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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.



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IBM said it had a tough third-quarter, with net income of $3.0 billion, down from $3.5 billion during the same period a year ago, a decrease of 14%. Total revenues for the third quarter were $19.3 billion, down 14% from the third quarter of 2014.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM is collaborating with Twitter and The Weather Company to help companies cut through the noise of unstructured data, turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes across industries such as retail, insurance, and media & entertainment. The solution, IBM Insight Cloud Services, employs open data sets and business-owned data.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM has redesigned more than 15 of the company's core analytics and commerce solutions with Apache Spark - helping to accelerate their real-time processing capabilities. IBM also announced the availability of its Spark-as-a-Service offering - IBM Analytics on Apache Spark - on IBM Bluemix following a successful 13-week beta program with more than 4,600 developers using it to build intelligent business and consumer apps fueled by data.

Posted October 26, 2015

Digital Performance software company Dynatrace has announced a series of new solutions and services that offer performance, competitive and user analytics powered by collective intelligence; new automation for cloud and continuous delivery environment; support for next-generation virtual network environments; and a complimentary version of Dynatrace Application Monitoring and User Experience Management (UEM) for developers and testers.

Posted October 26, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, announced its integration to IBM Cloud Orchestrator. IBM Cloud Orchestrator customers will now be able to leverage Cirba's predictive, policy-based analytics to gain software-defined control over their environments, in order to automate and safely optimize application hosting, workload placement and VM sizing decisions.

Posted October 26, 2015

Oracle kicked off the beta program for an updated release Oracle Database 12c which provides a multitenant architecture and dual format in-memory database technology. According to Oracle, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 further simplifies the journey to the cloud and enables efficient delivery of database services, with greater consolidation density and more administrative agility at cloud scale.

Posted October 26, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle announced new Oracle Database Cloud offerings, expanding its portfolio of Oracle Cloud Platform, services that enable organizations to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure database-driven solutions and applications in the cloud.

Posted October 26, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted October 26, 2015

To kick off Oracle Open World 2015, Oracle's annual user conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison detailed the steps that led Oracle be positioned in "every layer of the cloud." Ellison outlined the top design goals for the company in all three layers of the cloud - SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. These are cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility - as well as security, which he said is increasingly becoming a more critical concern.

Posted October 26, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 22, 2015

Oracle provides informational resources, including educational events, webcasts, and white papers.

Posted October 21, 2015

Enterprise data security provider Protegrity has announced that it has earned Oracle Exadata Optimized status through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Protegrity Database Protector for Oracle Exadata is recognized as having been tested and tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers.

Posted October 21, 2015

In the 1989 movie, "Back to the Future Part II," actor Michael J. Fox's character traveled in time to October 21, 2015. And today, October 21, 2015, in his keynote at Dell World 2015 in Austin, Michael S. Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, expanded on what it means for organizations to be future-ready, and what Dell is doing to help. Referring to the recently announced plans for Dell to acquire EMC in a deal valued at $67 billion, Dell said, "I started this company 32 years ago, just a few blocks from here in my dorm room, building PCs. And as I speak to you here today with this agreement in place Dell is set to become an enterprise solutions powerhouse."

Posted October 21, 2015

Being able to keep a database running at peak performance is important for obvious reasons, but it may be surprising how difficult a task that can be. In a recent webinar Joseph McKendrick, lead analyst with Unisphere Research, and Robert Wijnbelt, senior product manager with Dell Software, discussed how to identify, prioritize and resolve database performance problems to ensure peak performance in an ever-changing data landscape.

Posted October 20, 2015

At IBM Insight 2015, October 25-29 in Las Vegas, attendees can explore the newest innovations, industry breakthroughs, and hottest trends in analytics, cloud, mobile, the Internet of Things and Watson that can't be found anywhere else. Don't miss the IBM z sessions at the conference.

Posted October 14, 2015

A new video demonstrates how the combined power of Linux, IBM z Systems, the hybrid cloud, and IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack enhance the benefits of each part to provide the most powerful and reliable enterprise solution.

Posted October 14, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including big data, security, cloud, and many more.

Posted October 14, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 14, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 14, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, Attunity announced the release of Attunity Replicate Express, a downloadable edition of its data replication and loading software. The solution, which answers a growing demand for more accessible real-time big data analytics, is freely available to download online. The new solution supports ingesting data to and from Oracle, SQL Server, and Hadoop Data Lakes for test and development environments.

Posted October 14, 2015

TIBCO, a provider of integration, analytics and event processing software has introduced two newly built integration solutions designed to give organizations the ability to immediately leverage the cloud to create, test, deploy, and manage enterprise applications at any scale.

Posted October 13, 2015

As many companies begin to look to other methods of data storage other than traditional methods such as data warehouses, cloud storage has become a popular option that organizations are beginning to use. Cloud offers companies better cost and more flexibility than traditional storage methods and companies are beginning to make use of Cloud and its advantages. When considering cloud storage options, there are lots of different questions that a company must weigh. Sarah Maston, developer advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, covered the move to the cloud in a recent DBTA webinar.

