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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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RDX, one of the largest independent providers of managed database and cloud services, is introducing the new clckwrk Refactoring Service for Oracle, enabling clients to efficiently migrate applications that use Oracle databases to Amazon Aurora. Today, with many Oracle customers seeking to migrate to cloud database implementations, it opens a natural opportunity for them to also migrate workloads off Oracle and onto Amazon Aurora, so they can gain similar enterprise-grade database performance and features while simultaneously benefiting from the transparent, "pay as you go" open source business model, according to the vendor.

Posted July 29, 2019

The need for faster and smarter data integration capabilities is growing. The proliferation of data sources, types, and stores is increasing the challenge of combining data into meaningful, valuable information. At the same time, to deliver business value, people need information they can trust to act on, so balancing governance is absolutely critical nowadays, especially with new regulations.

Posted July 29, 2019

EdgeConneX, a provider of Edge Data Centers, is partnering with Rackspace to deliver a combination of enterprise cloud solutions with the global EdgeConneX data center platform. This partnership delivers edge-based cloud solutions to enterprises worldwide and facilitates cloud migrations with options ranging from dedicated bare metal environments to variable hybrid cloud and multi-cloud solutions from best of breed providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle, and more.

Posted July 25, 2019

Collibra, the Data Intelligence company, is launching Collibra Privacy & Risk, a new enterprise-grade product that will empower organizations to proactively manage personal data assets. The platform will enable compliance with privacy regulations, help to protect data, and unlock new opportunity from insights.

Posted July 25, 2019

Pivotal Software, a cloud-native platform provider, is introducing the alpha version of PAS on Kubernetes, as well as launching new products based on PAS features that improve the developer and operator experience when using Kubernetes. Kubernetes is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of the cloud infrastructure. But many organizations are struggling to bring it into production because it's so complex.

Posted July 25, 2019

A cloud migration is when a company moves some or all of its data center capabilities into the cloud, usually to run on the cloud-based infrastructure provided by a cloud service provider. However, there are always risks and challenges with migrating systems and databases to new environments.

Posted July 25, 2019

Data Summit 2019 in Boston drew industry experts with deep knowledge spanning all areas of enterprise IT, including AI and machine learning, analytics, cloud, data warehousing, and software licensing who presented 3 days of thought-provoking sessions, keynotes, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. Here are some key takeaways from the Data Summit 2019.

Posted July 25, 2019

Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. The acquisition of Elastifile is expected to be completed later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. Upon the close of the acquisition, Elastifile will join Google Cloud.

Posted July 25, 2019

With today marking the end of extended support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2008, John 'JG' Chirapurath, Microsoft Azure's GM of data, blockchain & AI, posted a blog entry yesterday urging customers to consider the company's Azure cloud service. In addition, Microsoft announced two data platform advancements.

Posted July 25, 2019

IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers are now available in the IBM Cloud. This gives customers access to IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers in North America via the IBM Cloud catalog, providing scaleup compute for AIX and IBM i workloads for hybrid cloud. According to IDC, 90% of enterprises will embrace integrated hybrid cloud services, tools and strategies to support different applications and use cases by 2024.

Posted July 25, 2019

While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

Posted July 25, 2019

IBM is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software, in a $34-billion acquisition. The result of the acquisition is IBM taking a greater role in the fast-growing hybrid cloud market. The agreement is subject to Red Hat shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the latter half of 2019.

Posted July 25, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has announced the general availability of KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) 7.0, which automates large-scale system deployment and simplifies migrations of multiple operating systems.

Posted July 24, 2019

Percona, a provider of open source database software and services, is releasing the Percona Cloud Native Autonomous Database Initiative, a series of products that expand support for cloud-native applications and makes it easier for organizations to manage their hybrid multi-cloud environments.

Posted July 24, 2019

Rackspace's ObjectRocket portfolio offering has been certified as a worldwide cloud provider of MongoDB, a leading open source general purpose database platform. With this certification, Rackspace has joined a select group of cloud providers to ensure end-to-end management and support for customers on current and future versions of MongoDB, with the ability to escalate bug fixes and support issues on their behalf.

Posted July 24, 2019

Since 1999, SUSE and SAP have enjoyed a strategic partnership that has allowed customers to improve performance and stability, as well as inspire future advancements. The companies have been driving co-innovation to adapt and innovate faster for their customers to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in the digital era.

Posted July 24, 2019

Hitachi Vantara is releasing Pentaho 8.3, introducing a series of features designed to support DataOps initiatives. This latest version delivers improved data agility from customers' edge-to-multicloud environments while facilitating privacy, security, and overall data governance.

Posted July 24, 2019

Esri, a provider of location intelligence, now supports the SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA service, making it the first database as a service that is supported by Esri ArcGIS technology. Organizations can now run SAP HANA as the underlying multimodel database service for the ArcGIS system of record and take advantage of increased performance, lower total cost of ownership, and easier integration of enterprise data with spatial data either on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid deployment.

Posted July 24, 2019

Snow Software, a provider of technology intelligence solutions, is releasing a new suite of offerings to better enable customers to address their growing IT operations, cloud shift, and digital transformation challenges. Included in the offering is the Adoption Tracker product, which enables discovery, inventory, and normalization of all digital technology assets, with a hybrid approach that covers everything from freemium SaaS applications to enterprise systems such as Oracle.

