Works Members

The Engine Server (oesocketserver.jar) is responsible for responding to requests from outside programs (including OECGI, NetOI, O4W, CTO, AREV32, and more).  You may limit the number of OpenEngines that the Engine Server can use, to manage your license count, by setting MaxEngines in the Engine Server’s configuration file (normally eserver.cfg).

Under certain circumstances, "flooding" the Engine Server with simultaneous requests may cause the number of OpenEngines used to exceed the number specified in MaxEngines.  This patch eliminates, or reduces, the chance of this behavior occurring.  In addition, it enhances the ability of the Engine Server to remove OpenEngines that are exceeding the maximum run time (as specified in the MaxRunTime setting).  Finally, for situations where you wish excessive engine requests to be rejected rather than queued (which is the normal behavior), this Engine Server allows you to specify the startup flags value as a negative value (ie, "-1" or "-65").  A negative startup flag will indicate that, if no open engines are available for the engine server to reuse or create, the request should be rejected; if open engines are available, or new ones can be started, the startup flag is treated the same way as its positive value (ie, "1" or "65").

Works Members can dowload the patch HERE.


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OpenInsight 10

OpenInsight 10 Alpha v7 is available

OpenInsight 10 Alpha v7 is available for download to all Works Members.

The Alpha v7 is available as a full install.

This version includes many enhancements to the IDE, Form Designer, Table Builder and O4W.

OpenInsight for Web (O4W) v2.0 included in Openinsight 10 Alpha v7 is a rapid application development tool that lets you generate responsive forms, reports, and dashboards. Use our GUI drag-and-drop to lay out your forms and then test in both desktop and mobile browser mode. Or use our full-function API to create the most sophisticated web pages.

Alpha v7 is set to expire on April 4, 2017.

Alternative Method to Maintain Indices Or Any Other Repetitive Processes

If your site is running an engine server, you can take advantage of the built-in "System Monitor" feature to autiomate regular processes such as index updates.  If you edit, with notepad or similar application, your engine server's configuration file (normally eserver.cfg, located in your OpenInsight folder), you may find a line that starts:

System Monitor=

Following the equal sign, you can specify the process you want to run, along with the application, user name, and password where the process should be run (comma-delimited).  Multiple processes my be specified, separated by semi-colons.  READ ON...

OpenInsight 10 Features

OpenInsight 10 Presentation Server

The OpenInsight Presentation Server is a core part of the OpenInsight Development suite.  It hosts the OpenEngine virtual machine and provides Basic+ programs with an object based interface to create and manipulate Windows Desktop Applications.  As well as providing the capability to create your own applications, the Presentation Server also provides the actual OpenInsight development environment itself, which comprises the IDE and its associated tools.  Download a copy of the OpenInsight 10 Presentation Server Reference Manual HERE.

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