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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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Data centers are now designed to not only accommodate current regulations and standards but also predicted capacity requirements, while simultaneously reducing operating costs by incorporating aisle containment structures. One solution offered by many experts in the field is the use of scalable or modular designs. The aisle containment structure is gaining popularity because it meets these goals by providing an infrastructure that is repeatable and rapidly deployable.

Posted February 21, 2017

Today's successful organizations are data-driven, and many are building, maintaining, and accessing databases that scale well beyond the terabyte range. In fact, many have total data assets that now measure in the petabytes. But it's not just the size of databases that is expanding.

Posted February 21, 2017

BI and analytics software vendor Yellowfin has partnered with Kodak to deliver real-time analytics in Kodak's new PRINERGY Cloud, a SaaS cloud for the print industry, built on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Posted February 16, 2017

EnterpriseDB has announced the general availability of the EDB Postgres Platform 2017. The EDB Postgres Platform is an integrated open source-based database management platform that combines database and integrated tools for managing structured and unstructured data.

Posted February 16, 2017

Logtrust, a provider of data analytics, and Panda Security, a provider of cloud-based security solutions, have created the new Advanced Reporting Tool (ART), which they say automatically generates security intelligence that allows organizations to pinpoint attacks and unusual behaviors, and detect internal misuse of systems and networks.

Posted February 15, 2017

Registration is open and the program is available for review for DBTA's 2017 Data Summit conference, a unique event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike. This year's conference will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown from Tuesday, May 16, to Wednesday, May 17, with preconference workshops on Monday, May 15.

Posted February 15, 2017

Thales, a provider of cyber security and data protection, is now supporting Google Cloud Platform's Customer-Supplied Encryption Key (CSEK) functionality and will provide key management services for Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365. By offering support for Google Cloud platform, users can now generate, protect, and supply their encryption keys to the cloud using an on-premise, FIPS-certified nShield hardware security module (HSM) from Thales.

Posted February 14, 2017

Signals from IoT-enabled devices represent an opportunity for organizations to better manage, interpret, and leverage data, and the organizations that have the ability to integrate device data into their business processes and applications can gain critical predictive insights and drive cost-effective actions.

Posted February 14, 2017

OPTO Software, part of iTMS Software Pty Ltd, provides manufacturing inventory software, including ERP solutions, to a wide variety of industries. Customers span the fields of manufacturing, mining, civil, fabrication, and engineering as well as distribution, retail and wholesale, construction, and importing and exporting. According to Bolton, a key differentiator for ITMS/OPTO is its deep understanding of the nuances of manufacturing. Revelation supports that agility, ensuring that OPTO platform is easily configured.

Posted February 14, 2017

It is still early in 2017 but as the new year unfolds, several new trends are becoming clear in the analytics marketplace. Today, along with smart data discovery, cloud, mobile, and big data, companies are focusing on leveraging the latest in analytics to stay ahead of their competition and reduce costs with modern data-driven techniques.

Posted February 14, 2017

Software AG, a provider of enterprise infrastructure solutions, is collaborating with Google to make its webMethods Hybrid Integration Platform available on Google Cloud Platform. Software AG will also provide its Digital Business Platform on the Google Cloud later in the year.

Posted February 13, 2017

Oracle has expanded the Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. The new cloud service is aimed at speeding and simplifying cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics.

Posted February 13, 2017

Informatica is now offering full support for Spark 2.0, allowing customers the flexibility to tap into whatever Spark version they desire. Customers don't need to change anything within their architecture, they can automatically leverage Spark 2.0. This gives users the choice to run data management jobs in Spark 1.0 and beyond.

Posted February 10, 2017

Baffle, Inc. has announced that its encryption as a service (EaaS) solution now supports SQL databases, to ensure that sensitive data remains encrypted end-to-end—from production through processing, while being stored on-premise, in the cloud, and while being processed by databases and applications.

