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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

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a Lafayette, Colorado-based provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. According to John Fowler, executive vice president of Oracle Systems, Front Porch Digital's capabilities complement Oracle's existing engineered storage solutions.

Posted September 17, 2014

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Oracle executives, customers, and partners will participate in keynote presentations that examine how modern technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and engineered systems are having an impact on businesses globally and supporting innovation. The conference runs September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Posted September 17, 2014

In simpler times, businesses kept their data in one place. That made the data easy to access and control. Today, many large enterprises have a global component to daily business transactions, with customers, partners and employees located around the world. Given the distributed nature of an organization's users and increasing data location regulations, the traditional method of storing data on a central server to support worldwide stakeholders no longer meets business needs.

Posted September 16, 2014

IBM has developed new M5 servers that are designed to support a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The M5 portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems.

Posted September 15, 2014

IBM's SoftLayer cloud line will offer customers bare metal servers powered by Intel cloud technology, designed to provide monitoring and security down to the microchip level.

Posted September 15, 2014

Ericcson and SAP have announced plans for Ericsson to offer SAP's cloud-based enterprise mobility management portfolio Mobile Secure combined with an IT managed service offering, thereby expanding Ericsson's portfolio of services available for its more than 400 mobile network operators. Worldwide, Ericsson manages networks that serve 600 million subscribers and additionally provides managed services for networks that serve 1 billion subscribers. The companies cited estimates that the enterprise mobility management market will reach $2.1 billion by 2016.

Posted September 11, 2014

It's not unusual to have different parts of your data system solving different problems. From utilizing partitioning in a relational database to user-facing in-memory caches to a Lambda architecture, it is important that pieces of the system are the "right tool for the job"; appropriate for the task at hand, and not duplicating the functionality of another piece of the system. While there are technical challenges, the root and the solutions to these challenges is largely non-technical.

Posted September 10, 2014

When it comes to data analysis, companies often have a long project list with each project having it's own set of specific needs - the net result is a lengthy and growing project backlog. Since the late 1980s, business intelligence (BI) vendors have been attempting to address this backlog through various "ease of use" enhancements. We've seen big improvements with the latest generation of cloud-based BI solutions. But how can companies evaluate which analysis projects will work well with a cloud-based solution?

Posted September 10, 2014

In this month's column, Guy Harrison writes about Docker, an open source project based on Linux containers that is showing rapid adoption. "Unlike virtual machines, Docker containers do not have to include a copy of the guest OS - each Docker container essentially shares the same copy of the underlying OS," explains Harrison. "This allows Docker containers to be much smaller, which, in turn, allows them to be more easily deployed, provides for greater density (more containers per host) and permits faster initialization."

Posted September 10, 2014

Revelation Software will showcase the next major release of OpenInsight at its 2015 users conference in Houston, Texas, March 24-27. RevCon15 will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel, which is centrally located in the Uptown Post Oak/Galleria area.

Posted September 10, 2014

Data representations such as JSON and XML have the ability to extend well beyond the three dimensions supported by the MultiValue data model. Processing this data efficiently can present challenges when needing to parse or update large multi-dimensional data items, according to Pick Cloud and Ladybridge Systems, which will jointly present a webinar that introduces the concept of data collections that use extensions to the familiar MultiValue environment to store and manipulate arbitrarily multi-dimensional data.

Posted September 10, 2014

Moore's Law is coming to an end and silicon alone will not be able to continue to deliver 2x performance gains to address the expanding demands of applications hungry for data, hungry for performance, and hungry for analytics insight. What's needed is a new way to innovate, a new way to continue to drive performance increases.

Posted September 03, 2014

IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers to help accelerate software development to meet the growing global demand for new kinds of applications that take advantage of IBM's POWER8 architecture. The expansion - a more than 10x increase in global reach - provides in-person and online access to Linux on Power Systems application development resources to potentially thousands of additional IBM Business Partners, developers, and clients worldwide in key regions including Brazil, Russia, India, Vietnam, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.

Posted September 03, 2014

At the US Open Tennis Championships going on through Sept. 9 - the United States Tennis Association has all of its technology powered in an IBM cloud, meaning that if demand for services suddenly expands or contracts, the cloud computing system can respond quickly - sometimes in microseconds, writes Jeff Borek, Worldwide Program Director for Cloud Computing at IBM, in a new Forbes.com blog.

Posted September 03, 2014

China Telecom Corporation Limited and IBM have entered into a 3-year agreement to help small and medium businesses implement SAP cloud-based applications. The announcement is a key step in the Chinese cloud computing market that will provide one of the fastest growing segments within China greater access to cloud resources, said D.C. Chien, general manager and chief executive officer, IBM Greater China Group.

Posted September 03, 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 September 03, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it is implementing two high-power clouds - called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" - that will enable researchers to develop and experiment with "novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications" of cloud computing.

Posted September 02, 2014

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has begun shipping new bare-metal servers that are billed by the hour. The new hourly bare-metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer's private global network. Customers may choose from four base configurations with the CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system installed. IBM says the base configuration is deployed within 30 minutes, after which the server may be further customized with additional OS or application installations.

Posted September 02, 2014

Emulex has a new solution that enables bare-metal adapter configuration management, rapid provisioning and deployment capabilities for cloud-based infrastructures. The first Emulex OpenWorks Connector is used with the new Emulex OneConnect OCec14000 series of Cloud Adapters.

Posted September 02, 2014

Logentries, a cloud log management and analytics service, has introduced a new solution intended to help Dev and IT Ops proactively monitor, troubleshoot and resolve production system issues in real time. "It's particularly important to not only monitor errors in your logs, but proactively recognize where there has been a shift in system behavior," said Trevor Parsons, co-founder and chief scientist for Logentries.

Posted September 02, 2014

At its recent user conference, VMware announced new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions that are part of a product portfolio designed for implementing software-defined data centers. The innovations support open frameworks, as well as hybrid cloud environments based on VMware and non-VMware technologies.

Posted September 02, 2014

While the potential use of IoT information may be thrilling, a question that remains is how the data will be tracked from all of these new interconnected devices. A recent DBTA webcast provided a look at what the not-too-distant future will hold concerning the Internet of Things and how data is processed. The webcast featured Michael Hummel, CTO of ParStream, Robert Geiger, vice president of products at TransLattice, and Hannah Smalltree, director of Treasure Data, who talked about their companies' unique approaches to helping customers derive value from IoT data.

Posted September 02, 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 27, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 27, 2014

Improvements for mobile data management and mobile data virtualization have been added KidoZen's enterprise mobile application platform in order to simplify integration, management and security of enterprise data consumed by mobile applications.

Posted August 25, 2014

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

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

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