Posted July 24, 2019

Software AG and Microsoft have introduced a new solution that enables enterprises to accelerate and simplify migration to Microsoft Azure while ensuring business continuity. Software AG's new Cloud Migration Accelerator, which is based on the company's webMethods.io Integration platform, is intended to hep enterprises to connect to applications, cloud services, and data faster.

Posted July 23, 2019

IBM announced second-quarter 2019 results. "In the second quarter, we continued to grow in the high-value areas of the business, led by a strong performance across our Cloud and Cognitive Software segment," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president, and CEO. "With the completion of our acquisition of Red Hat, we will provide the only true open hybrid multi-cloud platform in the industry, strengthening our leadership position and uniquely helping clients succeed in chapter 2 of their digital reinventions."

Posted July 22, 2019

Skytap, a global, purpose-built cloud service, has announced that its support for the IBM i operating system is now available in US-West, US-Central, and EMEA-UK, broadening its support for IBM Power Systems-based applications that can be developed, tested and run in production.As clients enter the next chapter of their cloud journeys, they want the flexibility and choice to run their workloads across any environment, including on-premise, and in public and private clouds, said Harish Grama, general manager, IBM Cloud. The collaboration with Skytap enables IBM to combine the power of IBM Cloud with Skytap's portfolio, and this new support helps to provide additional choice and flexibility.

Posted July 22, 2019

Days after closing its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM announced that it has inked a multi-year strategic alliance that is said to be worth billions. IBM will be the primary developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business's operational applications and will help manage the AT&T Communications IT infrastructure, on and off-premise, and across different clouds, private and public. 

Posted July 22, 2019

Calling it a landmark acquisition, IBM and Red Hat announced today that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.

Posted July 22, 2019

Many enterprises started migrating to the cloud sooner (or migrated faster) than they even realized—through a rogue marketing department deploying a cloud lead tracking application, a finance group that stood up a cloud-based accounting service—or others that IT may not have vetted, secured, procured, and continuously monitored. Most enterprises have scores of these "shadow cloud" applications deployed with little-to-no planning, strategy, or skilled technical staff involved, posing risk to the organization.

Posted July 18, 2019

Talend, a provider of cloud data integration and data integrity, is releasing its Summer '19 version of Talend Data Fabric, accelerating the development of all types of integration environments from simple ingestion tasks to the most comprehensive integration scenarios.

Posted July 17, 2019

Oracle recently unveiled a new, customer-centric vision for Oracle Analytics at its Analytics Summit. A key element of the strategy is the concept of one offering: Oracle Analytics, rationalizing 18-plus products down to a single brand.

Posted July 17, 2019

IGEL, a provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, and CloudJumper are forming a partnership to simplify the deployment and management of cloud workspaces, including WVD workspaces delivered on Microsoft Azure.

Posted July 16, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has announced the general availability of Quest QoreStor 6.0 to enable software defined hybrid cloud secondary storage for businesses.

Posted July 16, 2019

Redgate is releasing another update for its Data Masker for SQL Server tool, making it much easier for users to identify the best data masking rules to fit their needs. Alongside the 15 updates that were released in 2018, it's part of the development team's goal to ensure the tool ties in as closely as possible with customer requirements and workflows.

Posted July 12, 2019

IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools, has announced the latest release of its flagship SQL Compliance Manager product. Version 5.6 features new reports and log files that increase compliance visibility and awareness with a focus on GDPR, as well as improved usability and functionality of configuration settings. Separately, the company also announced the latest release of SQL Secure. Version 3.3 extends support for Microsoft SQL Server databases to include those deployed in Amazon RDS and EC2 cloud environments, as well as managed instances of Azure SQL Database.

Posted July 12, 2019

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is expanding its Data Restoration and Migration Services (DRMS), offering customers seeking to migrate tape-based data into Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the expanded offering, companies will have the ability to modernize their data management strategy while maintaining high levels of security, access, and governance.

Posted July 11, 2019

SIOS Technology Corp., a provider of IT resilience through intelligent application availability, has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Microsoft Workloads Competency status within the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation recognizes that SIOS provides proven technology and deep expertise in helping customers in the migration, deployment, and management of Microsoft-based applications on AWS, specifically with workloads based on Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted July 11, 2019

According to Alluxio, a provider of open source data orchestration technology, the rise of compute-intensive workloads and the adoption of the cloud has driven organizations to adopt a decoupled architecture for modern workloads—one in which compute scales independently from storage. While this enables scaling elasticity, it also introduces new data engineering problems. Just as compute and containers need Kubernetes for container orchestration, Alluxio contends, data also needs orchestration—a tier that brings data locality, accessibility, and elasticity to compute across data silos, zones, regions, and clouds.

Posted July 11, 2019

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is introducing Privacy Flag, a new feature in its comprehensive Global Email Verification suite designed to verify email addresses and improve overall email deliverability. Privacy Flag draws attention to customer emails that are more likely to require additional controls to remain compliant with regulations such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted July 10, 2019

The European Commission announced that it has "approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, both information technology companies based in the US. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns."

Posted July 08, 2019

Syncsort has added new data integration capabilities that expand support for Microsoft Azure, enabling enterprises to access, transform, and deliver critical mainframe data to Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse to uncover deeper business insights. The new integration leverages Syncsort's ability to integrate mainframe data into next-generation data management platforms for advanced analytics.

Posted July 08, 2019

MarkLogic Corporation, a data platform provider for simplifying data integration, announced that MarkLogic Data Hub Service has completed the Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) Type II audit as certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). MarkLogic is already a secure modern database and the only one to carry a Common Criteria security certification.

Posted July 08, 2019

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