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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

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, a provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, in a transaction valued at approximately $532 million. Separately, Oracle also announced another agreement to acquire Textura, a provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for in a deal valued at approximately $663 million.

Posted May 04, 2016

Dell is releasing an upgraded version of its Statistica advanced analytics platform, providing tools to address Internet of Things (IoT) analytics requirements and leverage heterogeneous data environments.

Posted May 04, 2016

Say what you will about Oracle, it certainly can't be accused of failing to move with the times. Typically, Oracle comes late to a technology party but arrives dressed to kill.

Posted May 04, 2016

Qlik is unveiling the next version of its Qlik Sense Enterprise platform, combing enterprise readiness and governance with visualization and data preparation capabilities, according to the company.

Posted May 03, 2016

Oracle database migration can pose a variety of learning curve challenges. However, a platform does exist that can make the transition easier. In a recent DBTA webinar, Bill Brunt, product manager of SharePlex at Dell, discussed how users can reduce downtime, migrate at speed, eliminate risk, and validate success by tapping into SharePlex.

Posted May 03, 2016

TimeXtender, a provider of data warehouse automation (DWA) software for Microsoft SQL Server, is partnering with Qlik to offer a complete data warehouse and business intelligence package to users across the globe.

Posted May 03, 2016

Coho Data, a provider of scale-out flash storage for the enterprise, announced support for OpenStack on DataStream and that the Coho Cinder driver is part of the OpenStack Mitaka released earlier this month.

Posted May 02, 2016

Dell Networking introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

Posted May 02, 2016

The new name for Dell after it merges with EMC later in 2016 will be Dell Technologies. The new name was announced by Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., at EMC World and in a letter to Dell team members.

Posted May 02, 2016

Qubole is announcing two major changes. It is releasing an open sourced version of its StreamX tool and forming a partnership with Looker.

Posted May 02, 2016

Led by Pivotal, GE Ventures, and GTD Capital, SnappyData has secured $3.65 million in Series A funding that will help it grow and further its technologies.

Posted April 29, 2016

Enterprises are constantly searching for ways to capture, leverage, and analyze data effectively. However, bottlenecks can wreak havoc on the application development process.

Posted April 29, 2016

Snowflake Computing, a provider of cloud-based data warehousing, and MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, are teaming up to provide cloud-enabled analytics. The collaboration will build on Snowflake's certified connectivity with MicroStrategy 10 through further product integration and go-to-market collaboration.

Posted April 28, 2016

Enabled by a partnership with Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, and integration with Pentaho's Big Data Integration and Analytics platform, Melissa Data's data quality tools and services can now be scaled across the Hadoop cluster to cleanse and verify data center records.

Posted April 27, 2016

Oracle announced new additions to its Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud portfolio. The new offerings include a comprehensive self-service solution that helps HR and employees streamline issue resolution, a new work-life application that helps employees identify volunteer services in which to participate and updated corporate learning solutions that support the demands of the digital workforce.

Posted April 27, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, unveiled a new a master data management offering designed to fuel business processes with accurate customer data for informed decision making.

Posted April 27, 2016

Database as a service, also known as DBaaS, offers a solution to some key issues that have vexed enterprise database shops for years. That is, how to maintain and update back-end technologies; how to integrate data from multiple, changeable sources without the need to rewrite the applications that depend on them; and how to make data readily accessible to end users who need it regardless of the device they are using.

Posted April 27, 2016

BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data modernization solutions, is acquiring CompriseIT, a U.K. consulting firm specializing in helping enterprises adopt SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). BackOffice Associates' acquisition of CompriseIT is the latest initiative in move to strengthen its expertise in helping customers as they embark on their journey to implement SAP S/4HANA.

Posted April 27, 2016

Cisco is launching an appliance that includes the MapR Converged Data Platform for SAP HANA, making it easier and faster for users to take advantage of big data. The UCS Integrated Infrastructure for SAP HANA is made easy to deploy, speeds time to market, and will reduce operational expenses along with providing users with the flexibility to choose a scale-up (on-premises) or scale-out (cloud) storage strategy.

Posted April 27, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an on-premise edition of SAP Preferred Care for SAP Enterprise Support, providing users who are transitioning to digital business models with the tools they need to get to the next level. The offering includes advanced service-level agreements, additional services, and a dedicated SAP contact person.

Posted April 27, 2016

IBM and SAP SE are partnering to accelerate plans across both companies to modernize clients' analytical systems and processes for big data. The companies plan to co-innovate solutions that increase customer value through cognitive extensions, all enabled with SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) software, available on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted April 27, 2016

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is releasing an enhanced version of its namesake platform, addressing key areas of the user experience, machine-to-machine integration, automation, and more.

Posted April 27, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. Cloud, in-memory, real-time, virtualization, SaaS, IoT - today, there are many opportunities for data-driven companies to take advantage of more data in more varieties flowing at greater velocity than ever before.

Posted April 27, 2016

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely forgivable if you haven't noticed. The reason it's OK is that Microsoft is advancing on multiple fronts, both in the on-premises product line and even more dramatically with the Azure cloud-based products.

