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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

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has agreed to acquire Joyent, Inc., a public and private cloud provider. With Joyent's cloud technology, Samsung will now have access to its own cloud platform capable of supporting its growing lineup of mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud-based software and services. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions.

Posted June 27, 2016

Pepperdata is unveiling a new tool that will evaluate and assess Hadoop clusters and provide visibility into current cluster conditions.

Posted June 27, 2016

Talend has released the newest version of its Data Fabric, an integration platform for both developers and business users whether their applications are on-premises or in the cloud. The updated platform now features enterprise-grade support for data preparation, a solution that reduces the time required for collection and analysis of data.

Posted June 27, 2016

Big data with its increasing volume, velocity, and variety is causing organizations to see their data as a valuable commodity. But central to that value, says Amit Walia, chief product officer of Informatica, is the ability to bring all data together to get a single view. Here, Walia discusses the three key challenges organizations face and what he sees as the biggest disruptor on the horizon.

Posted June 23, 2016

Data is moving quickly throughout organizations. How to move, manage, and store all this data is becoming a critical concern. Joe McKendrick, research analyst at Unisphere Research, and Margaret Hamburger, principal product marketing director of database at Oracle, recently engaged in a DBTA webinar where they discussed cloud strategies and tactics that Oracle users are currently employing to manage databases in the cloud as well as to improve other capabilities while working in the cloud.

Posted June 23, 2016

SAP is streamlining its analytics portfolio, introducing features and capabilities to simplify the analytics process, strengthen the brand, and give users greater access to the cloud. The updated offerings include SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, formerly known as SAP Cloud for Analytics, and SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise. Moving forward, all analytics solutions from SAP will be under the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio umbrella.

Posted June 22, 2016

For those who haven't encountered the term, the "trough of disillusionment" is a standard phase within the Gartner hype cycle. New technologies are expected to pass from a "peak of inflated expectations" through the trough of disillusionment before eventually reaching the "plateau of productivity." Most new technologies are expected to go through this trough, so it's hardly surprising to find big data entering this phase.

Posted June 22, 2016

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 June 22, 2016

BlueData, a provider of a big data as a service platform, is releasing an upgraded version of its EPIC software. Dubbed BlueData's EPIC summer release, it offers comprehensive security controls along with enhancements that allow customers to take advantage of the latest innovations in the big data ecosystem.

Posted June 22, 2016

Announcing a new version of its "data lake in-a-box," Koverse, Inc. has released the Koverse Platform Version 2.0, which provides enhancements for organizations trying to extract value out of their investments in big data and analytics. With this introduction, the company says it is offering enterprises a 30-day guarantee to bring their data into production with a data lake capable of delivering insights for real-world organizational challenges.

Posted June 21, 2016

Oracle and Mellanox have formed a partnership to drive interoperability between their products, and to also jointly develop industry standards for InfiniBand, a high speed cloud networking technology. Mellanox is a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage systems.

Posted June 21, 2016

Oracle has unveiled two new models of its Oracle Database Appliance, addressing the needs of small and mid-sized businesses. "Many organizations do not have the time, resources or expertise to build their own system and often struggle managing different platforms and systems. By offering a pre-integrated solution that is optimized for the database and the cloud, Oracle allows organizations of all sizes to free up their IT staff from maintenance and other routine tasks to focus on innovation and core business processes." said Karen Sigman, VP, Converged Infrastructure, Oracle.

Posted June 21, 2016

As storage requirements continue to spiral upward, more organizations are relying on the cloud to help them do data management, backup, data warehousing, development/test and archive, according to a new research report, based on a survey among members of the IOUG that was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted June 17, 2016

With the increase in data sources, data types, and data management platforms, new obstacles can also appear, creating difficulties in combining data for important insights. During educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, keynotes, discussions, and hands-on workshops at Data Summit 2016, the philosophies and technical approaches that can help organizations be successful at putting their data to work were addressed.

