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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

Hadoop adoption in the enterprise is growing steadily and with this momentum is an increase in Hadoop-related projects. From real-time data processing with Apache Spark, to data warehousing with Apache Hive, to applications that run natively across Hadoop clusters via Apache YARN, these next-generation technologies are solving real-world big data challenges today.

Posted October 05, 2017

Data professionals and vendors converged at Strata Data in New York to trade tips and tricks for handling big data. Top of mind for most was the impact of machine learning and how it's continuing to evolve as the "next big thing."

Posted October 05, 2017

FogHorn Systems  has received a Series B round of funding totaling $30 million to support innovation in the Industrial IoT (IIoT) edge computing market segment. This new round brings FogHorn's total funding to $47.5 million and will be used to significantly expand the company's engineering resources and global go-to-market presence.

Posted October 04, 2017

NVIDIA announced in a blog post recently that Oracle is using NVIDIA's Tesla GPU accelerators for its public cloud. Oracle's cloud customers can access NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, starting today, and Oracle will expand its cloud offerings to include the Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture.

Posted October 03, 2017

Dremio launched its data analytics platform in July and at Strata Data Conference in New York the company had the opportunity to showcase what the company can do. The company's mission is to cut out the need for traditional ETL, data warehouses, cubes, and aggregation tables, as well as the infrastructure in order to enable users to be independent and self-directed in their use of data, thereby accelerating time to insight.

Posted October 03, 2017

Google has launched Cloud Firestore, a fully managed, NoSQL document database that lets developers store, synchronize, and query data for their mobile apps, with offline support, at scale. 

Posted October 03, 2017

At OpenWorld, Oracle announced its new Blockchain Cloud Service. The distributed ledger cloud platform is aimed at helping customers to increase business velocity, create new revenue streams, and reduce cost and risk by securely extending ERP, supply chain, and other enterprise SaaS and on-premises applications to drive tamper-resistant transactions on a trusted business network.

Posted October 03, 2017

AtScale, which provides a universal semantic platform for BI on big data, has completed a $25 million Series C financing round. Seeking to provide big data access to any data, anywhere, for any employee, AtScale enables enterprises to simplify their business intelligence infrastructure by allowing business users to continue working with the tools they know while providing the enterprise with a universal semantic layer to centrally manage data definitions, performance and security.

Posted October 03, 2017

At the Strata Data conference in New York, Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, showcased the new release of its data integration platform designed to address the changing needs of companies with advanced analytics and data management initiatives. According to Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, many legacy data integration tools are not able to handle the necessary volume and variety of data feeding to the cloud at the required performance levels.

Posted October 02, 2017

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle announced embedded artificial intelligence capabilities within existing Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud, Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud, and the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud applications.

Posted October 02, 2017

In his Sunday night keynote, Oracle's CTO Larry Ellison detailed the benefits of two new offerings: the company's Autonomous Database, and the Highly Automated Cyber Security offerings. 

Posted October 02, 2017

Rackspace has agreed to acquire Datapipe, one of the world's leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

Posted September 28, 2017

Alation has added new capabilities for cataloging data lakes deployed both on-premises and in the cloud, including data lakes built with Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

Posted September 28, 2017

Veriflow has introduced updates to its Continuous Network Verification platform that help enterprises, government agencies, and service providers to reduce downtime and improve protection by eliminating outages and vulnerabilities in the network. Emerging from stealth  in April 2016, and with $8.2 million in series A funding raised in June 2016, Veriflow has pioneered the application of "mathematical network verification."

Posted September 28, 2017

BDNA, a provider of comprehensive technology asset information, is entering an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Posted September 28, 2017

Oracle has made enhancements to the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud. The offering now features built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that powers Digital Twin and Digital Thread capabilities.

