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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

We've heard the term "digital transformation" used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years—but it's not just a lot of hot air: It's the future. Organizations must update their legacy architecture to remain current in the new enterprise landscape, and mainframe rehosting offers 10 key advantages

Posted August 14, 2017

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage - their fifth since 2006. Tape storage is currently the most secure, energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for storing enormous amounts of backup and archival data, as well as for new applications such as big data and cloud computing.

Posted August 14, 2017

At the SHARE summer 2017 event in Providence, RI, Harry Williams, SHARE's president, reflected on the changes taking place in the enterprise technology ecosystem, and what's ahead for the IBM users group and the industry overall.

Posted August 14, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a platinum member.

Posted August 10, 2017

Microsoft announced the first release candidate (a.k.a. RC1) for SQL Server 2017 on Monday, July 17th. Release candidates are not a final and finished product, but they are feature complete. No new features are expected after Microsoft moves into the RC phase, only adding polish (for example, brushing up the documentation and UI) and performance to the existing feature set. The full product release is planned for some time in the second half of 2017.

Posted August 09, 2017

You may think your company is behind the curve because you are not 100% in the cloud. Very few companies are there, and most won't make it all the way to 100% due to security, performance, or other strategic reasons. Most, however, are at least getting some workloads into the cloud for price, scalability, and competitive advantage. If you are just starting your journey, here are a few things to consider.

Posted August 09, 2017

We're still very much in the early days of artificial intelligence (AI). However, money is pouring into AI initiatives at astounding rates, and enterprises need to move at a deliberate speed to adopt and leverage AI across their systems, applications, and data.

Posted August 09, 2017

The future value of hybrid cloud computing is to empower customers to embrace a cloud strategy of their own, versus being dictated by a vendor. A hybrid cloud environment is defined by the customer—a hybrid cloud solution should not dictate where or which cloud the customer must use with their on-premise installation. Although this may seem obvious, large vendors often ignore this critical point, as they dictate choices based on their (lack of) capabilities.

Posted August 09, 2017

Lifeline Data Centers is being awarded a FedRAMP-Ready status by the United States government, which means Lifeline Data Centers will now be able to hold conversations with government agencies and private corporations about hosting sensitive data. FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

Posted August 09, 2017

The EQT Mid Market US fund has acquired Data Intensity, a provider of mission-critical application and database managed services, from Audax Private Equity.

Posted August 09, 2017

Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger has selected Pythian to help them migrate to the Google Cloud Platform. Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt technologies to better compete, will help BBM Messenger move its mission-critical IT infrastructure for Android, iOS and Windows consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-prem data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Asia.

Posted August 03, 2017

The cloud continues to transform computing, making it less expensive, easier and faster to create, deploy, and run applications as well as store enormous quantities of data. The cloud offers services of all types, including software as a service, database as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, cloud puts a range of technologies within users' easy reach—when they need it, where they need it, with the ability to scale elastically.

Posted August 02, 2017

Cloud databases, also referred to as database as a service (DBaaS), can be SQL or NoSQL, open source or relational, and allow customers to choose the environment that is best suited for their particular use cases—whatever that may be, including support for streaming data pipelines or a data warehousing for analytics. Cloud is increasingly being used by organizations to support a range of users, including data managers, developers, and testers, who require almost instantaneous access to a database environment without going through their respective IT, finance, or top managers or needing to acquire new servers or storage arrays to support their efforts.

Posted August 02, 2017

Oracle is adding hundreds of new capabilities to Oracle Cloud Applications with Release 13. Key enhancements are aimed at enhancing the user experience and supporting business users across the organization through greater personalization, productivity, insight, and collaboration. Supply chain is a key focus of the release.

Posted August 02, 2017

Workiva, a provider of solutions for enterprise productivity and Gold-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, has announced data integration between its Wdesk platform and more than 100 cloud, SaaS and on-premise applications, including Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud.

Posted August 02, 2017

Oracle has announced the Oracle Monetization Cloud, a new cloud service that accelerates time to market for digital and subscription-based products and services by enabling the lifecycle of customer onboarding, offer creation, rating and discounting, billing, customized invoicing and reporting.