Posted June 17, 2016

As the growing size and complexity of database environments strain resources at most IT departments, many are looking for ways to standardize infrastructure and automate routine tasks to free up assets. Joe McKendrick, lead research analyst at Unisphere Research, and Sam Lucido, director for technical applications marketing at EMC Corp., recently discussed strategies for Oracle users and IT, including the results of a new survey conducted in partnership with the IOUG, VMware, and EMC regarding obstacles data managers face while managing networks and delivering reliable information.

Posted June 17, 2016

What's on the horizon for big data, analytics, and business intelligence as technology evolves faster and faster? In Data Summit's 2016 closing keynote John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how technology will evolve and grow in the future.

Posted June 17, 2016

Here we go again - yet another world changing innovation. Billions of dollars are being invested to develop and deploy this next-generation industry. Many existing methods of doing business, and businesses themselves, will be disrupted and replaced by this new wave of technology. What is this wondrous new innovation? Why it is the Internet of Things (IoT) of course.

Posted June 17, 2016

Hortonworks, Inc. is enhancing its Global Professional Services (GPS) program to support and enable Hortonworks Connected Data Platforms customers.

Posted June 16, 2016

IMS Health, a provider of healthcare information and technology solutions, and Reltio, a data-driven applications and modern data management company, have announced that IMS Health is offering Reltio Cloud with its Nexxus Commercial Application Suite and IMS One platform. Through the alliance, IMS Health says it will offer life sciences organizations new options for access to big data technologies, pre-integrated data and high-performance analytics.

Posted June 16, 2016

Email on Acid has launched an email testing, tracking, and deliverability application on the Oracle Marketing AppCloud. Email on Acid helps marketers build, test and track email campaigns to improve marketing efforts through integration to the Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Posted June 15, 2016

Almost all organizations have migrated at least some infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, just 9% of IT departments have not migrated anything. Furthermore, databases rank in the top three for both infrastructure already migrated to the cloud and infrastructure with the highest priority for future migration.

Posted June 15, 2016

Loggly, a cloud-based enterprise-class log management solution provider, is receiving $11.5 million from a funding round, enabling the company to continue to create new platforms and expand its footprint through sales and marketing activities.

Posted June 14, 2016

While the established data warehouse excels at core analytics, enterprises need to be more agile than ever before because of the Internet of Things. In a recent DTBA roundtable webcast, Joe Caserta, president and CEO of Caserta Concepts, and Wendy Lucas, program director for IBM Data Warehouse marketing at IBM, discussed the benefits of data warehousing approaches in the cloud.

Posted June 13, 2016

Talend is "going all-in" with Amazon Web Services (AWS), now providing its entire product line on AWS cloud. The latest release of Talend Integration Cloud extends the company's ability to allow IT organizations to quickly "spin up and spin down" big data and data integration workloads running on Amazon Redshift or Amazon EMR.

Posted June 10, 2016

Splice Machine has announced that it is releasing its database management system, a dual-engine RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, as an open source platform. The community edition will be free for members of the open source community, allowing them to use as well as modify source code, whereas the enterprise edition will include a set of proprietary tools focused on operational features that enable DBAs and DevOps teams to maintain, tune, and keep the platform secure while it's live.

Posted June 10, 2016

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control analytics, is launching an upgraded version of its namesake platform featuring VM routing decisions for hybrid cloud environments. Cirba version 9.0 will include integrations for cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and IBM SoftLayer.

Posted June 10, 2016

Alteryx, Inc., a provider of self-service data analytics, is expanding its self-service analytics capabilities for analysts using the Salesforce platform. Alteryx is improving its integration with Salesforce Wave Analytics as well as updating read / write capabilities across the Salesforce Customer Success Platform.

Posted June 10, 2016

Cloudera is collaborating with Microsoft to build a new open source platform that will reduce the burden on application developers leveraging Spark. The two entities, together with other open source contributors, have built a new open source Apache licensed REST-based Spark Service, called Livy, which is still in early alpha development.

