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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

As we enter a new era of database technology with the introduction of Oracle's Autonomous Database Cloud, it is time for organizations to get up to speed in terms of what it enables for the business, and for DBAs, as well, to prepare for the changes to their roles.

Posted April 24, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

With cloud, the mainframe just keeps getting smaller and more portable. IBM has announced it will be shipping a new, 19-inch, single-frame mainframe built on IBM z14 technology, capable of processing more than 850 million fully encrypted transactions per day on a single system.  These "skinny mainframes" are designed for easy placement in both public cloud data centers and private cloud deployments. It's the result of IBM working closely with more than 80 clients to create a mainframe that meets their needs.

Posted April 23, 2018

Pivotal Software, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 37,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $15 per share. Pivotal shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker symbol "PVTL."

Posted April 20, 2018

Technologies have advanced so much that the software architect doesn't have to worry about the finer details any longer. The limitless infrastructure and the ever-presence of applications are making solutions feasible that were not even dreamed about a few years ago.

Posted April 19, 2018

LicenseFortress has announced the availability of LicenseFortress Legal Edition on Oracle. Originally part of VLSS, a consultancy founded in 2005 with a focus on Oracle and VMware technologies, LicenseFortress was spun out as a standalone company in October 2017 with a focus on real-time software license compliance and customer alerting.

Posted April 18, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article. Malcheski goes over the "hot topics," including blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things, and notes that DBAs of the future will need to understand not only the technical aspects of these and the other technologies but also must be able understand and add value to the functional data requirements necessary for all-encompassing solutions. "This is characterized in a data point from Gartner: By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be 'versatilists' holding multiple roles, most of which will be business rather than technology related."

Posted April 18, 2018

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and provider of consulting-led solutions and services, has been named an OPN Cloud Elite partner. Joining a small number of Oracle partners who have attained this designation, Hitachi Consulting earned the status by achieving a set of criteria that demonstrate its full investment in Oracle Cloud solutions.

Posted April 18, 2018

Presented once each year by three major Oracle users groups—Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group—COLLABORATE is one event focused solely on the spectrum of Oracle technologies and solutions that you can count on to get information from experts and fellow users about practical implications, real-world use cases, and how to benefit from new solutions and overcome difficulties you may be having.

Posted April 18, 2018

DataStax is making enhancements to its DataStax Enterprise platform, making upgrades to deliver twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with all the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises.  DSE 6 includes all the advantages of Apache Cassandra and much more.

Posted April 18, 2018

Special early bird registration pricing for Data Summit 2018 has been extended for 1 week, and will end Friday, April 27. The Data Summit conference is a unique world-class event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from top corporations, government agencies, and public institutions to learn about the leading technologies and strategies for succeeding in this increasingly data-driven world.

Posted April 17, 2018

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications, is releasing NuoDB Insights, a graphical dashboard of database and system metrics to help users understand the overall health of their distributed database domain. Customers can use this information to make decisions about how to optimize and troubleshoot their NuoDB database, its processes, and its associated resources.

Posted April 17, 2018

DataStax, provider of a distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra, has introduced DataStax Enterprise 6 (DSE 6). DSE 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises. This new release also increases performance for both reads and writes, which is critical for high-volume data ingestion requirements. With double the performance of Apache Cassandra, DataStax says, DSE 6 delivers twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure.

Posted April 17, 2018

Velostrata, a provider of accelerated enterprise cloud migration and mobility solutions, is partnering with Google Cloud in response to increasing enterprise demand in mass migrating on-premises workloads into the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The GCP-Velostrata-integrated solution takes a holistic approach to TCO reduction by not only being offered free of charge, but also accelerating the speed of cloud migrations.

Posted April 16, 2018

For enterprises storing sensitive data in the cloud, an enhanced security strategy is key to monitoring and protecting that data. In fact, according to Oracle research, 40% of respondents say that detecting and responding to cloud security incidents is now their top cyber security challenge. As part of efforts to address this concern, four in 10 companies have hired dedicated cloud security architects, while 84% say they are committed to using more automation to effectively defend against sophisticated attackers.

