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Cloud Computing Articles

In the days of cloud computing and agile development, it might seem that being a DBA is somewhat less appealing as a career choice. However, the role of DBA is changing; it is not going away. In fact, it is becoming even more important.

Posted February 08, 2019

If you haven't been paying a lot of attention, you might have missed the rise of a new form of virtualization, based at the operating system level, called "containers." While there are many specific software programs, by far the most prominent is Docker. So, from here on out, consider "Docker" and "container" to be synonymous.

Posted February 08, 2019

Every enterprise, regardless of industry or even size, is attempting to manage and draw insights from large volumes of data surging through and between their systems and applications, both within clouds and on-premise data centers. This all needs to be managed appropriately and securely, as well as backed up and made highly available. The key is having the right tools and processes to automate as much as possible.

Posted February 08, 2019

Increasingly, cloud services are seen as a vital resource in the data manager's toolkit. There's good reason why cloud is a preferred option: There are simply not enough on-premise resources to keep up with the growth of data management requirements. Organizations keep evolving, business priorities keep shifting, data compliance requirements keep expanding, and user demands keep growing. Already, one-fourth of corporate data is being maintained by cloud providers, and data managers intend to move as much of their data environments into the cloud as soon as they can. 

Posted February 08, 2019

Microsoft has announced the general availability of new Azure analytics services, including Azure Data Explorer (ADX) and Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2.

Posted February 07, 2019

Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, has announced support for multi-cluster applications within its open source Kubernetes management platform. With this support, Rancher customers can now deploy, manage, and upgrade applications simultaneously in multiple clusters.

Posted February 06, 2019

Arcserve, a data protection technology provider, has introduced its third generation appliance series, purpose-built appliances designed for disaster recovery and application availability to provide organizations with an all-in-one option for on-appliance and offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR).

Posted February 06, 2019

The Oracle Autonomous Database has generated a lot of speculation about its relevance to the future of Oracle DBAs, security concerns, and how to choose the most suitable deployment options.  Recently, Juan Loaiza, EVP, Systems Technology, Oracle Database, reflected on the autonomous database, Oracle Exadata, and customer preferences.

Posted February 06, 2019

Syntax Systems, a provider of cloud-managed ERP services has acquired EmeraldCube Solutions, an Atlanta-based company providing business technology solutions to JD Edwards customers.

Posted February 06, 2019

In George Orwell's Book 1984, the party slogan was, "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." And today, it is clear that the environment we now live in is a culmination of the many decisions that were made in the past. Many innovations we now take for granted—or expect to become broadly accepted—would never have been possible if past investments and research had not laid the foundation for them. Cloud technology is playing a critical role in many of these advances.

Posted February 06, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing a managed Kubernetes service on VMware vSphere with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) allows enterprises to be up and running in less than an hour with Kubernetes on VMware that is both simple to use and production-ready.

Posted February 04, 2019

Google Cloud has announced the general availability of Cloud Firestore, a serverless, NoSQL document database, which is available in 10 new locations to complement the existing three, with a  significant price reduction for regional instances, and enabling integration with Stackdriver for monitoring.

Posted January 31, 2019

How do you prepare for the unexpected with your Oracle environments? Or ensure that you can meet SLAs for restoring critical data in your production Oracle databases?

Posted January 31, 2019

This year is a pivotal one for some legacy applications. Extended Support for SQL Server versions 2008 and 2008 R2 is ending in July, to be followed 6 months later by the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The clock is ticking for enterprises to migrate or upgrade their systems.

Posted January 31, 2019

MariaDB is releasing MariaDB Platform X3, an open source database that unites transactional and analytical workloads at scale, and introducing a new MariaDB Managed Service supporting public and hybrid cloud deployments. MariaDB Platform X3 brings together MariaDB TX and MariaDB AX in one platform that can uniquely scale out transactions or analytics to support business growth goals.

Posted January 31, 2019

IBM Services has formed a $325-million agreement with Juniper Networks in which IBM will assist the network technology giant in managing its existing infrastructure, applications, and IT services to help reduce costs and enhance their journey to the cloud.

Posted January 31, 2019

With growing demands from businesses for real-time, analytical capabilities, maintaining data environments that can grow with these requirements is a necessity. However, according to a new IOUG survey report, many enterprises are limited by the licensing and support issues that often accompany database systems and hold the potential to inflict unexpected costs and expertise requirements. 

Posted January 31, 2019

A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker will deliver the opening keynote at Data Summit 2019. The sixth annual Data Summit conference will be held in Boston, May 21-22, 2019, with pre-conference workshops on May 20. Registration is now open.

Posted January 23, 2019

Onapsis, a provider of ERP cybersecurity and compliance, will acquire Virtual Forge, allowing the company to strengthen security of SAP applications and extensions. The combination of Onapsis and Virtual Forge will empower customers to have unparalleled visibility, incident response, management, and compliance for business-critical applications.

Posted January 23, 2019

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has opened a new data center in Toronto to support customer demand for a high-performance, enterprise-grade cloud in Canada. The second-generation cloud region addresses and resolves some persistent performance and security concerns that in the past have kept many Canadian organizations from moving to the cloud altogether, said Kyle York, VP of product strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in a blog post

Posted January 22, 2019

Red Hat shareholders voted to approve the acquisition by IBM, bringing it closer to closing in the second half of 2019. Commenting on the vote, Steve Robinson, GM of Red Hat Synergy, IBM, said: "Together, IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to lead in hybrid cloud, addressing growing demand for companies to securely move their business applications to an open, multi-cloud environment."