Posted June 09, 2016

Digital transformation is taking place at an accelerated rate in the world today. CIOs are struggling to maintain legacy systems, while the world around them continues to transform at a rapid pace. At the same time, clients are expecting IT professionals to support the latest technology that becomes available. As IT continues to lag behind the digital wave, clients are becoming impatient and moving toward cloud technologies such as PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, and DBaaS to address their business requirements.

Posted June 09, 2016

Data Summit 2016 in New York City drew IT managers, data architects, application developers, data analysts, project managers, and business managers. Analytics, search, machine learning, and IoT were some of the key topics of discussion in educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, keynotes, and hands-on workshops.

Posted June 08, 2016

Data Dynamics, Inc., a provider of storage management solutions for unstructured data, has introduced new software modules as part of the StorageX platform.

Posted June 08, 2016

Progress is releasing a new package of platforms that will enable enterprises to tap into the full potential of digital business. Progress DigitalFactory is a new cloud-based platform that provides a holistic, extensible solution for businesses to create omni-channel digital experiences.

Posted June 08, 2016

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal construct that emanates from the EU and has already resulted in far-ranging implications for all producers, providers, and consumers of services delivered or maintained in the cloud. Though it has yet to go into effect, this system of regulations is sure to impact every provider, producer, and consumer of cloud-based infrastructure, products, services, and, most importantly, data in the years ahead.

Posted June 08, 2016

Cloud computing is gaining ground in the enterprise since it allows businesses to concentrate on their core competencies rather than on IT. As cloud becomes more popular, organizations are focusing on hybrid strategies that combine on-premise and cloud capabilities, industry research shows. However, data integration and security remain concerns.

Posted June 07, 2016

This week at Spark Summit, data management companies are rolling out new Spark integrations and support at Spark Summit to enable their users to take advantage of the open source data processing framework. In addition, Databricks, the company founded by the team that created Apache Spark, has announced that the Databricks Community Edition (DCE) is now generally available.

Posted June 07, 2016

Emerging and newer vendors can offer fresh, innovative ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching.

Posted June 06, 2016

The IT landscape is always shifting and being contoured by external market forces and internal industry initiatives. Against this changing backdrop, each year, DBTA presents a list of 100 companies that matter in data, compelling us to pause and reflect on the market changes taking place.

Posted June 06, 2016

Today at Spark Summit, MapR Technologies is announcing a new enterprise-grade Apache Spark Distribution. "This is a Spark-focused distribution that combines Apache Spark with the real time, persistent, web-scale data layer of MapR," said Jack Norris, SVP, Data and Applications, MapR. The new Spark Distribution option for the MapR Converged Data Platform enables advanced analytics - including batch processing, machine learning, procedural SQL, and graph computation, and is a production-ready platform for Spark workloads on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted June 06, 2016

In the wide world of Hadoop today, there are seven technology areas that have garnered a high level of interest. These key areas prove that Hadoop is not just a big data tool; it is a strong ecosystem in which new projects coming along are assured of exposure and interoperability because of the strength of the environment.

Posted June 03, 2016

The honeymoon between business and big data is over. The end was conclusively noted when Gartner placed big data in its trough of disillusionment. We've reached a point where companies must figure out how to use big data analytics in profitable ways.

Posted June 03, 2016

Open Text Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Information Management solutions, is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Recommind, Inc., a leading provider of eDiscovery, and information analytics. The transaction purchase price is approximately $163 million and with this acquisition, Recommind's eDiscovery platform will complement OpenText's own enterprise information management (EIM) solutions.

Posted June 02, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted June 01, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted June 01, 2016

The ability to stand up and voice your opinion about a solution or technology that will not solve a business problem is critical. At times, choices are made for budgetary reasons, and other times, it may be organizational pressure. But regardless of the reason, as IT professionals, we need to be courageous and do the right thing, whatever that is.

Posted June 01, 2016

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