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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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IBM announced second-quarter 2019 results. "In the second quarter, we continued to grow in the high-value areas of the business, led by a strong performance across our Cloud and Cognitive Software segment," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president, and CEO. "With the completion of our acquisition of Red Hat, we will provide the only true open hybrid multi-cloud platform in the industry, strengthening our leadership position and uniquely helping clients succeed in chapter 2 of their digital reinventions."

Posted July 22, 2019

Skytap, a global, purpose-built cloud service, has announced that its support for the IBM i operating system is now available in US-West, US-Central, and EMEA-UK, broadening its support for IBM Power Systems-based applications that can be developed, tested and run in production.As clients enter the next chapter of their cloud journeys, they want the flexibility and choice to run their workloads across any environment, including on-premise, and in public and private clouds, said Harish Grama, general manager, IBM Cloud. The collaboration with Skytap enables IBM to combine the power of IBM Cloud with Skytap's portfolio, and this new support helps to provide additional choice and flexibility.

Posted July 22, 2019

Days after closing its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM announced that it has inked a multi-year strategic alliance that is said to be worth billions. IBM will be the primary developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business's operational applications and will help manage the AT&T Communications IT infrastructure, on and off-premise, and across different clouds, private and public. 

Posted July 22, 2019

Calling it a landmark acquisition, IBM and Red Hat announced today that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.

Posted July 22, 2019

While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

Posted July 22, 2019

Data Summit 2019 in Boston drew industry experts with deep knowledge spanning all areas of enterprise IT, including AI and machine learning, analytics, cloud, data warehousing, and software licensing who presented 3 days of thought-provoking sessions, keynotes, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. Here are some key takeaways from the Data Summit 2019.

Posted July 18, 2019

Done properly, migrating to the cloud takes skilled staff to re-architect systems and applications, significant planning to ensure a successful migration, and a well-executed security strategy. However, many enterprises started migrating to the cloud sooner (or migrated faster) than they even realized—through a rogue marketing department deploying a cloud lead tracking application, a finance group that stood up a cloud-based accounting service—or others that IT may not have vetted, secured, procured, and continuously monitored. Most enterprises have scores of these "shadow cloud" applications deployed with little-to-no planning, strategy, or skilled technical staff involved, posing risk to the organization.

Posted July 18, 2019

Pivotal Software, a cloud-native platform provider, is introducing the alpha version of PAS on Kubernetes, as well as launching new products based on PAS features that improve the developer and operator experience when using Kubernetes. Kubernetes is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of the cloud infrastructure. But many organizations are struggling to bring it into production because it's so complex.

Posted July 17, 2019

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is releasing its Summer '19 version of Talend Data Fabric, accelerating the development of all types of integration environments from simple ingestion tasks to the most comprehensive integration scenarios.

Posted July 17, 2019

Snow Software, a provider of technology intelligence solutions, is releasing a new suite of offerings to better enable customers to address their growing IT operations, cloud shift, and digital transformation challenges. Included in the offering is the Adoption Tracker product, which enables discovery, inventory, and normalization of all digital technology assets, with a hybrid approach that covers everything from freemium SaaS applications to enterprise systems such as Oracle.

Posted July 17, 2019

Oracle recently unveiled a new, customer-centric vision for Oracle Analytics at its Analytics Summit. A key element of the strategy is the concept of one offering: Oracle Analytics, rationlizing 18-plus products down to a single brand.

Posted July 17, 2019

IGEL, a provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, and CloudJumper are forming a partnership to simplify the deployment and management of cloud workspaces, including WVD workspaces delivered on Microsoft Azure.

Posted July 16, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has announced the general availability of Quest QoreStor 6.0 to enable software defined hybrid cloud secondary storage for businesses.

Posted July 16, 2019

A cloud migration is when a company moves some or all of its data center capabilities into the cloud, usually to run on the cloud-based infrastructure provided by a cloud service provider. However, there are always risks and challenges with migrating systems and databases to new environments.