Posted January 22, 2019

For the 26th year, IBM is the top recipient of U.S. patents, with a record 9,100, including more than 3,000 patents related to work in artificial intelligence, cloud, and quantum computing in 2018, according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Posted January 22, 2019

StreamSets, provider of a DataOps platform for modern data integration, is collaborating with Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud. In conjunction with the partnership, StreamSets also unveiled StreamSets for Snowflake. Now, StreamSets customers can create at-scale data pipelines for batch and streaming data from edge, on-premises, and cloud systems directly into Snowflake.

Posted January 17, 2019

WANdisco has announced general availability of LiveData for MultiCloud, a new addition to its WANdisco Fusion distributed computing platform for enterprises. Powered by a technology called DConE, the company says, LiveData for MultiCloud solves the growing challenge of keeping data available and consistent across multiple cloud environments in different geographies.

Posted January 17, 2019

InterSystems, a  provider of information technology platforms for health, business, and government applications, has announced the availability of the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace.

Posted January 15, 2019

From self-service data preparation and real-time data streaming, to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the world of big data and analytics continues to evolve. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Clive Bearman, director of product marketing, Attunity; Greg Davoll, VP of product marketing, Alteryx; and Clarke Patterson, head of product marketing, StreamSets, who discussed upcoming challenges and opportunities in 2019.

Posted January 14, 2019

Pairing a modern database capable of handling tranactional and analytical workloads with modern DevOps management can bring agility to the organization. But how can companies successfully do this? DBTA recently held a webinar with Thomas Boyd, principal solutions engineer, MariaDB Corporation who discussed best practices for running mission-critical MariaDB instances in Docker and Kubernetes, with high availability and great ease of operation. 

Posted January 14, 2019

OneLogin, a provider of Unified Access Management, is closing $100 million in growth financing which will be used to accelerate the growth of new products and innovations.

Posted January 10, 2019

In George Orwell's Book 1984, the party slogan was, "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." And today, it is clear that the environment we now live in is a culmination of the many decisions that were made in the past. Many innovations we now take for granted—or expect to become broadly accepted—would never have been possible if past investments and research had not laid the foundation for them. Cloud technology is playing a critical role in many of these advances.

Posted January 09, 2019

Engineer.ai, the human-assisted AI, is entering a strategic partnership with DigitalOcean, a cloud provider for developers who want to create modern applications. The partnership will provide small and medium businesses and developers a scalable way to create bespoke / made-to-order software products.

Posted January 09, 2019

Oracle has announced the Oracle Cloud Native Framework which the company says will provide developers with a cloud-native solution that spans public cloud, on-premise, and hybrid cloud deployments. The Oracle Cloud Native Framework also introduces Oracle Functions, a serverless cloud service based on the open source Fn Project.

Posted January 09, 2019

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CTO Larry Ellison unveiled Cloud Computing - Generation 2 and put a sharp point on the security characteristics of the Oracle Gen 2 Cloud running the Oracle Autonomous Database. Recently, Kyle York, VP of product strategy on Oracle Gen 2 Cloud, reflected on Oracle's priorities moving forward, including why the company feels the Oracle Autonomous Database is the most important advancement in database management in years and how the DBA role will evolve.

Posted January 09, 2019

With the expectation that the sea of data will only get bigger and perhaps rougher, it only makes sense to batten down the hatches and put the albatross at the head of the ship. For those not familiar with the ancient mariner and to be a bit more direct—it's time to formalize data governance and position it as a directional lead in supporting key business initiatives.

Posted January 09, 2019

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019, introducing HyperIntelligence, a new class of enterprise intelligence that transforms the way users access information. With MicroStrategy 2019, organizations can inject information directly into a user's web-based workflows using a HyperCard feature, new with this update, which presents information and KPIs about customers, products, people, and more.

Posted January 08, 2019

Following recent announcements about a new relationship with IBM and expanded service offerings, LogDNA, provider of a multi-cloud log management system, announced it has closed a $25 million Series B investment. The investment round was led by the venture firm Emergence Capital with participation from Initialized Capital, Y Combinator Continuity Growth, and Providence Equity.

Posted January 07, 2019

IBM has formed an agreement with Samsung to manufacture 7-nanometer (nm) microprocessors for IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and LinuxONE, high-performance computing (HPC) systems, and cloud offerings.

Posted January 07, 2019

For some time now, the majority of open source investment has come from venture capital and mega-corporations. There is good reason to think that this level of patronage will not persist indefinitely. Should VC-funded open source companies fail to return on investment, then VC investment will dry up.  The high-profile companies bolstering open source do so primarily for selfish motives and can't necessarily be relied on to do so forever.  So it's essential that companies that develop and market open source products be able to generate some return on their investment.

Posted January 02, 2019

Big data continues to be top of mind while new technologies are also emerging to reel in and uncover important insights. In 2018, a variety of solutions came to the fore and 2019 is setting the stage for another data explosion. Here, several experts in the big data space offer their predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted January 02, 2019

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