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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.



Cloud Computing Articles

SAP has announced the cloud edition of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), which adds new simplification and innovations across core business functions. In addition, the new release gives customers the opportunity to deploy real hybrid scenarios — combining on-premise and cloud solutions.

Posted May 28, 2015

Helping to support enterprises' plans to implement SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data modernization solutions, announced that its data management solutions are available to help enterprises orchestrate the data migration and modernization process for implementations of SAP S/4HANA.

Posted May 28, 2015

Cloudera is now offering support for Capgemini's new reference architecture for the SAP HANA platform and Cloudera Enterprise. "By bringing the power of Cloudera's enterprise data hub offering to the ecosystem in support of SAP HANA, we can enable Capgemini's clients to expand the amount of data they have within their environment in a cost-efficient manner," said Tim Stevens, vice president of corporate and business development at Cloudera.

Posted May 28, 2015

Many DBAs are now tasked with managing multi-vendor environments, and handling a variety of data types. Increasingly, DBAs are turning to strategies such as database automation to be able to concentrate more on the big picture of moving their enterprises forward.

Posted May 28, 2015

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for aproximately$480 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted May 27, 2015

EMC, which enables businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service, is acquiring Virtustream to form its new managed cloud services business. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, is valued at approximately $1.2 billion. Virtustream brings to the EMC portfolio a managed cloud software and services capability — whether on or off premise — which EMC also intends to incorporate into the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution.

Posted May 27, 2015

The pressure to compete on analytics and leverage the value of increasingly large and varied data stores shows no sign of abating. To focus the spotlight on the products that are most important to DBTA readers, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards provides the opportunity to select from more than 300 nominees across 29 categories.

Posted May 27, 2015

OpenStack turns five this year, and the project has come a long way in its short life so far. Last year brought major improvements in areas such as upgradeability between versions and overall usability, which upped the appeal of OpenStack to enterprises while also netting important backers such as HP (acquired private cloud vendor and one-time OpenStack competitor Eucalyptus) and VMware (OpenStack was a recurring theme at VMworld 2014).

Posted May 26, 2015

Cloud computing requires many features, and every company launching either public or private clouds seeks a range of features, including multi-tenancy with the greatest number of people sharing the same machine as possible, dynamic scaling of environments immediately without waiting to provision, capacity tracking, and support for thousands of users with a handful of IT professionals.

Posted May 26, 2015

IBM has expanded its suite of OpenStack services that enable customers to integrate applications and data across hybrid clouds including public, dedicated and local cloud environments. "By delivering a complete portfolio of OpenStack services to the market, we are enabling our clients with what they need to quickly move applications and data across multiple cloud environments without fear of getting locked into a single cloud environment," said IBM vice president of cloud architecture and technology Angel Diaz.

Posted May 26, 2015

Akanda, an open source network virtualization vendor selling to OpenStack environments, and NGINX, Inc., a provider of load-balancing software, have formed a partnership to provide simplified, enterprise-grade "load balancing as a service" for OpenStack environments.

Posted May 26, 2015

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, is offering a technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with capabilities from the OpenStack community's new Manila project. The Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila technology preview is planned for inclusion in the forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 release.

Posted May 26, 2015

Think administering z/VM will be difficult? Think again. With IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave) with Oracle, IT organizations can unleash the power of z/VM virtualization, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the cloud journey with innovative technology that helps reduce the barriers to management of virtualized environments.

Posted May 21, 2015

Chartio, a cloud business intelligence service, is introducing a new solution called Data Stores for transforming and storing data for business intelligence in a more agile way. Data Stores will enable administrators to use Chartio's Data Pipeline to rapidly transform data and store it in the cloud, making it more useful and accessible for end users.

Posted May 20, 2015

Rosslyn Analytics, a provider of big data cloud technology, has announced it is one of the first to offer companies analytics as a service on Azure. The big data cloud analytics platform, powered by Azure, provides self-service management from source to analytics and enables business and IT users to interact with, change, and analyze data using a combination of self-service data integration, cleansing and enrichment tools and machine learning and visualization technologies.

Posted May 20, 2015

In a DBTA roundtable webcast on Wednesday, May 27, three of the industry's leading Hadoop and cloud experts - Gartner Research vice president Merv Adrian, Hortonworks vice president of strategy Shaun Connolly, and Microsoft general manager of platform and cloud Lance Olson - will discuss key technology solutions such as Apache Hadoop and cloud, and emerging best practices for leveraging them.

Posted May 20, 2015

As the technology behind data storage evolves at a rapid pace, more companies are looking to take advantage of the cloud. However, moving big data to the cloud is not without its share of problems.

Posted May 20, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including security strategies, cloud computing, data sharing and many more.

Posted May 20, 2015

IOUG ResearchWire is a research-based e-newsletter exclusively for the IOUG community with studies focusing on Oracle technology or other relevant industry topics.

Posted May 20, 2015

Oracle is collaborating with Mirantis to enable Oracle Solaris and Mirantis OpenStack users to accelerate application and database provisioning in private cloud environments via Murano, the application project in the OpenStack ecosystem.

Posted May 20, 2015

Organizations have begun to realize the importance that big data can provide them. The technologies and issues involved in becoming a data driven enterprise were explored in a panel discussion at Data Summit 2015 in New York City, featuring David Mariani, CEO of AtScale; Andy Schroepfer, chief strategy officer with HOSTING; and Wendy Gradek, senior manager, R&D Analytics, EMC.