Posted April 16, 2018

Tufin, a provider of Network Security Policy Orchestration solutions, is introducing Tufin Orca, a cloud-based solution that enables users to extend Tufin's policy-based approach to secure containers and microservices. Tufin Orca is available through an early access program that is now open. The solution integrates with DevOps teams' CI/CD tools to scan for threats, secure containers, and comply with regulations.

Posted April 13, 2018

NGINX, Inc., will partner with IBM to support its solution, NGINX Plus, for the IBM Cloud Private platform. NGINX Plus, the enterprise version of the NGINX open source software already integrated into IBM Cloud Private, allows companies to deliver their applications with a commercially supported Ingress controller along with advanced functionality needed for scaling production Kubernetes environments.

Posted April 13, 2018

Priority Software Ltd., a provider of ERP solutions, is releasing Priority v18.2, enhancing system openness and mobile capabilities, introducing a new document generator, and boosting support for regulations compliance.

Posted April 12, 2018

HCL Technologies (HCL), along with Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology and growth-focused private equity firm, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Actian Corporation. The all-cash deal is valued at $330 million.

Posted April 12, 2018

Moving to automation means many decisions and modifications will occur without human involvement. Alterations are likely to occur that are not to the benefit of the end user (we will not get this 100% right in its nascence). Data "owners" will need very good information about what was adjusted, when it changed, and whether it was ultimately good for the user experience. The right tools will be needed as uptime, resource consumption/capacity, and relative health become basic "pay-to-play" propositions managed by automation. As end user experience continues to trump all other concerns in the application world, taking the end user vantage point will be central to monitoring autonomous changes.

Posted April 12, 2018

The serverless computing architecture—sometimes called function as a service or FaaS—hides not just the underlying virtual machine, but also the application server itself. The cloud simply agrees to execute your code on demand or in response to an event.

Posted April 12, 2018

Keeping data highly available is no longer a simple matter of backing up one database with an up-to-the-second copy of another. Today's enterprise data environments are complex, with many database platforms and modes of computing. A hybrid data infrastructure calls for new approaches to data replication. This is one of the takeaways of a recent survey of 285 IT managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Posted April 12, 2018

Blockchain may be the best thing to happen to data management and information security or just the latest tech fad, depending on your point of view. To help IT professionals get up-to-speed, Data Summit 2018 will present a number of sessions on the distributed ledger technology. Data Summit 2018 will take place this year at the Hyatt Regency Boston, May 22-23, with pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 21. Cognitive Computing Summit will also be co-located at the event.

Posted April 11, 2018

Startups with a mission to address an unanswered problem continue to emerge in the tech sector. These companies tap into new and still emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, machine learning, containerization, AI, NoSQL, and blockchain to provide fresh solutions that simply were not possible before.

Posted April 11, 2018

HPE is acquiring RedPixie, a UK-based provider of cloud consulting, to further strengthen its hybrid IT capabilities and migration services for enterprises looking to move workloads to the cloud. With this acquisition, HPE will continue to expand its comprehensive hybrid IT portfolio and will be even better positioned to help customers build new digital experiences and drive better business outcomes now and into the future.

Posted April 10, 2018

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing an enhanced version of its flagship software, boosting mapping capabilities and more. Version 10.11 introduces new out-of-the-box visualizations, intelligent recommendations for content, prompts for dossiers, a native MicroStrategy Library app for smartphones, and more.

Posted April 10, 2018

Launched in 2012 after 2 years in stealth mode, cloud data warehousing company Snowflake Computing kicked off 2018 by announcing $263 million in additional growth funding. Since its founding 6 years ago, Snowflake has raised a total of $473 million in growth funding with the mission to combine the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud. Recently, Christian Kleinerman, the company's VP of product, reflected on how enterprise data architecture is changing and the growing role of cloud in analytics.