Posted July 15, 2019

Redgate is releasing another update for its Data Masker for SQL Server tool, making it much easier for users to identify the best data masking rules to fit their needs. Alongside the 15 updates that were released in 2018, it's part of the development team's goal to ensure the tool ties in as closely as possible with customer requirements and workflows.

Posted July 12, 2019

IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools, has announced the latest release of its flagship SQL Compliance Manager product. Version 5.6 features new reports and log files that increase compliance visibility and awareness with a focus on GDPR, as well as improved usability and functionality of configuration settings. Separately, the company also announced the latest release of SQL Secure. Version 3.3 extends support for Microsoft SQL Server databases to include those deployed in Amazon RDS and EC2 cloud environments, as well as managed instances of Azure SQL Database.

Posted July 12, 2019

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is expanding its Data Restoration and Migration Services (DRMS), offering customers seeking to migrate tape-based data into Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the expanded offering, companies will have the ability to modernize their data management strategy while maintaining high levels of security, access, and governance.

Posted July 11, 2019

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of IT resilience through intelligent application availability, has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Microsoft Workloads Competency status within the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation recognizes that SIOS provides proven technology and deep expertise in helping customers in the migration, deployment, and management of Microsoft-based applications on AWS, specifically with workloads based on Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted July 11, 2019

According to Alluxio, a provider of open source data orchestration technology, the rise of compute-intensive workloads and the adoption of the cloud has driven organizations to adopt a decoupled architecture for modern workloads—one in which compute scales independently from storage. While this enables scaling elasticity, it also introduces new data engineering problems. Just as compute and containers need Kubernetes for container orchestration, Alluxio contends, data also needs orchestration—a tier that brings data locality, accessibility, and elasticity to compute across data silos, zones, regions, and clouds.

Posted July 11, 2019

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is introducing Privacy Flag, a new feature in its comprehensive Global Email Verification suite designed to verify email addresses and improve overall email deliverability. Privacy Flag draws attention to customer emails that are more likely to require additional controls to remain compliant with regulations such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted July 10, 2019

Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. The acquisition of Elastifile is expected to be completed later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. Upon the close of the acquisition, Elastifile will join Google Cloud.

Posted July 09, 2019

With today marking the end of extended support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2008, John 'JG' Chirapurath, Microsoft Azure's GM of data, blockchain & AI, posted a blog entry yesterday urging customers to consider the company's Azure cloud service. In addition, Microsoft announced two data platform advancements.

Posted July 09, 2019

The European Commission announced that it has "approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, both information technology companies based in the US. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns."

Posted July 08, 2019

Syncsort has added new data integration capabilities that expand support for Microsoft Azure, enabling enterprises to access, transform, and deliver critical mainframe data to Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse to uncover deeper business insights. The new integration leverages Syncsort's ability to integrate mainframe data into next-generation data management platforms for advanced analytics.

Posted July 08, 2019

MarkLogic Corporation, a data platform provider for simplifying data integration, announced that MarkLogic Data Hub Service has completed the Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) Type II audit as certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). MarkLogic is already a secure modern database and the only one to carry a Common Criteria security certification.

Posted July 08, 2019

Oracle offers a one-stop shop for all cloud needs and provides a broad portfolio of business solutions to companies of all sizes. However, some enterprises are taking issue with vendor lock-in and want to reinvent their IT strategies. Rimini Street recently conducted a survey of IT professionals to gather insight on relationships with Oracle, their application strategies, and future cloud plans.

Posted July 08, 2019

Enterprises are struggling to see value from their IoT implementations. Getting real-time data from edge devices sounds simple but isn't. Challenges include network availability, latency, cost of roundtripping between the edge and the enterprise, monitoring, etc. Edge Management is the ability to manage and monitor thousands of edge agents that are deployed in or near the edge devices to enable edge data collection, enhance edge processing, and streamline management of data from edge to enterprise.

Posted July 03, 2019

Oracle has introduced the new Autonomous Database Dedicated service to provide customers with more control for their most mission-critical workloads. "Our Autonomous Database Dedicated service eliminates the concerns enterprise customers previously had about security, isolation, and operational policies when moving to cloud," said Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle.