Posted October 13, 2015

In what is being hailed as the biggest tech merger ever, Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. today formally announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell will acquire EMC. The total transaction is valued at $67 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year which ends February 3, 2017 (within the months of May to October 2016). The industry is going through a "tremendous transformation," with the old style of IT being "pretty quickly disrupted" yet this rapid change is also presenting "incredibly rich" opportunities, said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, during a conference call with media and industry analysts.

Posted October 12, 2015

Actiance is teaming up with IBM to integrate the Actiance social communications compliance, archiving and analytics platform into IBM's Information Lifecycle Governance product portfolio. The combined platform enables customers to more effectively address issues related to migrating current technology solutions to the cloud.

Posted October 12, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including big data, security, cloud, and many more.

Posted October 07, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration. The two cloud services join Oracle's other iPaaS services, including Oracle Integration Cloud, which was announced in June. The two new releases are part of Oracle's ongoing process of augmenting and covering integration use cases to address the variety of different user requirements, according to Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform. "These are two different offerings for two different use cases."

Posted October 07, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World, TIBCO announced the availability of the Spotfire Cloud's data discovery and advanced analytics connector to Apache Spark SQL, along with a commercial integration with SparkR. The Spark SQL direct connector is now available in TIBCO Spotfire Cloud, and will also be incorporated in the next TIBCO Spotfire on-premises release.

Posted October 01, 2015

Paxata, provider of an adaptive data preparation platform, is partnering with Cisco, creating a jointly developed solution dubbed Cisco Data Preparation (CDP). "We are delighted to partner with a world-class organization like Cisco as we continue to fulfill our vision to bringing Adaptive Data Preparation to every analyst in the enterprise," said Prakash Nanduri, Co-founder and CEO of Paxata.

Posted September 29, 2015

Redis Labs is extending its cloud strategy to on-prem, private and hybrid, allowing enterprises to install an enterprise-grade cluster that acts as a container for managing and running multiple Redis databases.

Posted September 29, 2015

IBM introduced a new cloud security technology that helps safeguard the increasing use of "bring-your-own" cloud-based apps at work. Cloud Security Enforcer combines cloud identity management (Identity-as-a-Service) with the ability for companies to discover outside apps being accessed by employees, including those they are using on their mobile devices. These combined capabilities enable companies to equip their workforce with a secure way to access and use the apps that they want.

Posted September 28, 2015

Continuity Software, a provider of IT operations analytics for infrastructure outage prevention, unveiled a new release of its AvailabilityGuard software, intended to provide enterprise IT teams with advanced predictive analytics, risk detection, and outage prevention capabilities across their software-defined data centers. "The transition towards the software-defined data center delivers higher levels of agility and control to IT organizations, but at the same time presents new challenges," said Doron Pinhas, CTO of Continuity Software.

Posted September 28, 2015

TeamQuest, a provider of IT capacity planning and management solutions, has introduced a new release of its flagship TeamQuest Performance Software. This latest release is intended to help enable organizations to assess the health and potential areas of risk in their IT infrastructure, by applying automated and accurate predictive algorithms using data sources within their IT enterprise.

Posted September 28, 2015

In-memory databases and grids have entered the enterprise mainstream. New offerings from pure-play in-memory database providers as well as the large relational database management systems vendors are helping organizations that are scrambling to keep pace with the demands of an always-on, real-time economy. These in-memory databases are emerging in many forms—from extensions of relational database management systems to NoSQL databases to cloud hosted NoSQL databases. These new technologies couldn't come a moment too soon.

Posted September 24, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd, the printing and document management company, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. To unify the data across the company for accurate views and analysis, Ricoh built a private cloud accessible by the entire remote service group that allows high speed access from internal networks.

Posted September 24, 2015

SAP is releasing a set of enhancements for one of its platforms that it says will change the way enterprises interact with customers. A portfolio of SAP hybris tools is being introduced to enable in-the-moment customer profiling, digital commerce and community development, allowing an organization's front office to stay connected with the frequently shifting needs of its customers and prospects.

Posted September 23, 2015

Virtustream, which was recently acquired by EMC, is strengthening its partnership with SAP, becoming one of a select few global partners providing cloud infrastructure services for SAP business-critical applications in SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. The collaboration will allow SAP to leverage Virtustream's xStream Cloud Management Platform and its Micro-VM technology to deliver an IaaS with Service Level Agreements covering application performance.

Posted September 23, 2015

To help companies get more value from big data, SAP has introduced HANA Vora, a new in-memory computing engine that leverages and extends the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop. HANA Vora is a completely new product built from the ground up and is aimed at better processing of data to make business decisions.

Posted September 23, 2015

IBM has announced general availability and improvements to a set of services for IBM's platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Bluemix, that enable developers to more seamlessly integrate Java-based resources into their cloud-based applications. The new IBM Cloud tools are designed to help developers broaden the capabilities of their applications to give users a more robust cloud experience, by leveraging added security and flexibility to use a vast array of resources for their development.

Posted September 16, 2015

MongoDB deepened its partnership with IBM, announcing plans to offer support for MongoDB's products on IBM z Systems mainframe. This support reflects the strong momentum for mission critical deployments of the database by adding support for the speed, security and availability of z Systems.

Posted September 16, 2015

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