Posted September 28, 2017

Alation and Paxata have announced a partnership and integration to simplify the establishment of trust in the data lake.  Alation is a provider of software for collaborative data cataloging to enable analysts and information stewards to search, query and collaborate for faster, more accurate insights. Paxata provides an enterprise-grade, self-service, scalable, intelligent platform that enables business consumers to quickly transform raw data into ready information.

Posted September 28, 2017

BlueData, provider of a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, is enhancing its BlueData EPIC platform and extending the solution to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. This release adds new innovations and options for running Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data workloads on Docker containers -- delivering on the requirements from its rapidly growing customer base, including many of the world's largest enterprises across multiple industries.

Posted September 28, 2017

Splice Machine, provider of a Hybrid Database Management System (DBMS), is releasing its Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, allowing users to manage a set of powerful applications.

Posted September 28, 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 September 27, 2017

SAP is updating its cloud platform to unlock and drive more business agility and business digital transformation, according to Dan Lahl, SAP's vice president of product marketing. "If you think about where cloud platform exists in the SAP portfolio I would use two analogies: either we're the plumbing and electricity that makes the house go or we could be viewed as the glue that holds the house together," Lahl said.

Posted September 27, 2017

IBM is launching new SAP-certified bare metal servers for SAP HANA platform deployments in the IBM Cloud and new configurations for VMware environments that will give enterprises the power and performance they need to manage their mission-critical applications running on SAP HANA. IBM's newest cloud infrastructure for SAP HANA solutions on the IBM Cloud is designed to provide clients with larger and more powerful infrastructure to run memory-intensive applications running on SAP HANA.

Posted September 27, 2017

The "world's first autonomous self-driving database" was announced by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during a live event at the company's Redwood City headquarters. In addition to the database, which he said he plans to showcase in an Oracle OpenWorld presentation in October, Ellison also discussed Oracle's emphasis on automation in platform services, and the decision to be much more aggressive in simplifying and lowering the pricing of automation around those platform services with two programs—Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Posted September 27, 2017

Oracle has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a platinum member. Oracle is also releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted September 27, 2017

Qubole has announced deeper integration with Microsoft Azure, adding support in the Qubole Data Service (QDS) for the Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store.

Posted September 27, 2017

Cloudera has announced SDX (Shared Data Experience) for Cloudera Enterprise, a suite of tools to build and run multi-function analytics on-premises and in cloud environments.

Posted September 27, 2017

Informatica has introduced a new set of solutions and enhancements for intelligent data lake management and enterprise data cataloging to improve regulatory compliance in the era of GDPR. The solutions also feature integration with Hortonworks Atlas and support for Cloudera Altus, expanding Informatica's coverage across hybrid enterprise deployments, on premises and in the cloud.

Posted September 27, 2017

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, has rolled out a major new release of its data integration platform designed to address the rapidly-evolving needs of modern analytics and data management initiatives. The new version was unveiled and demonstrated at Strata Data Conference in New York.

Posted September 26, 2017

Splunk is expanding machine learning capabilities across its product portfolio with the release of Splunk Enterprise 7.0, Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) 3.0, Splunk User Behavior Analytics (UBA) 4.0 and updates to Splunk Cloud.

Posted September 26, 2017

MapR Technologies announced database innovations for data-intensive applications, including advancements for developers that enable rich applications, in-place and continuous machine learning/AI and SQL capabilities, and global real-time data integration and micro-services support.

Posted September 26, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise tools, has announced a solution with new asset discovery capabilities intended to provide greater visibility into multi-cloud environments. BMC Discovery for Multi-Cloud creates a dynamic, complete view of multi-cloud IT assets, including their relationships across private and public clouds as well as in the data center. This data becomes the trusted foundation for successful multi-cloud management that empowers the digital business.

Posted September 25, 2017

IBM and Dell EMC have agreed to help accelerate cloud adoption by providing Dell EMC's commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud. As part of the relationship, IBM has added Dell EMC infrastructure products into the IBM Cloud, and expands VMware solutions.

