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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

A recent Microsoft survey of 250 executives finds cloud skills at the top of many priority lists. A majority, 57%, agree that having the right cloud skills is critical to their organizations' digital transformation. The survey finds that 38% of those who had been involved in recruiting people with cloud skills in the past 12 months said it was difficult to find the right skills.

Posted April 24, 2017

Software AG has announced two new partnerships to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and ecosystem, a priority for the company as it works to enable customers to keep up with today's technological innovations.

Posted April 24, 2017

With the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of big data flowing into enterprises, they no longer have the ability to govern and synchronize all of their information. As a result, new processes must be put in place to quickly explore and assess data for value, says Joe Caserta, CEO and founder of Caserta Concepts. Caserta will present a keynote as well as a workshop at Data Summit 2017.

Posted April 24, 2017

Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of SaaS data protection, has been acquired by affiliates of Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm investing in software, internet and data services companies.

Posted April 20, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has introduced MAILERS Online, a cloud-based mailing solution designed to prepare USPS-compliant direct mail more easily.

Posted April 20, 2017

Syntax Systems, a provider of cloud managed ERP services, has announced the acquisition of Core Services Corp., enabling Syntax to now offer cloud-based ERP services for both Oracle JD Edwards and Enterprise Business Suites throughout North America.

Posted April 20, 2017

Oracle and Canonical are expanding their partnership to make certified Ubuntu images available on the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service. The collaboration represents an extension of the partnership that began in 2016 when the two companies partnered to bring Certified Ubuntu images to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted April 20, 2017

Striim, Inc. is releasing a new version of its end-to-end data integration and streaming analytics platform, enhancing real-time, hybrid cloud integration, and simplifying the management of applications running on streaming data. Version 3.7 includes several hybrid cloud integrations with Microsoft data solutions running on Azure, and enhanced application-to-database management through dynamic schema evolution.

Posted April 19, 2017

Oracle has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that provides a Docker-native continuous integration and deployment automation platform for Kubernetes and microservice deployments.

Posted April 19, 2017

Oracle is collaborating with Docker to release its flagship databases, middleware, and developer tools into the Docker Store marketplace via the Docker Certification Program. This will enable developers to build cloud-native applications using Docker Enterprise Edition as their container platform and Oracle's databases and developer tools immediately available as Docker containers through the Docker Store.

Posted April 19, 2017

While not the most media-hyped technology, databases are certainly one of the most crucial when it comes to our always-online, always-connected society. Databases power not just the applications and websites we use every day, but the businesses that generate revenue and fuel the economy. The internet relies on functioning and well-performing databases to operate.

Posted April 19, 2017

MicroStrategy is partnering with Alation, offering users of Alation Data access to a data catalog directly within the MicroStrategy interface that can seamlessly conduct self-service enterprise data discovery and analytics in the MicroStrategy platform. When Alation connects to an organization's data sources, it crawls and indexes data assets stored across different physical repositories, including databases, Hadoop files and data visualization tools, to produce a rich catalog.

Posted April 18, 2017

SnapLogic is launching a new technology that uses artificial intelligence to automate highly repetitive, low-level development tasks, eliminating the integration backlog that stifles most technology initiatives. The new technology, named Iris, uses advanced algorithms to learn from millions of data flows via the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud, and applies that learning to improve the speed and quality of integrations across data, applications, and business processes.

Posted April 18, 2017

Reltio, provider of data-driven applications and data management platform as a service, has secured Series C funding in the amount of $40 million. The funding was led by global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and joined by new investor, Sapphire Ventures. Existing investors Crosslink Capital and .406 Ventures also participated.

Posted April 18, 2017

Actian is rolling out a new portfolio focusing the brand on addressing the demands of today's hybrid data-driven enterprises. "What you see is a connected, seamless approach to delivering against hybrid data with two new products we are announcing," said Jeff Veis, SVP of marketing at Actian.

Posted April 18, 2017

One of the significant changes enterprises should expect to gain speed this year is the expanding role of business users in IT. Fences around the IT landscape are slowly coming down and business users are playing an active part in the digital transformation. It's uncharted territory, driving an increased demand for information governance initiatives to help companies use data to navigate the transformation. Here are trends to watch as data and business users' roles evolve within IT and across the enterprise.

Posted April 18, 2017

As mobile has pushed deeper into enterprises, there is a growing recognition that it may be possible to run significant parts of businesses from relatively small devices. While mobile devices may not be ready to run entire enterprises, in many cases, they certainly can run more limited functions.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's enterprise database environments are growing in size and complexity, fueled by rising data volumes and new business demands. Many databases that have been at the heart of existing enterprises to power mission-critical applications are now being positioned to support new Digital Native businesses. As a result, 24x7 high availability is no longer a luxury for select applications; it's a necessity for the bulk of the business—many organizations can no longer afford downtime in their data environments—even for a minute.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's products and services connect to the world around its users. In an effort to help people support more devices and understand the Internet of Things space, Verizon launched ThingSpace, an IoT development platform that allows its enterprise customers to build and connect their own IoT applications.

Posted April 18, 2017

The top reasons for implementing Internet of Things projects include increasing new business revenue sources, increasing customer and product knowledge, and reducing operating expenses. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar on how best to derive business value from IoT featuring Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity; Jamie Morgan senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security; and Becky Hanenkrat consulting sales specialist at North America database and data warehousing at IBM.

Posted April 18, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is announcing its HPE SecureData platform has achieved the industry's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData has the world's first FIPS-validated AES-FF1 encryption configuration option to operate in strict FIPS mode, according to the vendor.

Posted April 13, 2017

Fujitsu and Oracle jointly announced the launch of Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new lineup of enterprise servers available worldwide. Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, the companies say, the Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering improvements for a range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to big data processing in the cloud.

