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Cloud Computing Articles

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted August 25, 2015

With VMworld right around the corner, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the upcoming conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted August 25, 2015

Basho Technologies, the creator and developer of Riak software, has announced that, in collaboration with Cisco, it has developed a framework enabling the Riak KV NoSQL database to run on Apache Mesos, bringing operational efficiency and high-elasticity to big data services. "The goal is to try and simplify and make it easy for clients to get business solutions as quickly as possible instead of worrying about the distributed data tier," said Adam Wray, CEO of Basho.

Posted August 24, 2015

IBM announced that its inventors have received more than 400 new cloud patents in 2015. Furthermore, over the last 18 months, IBM has secured nearly 1,200 cloud patents, bolstering the company's ability to deliver innovative new cloud services, solutions and capabilities to clients across all industries. The new IBM cloud patents comprise a wide range of innovations, including enhancing and improving the speed of deployment and security of cloud data centers, as well as easing the management of cloud applications, storage and maintenance.

Posted August 21, 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 August 21, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd, the printing and document management company, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. To unify the data across the company for accurate views and analysis, Ricoh built a private cloud accessible by the entire remote service group that allows high speed access from internal networks.

Posted August 19, 2015

Some industry pundits have been speculating that with cloud and IT automation, the need for database administrators (DBAs) is going to fade. However, this is far from reality. In fact, the DBA is even more vital than ever to enterprises—and the jobs of DBAs are evolving rapidly to meet new challenges and technology paradigms.

Posted August 19, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 19, 2015

Platform9, which provides an OpenStack powered service that allows an organization to turn its existing servers into a self-service private cloud, has announced general availability of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments. The new solution enables interoperability of OpenStack with VMware vSphere and is intended to facilitate OpenStack adoption among VMware customers.

Posted August 18, 2015

To support developers and operations professionals in their push to implement DevOps principles for their infrastructure environments, ProfitBricks, a provider of cloud infrastructure, is adding support for DevOps tools Ansible and Chef. Ansible is a platform for configuring and managing data center infrastructure that combines multi-node software deployment, ad hoc task execution, and configuration management, and is used by DevOps professionals as they use its playbooks functionality to automate cloud infrastructure. Chef, which is written in the Ruby programming language, makes it easier to manage complex infrastructure and the applications running on it.

Posted August 18, 2015

Hadoop distribution provider Cloudera has released Cloudera Director 1.5, an integrated solution for deploying and managing enterprise-grade Hadoop in cloud environments that enables deployment flexibility through an open API. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the first to integrate with the API.

Posted August 12, 2015

Melissa Data has introduced data quality integration for Microsoft Dynamics CRM to simplify global address verification for enterprise users. Available as a pre-integrated package with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the Melissa Data plugin enables global address verification capabilities without complex programming or development resources.

Posted August 11, 2015

Google, whose name became synonymous with internet search, is reorganizing to maintain its innovation and competitiveness. The company is creating a new public holding company called Alphabet, with Google as well as other companies, housed within the new structure. According to Larry Page, CEO of Google, the reorganization is part of an effort to avoid getting "too comfortable," observing in a blog post that in the tech industry, "where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Posted August 11, 2015

Oracle recently rolled out major updates to Oracle Identity Management to help organizations securely manage access to mobile, cloud, and on-premise applications. Jim Taylor, senior director, product management, Oracle, discussed how the data security landscape is being shaped by greater digitization, more demand for access from more devices, and the relentless reports of high-profile data breaches.

Posted August 10, 2015

Let's rephrase the question above: The next ticking time bomb is your database. Regardless of whether you run Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL, the odds lean toward your organization having a ticking time bomb. The only question to be posed is whether you are going to become collateral damage or diffuse the bomb before the damage happens.

Posted August 10, 2015

Faced suddenly with the challenge of quickly extracting valuable consumer data from a massive file for customer acquisition programs, DX Marketing selected Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Marketing Cloud Service to replace its on-premise computing platform.

Posted August 07, 2015

Following up on the April 2014 announcement of Solaris 11.2, a modern cloud platform including a full OpenStack distribution, Oracle now plans to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris.

Posted August 05, 2015

The Oracle Database In-Memory has been certified by SAP for use with SAP solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver 7.x technology platform. This move continues the longstanding collaboration between Oracle and SAP to enable SAP software to run together with Oracle technologies.

Posted August 05, 2015

Connect with Quest at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct. 25-29, 2015, and learn more about how you could get the answers and solutions you need to solve ERP challenges facing your business. At OpenWorld, you will have many opportunities to connect with the Quest team; from breakout sessions to SIG meetings to various networking opportunities, you'll be able to discover how Quest members leverage the community to achieve a higher satisfaction with their ERP.

Posted August 05, 2015

Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Geos and SIGs present more than 50 sessions on Sunday. The user-led SIG sessions feature users and expert consultants sharing their firsthand knowledge and problem-solving tips and suggestions on a range of topics including EBS, Hyperion EPM, OBIEE, BI, and more. In addition, many Geos host Sunday sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to meet peers from their local community.