Posted September 25, 2017

IBM and VMware have announced new solutions to further the partnership and IBM is launching network control and visibility solutions from F5 Networks and Fortinet so that enterprises can continue to extend their VMware environments, as they are, to the public cloud. The companies said more than 1,400 enterprises are extending their VMware environments to the IBM Cloud.

Posted September 25, 2017

Database software provider MongoDB has filed with the SEC to go public and seeks to raise up to $100 million in an IPO. Underwriters include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Allen & Co., and others, according to the filing. Industry leaders weighed in.

Posted September 22, 2017

As companies grow increasingly data-centric in their decision making, product and services development, and their overall understanding of the world they work in, speed and agility are becoming critical capabilities. A common theme in big data and analytics today is "Industry 4.0," representing a new wave of technology that enables the automation necessary for scaling. There's compelling justification for this as companies seek to unlock business value from big data with two broad approaches: the democratization of data with greater access by more users, and the enablement of automation everywhere possible.

Posted September 20, 2017

The movement toward the instrumentation of everything and the democratization of data and analytics is resulting in more data flowing to more users, and is creating new challenges in data management.

Posted September 20, 2017

Over the last few years, organizations have shifted from using virtual data centers to creating private or hybrid IaaS clouds that allow authorized users to perform self-service provisioning of virtual machines. These environments have reduced administrative workloads, improved the user experience, and discouraged shadow IT, but they have also brought their own challenges. As virtualized environments increase in scale, management techniques have often become far less effective, making it difficult to keep track of virtual machines, their owners, and why the virtual machines were created in the first place.

Posted September 20, 2017

Companies today are spreading their applications across multiple clouds in a hybrid fashion. According to a recent IDC CloudView study among 6,000 IT and line-of-business executives whose organizations have adopted cloud technologies, 73% are implementing a hybrid strategy, which most defined as utilizing more than one public cloud in addition to dedicated assets.

Posted September 20, 2017

Tic toc, tic toc—back and forth swings the privacy pendulum. While we in the U.S. continue to regress on issues of data privacy, the European Union (EU) is proceeding with bold steps to protect the privacy of its citizens. On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes the law of the land in the EU. It applies to any company that processes or holds data on EU residents, regardless of where it is located in the world. Popular applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb are among the companies that will be directly impacted by this law. If you do business with EU residents, regardless of geographic locality, this law directly applies to you.

Posted September 20, 2017

TigerGraph is emerging from stealth, securing of $31M in Series A funding and launching TigerGraph - a  native parallel graph database platform for enterprise applications along with the availability of both its Cloud Service and GraphStudio, TigerGraph's visual software development kit (SDK).

Posted September 20, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced beta availability of AppOptics, a next-generation application performance management (APM) solution designed to provide comprehensive monitoring for distributed application performance and critical infrastructure metrics.

Posted September 19, 2017

ExtraHop, a provider of real-time analytics and machine learning software for IT operations, has announced the general availability of ExtraHop 7.0. With this release, ExtraHop introduces live activity maps for complete 3D interaction with the hybrid IT environment; enhanced threat anomalies and machine learning-initiated workflows for performance and security; and perfect forward secrecy (PFS) decryption at scale to support next-generation security architectures.

Posted September 19, 2017

Micro Focus has unveiled a new release of the Vertica Analytics Platform. Vertica 9 offers an extended list of in-database machine learning capabilities - including new algorithms, model replication, data preparation functions, and end-to-end workflow - to simplify the production and deployment of machine learning models. In addition, Vertica 9 is now available for deployment in the Google Marketplace.

Posted September 19, 2017

Software AG is continuing its Internet of Things innovation drive with the launch of an extended Cumulocity IoT technology portfolio for cloud-based IoT platform services enablement.

Posted September 19, 2017

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is launching Iron Mountain Iron Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud storage platform and services offering for comprehensive data protection, preservation, restoration, and recovery.

Posted September 13, 2017

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