Posted April 27, 2016

Redis Labs, home of Redis, is releasing Redis on flash with standard x86 servers on the cloud along with partnering with Samsung to improve database performance. By running a combination of Redis on flash and DRAM, data center managers will benefit from leveraging the high throughput and low latency characteristics of Redis while achieving substantial cost savings, according to the company.

Posted April 27, 2016

Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, is releasing an improved version of its signature platform, enhancing its scalability, introducing new language drivers and a host of other developer friendly features.

Posted April 26, 2016

Along with an increasing flow of big data that needs to be captured and analyzed, IT departments today also have more solution choices than ever before. However, before making a solution selection, organizations need to understand their requirements and also evaluate the attributes of the possible tools.

Posted April 25, 2016

The COLLABORATE 16 conference for Oracle users kicked off with a presentation by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick who shared insights from a ground-breaking study that examined future trends and technology among 690 members of three major Oracle users groups.

Posted April 25, 2016

The need for data integration has never been more intense than it has been recently. The Internet of Things and its muscular sibling, the Industrial Internet of Things, are now being embraced as a way to better understand the status and working order of products, services, partners, and customers. Mobile technology is ubiquitous, pouring in a treasure trove of geolocation and usage data. Analytics has become the only way to compete, and with it comes a need for terabytes—and gigabytes—worth of data. The organization of 2016, in essence, has become a data machine, with an insatiable appetite for all the data that can be ingested.

Posted April 25, 2016

The core reason for implementing in-memory technology is to improve performance. To help accelerate adoption of in-memory technologies and provide a universal standard for columnar in-memory processing and interchange, the lead developers of 13 major open source big data projects have joined forces to create Apache Arrow, a new top level project within the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

Posted April 24, 2016

SAS has launched Viya,, a new analytics and visualization architecture designed to help make analytics accessible to a greater swath of users. According to the vendor, Viya, represents the foundation for a suite of offerings including machine learning, and will help speed the time between early-stage analytical exploration and resulting business value for users of all skill levels.

Posted April 22, 2016

Percona, a provider of MySQL and MongoDB solutions and services, is releasing an updated version of Percona Server for MongoDB .

Posted April 21, 2016

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory data fabric solutions based on Apache Ignite, is releasing a new version of its platform. GridGain Professional Edition includes the latest version of Apache Ignite plus LGPL libraries, along with a subscription that includes monthly maintenance releases with bug fixes that have been contributed to the Apache Ignite project but will be included only with the next quarterly Ignite release.

Posted April 20, 2016

Oracle released new versions of several of its engineered systems which provide tightly integrated hardware and software. The company has introduced the Exadata X6 Database Machine, as well as updates to the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance and SuperCluster M7.

Posted April 20, 2016

To help organizations that are being held back from moving enterprise workloads to a public cloud because of business, legislative, or regulatory requirements that restrict where and how they handle data, Oracle has launched a new set of offerings. Introduced at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington, DC, by Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle, "Oracle Cloud at Customer" enables organizations to get the benefits of Oracle's cloud services but in their own data center.

Posted April 20, 2016

Dataguise, a provider of data security solutions, is making DgSecure available for the detection, monitoring, and protection of sensitive data across Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) and all Elastic MapReduce (EMR) platforms that use AWS S3.

Posted April 19, 2016

The OpenPOWER Foundation has introduced more than 50 new infrastructure and software innovations, spanning the entire system stack, including systems, boards, cards and accelerators. Building upon the 30 OpenPOWER-based solutions already in the marketplace, the new offerings add new servers for high-performance computing and cloud deployments, including more than 10 new OpenPOWER servers, offering expanded services for high performance computing and server virtualization.

Posted April 18, 2016

Sumo Logic, a provider of cloud-native, machine data analytics services, is unveiling a new platform that natively ingests, indexes, and analyzes structured metrics data, and unstructured log data together in real-time.

Posted April 18, 2016

Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, is making key investments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Analytics of Things (AoT), along with updating its signature platforms.

Posted April 18, 2016

Hortonworks is making several key updates to its platform along with furthering its mission as being a leading innovator of open and connected data solutions by enhancing partnerships with Pivotal and expanding upon established integrations with Syncsort.

Posted April 15, 2016

Everyone within an enterprise agrees that data is an asset, but it's what to do with it that causes divisiveness between business leaders and IT personnel.

Posted April 15, 2016

First created as part of a research project at UC Berkeley AMPLab, Spark is an open source project in the big data space, built for sophisticated analytics, speed, and ease of use. It unifies critical data analytics capabilities such as SQL, advanced analytics, and streaming in a single framework. Databricks is a company that was founded by the team that created and continues to lead both the development and training around Apache Spark.

Posted April 14, 2016

Lavastorm is releasing its Accelerators Library solution at no cost to users, offering an array of preconfigured components that make it easier and faster for all Lavastorm users to build analytic applications regardless of technical acumen.

Posted April 14, 2016

IDERA is releasing its SQL Inventory Check platform for free to allow database administrators (DBAs) to easily discover servers on the network and verify versions to keep them properly maintained or to prepare for migrations.

Posted April 13, 2016

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