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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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The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform how and when decisions are made throughout business and our daily lives, but only if that data can be processed and analyzed effectively. Join DBTA for a special webcast featuring Robert Geiger, vice president, Products, at Translattice; Michael Hummel, CTO of ParStream; and Hannah Smalltree, director of Treasure Data, to learn about the key technologies and practices shaping the future. This webcast takes place August 26 at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT.

Posted August 21, 2014

Expanding its ecosystem, NoSQL database provider Couchbase has formalized its partnershhips with Cloudsoft, Cumulogic and Elasticbox. This particular announcement is focused on orchestration vendors - companies that provide database as a service technology that other companies can use to develop their own database as a service for internal requirements, said Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Couchbase.

Posted August 19, 2014

Many data integration use cases only require simple transformations—and others don't require any transformations at all. For these scenarios, traditional ETL tools are overly complicated and can't deliver data updates as rapidly as business users need. The priority isn't on the T, but rather on the L—expediting data delivery—so users have fresh, accurate data to make business decisions.

Posted August 19, 2014

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for Hadoop. The big data giant is continuing to move forward and expand and evolve as big data technology and big data analytics become more mainstream. Here are six key points that demonstrate the advances being made.

Posted August 19, 2014

Scientists from IBM, AT&T, and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have announced a proof-of-concept for technology that reduces set-up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds."This technology not only represents a new ability to scale big data workloads and cloud computing resources in a single environment but the elastic bandwidth model removes the inefficiency in consumption versus cost for cloud-to-cloud connectivity," said Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research senior technical staff member and master inventor.

Posted August 19, 2014

At the summer 2014 SHARE conference in Pittsburgh, Brian Peterson, who has been president of SHARE for the past two years, spoke about the challenges facing companies today as they deal with emerging IT requirements and the successful approaches for dealing with the mainframe skills shortage. With SHARE's 60th anniversary coming up, Peterson also reflected on the role SHARE has played in the world economy by supporting technology that is critical to industries such as banking, transportation, and manufacturing.

Posted August 18, 2014

IBM and CSC, a technology services provider, are offering a set of cloud solutions, app development and infrastructure management, and a Center of Excellence (CoE) offering, integration with IBM's SoftLayer, and consulting services.

Posted August 18, 2014

Oracle recently revealed that NCR, VRSG, Sascar, UL, and Asiana Airlines are among the latest customers using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. To date, says Oracle, hundreds of customers across 52 countries and 21 industries have adopted Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to help reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, consolidating and virtualizing their enterprise applications, and a record number of partners have also adopted Exalogic.

Posted August 13, 2014

The latest release of Oracle Database 12c - 12.1.0.2 - is generally available, and includes the new Database In-Memory technology, an option designed to support faster business decisions by accelerating the performance of Oracle Database applications. According to Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies, the new in-memory option enables customers to gain the competitive advantage of the real-time enterprise "with the flip of a switch."

Posted August 13, 2014

VoltDB, provider of an in-memory NewSQL database, is now participating in the IBM Cloud Marketplace, which combines IBM's capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third-party vendors. The vendors say that, according to a recent benchmark, VoltDB running in the SoftLayer cloud delivers faster application performance than Amazon Web Services.

Posted August 12, 2014

A new integration service from Jitterbit is aimed at SAP customers who find difficulty with integration of their existing solutions to be the biggest obstacle to incorporating new cloud technologies. The new Jitterbit Harmony SAP Connector helps organizations streamline crucial business processes with SAP integration between SAP ECC, CRM, vertical applications, and more than a thousand enterprise endpoints, ranging from legacy on-premise software to new cloud-based solutions.

Posted August 12, 2014

Splunk, a provider of operational intelligence software, has announced a 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA) for Splunk Cloud, along with new lower prices and cloud service plans. Splunk Cloud is a SaaS platform, offering Splunk Enterprise as a cloud service.

Posted August 05, 2014

Caspio has released Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, a HIPAA-compliant edition of its rapid application development platform. With Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, the company aims to support the healthcare industry in leveraging cloud-based applications to improve efficiencies and streamline processes in practice management, patient engagement, and health information management within a secure and compliant environment.

Posted August 05, 2014

As demand for IT services and data volumes grow, so do the challenges with managing databases. For Oracle's vast and growing network of independent software vendors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, and consultants, these are fast-changing times. With Oracle OpenWorld rapidly approaching, DBTA examines Oracle's current product line-up and evolving ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted August 05, 2014

IBM has acquired CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. Based in Rome, Italy, CrossIdeas addresses the business requirements of auditors and risk and compliance managers withrole analytics, visualizations for better insight into user access, and alignment with compliance and access risk requirements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted August 04, 2014

Quest International Users Group (Quest) supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers, and is comprised of 55,000 members in 95 countries. Throughout Oracle OpenWorld 2014, you'll find members of the Quest team speaking at various breakout sessions, hosting SIG meetings and networking with members, Oracle personnel, and other customers. We will be answering questions and sharing information on how our members use and work with their Oracle products.

Posted August 04, 2014

You're invited to connect with the Oracle Applications Users Group at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, September 28-October 2, 2014, and get the answers you need to get ahead. The OAUG is the world's largest education, networking, and advocacy forum for Oracle Applications Users. Find out how OAUG membership helps you find answers, network with real users and expert consultants, and influence Oracle. And discover why 96% of OAUG members recommend membership.

Posted August 04, 2014

Members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), which represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals, will be out in force at OpenWorld 2014—presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most.