Posted August 02, 2017

Thales, a provider of critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, is boosting its data security portfolio by making it easier for organizations to manage and secure their data in multi-cloud environments. Its advanced data security solutions integrate with the leading cloud service provider platforms from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft and Salesforce, allowing users to establish strong safeguards around their sensitive data and applications in the cloud, satisfying compliance requirements and giving them greater control and flexibility.

Posted July 31, 2017

Pricchaa, a Chicago-based company that provides solutions for detecting and protecting sensitive data, has released a free solution for detecting, encrypting, and monitoring sensitive data housed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Pricchaa offers solutions to detect and protect sensitive information, when large volume of data in a variety of format moves at a very high speed.

Posted July 27, 2017

Continuing toward architecting a single cloud platform that is tuned for AI and data, IBM announced that it is expanding its network of cloud data centers with four new ones, including two in the UK (London), one in Australia (Sydney) and one in the U.S. (San Jose). The new facilities are designed to help clients build next-generation IoT, blockchain and AI applications by providing cloud infrastructure that is tuned for cognitive and big data.

Posted July 27, 2017

Oracle has expanded the services available through Oracle Cloud at Customer so the portfolio now spans all of the major Oracle PaaS categories and, for the first time, also features Oracle SaaS services.

Posted July 27, 2017

The desire to compete on analytics is driving the adoption of big data and cloud technologies that enable enterprises to inexpensively store and process large volumes of data. But, building a modern data architecture can be confusing and time-consuming. From NoSQL and in-memory databases, to Hadoop and Spark, technologies are available that offer new and distinct capabilities to the world of enterprise data management.

Posted July 27, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics, is acquiring nanoscale.io, a provider of microservices technology and tooling. The acquisition extends and enhances TIBCO's leadership in the development of microservices and APIs that connect and integrate with a more expansive on-premises or hybrid cloud environment, and bolster its Connected Intelligence platform.

Posted July 27, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise IT solutions, has introduced BMC Digital Workplace, a cloud-based service intended to provide a more highly integrated and digitally capable workplace for IT and other departments. Available both in the cloud and on-premises, BMC Digital Workplace enables IT, HR, Legal, facility management, and any other line-of-business groups to offer employees one-stop-shopping for the tools and information they need to do their work effortlessly.

Posted July 27, 2017

It's been long acknowledged that data is the most precious commodity of the 21st-century business, and that all efforts and resources need to be dedicated to the acquisition and care of this resource. Lately, however, executives have become enamored with the vision of transforming their organizations into "data-driven" enterprises, which move forward into the future on data-supported insights. So, what, exactly, does the ideal "data-driven enterprise" look like?

Posted July 27, 2017

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is launching a data management partners program to address the explosive growth of data centers. The program combines data management products with Cloudian's scalable storage to offer tested and proven solutions that enable enterprises to address current and future unstructured data growth challenges. Charter members of the program include Rubrik, Komprise, Evolphin, and CTERA Networks.

Posted July 27, 2017

Dataguise, a provider of data-centric audit and protection (DCAP), will exhibit its security platform at the AWS Summit in Chicago. Dataguise will showcase its security and compliance solution for the detection, protection, monitoring, and auditing of sensitive data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Redshift, and all databases supported by RDS.

Posted July 27, 2017

SAP is launching several new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that boost the new SAP Leonardo Platform as well as all SAP products. Part of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system, these IoT solutions take advantage of advances in big data and analytics, the ability to connect people, things and business with the SAP Cloud Platform, and technologies such as machine learning to enable IoT and Industry 4.0 strategies across digital logistics, manufacturing, and asset management.

Posted July 26, 2017

OutSystems has announced that its OutSystems 10 low-code rapid application development platform has achieved SAP certification as integrated with SAP S/4HANA and the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The solution has been proven to integrate with SAP applications and solutions, enabling enterprises to more rapidly achieve their digital transformation goals and deliver better products and services to their customers.

Posted July 26, 2017

After becoming a platinum sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Summit, the premier event for enterprise app developers, SAP is making it known to users that its Cloud platform can handle any information or infrastructure as a service technology. SAP Cloud Platform leverages the openness of Cloud Foundry to provide customer choice of underlying infrastructure and programming models to shape the next-generation open enterprise platform.

