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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

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

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 September 16, 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

In a new Mainframe Insights blog post, Mark Shuttleworth, the Founder and CEO of Canonical, and John Zannos, Vice President of Cloud Channels and Alliances, Canonical, discuss IBM's and Canonical's plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems.

Posted September 16, 2015

It's time to unleash the full potential of Linux. At LinuxCon North America in Seattle last month, IBM announced LinuxONE, powerful and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

Posted September 16, 2015

Join IOUG and EMC for our next round of Master Classes, being held in Denver, CO and New York, NY. Learn from Oracle experts and leave with real world solutions you can immediately apply to your business.

Posted September 16, 2015

Many considerations go into evaluating whether it is time to implement an upgrade to a new version of SQL Server. You need to think about socket vs. core licensing, side-by-side vs in-place upgrades, and resource provisioning. Maybe your SQL instance is a good candidate for ‘cloudification'? And, what new functionality, like SQL Server's new cardinality estimator or a database's Target Recovery Time setting, would you like to take advantage of?

Posted September 15, 2015

Anyone who thought Hadoop was a fly-by-night technology was wrong. Hadoop has rapidly evolved—improving and gaining mainstream adoption as a technology and framework for enabling data applications previously out of reach for all but the savviest of companies. The open source Apache Hadoop developer community (and distribution vendors) continuously contributes advances to meet the demands of companies seeking more powerful—and useful—data applications, while also focusing on requirements for improved data management, security, metadata, and governance. Hadoop is not only stable but worthy of consideration for core IT strategies.

Posted September 14, 2015

VMware recently made a slew of announcements spanning cloud deployments, data center, and devices. The company introduced what it calls the first fully automated software suite for delivering the software-defined data center as an integrated system. Serving as a foundation of VMware's Unified Hybrid Cloud platform, the solution, called VMware EVO SDDC, will extend the virtualization principals of abstraction, pooling and automation across all data center resources and services.

Posted September 14, 2015

There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Here are the eight things that matter the most in today's market.

Posted September 09, 2015

It's no secret that the world of information technology is changing fast. Data is being created in ways not possible a few years ago. It is now feasible to collect and analyze data from a wide range of sources, including mobile devices, machines, social media, documents, and emails. To help organizations navigate the rapidly changing big data landscape, Big Data Quarterly presents the "Big Data 50," a list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 09, 2015

Birst, a provider of cloud BI and analytics software, has introduced a new technology it calls "Networked BI" to enable global governance with local execution. According to Birst, the new approach furthers its vision of trusted and agile collaboration between both centralized and decentralized teams.

Posted September 08, 2015

VMware made a slew of announcements during its annual VMworld conference which was held Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The theme of this year's conference was "Ready for Any," and, in keeping with that tagline, the company's announcements spanned cloud deployments, data center, and devices.

Posted September 08, 2015

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

Posted September 02, 2015

Oracle has expanded its flash storage portfolio with the announcement of an all-flash model of its Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. Designed to handle concurrent mixed workloads, such as OLTP and high-speed data backup, in enterprise SAN environments as well as in private or public clouds, the system delivers up to 64 all-flash domains, and enables secure data isolation in multitenant cloud environments.

Posted September 02, 2015

Extending the Oracle Marketing Cloud's capabilities with a new solution to optimize web and mobile customer experiences, Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Maxymiser. The digital marketing insights and data specialist firm provides software that enables marketers to test, target and personalize what a customer sees on a web page or mobile app to increase engagement and revenue.

Posted September 02, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted September 02, 2015

Databricks is enhancing its cloud-based platform to strengthen its security, manageability and ease of application development. According to the vendor, the new features securely manage data access for large teams while streamlining Spark application development and deployment for enterprises dealing with complex and fast-paced environments.

Posted September 02, 2015

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted September 01, 2015

At VMworld going on in San Francisco this week, Unitrends, a provider of enterprise-level cloud recovery, introduced Unitrends Free support for the free VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

Posted August 31, 2015

Basho Technologies, the creator and developer of Riak software, has announced that, in collaboration with Cisco, it has developed a framework enabling the Riak KV NoSQL database to run on Apache Mesos, bringing operational efficiency and high-elasticity to big data services. "The goal is to try and simplify and make it easy for clients to get business solutions as quickly as possible instead of worrying about the distributed data tier," said Adam Wray, CEO of Basho.

Posted August 24, 2015

IBM announced that its inventors have received more than 400 new cloud patents in 2015. Furthermore, over the last 18 months, IBM has secured nearly 1,200 cloud patents, bolstering the company's ability to deliver innovative new cloud services, solutions and capabilities to clients across all industries. The new IBM cloud patents comprise a wide range of innovations, including enhancing and improving the speed of deployment and security of cloud data centers, as well as easing the management of cloud applications, storage and maintenance.

Posted August 21, 2015

Think administering z/VM will be difficult? Think again. With IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave) with Oracle, IT organizations can unleash the power of z/VM virtualization, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the cloud journey with innovative technology that helps reduce the barriers to management of virtualized environments.

Posted August 21, 2015

Some industry pundits have been speculating that with cloud and IT automation, the need for database administrators (DBAs) is going to fade. However, this is far from reality. In fact, the DBA is even more vital than ever to enterprises—and the jobs of DBAs are evolving rapidly to meet new challenges and technology paradigms.

Posted August 19, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 19, 2015

Platform9, which provides an OpenStack powered service that allows an organization to turn its existing servers into a self-service private cloud, has announced general availability of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments. The new solution enables interoperability of OpenStack with VMware vSphere and is intended to facilitate OpenStack adoption among VMware customers.

Posted August 18, 2015

To support developers and operations professionals in their push to implement DevOps principles for their infrastructure environments, ProfitBricks, a provider of cloud infrastructure, is adding support for DevOps tools Ansible and Chef. Ansible is a platform for configuring and managing data center infrastructure that combines multi-node software deployment, ad hoc task execution, and configuration management, and is used by DevOps professionals as they use its playbooks functionality to automate cloud infrastructure. Chef, which is written in the Ruby programming language, makes it easier to manage complex infrastructure and the applications running on it.

Posted August 18, 2015

Hadoop distribution provider Cloudera has released Cloudera Director 1.5, an integrated solution for deploying and managing enterprise-grade Hadoop in cloud environments that enables deployment flexibility through an open API. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the first to integrate with the API.

Posted August 12, 2015

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