Posted May 19, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. This year, there are more than 300 nominees across 29 categories.

Posted May 19, 2015

Business pressures, including cost reduction, scalability, and "just-in-time" application software implementation, are just some of the requirements prompting businesses to "cloudify" at least some aspect of their IT infrastructure.

Posted May 19, 2015

The demand for effective data management is intensifying. At the same time, the database market has expanded into a wide array of solutions—from traditional relational database management systems to alternative databases such as NoSQL, NewSQL, cloud, and in-memory offerings.

Posted May 19, 2015

With the influx of big data solutions and technologies comes a bevy of new problems, according to Data Summit 2015 panelists Miles Kehoe, search evangelist at Avalon Consulting, and Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute. Kehoe and Buff opened the second day of Data Summit with a keynote discussion focusing on resolving data conundrums.

Posted May 14, 2015

With all the cheerleading and the steady drumbeat of new features being released to Azure, it's easy to lose track of the many cool and valuable new features released in the on-premises version of SQL Server. One of the crown jewels of SQL Server, the cardinality estimator (CE), underwent a large redesign for SQL Server 2014 to improve performance. Cardinality estimates are an extremely important part of query processing. In a nutshell, cardinality estimates are what the relation engine predicts for the number of rows affected by a given operation, including intermediate row sets like those created by filters, aggregations, joins and spool.

Posted May 14, 2015

To transform data into value, IT must move from thinking about what it does to data, and instead focus on business outcomes and what can be done with the data to advance the business, according to Edd Dumbill, vice president, strategy, Silicon Valley Data Science, who gave the welcome keynote at Data Summit 2015.

Posted May 14, 2015

Data has changed and, with this change, cracks in the armor of traditional data warehousing approaches are forming. The concept of the data warehouse is still sound. However, businesses can be more successful by acknowledging that the traditional enterprise data warehouse cannot solve all problems today.

Posted May 14, 2015

If used correctly, machine data can provide a company a significant advantage in terms of understanding user and machine behavior, fighting cyber security risks and fraudulent behavior, service levels and customer behavior. In his talk at Data Summit 2015, Dejan Deklich, vice president, engineering platform and cloud at Splunk, discussed issues around machine data analysis and showcased some prominent use cases.

Posted May 13, 2015

At Data Summit 2015 in New York, James Casaletto of MapR and David Teplow of Integra provided deep dive into the world of Hadoop, past, present, and future.

Posted May 12, 2015

IBM today announced a combined package of new servers and storage software and solutions in a move to accelerate the development of hybrid cloud computing. The company also revealed flexible software licensing of its middleware to help clients speed up their adoption of hybrid cloud environments.

Posted May 11, 2015

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) 6.4 and expanded benefits for JBoss EAP subscribers deploying their Java applications in hybrid cloud environments.

Posted May 11, 2015

HP has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class clouds. HP's storage contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release focus on two strategic goals.

Posted May 11, 2015

Radware, a provider of cybersecurity and application delivery solutions, released a new managed, cloud-based Web Application Firewall (WAF) service that provides unmatched protection from web-based cyberattacks.

Posted May 11, 2015

As evidenced in the latest spate of leading vendor announcements, all major enterprise computing initiatives are intended to more effectively blend on-premises platforms and applications with those in the cloud - whether it's private or public clouds, or a combination of both. We are reaching the point in which the term "cloud" may not even be important anymore.

Posted May 11, 2015

Rocket Software has released Rocket Discover, a new self-service business intelligence solution that combines visual data discovery with data preparation.The new product also reduces the number of operations that can be performed on the data to the most fundamental ones that business users want to perform such as joining data, filtering data, and appending data.

Posted May 07, 2015

Tableau's cloud analytic solution, Tableau Online, is being upgraded to version 9.0. The new release enables faster performance, and provides additional live database connection support, single sign-on, and other new features designed to help users do more with their data in the cloud. The new update brings a complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform with capabilities such as parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches that will make Tableau Online as much as 10 times faster.

Posted May 07, 2015

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Posted May 06, 2015

Accenture and Oracle have launched a new business group to jointly deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud, helping clients realize the benefits of the cloud faster and with reduced risk. The new group will bring solutions to market across a range of industries, with an initial focus on the public, financial and hospitality services sectors.

Posted May 06, 2015

Oracle has announced that Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1, Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1, and Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 are now generally available. A common theme across all three new releases is an emphasis on making developers lives easier, said Kris Rice, senior director of database tools, Oracle. "Everything revolves around the data."

Posted May 06, 2015

The Spring 2015 release of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform extends the platform's cloud and big data integration capabilities to the Internet of Things (IoT) with support for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), a lightweight machine-to-machine connectivity protocol.

Posted May 05, 2015

Protegrity, a data security software platform, is partnering with Xactly, a provider of cloud-based incentive solutions, to give businesses a security solution that will protect the ability to store data safely in the cloud.

Posted May 04, 2015

Cosentry, a provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, has extended its managed cloud to provide expertise in connecting to Microsoft Azure, with a focus on utilizing Azure for SQL Server testing and development, SQL Server backup and SQL Server disaster recovery environments.

Posted May 01, 2015

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics solutions, is previewing Qlik Sense Enterprise 2.0, the latest release of its business intelligence platform, which provides self-service data visualization, reporting and dashboards, guided analytics, and embedded analytics.

Posted April 28, 2015

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