Posted August 05, 2015

"Big Data," "Cloud," "Mobile," "IoT," "Social," "Real Time"—the stream of buzzwords seems unending. Helping Oracle customers stay on top of the latest technologies, deal with new challenges, and make the most of emerging opportunities, each fall Oracle presents OpenWorld, an event spanning the entirety of Oracle's offerings. The conference attracts tens of thousands of influential attendees who converge in San Francisco to learn about current and future technologies and trends from Oracle and the surrounding ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2015

The IT industry continues to expand at a brisk pace with a steady influx of innovative products and technologies to help organizations extract value from data, integrate it with new and traditional sources, as well as ensure quality and security.

Posted August 04, 2015

Linux applications have been on the rise for the last four years, according to a 2014 report from The Linux Foundation. What are the reasons behind the decline in Windows deployment and increase in Linux?

Posted August 03, 2015

IBM announced a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies. These consist of 50 projects focusing on cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas.

Posted August 03, 2015

IBM launched a new program intended to mentor and energize students to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The program, called the Academic Initiative for Cloud, will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. The company also announced a series of industry Hackathons reaching tens of thousands of new developers and a set of diversity programs for women coders.

Posted August 03, 2015

Serena Software, a provider of application development and delivery solutions, announced new application definition and development solutions designed to speed application delivery. These include new versions of requirements management and software change and configuration management solutions in use today: Dimensions RM version 12.3 and Dimensions CM 14.2.

Posted August 03, 2015

Virima Technologies, a provider of data center transformation services and software, is offering a bundled services and application offering that provides IT organizations with an inventory of their complex asset environments. The solution, called FastPath Discovery Package, combines Virima's IT asset discovery application and cloud-based configuration management database with the company's asset inventory and data center transformation consultant team.

Posted August 03, 2015

Predixion, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, is partnering with PLAT.One to deliver predictive insights for IoT applications.

Posted July 30, 2015

Technology is changing fast, and it's more important than ever to stay on top of the latest developments. To provide information on how these technologies work, the benefits each provides, and how they are being used in the real world, Database Trends and Applications is hosting a special roundtable webcast. Both current users and prospective adopters are invited to "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem." The webcast will take place Thursday, August 13, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

Posted July 29, 2015

AtScale is collaborating with Microsoft to add the AtScale Intelligence Platform to Azure HDInsight, an Apache Hadoop-based service in the cloud. By deploying AtScale on HDInsight, customers can connect any business intelligence (BI) tool to Hadoop in minutes, according to the vendor.

Posted July 28, 2015

Reltio has unveiled a new update to its cloud platform that will enhance the delivery of reliable master data, relevant big data insights, and intelligent recommended actions. "In this release we continue to focus on improving productivity for businesses but at the same time we are focusing on improving productivity and efficiency of IT operations," said Anastasia Zamyshlyaeva, vice president of platform product management at Reltio.

Posted July 28, 2015

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has been launched by The Linux Foundation to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud native applications and services, allowing developers to take full advantage of existing and to-be-developed open source technologies. Cloud native refers to applications or services that are container-packaged, dynamically scheduled and micro services-oriented.

Posted July 23, 2015

To enable the next generation of developers, IBM has introduced the Academic Initiative for Cloud. The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service, in more than 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries.

Posted July 23, 2015

IBM has unveiled developerWorks Open, a cloud-based environment for developers to access emerging IBM technologies and technical expertise, and collaborate with a global network to accelerate projects. IBM will release 50 projects to the open source community to speed enterprise adoption and spur a new class of cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas.

Posted July 23, 2015

SAP is releasing a new way to help enterprises deploy SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA, driving quick time value and immediate results. The SAP Activate consumption experience enables partners to extend the ready-to-run business processes shipped by SAP and simultaneously design and continue to update their own custom best practices and co-innovate.

Posted July 22, 2015

SAP has announced an update to SAP SQL Anywhere. Version 17 of the embeddable database technology enables Internet of Things (IoT) systems and data-intensive mobile apps to leverage new remote data synchronization capabilities of SAP SQL Anywhere with the SAP HANA platform to help securely move data between the enterprise and remote locations at the edge of the network.

Posted July 22, 2015

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is now available in the AWS Marketplace, providing customers with additional deployment options for their big data workloads. "Now with many implementation options, ranging from bare-metal hardware to vast, scalable operations in the cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA can fit nearly every enterprise big-data scenario, from the mundane to the extreme," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager for the Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat.

Posted July 22, 2015

Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new cloud solution from Attunity, enables automated and optimized data loading from enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new offering will simplify and accelerate data loading from enterprise databases, making it easier for customers to adopt the new Microsoft data warehouse service and benefit from big data analytics, according to Itamar Ankorion, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted July 22, 2015

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