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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

Oracle has taken the wraps off Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0, the latest release of the free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. Now generally available, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers, and enables developers and users to create cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment.

Posted July 10, 2015

No matter what the causes, a series of unfortunate events added up to a lot of bad news for data security and availability during one week in early July. In addition to an outage at the New York Stock Exchange, IT issues resulted in the grounding of United Airlines planes for 2 hours on the same day, and new revelations surfaced about a data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Posted July 10, 2015

The Microsoft data platform team is on fire! It is delivering more updates and features faster and more thoroughly than ever before. If you're a data professional and you're using the Microsoft stack, this is a really exciting time to be involved. Here's a look at the top new capabilities in SQL Server 2016 Public Preview, SSIS Feature Packs For Azure, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Posted July 08, 2015

A lot has happened in the MultiValue database market over the last 50 years. Mark Pick, CEO of Pick Cloud, will reflect on 50 years of Pick and what is to come in the future in a presentation at the Zayo Group's (formerly Latisys) data center in Irvine

Posted July 08, 2015

RedPoint Global's two platforms, Interaction and Data Management, are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, giving data-driven marketers access RedPoint's data and campaign management tools on the cloud for the first time. "We want to go into this cloud world with our software and we're changing the paradigm of the way people even buy software and the way they do their processing of their data," said Dale Renner, CEO and founder of RedPoint. "What we're doing is basically allowing our clients to very rapidly deploy solutions where they don't even have to buy all the software."

Posted July 07, 2015

Veritas, Symantec's information management business, has introduced new offerings, which it says, address the needs of rapidly evolving enterprise data centers, and provide significant upgrades to its core portfolio of backup and information management products. A previously announced operational separation of Veritas and Symantec is scheduled for October 2015, with the complete separation to take place by January 2016.

Posted July 07, 2015

IBM has introduced enterprise-class containers to make it easier for clients to deliver production applications across their hybrid environments. Containers give developers the flexibility to build once and move applications without the need to rewrite or redeploy their code. Enterprises will now be able to use the combination of IBM, Docker, Cloud Foundry, and OpenStack to create a new generation of portable distributed applications.

Posted July 06, 2015

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is now available in the AWS Marketplace, providing customers with additional deployment options for their big data workloads. "Now with many implementation options, ranging from bare-metal hardware to vast, scalable operations in the cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA can fit nearly every enterprise big-data scenario, from the mundane to the extreme," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager for the Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat.

Posted July 06, 2015

Oracle announced more than two dozen new PaaS and IaaS services spanning database, Java, integration, analytics, compute, storage, and networking services. "We are now prepared to call our platform and our infrastructure services complete," said Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during the launch event. A key tenet of Oracle's cloud strategy, said Ellison is to offer the same technology on-premise and in the cloud "so you can easily move your data and applications back and forth."

Posted July 01, 2015

By and large, it seems like today's IT professionals belong to one of two camps: either traditional on-premises IT or the cool, new age cloud. Sometimes, it can even seem like we are talking about two different species. After all, for many of us who come from the client-server era, cloud can be intimidating. Even worse, it can be a source of real anxiety; becoming obsolete is a constant risk in an industry that evolves as fast as ours.

Posted July 01, 2015

Liaison Technologies, a cloud-based integration and data management company, is incorporating MapR technology to offer a platform that will support versatile big data integration and management. "MapR has some very unique operational capabilities and a superior distributed data platform with MapR-FS and MapR-DB," said Brad Anderson, vice president of big data informatics at Liaison Technologies. "They give the ALLOY platform a significant technical advantage."

Posted June 29, 2015

IBM has announced SuperVessel, an initiative that enables business partners, application developers and university students to conduct innovation, development and learning for the growing OpenPOWER ecosystem. SuperVessel, an open access cloud service created by Beijing's IBM Research and IBM Systems Labs, is now available to the global community of developers who want to participate in the OpenPOWER ecosystem.

Posted June 25, 2015

IBM has acquired Blue Box Group, Inc., a managed private cloud provider built on OpenStack. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a simple, private cloud as a service platform, enabling customers to more easily deploy workloads across hybrid cloud environments.

Posted June 25, 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 June 25, 2015

Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a new cloud solution from Attunity, enables automated and optimized data loading from enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The new offering will simplify and accelerate data loading from enterprise databases, making it easier for customers to adopt the new Microsoft data warehouse service and benefit from big data analytics, according to Itamar Ankorion, executive vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity.

Posted June 25, 2015

What matters most in data management in 2015? There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Databases need to be wide open and accessible to all parts of the business, but at the same time, secure and free of tampering. Unstructured forms of data—such as log data, documents, graphics, video, and social data—need to be prepared and ready for analysis in the same way structured files have been ready for years.

Posted June 25, 2015

EMC, which enables businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service, is acquiring Virtustream to form its new managed cloud services business. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, is valued at approximately $1.2 billion. Virtustream brings to the EMC portfolio a managed cloud software and services capability — whether on or off premise — which EMC also intends to incorporate into the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution.

Posted June 24, 2015

MapR Technologies is collaborating with Google Cloud Platform to provide $500 of credit to spend on Google Cloud Platform services for each person who registers for its free Hadoop On-Demand Training program. The incentive gives students an opportunity to complete labs using Google's cloud infrastructure at no charge, further supporting Hadoop skills development.

Posted June 23, 2015

Dataguise has rolled out DgSecure version 5.0, the latest generation of its DgSecure platform. The new release aims to enable businesses to scale sensitive data discovery, automate data protection, and achieve a comprehensive view of their sensitive data assets across the full spectrum of big data and traditional data repositories, both on-premise and in popular cloud platforms.

