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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

With new features available in the IBM Cloud Migration Factory, IBM Services is introducing new automation tools to reduce the time of moving and modernizing an organization's infrastructure, data, applications, and workloads. The new services are aimed at helping to accelerate the complex process of migrating and modernizing applications to cloud and adopting a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy.

Posted November 19, 2018

IBM is extending its partnership with ServiceNow to help enterprises simplify the management of their IT resources across multiple cloud environments.  The partnership will bring together the strengths of both companies to provide a standardized approach for managing IT operations across multiple third-party cloud providers.

Posted November 19, 2018

The call for speakers is officially open for the sixth annual Data Summit conference, to be held in Boston, May 21-22, 2019. Whether you are an IT practitioner or a business stakeholder, we encourage you to consider participating in this exciting conference. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 21, 2018.

Posted November 19, 2018

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Talari Networks, a provider of software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology. According to Oracle, Talari's proprietary Failsafe technology enhances the benefits of SD-WAN by adding greater reliability and predictability while maintaining security for site-to-site and site-to-cloud connectivity and application access over any IP network.

Posted November 19, 2018

Oracle DBAs and managers are under pressure to deliver high-performing and responsive systems that can scale with the business. Many enterprises are turning to cloud solutions and automation to reduce costs and increase their agility and capacity. The use of public cloud services among Oracle database sites is increasing, particularly in the area of backup and recovery. At the same time, most transaction environments still remain on-premises today.

Posted November 19, 2018

Sigma Computing is launching a better way explore and understand data stored in cloud data warehouses, providing access to Snowflake, Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift and other cloud data warehouses. Despite billions of dollars invested in data analytics tools in recent years, two-thirds of people still use Microsoft Excel to manipulate data. Sigma aims to change that with a better cloud analytics solution.

Posted November 19, 2018

Cloudability, a provider of cloud financial management and operations, is integrating its cloud cost management platform with monitoring and analytics platform provider, Datadog. This integration will help customers achieve cloud excellence by delivering performance efficiency recommendations that are cost optimized, a key requirement of financial cloud management and cloud agility.

Posted November 14, 2018

Arun Murthy—CPO and co-founder of Hortonworks—who will also serve as CPO at Cloudera after the merger is complete—recently shared his thoughts on what's ahead for 2019. According to Murthy, data at the edge, AI, IoT, open source, and cloud will all factor in strongly in organizations' plans for analytics and governance.

Posted November 12, 2018

MarkLogic Corporation, a NoSQL database provider, will offer a complete cloud services portfolio, running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The portfolio will give enterprise customers fast, flexible and cost-effective access to operational data hubs and dynamic query services that are essential for breaking down data silos and putting corporate data to work, according to MarkLogic.

Posted November 09, 2018

MapR Technologies has announced a new product release and a free assessment service that provides a comprehensive understanding of a customer's current data environment and the best practices to achieve a clear path to support AI, cloud, containers, and IoT deployments. Additionally, the company has introduced its "Clarity Program."

Posted November 08, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, is updating its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) with new features that will connect and work with a variety of use cases.                                                

Posted November 08, 2018

The data lake has become accepted as an important component of a modern data architecture, enabling a wider variety of data to be accessed by users. Yet, challenges persist. Recently, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor, Radiant Advisors, talked about the cultural transformation underway as companies increasingly realize the power of data, and the tools and technologies helping them to expand what is possible.

Posted November 07, 2018

In a wide-ranging keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd presented a picture of the issues shaping change in IT. And, as his become a customary part of his presentations, Hurd shared new predictions for the future.

Posted November 07, 2018

Oracle is acquiring DataFox, whose cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) data engine and derived business content provide company-level information and insightful data to optimize business decisions. The combination of Oracle and DataFox is expected to enhance Oracle Cloud Applications with an AI-derived company-level data and signals, enabling customers to reach better decisions and business outcomes.

