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Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud approaches as well as services such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are being embraced for cost efficiency, scalability, and consolidation. Hypervisor technologies, Open Source versus Proprietary Hypervisor technologies, Security, Open Standards, Interoperability, High Availability, and Backup & Recovery are among the issues that are critical to consider when evaluating a move to the cloud.



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To help IT and business stakeholders take action to benefit from the emerging technologies and trends in information management, Database Trends and Applications has just published the second annual Big Data Sourcebook, a free resource.

Posted November 25, 2014

To many observers, the cloud has been ill-defined and even hijacked as a viable term by vendors. However, all can agree on the solid definition of cloud provided by the U.S. National Institute of Standards (NIST). Recently, NIST came out with additional guidelines detailing what elements should go into cloud computing.

Posted November 24, 2014

New cloud-based DevOps services, software and infrastructure from IBM is designed to help organizations develop and deliver quality software faster. "Software success is increasingly indistinguishable from business success," said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM's Rational Software Group.

Posted November 24, 2014

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the Amazon EC2 Container Service, a container management service intended to make it easier to run and manage distributed applications using containers on AWS. Initially, the EC2 Container Service supports Docker, enabling customers to easily launch, manage, and scale from one container to hundreds of thousands of containers across a managed cluster of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances.

Posted November 24, 2014

Host Analytics, a provider of cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), has completed a financing round of $25 million led by Centerview Capital Technology with participation from existing investors Advanced Technology Ventures, Next World Capital, StarVest Partners, and Trident Capital. The new funding brings the total capital invested in the company to $77M across five rounds

Posted November 24, 2014

IBM is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, the company's platform-as-a-service. The new platform allows developers to build applications around their most sensitive data and deploy them in a dedicated cloud environment while avoiding the compliance, regulatory and performance issues that are presented with public clouds.

Posted November 21, 2014

Early bird registration for the ISUG-TECH 2015 conference in Atlanta is now open. The conference will be held March 29 - April 2, 2015, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is now available through the IBM Cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers, which the companies say, will help customers to deploy their SAP software in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM's cloud capabilities.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP partner Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT), a professional IT services consulting firm specializing in cloud system infrastructure integration and operational management services for enterprise customers, has announced new implementation services for high-availability and disaster-recovery capabilities for SAP HANA tailored data center integration.

Posted November 20, 2014

Virtustream, an enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, has formed a joint partnership with Infosys and NetApp to deliver assured Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) for applications built on the SAP HANA platform. The goal with the TaaS Powered by xStream offering is to enable QA teams to reduce both the time to bring a solution to market and the resources required to test SAP applications for issues or implement new functionality, modules and enhancement packs.

Posted November 20, 2014

Oracle has announced an updated version of Oracle GoldenGate 12c. With GoldenGate 12c, customers can implement real-time data integration and transactional data replication between on-premises and cloud environments and across a broader set of heterogeneous platforms, achieving faster time to value and a greater return from their data assets. "Inherent in the concept of integration is that we can effectively cover both like and unlike platforms, and that we offer our customers the ability to effectively capture and move their data regardless of which systems, platforms, and vendors their data originates from," said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted November 19, 2014

Splice Machine today announced the general availability of its Hadoop RDBMS, a platform to build real-time, scalable applications, that incorporates new features that emerged from charter customers using the the beta offering. With the additional new features and the validation from beta customers, Splice Machine 1.0 can support enterprises struggling with their existing databases and seeking to scale-out affordably, said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine.

Posted November 19, 2014

The call for speakers for Data Summit 2015 at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015, is now officially open. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 5, 2014.

Posted November 19, 2014

Pick Cloud is leasing servers on a short-term basis as part of their cloud suite offerings. According to Mark Pick, CEO and founder of Pick Cloud, Inc., "There is now a cost-effective alternative for MultiValue application providers and users to spending a lot of time and money to configure, purchase, and set up a server on-premise for short-term use."

Posted November 19, 2014

Revelation Software has announced that the keynote speaker for the Revelation Software Users' Conference will be Dan Lier, a best-selling author, sales and leadership expert and internationally recognized motivational speaker. The conference for Revelation's customers, partners, end users, and resellers globally will take place Tuesday, March 24, through Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Omni Houston Hotel in Texas.