Posted April 09, 2018

MariaDB Corporation, provider of an open source database, is acquiring enterprise analytics database company MammothDB, expanding its global presence and engineering team. The move will further strengthen its modern analytics solution, MariaDB AX, and advance its larger Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) strategy, according to the company.

Posted April 05, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, is launching GridGain Professional Edition 2.4, including a Continuous Learning Framework. The addition of this framework in the latest update includes machine learning and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network that enable companies to run machine and deep learning algorithms against their petabyte-scale operational datasets in real-time.

Posted April 05, 2018

Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison announced the availability of the first service based on the new Oracle Autonomous Database during a presentation at Oracle headquarters. Described as "the world's first self-driving, self-securing, self-repairing database cloud service," the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud uses machine learning to deliver performance, security, and availability with no human intervention.  

Posted April 04, 2018

OneLogin has announced a new product that allows companies to manage access for on-premises and cloud-based applications with a single identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

Posted April 04, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 04, 2018

Meta Networks Ltd., a provider of secure cloud-native networking, is releasing its signature network and security platform - Meta NaaS (Network-as-a-Service). Meta Networks' user-centric platform is delivered as a service to connect people, applications, clouds, and sites within a software-defined perimeter, reducing the possibility of a security breach while improving the overall user experience.

Posted April 04, 2018

SWIM.AI today exited stealth and announced the general availability of its edge software solution. SWIM EDX delivers edge intelligence and real-time business and operational insights. By applying analytics, self-training digital twins and edge computing, SWIM EDX allows manufacturers, infrastructure providers, enterprises, municipalities, and IoT vendors to analyze and take immediate action on fast edge data.

Posted April 04, 2018

JetStream Software Inc., a provider of cloud software, launched a new cross-cloud data management platform to support workload migration, resource elasticity, and business continuity across multi-cloud and multi-data center infrastructures. JetStream Cross-Cloud Platform provides "built for the cloud" data management capability in an all-software, hypervisor-integrated solution for multi-cloud, multi-data center operations.

Posted April 04, 2018

The developer landscape has dramatically changed in recent years. It used to be fairly common for us developers to run all of our tools (databases, web servers, development IDEs…) on our own machines, but cloud services such as GitHub, MongoDB Atlas and AWS Lambda are drastically changing the game. They make it increasingly easier for developers to write and run code anywhere and on any device with no (or very few) dependencies.

Posted April 02, 2018

Morpheus Data is enhancing its unified multi-cloud orchestration platform to enable customers to develop new applications faster with less administrative overhead on virtually any cloud or infrastructure. The rapid shift to hybrid IT coupled with increasing pressure from development teams creates a challenge for resource constrained IT departments.

Posted March 29, 2018

With news unfolding about an app that was able to gather 50 million Facebook users' data that was later resold to a political data firm in order to try to influence American voter sentiment, industry leaders are weighing in on what this may mean for the future of governance and regulatory compliance. While not a breach or hack, the use of the data by a third party, and the particular purposes it was collected for, has drawn outrage from lawmakers and Facebook customers, and prompted heightened interest in regulations that could enable individuals to control the use of their data.

Posted March 29, 2018

Database environments continue to increase in size and complexity while the challenge of maintaining the performance and availability of business-critical systems is also growing. A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted March 29, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes  Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article.  DBAs today need to be able to work with the  tools and technologies of the future, asserts Malcheski who discusses many items that will help DBas increase their expertise, as well as support their long-term career goals.

Posted March 28, 2018

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2018 presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly. For a limited time, super early bird pricing is also available for the conference which will take place May 22 - 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Posted March 28, 2018

It's time to vote for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. This year, there are 27 categories in which to vote—providing plenty of opportunity for the recognition of both well-established products as well as new and cutting-edge technologies.

Posted March 28, 2018

On any given day, organizations can collect hundreds of different pieces of data on every person they interact with. Managing and protecting this data, often referred to as personal data, is becoming mission-critical for organizations—particularly since enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) begins on May 25, 2018.

Posted March 26, 2018

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