Posted February 10, 2017

EnterpriseDB (EDB) is launching a new version of the EDB Postgres Data Adapter for Hadoop with compatibility for the Apache Spark cluster computing framework, allowing users to combine analytic workloads. The new version gives organizations the ability to combine analytic workloads based on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) with operational data in Postgres, using an Apache Spark interface.

Posted February 09, 2017

Splice Machine is releasing its data platform on AWS this spring. With Splice Machine's Cloud RDBMS, companies will benefit from a complete SQL database, transactional and analytical workloads, zero management, elasticity, concurrency, and availability.

Posted February 09, 2017

Aerospike, a provider of NoSQL hybrid memory databases, is releasing a new version of its database, Aerospike 3.11, improving performance and memory. Aerospike 3.11 also includes the addition of TLS transport encryption, further securing Aerospike by enabling transport encryption across deployment environments that extend across network security domains.

Posted February 08, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted February 08, 2017

As businesses realize the importance of big data, adoption is on the rise. But big data is still not in full-scale production everywhere, and many companies say operational challenges hold them back. So what are the operational challenges that big data presents? It's a confluence of three key features of big data.

Posted February 08, 2017

Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That's the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.

Posted February 08, 2017

The role of the DBA is growing and becoming more complicated in the age of digital transformation. As the amount and type of information we store expands, DBAs must become versed in administering not just one type of DBMS (e.g., relational), but multiple types (document, key/value, wide column stores, and graph) and even non-DBMS data platforms (e.g., Hadoop). Furthermore, cloud computing can change the manner in which existing applications and databases operate.

Posted February 08, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc., which provides a converged data platform, has introduced persistent storage for containers with complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC) that enables stateful applications and microservices to access data for greater application agility and faster time-to-value.

Posted February 07, 2017

Stratoscale, which provides software-defined cloud infrastructure software, has acquired Cambridge, Mass.-based Tesora, a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hortonworks, Inc, a provider of open and connected data platforms, is releasing its Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Optimization Solution, partnering with Syncsort and AtScale to deliver a powerful solution. With the EDW Optimization Solution, customers can extend the value of existing EDW investments and overcome the challenges, risks, and costs of introducing new solutions into legacy infrastructure.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) platform, is unveiling Hazelcast Jet, a new platform that gives users a distributed processing engine for big data streams. With Hazelcast's IMDG providing storage functionality, Hazelcast Jet is a new Apache 2 licensed open source project that performs parallel execution to enable data-intensive applications to operate in near real-time.

Posted February 07, 2017

Qubole, which provides big data-as-a-service and is a silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, is making its Qubole Data Service (QDS) available on the Oracle Cloud. With this offering, the Qubole Data Service is leveraging bare metal on Oracle Cloud to provide customers with fast access to analytics.

Posted February 06, 2017

SAP is enhancing its enterprise information management portfolio with updated support and connectivity for big data sources, improved data stewardship and metadata management capabilities.

Posted February 03, 2017

Pick Cloud, Inc. is joined the Google Cloud Compute Platform Technology Partner program to continue to provide rich cloud services to MultiValue customers. This program includes partners such as systems integrators, IT consultant firms, developers and other professional services companies that help their clients design, develop, and manage new cloud-based solutions.

Posted February 02, 2017

Oracle is opening new centers in Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tel Aviv as part of its expanding Startup Cloud Accelerator program to spur cloud-enabled innovation.

Posted February 01, 2017

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Apiary, whose APIFlow solution provides the framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that share enterprise services and data and help create modern, cloud-based applications and experiences.

Posted February 01, 2017

VoltDB is launching the latest version of its flagship solution, VoltDB v7.0, offering the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premise. This provides enterprises, mid-sized businesses, and developers with independent software vendors (ISVs) with a wide range of choices for their use of VoltDB, and future-proof capabilities to update or evolve their applications for rapidly-changing markets.