Posted November 19, 2014

Informatica has announced an expanded partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). With this announcement, Informatica Cloud is moving to AWS as its underlying infrastructure.

Posted November 18, 2014

The holiday season is right around the corner, a time for cheer and goodwill towards men. That got me thinking about the whole "most wonderful time of the year" tune playing in the background and how that has some special implications for the SQL Server world. Here's a bit of context: I'm writing this article for you in the midst of the biggest gathering of SQL Server professions in any given year, the PASS Summit. One of the most visible activities when attendees get together for the very first time at the registration desk or the assembly hall for the first keynote address is the huge number of hugs, backslapping, fist bumps, high fives, and a variety of other happy and genuine reunions.

Posted November 12, 2014

Rocket Software's DBMS and Application Servers division is now being led by Gary Gregory, vice president and general manager. Looking ahead, the two key words for Rocket MultiValue are "modernization" and "acceleration," said Gregory. "That is what we want to do - and continuous quality improvement is something we must have to enable those two objectives."

Posted November 12, 2014

Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of hosting, cloud computing, system backups and disaster recovery, professional services, and monitoring for MultiValue applications, is making replays available of its recent webcasts, "Introduction to OpenQM - A Tour of Benefits and Features" and "Ten Things You Didn't Know About AccuTerm 7" available for on-demand replay.

Posted November 12, 2014

The increasing size and complexity of database environments is straining IT resources at many organizations. As data continues to proliferate within organizations, many companies are looking for more efficient methods to enable storage and analysis. Virtualization and use of cloud technology, particularly, private clouds are two approaches coming to the fore.

Posted November 12, 2014

Attunity Ltd. has expanded its Attunity CloudBeam solution to support Amazon Web Services customers in moving data from Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to Amazon Redshift. Attunity has also been awarded Big Data Competency status in the AWS Partner Network (APN) Competency Program.

Posted November 11, 2014

IBM has built an "intelligent security portfolio" intended to protect data and applications in the cloud. Designed to be used with different users, whether it be a developer or line-of-business executive, the portfolio also includes analytics and security intelligence for public cloud services such as IBM's SoftLayer. In addition, the offering features IBM's Managed Security Services platform, which can help secure the cloud for IBM clients as well as clients of companies like Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com.

Posted November 11, 2014

Customers clearly value the mainframe's availability, security and data management advantages, but they need a support system to better manage workloads and software license costs. These are the findings of a new survey of 1,194 mainframe customers, conducted by BMC Software.

Posted November 10, 2014

Big data and analytics workloads are placing greater demands on the enterprise, and creating the need for software defined infrastructure, says Bernie Spang, VP, Strategy, software-defined environments in IBM Systems & Technology Group. With the volume of data organizations are dealing with today, there is a need to optimize the compute and storage resources. "We can't do it with the traditional, manual, rigid IT environment of the past," said Spang.

Posted November 10, 2014

CA Technologies today announced an expanded alliance with Microsoft that will help broaden enterprise cloud utility across a multi-platform IT environment. The first solution which provides dynamic storage for mainframe data on Microsoft Azure is being previewed at CA World '14

Posted November 10, 2014

Cloudant, an IBM company, has introduced an on-premises version of Cloudant software that companies can install in their own data centers to run their own DBaaS. According to the company, the addition of Cloudant Local (IBM Cloudant Data Layer Local Edition), provides customers with a strategy for managing application data with any mix of infrastructure and deployment strategy.

Posted November 10, 2014

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, a one-stop shop for Oracle customers to locate business applications from Oracle partners that leverage the Oracle Cloud platform, has extended its offerings to include consulting and implementation services from more than 100 system integrators (SIs), including Capgemini, Deloitte, and Infosys.

Posted November 05, 2014

Attunity recently introduced the next generation of Attunity Maestro, its global-scale information flow management platform, to enable management and monitoring of its updated Attunity Replicate for Oracle.

