- SAP acquired Sybase;
- IBM acquired Netezza; and
- Oracle acquired Exadata.
Going into 2011, the big data story is only going to get bigger. Here is an article that I read earlier (from a series of such articles) that discussed 3 predictions for 2011 based on big data - 3 "Big-Data" Predictions for 2011
Prediction #1: Not all data is created equal. Traditional relational database management systems will be challenged in 2011. (other flavors of repositories including columnar, in-memory, Hadoop/MapReduce, and other NoSQL approaches made popular by Google, Facebook, and other large-scale Internet applications.)
Prediction #2: Cloud architecture deployments will grow, specifically for long-term data storage and retention.
Prediction #3: Enterprises will search for sustainable storage.
data retention and management software will benefit from this trend