Posted November 07, 2018

Data security was top of mind for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison when he took the stage to announce Cloud Computing - Generation 2 in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

Posted November 07, 2018

IBM is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software, in a $34-billion acquisition. The result of the acquisition is IBM taking a greater role in the fast-growing hybrid cloud market. The agreement is subject to Red Hat shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the latter half of 2019.

Posted November 05, 2018

Morpheus Data is rolling out enhancements to its next-gen multi-cloud management platform (CMP) in support of hybrid IT projects. The Morpheus next-generation CMP bridges this gap by simplifying hybrid IT management across clouds, assuring compliance, and providing developers resources on demand.

Posted November 05, 2018

Quest Software is launching the new Spotlight Cloud, offering users features such as  24/7 performance monitoring, instant diagnostics, and powerful tuning to ensure consistent performance and high availability across Microsoft SQL Server database environments.

Posted November 01, 2018

With the ever-changing business landscape, many companies that rely on MultiValue platforms are looking for ways to integrate existing systems with new technologies - and specifically, figuring out how to leverage the capabilities of the cloud. Organizations often find themselves torn between the platforms they've built their critical business applications on and user demands for modern, intuitive interfaces that provide anytime, anywhere access to web and mobile applications.

Posted November 01, 2018

The migration of data and analytics to the cloud is offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy and wide-ranging data access. At the same time, there are many success factors to consider, from the strengths and weaknesses of different cloud providers, to integration hurdles, data latency challenges and governance problems.

Posted October 26, 2018

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is acquiring REAN Cloud LLC, a global cloud systems integrator, gaining critical capabilities and industry-leading expertise in cloud migration and modernization.

Posted October 25, 2018

New tools and technologies are becoming established in enterprises, helping organizations extract more value from data. To explore the ways that data-centric companies are managing their data more effectively, we asked industry experts about the trends that loom large in the future and those that appear to be waning.

Posted October 24, 2018

Logz.io, a provider of AI-powered log analysis software, has introduced a new security application, Logz.io Security Analytics, built on the open source ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) stack. The application integrates with core DevOps and security tools such as Kubernetes, AWS, and Wazuh.

Posted October 24, 2018

Talend is making major updates to its Talend Data Fabric platform, the company's unified, data platform for data integration across multi-cloud and on- premise environments.

Posted October 24, 2018

SAP is releasing the latest update to SAP Data Hub, helping to build agile, data-driven pipeline applications. SAP Data Hub allows customers to build, execute, orchestrate and govern flow-based pipelines, providing the maximum reuse of existing data developments while encompassing digital innovations.

Posted October 24, 2018

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a provider of end-to-end integration and low-code application development platforms and IT consulting services, has achieved SAP-certified integration with SAP S/4HANA, enabling Magic's customers to optimize business processes through automation.

Posted October 24, 2018

The data lake has become accepted as an important component of a modern data architecture, enabling a wider variety of data to be accessed by users. Yet, challenges persist. Recently, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor, Radiant Advisors, talked about the cultural transformation underway as companies increasingly realize the power of data, and the tools and technologies helping them to expand what is possible.

Posted October 24, 2018

Oracle has introduced new cloud security technologies. In addition to the self-securing and self-patching capabilities of Oracle Autonomous Database and with the integration of machine learning and  automation to remediate threats, the new cloud services are aimed at helping customers to improve the security of applications deployed on the next generation of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted October 23, 2018

SolarWinds—a provider of IT management software, which just began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SWI"—has announced the release of the new Application Performance Monitor (APM) powered by AppOptics.

Posted October 23, 2018

SentryOne has introduced the Tableau Report Pack for SentryOne Monitoring, which allows data managers to use the Tableau Software analytics platform to view and analyze monitoring data for SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and Azure SQL databases. With the new SentryOne Report Pack, DBAs and IT managers can view and share database performance insights in Tableau formats familiar to business leaders and data users at organizations around the world.

Posted October 23, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SWI." The company set the initial public offering of 25,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $15 per share. 