Posted June 23, 2015

Tableau is partnering with Google to provide customers and enterprises with a new connector for Google Cloud SQL, a MySQL database that is part of the Google Cloud Platform.

Posted June 23, 2015

Announcing its fiscal 2015 Q4 results, Oracle said its business was significantly impacted by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies. Oracle reported that total Q4 revenues were $10.7 billion, down 5% but would have been up 3% without the strengthening of the U.S. dollar.

Posted June 22, 2015

IBM and Sogeti, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group, are partnering to bring IBM's cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Bluemix, to developers and clients. As the largest deployment of Cloud Foundry in the world, Bluemix has the potential to help Sogeti build hybrid cloud applications across public, private and on-premises infrastructure faster with more streamlined integration.

Posted June 22, 2015

ProfitBricks, an infrastructure-as-a-service provider, is offering an early preview of its new Docker hosting platform that enables users to build fully-portable applications within the ProfitBricks cloud. ProfitBricks' Docker provides developers and system administrators with a platform with dedicated resources that autoscales the Docker hosts. Early access customers will be able to utilize up to 2,500 CPU core hours as part of ProfitBricks' early access Docker preview.

Posted June 22, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including cloud computing, best practices, database security and many more.

Posted June 17, 2015

IOUG ResearchWire is a research-based e-newsletter exclusively for the IOUG membership community with studies that focus on Oracle technology or other matters important to database professionals. The latest study looked at Data Integration for the Cloud.

Posted June 17, 2015

Most company websites have approximately 70 different types of third-party code on their websites, but typically only know about one-third of them, according to Ghostery, a technology company that provides solutions for online transparency and control to individuals and businesses. To help Oracle Marketing Cloud customers identify hidden tags that can diminish not only website performance and customer experience, but data security and search engine optimization, Ghostery launched TrackerMap Live on the Oracle Marketing AppCloud.

Posted June 17, 2015

The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager offers enhancements designed to help customers manage, migrate, test and deploy applications and databases across hybrid clouds, with reuse of existing management tools and practices, from a single pane of glass.

Posted June 17, 2015

As data and analytics become intertwined with business and society, Apache Spark brings essential advances to large-scale data processing by improving the performance of data dependent apps and simplifying the process of developing intelligent apps, which are fueled by data, according to IBM which is making a major commitment to the open source project.

Posted June 16, 2015

Describing it as potentially the most important new open source project in a decade, IBM announced a major commitment to Apache Spark.

Posted June 15, 2015

MapR Technologies is working with Microsoft to offer the MapR Distribution including Apache Hadoop on Azure cloud services. MapR is architected to provide a scalable and agile Hadoop platform and NoSQL database for big and fast data applications. The MapR Distribution will also be integrated with the Azure Data Lake, enabling users to deploy tiered analytical and storage capabilities in the cloud.

Posted June 10, 2015

Concurrent has announced general availability of Cascading 3.0, a platform for building and deploying enterprise applications on Hadoop. "This new, available version of Cascading will enable our users even further by simplifying application development, accelerating time to market and allowing enterprises to leverage existing, and more importantly, new and emerging data infrastructure and programming skills," said Chris Wensel, founder and CTO, Concurrent, Inc.

Posted June 10, 2015

The landscape for database management systems is changing more rapidly these days than it has since the earliest days of the relational DBMS. Not only do we have an onslaught of NoSQL database systems of various different forms (column, document, key/value, and graph databases), but we also see a burgeoning market for in-memory database management, where the DBMS relies on main memory instead of disk for data storage, management, and manipulation. But there is another "category" of DBMS evolving that is known as "NewSQL."

Posted June 09, 2015

Rackspace is launching a dedicated option for MongoDB customers called ObjectRocket for MongoDB databases. The solution, which combines the speed and scalability of the ObjectRocket platform with dedicated hardware and networking for compliance-dependent use cases is aimed at providing the the performance, security and compliance required in high-risk industries such as healthcare, financial services and insurance. "Today we're announcing a fully dedicated cabinet solution to provide a high level of isolation for our customers," said Chris Lalonde, co-founder of ObjectRocket. "On top of that, we are also announcing an on disk encryption for MongoDB."

Posted June 09, 2015

While the influx of data provides many benefits to an organization, it can come with some challenges as well. The cost and lack of elasticity due to the volume and multiple data sources have become difficult issues for businesses to deal with.

Posted June 09, 2015

While cloud offers many benefits, the mainframe has its own set of special skills, including the ability to process 1.1 million transactions per second. It is no wonder 80% of world corporate data is still processed on the mainframe.

Posted June 08, 2015

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Posted June 08, 2015

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted June 08, 2015

To help users extract insights from data lakes,Teradata has made a multi-year commitment to contribute to Presto's open source development. Based on a three-part roadmap, Teradata's says its contributions will be 100% open source under the Apache license and will advance Presto's code base, scalability, iterative querying, and ability to query multiple data repositories.

Posted June 08, 2015

To help developers use APIs to build new applications and extend existing ones to reach new customers and new markets, Oracle has introduced its enhanced API Management portfolio with Oracle API Catalog and Oracle API Manager.

Posted June 03, 2015

Data integration requirements are growing more demanding. In today's computing environments, data must often be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds. A new report based on a survey conducted by Unisphere Research among 342 IOUG members looks at the current state of data integration in the cloud era, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. The "2015 IOUG Data Integration for Cloud Survey" was sponsored by Oracle.

Posted June 03, 2015

Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, is releasing support for the next generation of the Intel IoT Gateway. The new supportive software, called Predixion Insight 4.5, will help organizations prevent costly failures by performing real-time predictive analytics.

Posted June 03, 2015

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