Posted July 03, 2019

Quest Oracle Community and the Independent Oracle Users Group have signed a definitive agreement finalizing the IOUG's integration into the Quest community. There is also new branding for the IOUG which is now the "IOUG Database & Technology Community."

Posted July 03, 2019

Oracle recently announced fiscal 2019 Q4 results and fiscal 2019 full year results. "In Q4, our non-GAAP operating income grew 7% in constant currency—which drove EPS well above the high end of my guidance," said Oracle CEO Safra Catz. "Our high-margin Fusion and NetSuite cloud applications businesses are growing rapidly, while we downsize our low-margin legacy hardware business. The net result of this shift away from commodity hardware to cloud applications was a Q4 non-GAAP operating margin of 47%, the highest we've seen in 5 years."

Posted July 03, 2019

source{d}, a data platform for the software development life cycle (SDLC), is releasing a new Enterprise Edition with built-in visualization, management capabilities, and advanced analytic functions. source{d} enables enterprises to aggregate all SDLC data sources into one data lake where they can easily extract, load and transform source code, version control data, project tracking data, build systems data, configuration files and more.

Posted July 02, 2019

RavenDB, a provider of database infrastructure solutions, is releasing its new RavenDB Cloud managed database service. RavenDB Cloud performs all daily tasks such as maintaining hardware servers, installation, configuration, monitoring internals, and security for its users worldwide.

Posted July 02, 2019

MicroStrategy, a worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019 Update 2, adding powerful new capabilities and products for MicroStrategy 2019 that boosts critical business data. The latest update expands the platform's suite of HyperIntelligence products to supercharge web browsing, accelerate access to intuitive intelligence on iOS and Android devices, and add windows of contextual insights to email on Outlook.

Posted July 01, 2019

EnterpriseDB has been acquired by Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. "This acquisition comes at a time when the Postgres market is exploding," said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB. Michael Stonebraker, a pioneer in database technology and original architect of what is now Postgres, has been named technical advisor; and database expert and entrepreneur Andy Palmer has been named to the board of directors.

Posted July 01, 2019

ProcessUnity, a provider of cloud-based applications for risk and compliance management, is releasing the latest version of its Risk and Compliance platform, extending the platform's configurability and flexibility while adding intelligent capabilities. 

Posted June 28, 2019

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is introducing a new technology partner program, extending and accelerating the development of partner-built solutions for Talend Data Fabric. The new Technology Alliance Program is available worldwide and provides partners with access integration tool kits, product licenses for testing and demonstration, marketing assistance, and technical resources, including development support to speed the building of value-added data integrations and connectors for customers.

Posted June 27, 2019

Unravel Data, a data operations platform providing full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations, is introducing the Unravel Partner Program, bringing together world-leading technology innovators to simplify the way businesses optimize the performance of their modern data applications and the complex pipelines that power those applications.

Posted June 26, 2019

e-Spirit, maker of the FirstSpirit Digital Experience Platform, is receiving certification for SAP Commerce Cloud's Integration API. The integration incorporates e-Spirit's hybrid (headless+) Content Management System (CMS) technology into SAP Commerce Cloud, which enables B2B and B2C companies to easily create and deliver content-rich, personalized digital experiences across all channels such as websites, mobile devices, social media, digital signage, progressive web applications, and conversational platforms.

Posted June 26, 2019

IT executives and their business counterparts understand the importance of a strong data strategy and its value to their businesses, and most are starting to get the key pieces in place to drive transformation through next-generation technologies and processes. One in four enterprises now regards real-time data as critical to their ongoing operations—and another one in four is actively preparing to introduce real-time data capabilities into their infrastructures, according to a new Unisphere Research survey.

Posted June 26, 2019

Platform9, a provider of SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Kubernetes Managed Apps, allowing the Platform9 fully-managed Kubernetes service and SLA guarantee to also cover a set of critical Kubernetes services and tools. Kubernetes Managed Apps enables self-service consumption, white-glove experience and Day-2 operations for these applications - at scale - all backed by Platform9's industry-leading 99.9% SLA.

Posted June 24, 2019

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