Posted October 22, 2018

IBM reported growth in the most recent quarter, much of it led by its cloud computing initiatives. Strategic imperatives revenue over the last 12 months was $39.5 billion, up 13%. Total cloud revenue over the last 12 months was $19 billion, up 20%, with $8.1 billion from hardware, software, and services to enable IBM clients to implement hybrid cloud solutions across public, private and multi-cloud environments, and $10.9 billion delivered as a service. The annual exit run rate for as-a-service revenue increased in the quarter to $11.4 billion, up 21%.

Posted October 22, 2018

IBM has launched an open technology designed to make it easier to manage, move, and integrate apps across different cloud computing infrastructures. IBM's Multicloud Manager provides an operations console for companies building hybrid cloud environments.

Posted October 22, 2018

Commvault, provider of backup, recovery, cloud, and data management, is making improvements to its existing portfolio and adding new solutions to its suite of cloud-ready appliances.

Posted October 22, 2018

These days, clouds are everywhere, providing today's database managers with an impressive range of options to choose from—including public cloud, private cloud, and, for most, somewhere in between in the hybrid realm. There may be multiple variations within a single organization, and these distinct hybrid environments are constantly evolving as well. These may be "intentional" and "accidental" hybrid environments, but accidental or not, "variety" is the watchword for many hybrid projects.

Posted October 17, 2018

Oracle and NVIDIA have announced that Oracle is the first public cloud provider to support the NVIDIA HGX-2 platform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, helping to meet the needs of the next generation of analytics, machine learning and  artificial intelligence (AI). The companies are also announcing the general availability of support for GPU-accelerated deep learning and high performance computing (HPC) containers from the (NGC) container registry on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted October 17, 2018

Coined nearly 10 years ago by Patrick Debois, the term "DevOps" is now broadly accepted as a methodology by which software development teams and IT operations teams work collaboratively for a continuous delivery approach.  The methodology puts a premium on speed. With the 10-year anniversary coming up, leading IT executives offer their DevOps predictions for 2019.

Posted October 17, 2018

Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, is closing $450 million in additional growth funding led by Sequoia Capital to help Snowflake execute new and existing strategies. The remainder of Snowflake's existing investors also participated: Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures.

Posted October 12, 2018

As cloud adoption gains traction, one of the obvious questions is whether to simply lift and shift or also modernize an application's data tier. Modernization can mean many things. In the simplest form, modernization may involve upgrading to newer versions or incorporating a new feature set such as consolidation in Oracle using the multitenant option. At the other end of the spectrum, it might involve a complete re-envisioning, involving a move to a cloud-native data storage service.

Posted October 10, 2018

Shortly after contracting with a cloud service provider, a bill arrives that causes sticker shock. There are unexpected and seemingly excessive charges, and those responsible seem unable to explain how this could have happened. The situation is urgent because the amount threatens to bust the IT budget unless cost-saving changes are made immediately. But this cloud services sticker shock is often caused by mission-critical database applications, as these tend to be the most costly for a variety of reasons.

Posted October 10, 2018

To stay competitive in today's digitally driven market, the modern enterprise must keep pace with end users' expectations. Customers and employees alike want access to information anytime, anywhere, giving them the flexibility to work, shop, bank, and live on their own terms. While most forward-looking organizations are making strides to deliver this remote access—largely by moving to a hybrid IT model—many are still limited by the state of their back-end infrastructures.

Posted October 10, 2018

Commvault, provider of backup, recovery, cloud, and data management, is making a variety of improvements to its existing portfolio and adding new solutions to its suite of cloud-ready appliances.

Posted October 10, 2018

Arcserve, a provider of data protection software, has introduced its Business Continuity Cloud. The solution is aimed at preventing the negative impact of unplanned downtime by immediately restoring access to critical data, systems, and applications across complex, multi-generational IT infrastructures ranging from non-x86 and x86, to software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Posted October 10, 2018

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