Posted August 04, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2014

Cloud improves organizations' flexibility and accessibility. Spanning services of all types, including software as a service, database as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, cloud puts a range of technologies within users' easy reach—when they need it, where they need it, with the ability to scale elastically. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

How do companies move their data quickly, efficiently and securely between clouds and on-premises systems? Cloud integration solutions offer the answer, integrating data between disparate cloud and on-premises platforms. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Integration Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

The staggering variety of data—with much of it unstructured, including business documents, presentations, emails, log files and social media data—means that this data does not fit neatly into the rows and columns of relational database management systems. But Hadoop, which is an open source technology for storing and processing data that runs on industry-standard hardware, embraces this mixed bag of data types and enables companies to store and analyze data sets with no limits in size. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hadoop Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Cloud computing, especially cloud databases, provides an approach for organizations increasingly drowning in data to more effectively deal with demands for more access and capabilities while also keeping control of cost. Built on shared resources, cloud approaches facilitate the sharing of cost across business divisions as in the case of private clouds or across companies as is the case with public clouds. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

A new class of databases called NewSQL has emerged, leveraging the best of NoSQL and SQL. With the ability to ingest large amounts of data quickly and scale to meet growing demand, NewSQL data systems support rapid analytics and decision making, helping organizations leverage their data for business advantage. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best NewSQL Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies has re-architected its Cloudify offering to simplify the application deployment, management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other clouds and environments. Cloudify 3.0 eliminates the boundaries between orchestration and monitoring, providing a mechanism that automatically reacts to monitored events with corrective measures.

Posted August 04, 2014

MuleSoft, an integration broker vendor, is offering new solutions for connecting Microsoft technologies within the cloud-enabled enterprise. MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform is designed to enable companies to leverage existing Microsoft IT investments and integration logic written in .NET. Microsoft customers can now address immediate integration challenges and develop a cloud and API management strategy for the future.

Posted July 29, 2014

Vissensa, a U.K.-based managed service provider (MSP), is using the IBM Enterprise Cloud System. Founded in 2008, Vissensa maps technology platforms to the exact business requirements of clients. The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides Vissensa with the ability to deliver a pre-configured, pre-tested Linux platform which can outperform their existing x86 based cloud infrastructure. This capability is increasingly important to Vissensa customers who are adopting multi-hypervisor operating systems and technologies, and incorporating new technologies such as OpenStack within their solutions to help reduce costs and increase performance.

Posted July 23, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 23, 2014

The industry hype would have you believe that the key word in the phrase "big data" is big, a reference to datasets so large and complex that they cannot be managed within the confines of traditional IT systems and that the many opportunities for operational improvement that come from better analysis of data and information are reserved for those in the enterprise. Understandable, but completely wrong.

Posted July 23, 2014

Considered a landmark partnership by industry observers, the new joint effort by IBM and Apple, to bring IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions to market is actually just one more step in a long line of innovative and sometimes surprising initiatives from IBM, the venerable IT powerhouse. Big Blue's extensive line of businesses range from mainframes to cloud software to ground-breaking partnerships in the open source space, including its commitment to Linux and the opening of the technology surrounding its Power Architecture offerings

Posted July 23, 2014

Extendings and complementing the existing capabilities provided by IBM to run SAP solutions on IBM Cloud Managed Services, IBM has expanded its global partnership with SAP to deliver the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service, and other SAP applications on the cloud platform from SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

Attunity is offering a free trial of Attunity CloudBeam for Amazon Redshift, its cloud data loading solution, on AWS Marketplace. The solution, which is designed for simplicity and speed to enable fast and easy data loading into Amazon Redshift, also includes a Self-Service option that includes Easy-to-Use Guides to configure Attunity and get data moving.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

ServiceNow, the enterprise IT cloud company, has signed an agreement to acquire Neebula Systems for approximately $100 million. The addition of ServiceWatch will augment the capabilities of other ServiceNow IT Operations Management products such as Event Management, Orchestration and Discovery. The all-cash transaction is expected to close this month.

Posted July 21, 2014

InfiniDB has released version 4.6 of its fourth generation columnar data platform, which includes enhanced support for large-scale join operations and support for additional data load commands to speed the extraction, transformation, and load (ETL) process. The company also introduced a new 60-day enterprise trial that includes InfiniDB Enterprise Manager, a management console to simplify the administration of InfiniDB, and provide real-time visibility into the performance and availability of users' InfiniDB servers.

Posted July 15, 2014

Bluemix, IBM's open cloud development platform, is now generally available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, and includes more than 50 services for building cloud-based business applications.

Posted July 15, 2014

Zumasys, a provider of cloud computing and infrastructure solutions, has acquired California-based AccuSoft Enterprises, developer of AccuTerm software for remote access to MultiValue (Pick) database systems, GUI modernization capabilities, and secure access to applications running on the Zumasys cloud platform.

Posted July 14, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted July 09, 2014

As part of a collaboration to make Apache Hadoop and Spark accessible for everyday analysts, Alteryx and Databricks will become the primary committers to SparkR, a subset of the overall Apache Spark framework. In addition, Alteryx and Databricks are forming a technology and go-to-market partnership to accelerate the adoption of SparkR and SparkSQL, in order to help analysts get greater value from Spark as the leading open source in-memory engine.

Posted July 08, 2014

Data Lake Hadoop, a new bundle from Pivotal and EMC, combines scale-out enterprise storage and big data and analytics to offer a production-grade HDFS solution. The bundle consists of pre-configured EMC Isilon X410 nodes, HAWQ subscriptions and Pivotal HD, Pivotal's enterprise version of Apache Hadoop.

Posted July 08, 2014

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