Posted July 26, 2017

The increase in use of digital technology within enterprises is causing a massive influx of the amount of data produced from cloud, mobile, IoT, social media, and more. Because of this deluge, many companies are simply filtering data into holding grounds for native data they haven't had time to process, known as "data lakes," which often go unmanaged. This data that is of unknown origin, quality and context is untrustworthy for use in initiatives to increase revenues, decrease costs, and manage risk. In fact, rather than being a strategic corporate asset it becomes a business liability.

Posted July 26, 2017

Veritas Technologies, a provider of solutions for multi-cloud data management, has introduced the Integrated Classification Engine, a new technology to enable intelligence into data risks on-premises and in the cloud.

Posted July 26, 2017

Dremio has announced its launch in the data analytics market with the availability of the Dremio Self-Service Data Platform. According to Dremio, its platform allows users to be independent and self-directed in their use of data, while accessing data from a variety of sources at scale.

Posted July 19, 2017

The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today's up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions. Business leaders recognize that the key to success in hyper-competitive markets is the ability to leverage data to draw insights that predict and provide prescriptive action to stay ahead of markets and customer preferences. For that, they need to keep up with the latest solutions and approaches in data management. Here are 12 of the key technologies turning heads—or potentially opening enterprise wallets—in today's data centers.

Posted July 19, 2017

IBM and Automation Anywhere are collaborating to help companies drive new efficiencies by delivering solutions that assist employees with routine, data-intensive tasks. As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to integrate Automation Anywhere's Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform, used to create software bots to handle repetitive, task-based business processes, with IBM's portfolio of digital process automation software, including IBM Business Process Manager and Operational Decision Manage

Posted July 17, 2017

IBM has announced the first IBM Watson-based services platform, fully built on the IBM Cloud, designed to augment human intelligence to help improve service provider operations. The IBM Services Platform with Watson's cognitive capability can both predict problems and proactively direct automation to improve quality, as well as provide IT staffs with critical information to help them make faster, data-driven decisions.

Posted July 17, 2017

IBM intends to be the first major cloud provider to launch bare-metal servers powered by next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. New IBM Cloud bare metal servers powered by the Intel Xeon Silver 4110 processor and Intel Xeon Gold 5120 and 6140 processors will be designed to help deliver greater performance and generate faster insights from big data workloads, and will be offered through the IBM Cloud.

Posted July 17, 2017

Microsoft's SQL Server platform has been on a roll lately, with its smooth and feature-rich SQL 2016 release gaining accolades across the industry, including the DBMS of the Year award from db-engines.com. The company's increased focus on cloud, strong BI tool set, impressive functionality and emerging cross-platform capability with SQL on Linux has made this RDBMS a staple of database shops around the world.

Posted July 14, 2017

Pricchaa has released a free solution for detecting, encrypting, and monitoring sensitive data housed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

Posted July 13, 2017

Extracting the most value of your data through real-time and ad-hoc analytics isn't always as easy as it sounds. Correlating data to various internal and external sources and creating a bridge between structured and unstructured data stores can be a challenge. But, it doesn't have to be a problem with Oracle.

Posted July 07, 2017

To help advance the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive solutions in the enterprise, IBM has launched a collaborative development initiative with Lightbend, a provider of a reactive application development platform. The companies say that the resulting joint solutions will provide a complete toolchain to help Java and Scala developers build and deploy AI and cognitive applications in both on-premises and cloud environments.

Posted July 06, 2017

CA Technologies has added new solutions and capabilities within its API Management portfolio that are intended to help developers, enterprise architects and digital leaders create and deploy microservices—and manage the APIs that connect and orchestrate microservices.

Posted July 06, 2017

Companies using Cisco UCS servers can now manage their data-intensive workloads on-premises with the IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) System, now available as a VersaStack Solution for Cloud Object Storage. According to IBM, this pre-validated, tested, and supported solution is designed to offer storage for unstructured data for use cases such as active archive, backup, content repository, enterprise collaboration, and cloud application development.

Posted July 06, 2017

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