Posted November 05, 2014

Dell Software is collaborating with Microsoft to provide predictive analytics in a hybrid cloud setting and also upgrading its Statistica (formerly StatSoft) advanced analytics platform with enhanced big data capabilities through integration with Kitenga.

Posted November 05, 2014

Hadoop is one of the best-known technologies within the big data realm. However, deploying a Hadoop environment is not a simple task. To help address the challenges for prospective Hadoop customers, Cloudera, which offers analytic data management based on Apache Hadoop, and CenturyLink, which provides managing services in the cloud, have formed a partnership.

Posted November 04, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), in partnership with the OAUG Hyperion SIG, is hosting its Connection Point - Hyperion Online educational online series Nov. 17-19. The OAUG Connection Point - Hyperion Online features 18 training sessions on topics including budgeting and forecasting; financial management; data management; Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision; product improvements in Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.3 and 11.1.2.3.500; as well as cloud, SaaS, on-premises and other deployment options.

Posted November 03, 2014

Percona, which provides enterprise-grade MySQL Support, consulting, training, managed services, and server development service, will be hosting Percona Live 2014 in London from November 3 to 4.

Posted October 29, 2014

Twitter and IBM have formed a new partnership to help improve organizations' understanding of their customers, markets and trends. The alliance brings together Twitter data with IBM's cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services. IBM says the collaboration will focus on 3 key areas.

Posted October 29, 2014

VMware has acquired the assets of Continuent. The Continuent team is joining VMware's Hybrid Cloud Business Unit. The acquisition offers "concrete benefits" to Continuent customers, said Robert Hodges, CEO of Continuent.

Posted October 29, 2014

Big data continues to grow at an exponential rate for many enterprises. One issue that continues to grow as well is the threat to data security.

Posted October 28, 2014

IBM and Microsoft are working together to provide their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud. As part of the deal, IBM and Microsoft will make key IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ, and DB2 available on Microsoft Azure. In turn, Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud.

Posted October 27, 2014

HP is making available a new "hyper-converged" offering that combines software-defined storage, compute, management and VMware integration, which the vendor says will enable deployment of virtualized environments from power-on to provisioning of new applications in less than 15 minutes.

Posted October 27, 2014

IBM announced that the third quarter of 2014 was a difficult one for the company, buffeted by both economic and technology forces. Net income for the period was down 17% from the same period in 2013, $3.5 billion compared with $4.1 billion. The declines were seen across all of IBM's product lines, including mainframes.

Posted October 27, 2014

At SAP TechEd & d-code, SAP announced new innovations for the latest release of SAP HANA, the fall update of SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and a new SAP API Management technology.

Posted October 22, 2014

SAP SE has announced the SAP Cloud for Planning solution, an enterprise performance management (EPM) solution designed around user experience and built for the cloud. The SAP Cloud for Planning solution will be built natively on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the in-memory platform-as-a-service (PaaS) from SAP.

Posted October 22, 2014

SAP and BI provider Birst have formed a partnership to provide analytics in the cloud on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. This collaboration intends to bring together the next-generation cloud platform from SAP with Birst's two-tier data architecture to provide instant access to an organization's data and help eliminate BI wait time.

Posted October 22, 2014

SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer 9.0 (formerly Confio Ignite) provides database administrators and their IT teams with visibility across the application stack, and now covers storage resources, in addition to database, server, and virtualization resources, to speed identification of application performance bottlenecks and improve end user experience.

Posted October 22, 2014

Oracle Platinum Partner Data Intensity, a provider of Oracle-focused application management and cloud services, has acquired business analytics and database management specialist CLEAR MEASURES. According to Data Intensity, the acquisition will enable it to extend its database technology coverage and remote managed services, as well as enter the analytics and business intelligence services market with proven solutions that are already used in more than 200 customer implementations.

Posted October 22, 2014

Oracle has expanded its data integration portfolio with the addition of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management, a platform to help organizations govern data across the enterprise including structured and unstructured data, and across Oracle and third-party data integration, database, and business analytics platforms. "This is the first time that we have made a comprehensive offering in the area of metadata management," said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management for Oracle Data Integration.

Posted October 22, 2014

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