Posted February 01, 2017

Alooma is releasing the Alooma service, creating secure pipelines that stream data in real-time from any source including databases, applications, APIs, etc. The Alooma platform enables organizations to connect disparate data silos within minutes to AWS Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake.

Posted January 31, 2017

IBM announced its second-quarter 2016 earnings results, and its cloud business continues to accelerate. Overall, revenue was $20.2 billion for the quarter, and "strategic imperatives"—which include cloud and data analytics—were $8.3 billion in the quarter, up 12% year to year. Cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 30%. Cloud as-a-service revenues saw an annual run rate of $6.7 billion in the quarter, up 50% year to year.

Posted January 30, 2017

HPE announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud consumption analytics software that enables customers to manage and optimize public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spend.

Posted January 30, 2017

Trifacta has announced updates to Trifacta Wrangler, which was first launched in 2015. A freely available community version of Trifacta's enterprise product, the company says, it is often the first interaction individuals have with Trifacta technology and its team.

Posted January 30, 2017

SS8, which provides breach detection software, has announced the latest version of its BreachDetect technology which makes advanced threat detection and investigation capabilities accessible to enterprise security and IT administrators.

Posted January 26, 2017

Now that 2016 has come and gone several experts at SAP are foreseeing a handful of trends that enterprises need to watch out for as 2017 unfolds. They offered up five predictions for 2017 that include immersive experiences, blockchains, application programming inferfaces, the gig economy, and rise of the cyborg.

Posted January 25, 2017

Our friends at SpiceWorks recently shared some of their data from 900 IT buyers with us. For the year ahead, mobile computing, security, and IT automation are topping IT spending agendas. However, expect IT budgets to remain relatively flat—with the exception of cloud services, storage and IT consulting services. Overall, new IT purchasing won't be automatic—it will only happen as systems reach their end of life, or a significant new business requirement emerges.

Posted January 25, 2017

Dell Boomi is releasing an enhanced version of its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively integrate data across applications in hybrid IT environments. The latest release enables Boomi customers to build a connected business at scale through new features to increase user productivity, speed up implementation, and provide unparalleled control of integrations.

Posted January 25, 2017

The past year was a blockbuster one for those working in the data space. Businesses have wrapped their fates around data analytics in an even tighter embrace as competition intensifies and the drive for greater innovation becomes a top priority. The year ahead promises to get even more interesting, especially for data managers and professionals. Leading experts in the field have witnessed a number of data trends emerge in 2016, and now see new developments coming into view for 2017.

Posted January 25, 2017

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, has announced that Qlik Sense Cloud Business, a SaaS-based visual analytics solution is now available for SMBs, groups, and teams to create, manage, and share analytics in the cloud.

Posted January 25, 2017

Hazelcast, provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), has announced that Hazelcast is now available as a tile on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF).

Posted January 25, 2017

vArmour has been awarded a patent by the USPTO for security technology for container microservices. Marc Woolward, CTO of vArmour described what's changing in the world of clouds, containers, and microservices.

Posted January 24, 2017

IoT has massive implications for businesses of all kinds, and for individuals at all organizational levels, as well. Bart Schouw, IoT solutions director at Software AG, recently reflected on the changes taking place and explained why 2020 will be a critical year for IoT.

Posted January 20, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc has been granted a patent (US9,501,483) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office to protect file, table and stream processing for convergence, security, and more. This patent, in particular, covers key technology underpinning components of the MapR Converged Data Platform, including the multi-modal NoSQL database (MapR-DB) and global streaming engine (MapR Streams).

Posted January 18, 2017

At Oracle CloudWorld in New York City, Oracle unveiled new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform to help customers move business-critical applications to the cloud. Describing the industry's move to the cloud as an "irresistible force," Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said, "This is not a what-if; this is the way things are going to go. The sooner you get on board with that the better."

Posted January 18, 2017

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Retail Release 16, which allows retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across e-commerce and brick and mortar locations.

Posted January 18, 2017

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