Posted April 12, 2017

The Oracle Public Cloud Offering has achieved a series of compliance certifications and attestations for for a number of core services.

Posted April 12, 2017

Oracle has unveiled its Cloud Converged Storage, which, it says, represents the first time a public cloud provider at scale has integrated its cloud services with its on-premises, high performance NAS storage systems.

Posted April 12, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted April 12, 2017

Altaro, a provider of virtual machine (VM) data protection, has introduced VM Backup version 7, a backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments that is targeted at SMBs.

Posted April 11, 2017

NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has announced the formation of the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC). Cyber threats are by nature global, and NTT Security's threat intelligence capabilities will now reflect this, offering a comprehensive view of the threat landscape but with regional delivery.

Posted April 11, 2017

M-Files Corporation, a provider of solutions to improve how businesses manage documents and other information, has introduced offerings that help companies better protect their customers' personal data and adhere to GDPR requirements. The objective of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to simplify and harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, and give EU citizens control of their Personally Identifiable Information (PII). There are substantial non-compliance fines—up to 20 million euros or 4% of global annual turnover based on the preceding financial year, whichever is greater.

Posted April 11, 2017

IBM has announced it is the first provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the cloud. The combination of NVIDIA's acceleration technology with IBM's Cloud platform is intended to help organizations more efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

Posted April 10, 2017

OVH is acquiring VMware's vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017.

Posted April 10, 2017

To meet the new demands of managing infrastructure in the cloud in a proactive manner, the new role of the "cloud keeper" has emerged. The cloud keeper is part technologist, part accountant, and part administrator. The cloud keeper has financial responsibility for keeping control of infrastructure expenses to prevent financial chaos. The role is part technical, since it requires an understanding of how and where resources are deployed. The cloud keeper must know how a resource is paid for and have enough technical expertise to know which resources can be spun up or down or would be better suited for one cloud paradigm over another.

Posted April 07, 2017

While companies often view processes from their frame of reference, "cutting" processes up according to department, business objective, or other internal aspect, customers obviously do not act according to the same taxonomy and—from the perspective of the company—appear to jump from process to process, from department to department, and from channel to channel, making it difficult for businesses to truly follow a customer through his or her whole journey.

Posted April 07, 2017

By now we are all in agreement: The business of data is changing. Business users are more empowered to work with data; IT is becoming less about control and more about enablement. New data science job descriptions—such as the data scientist—are springing up as companies everywhere look for the right people with the right skill sets to squeeze more value from their data. Data itself is getting bigger, hardware more economical, and analytical software more "self-service." We've embraced the paradigm shift from traditional BI to iterative data discovery. It's a new era.

Posted April 07, 2017

The concept of data lakes is a great one, but if not done correctly, this treasure trove of information can quickly turn into a black abyss for data analysts and scientists, let alone business users.

Posted April 07, 2017

Make no mistake: Big data is promising, exciting, and effective—when done right. Once considered an overhyped buzzword, it's now a potential tool that leaders in every vertical want to harness. Unfortunately, the majority of new big data projects—about 55% of them, according to Gartner—are shuttered before they even get off the ground.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been a sea of change in how enterprises are thinking about Apache Hadoop and big data. Today, a majority of enterprises are thinking about the cloud first, not on-premises, and are increasingly relying on ecosystem standards to drive their Apache Hadoop distribution selection.

Posted April 07, 2017

Elastic and Google have formed a partnership to bring managed support of Elastic's open source search and analytics platform to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The partnership will provide customers a managed open source search and analytics solution that leverages GCP's global network and scale.

Posted April 07, 2017

Voting has opened for the 2017 Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards. Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you - the people who actually use them.

Posted April 07, 2017

I always look forward to new research from Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., publishers of this magazine and other great products for data professionals. The latest report which you should read is "SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility & Resiliency 2017; PASS Database Management Survey."

Posted April 07, 2017

It often seems that working around things is a full-time task in every area of information technology. When workarounds are conceived and deployed, people are not always in agreement.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been plenty of dialogue within the IT community about when to migrate to the cloud, how to migrate to the cloud, which provider offers customers the best cloud environments, and the due diligence or governance that is necessary before taking that big step. There are larger waves of change nipping at our heels, yet we seem content to continue discussing a technology that is a means to an end.

Posted April 07, 2017

There's a wide and growing acceptance that containers are replacing operating systems as the deployment target for application components. While application modules were previously designed to be installed upon a specific version of an operating system on a particular hardware platform, they are now increasingly being designed to run within a virtualized representation of an operating system—most frequently within a Docker container.

Posted April 07, 2017

Many IT organizations are looking to the cloud to move, create, or extend existing database infrastructure. Perhaps yours is one of them. Yes, the world of the database professional is shifting, this we know. The real questions are how is it shifting, and what can you, as a DBA, do to be successful in this new world?

Posted April 07, 2017

"Temporality" is a term that database managers know well, but it may be a new one for business managers. That has to change, as the temporality your database supports­—or, how it handles time—could be the difference between whether or not the business will increase revenue, pay a fine, or identify new opportunities. Especially important in this regard is "bitemporality," which is the ability to examine data across different points in time.

Posted April 07, 2017

It is difficult to find someone not talking about or considering using containers to deploy and manage their enterprise applications. A container just looks like another process running on a system; a dedicated CPU and pre-allocated memory aren't required in order to run a container. The simplicity of building, deploying, and managing containers is among the reasons that containers are growing rapidly in popularity.

Posted April 07, 2017

Hadoop continues to gain meaningful traction and organizations are now anticipating onboarding their analytics and business intelligence to the platform. At Data Summit 2017, Josh Klahr, vice president of products at AtScale, will discuss what enterprises users need to know on being successful with business intelligence on big data.

Posted April 06, 2017

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