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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

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 April 23, 2015

With new industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools, IBM will expand on that expertise to help clients and partners integrate data from the growing number of IoT and traditional sources. These resources will be made available on an open platform to provide manufacturers with the ability to design and produce a new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for IoT, and to help business leaders across industries create systems that better fuse enterprise and IoT data to inform decision-making.

Posted April 23, 2015

As database administrators (DBAs) undertake more responsibilities than ever before, Janis Griffin, database performance evangelist and senior DBA, SolarWinds, with 26 years of experience under her belt, is looking to calm worries over increased workloads. As the benefits of cloud becomes more apparent, virtualization is going to be the wave of the future, Griffin noted. Virtualizating data or databases abstracts the technical environment, Griffin said, making it more flexible.

Posted April 23, 2015

SUSE and Veristorm are partnering to provide certified high-performance Hadoop solutions that run directly on Linux on IBM z Systems, IBM Power Systems, and x86-64. Customers with IBM z Systems can team SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z with Veristorm zDoop, a commercial distribution of Hadoop supported on mainframes.

Posted April 23, 2015

Many DBAs are now tasked with managing multi-vendor environments, and handling a variety of data types. Increasingly, DBAs are turning to strategies such as database automation to be able to concentrate more on the big picture of moving their enterprises forward.

Posted April 23, 2015

To help ensure uptime and efficiency of key retail operations, while providing consistent, immediately available upgrades—and thus enabling internal IT groups to focus on differentiating the customer experience and driving growth, Oracle has introduced new Retail Cloud Services. The six new Oracle Retail cloud services are aimed at providing retailers with fast access to enterprise-grade applications for managing critical e-commerce, customer engagement, order management, order fulfillment, loss prevention, and brand compliance operations.

Posted April 22, 2015

Oracle has released Application Express 5, a new version of the popular tool for development and deployment of professional web-based applications for desktops and mobile devices using only a web browser. With the new release, the first since October 2012, not only did Oracle affect what can be produced but the development environment itself has been improved as well, according to Michael Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle, and Joel Kallman, director, software development at Oracle.

Posted April 22, 2015

There are actually many advantages to adopting or subscribing to a cloud-based data services infrastructure. For starters—and this may be the only reason companies need to make the move—there's the simplicity cloud and data as a service can offer. In many ways, cloud and data as a service free enterprises and their data teams from the technical intricacies of deploying systems and solutions.

Posted April 22, 2015

SAP SE has announced an Industry 4.0 implementation project with GEA to address condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. GEA, a supplier for the food processing industry and a wide range of process industries, will work with SAP to optimize the performance of its separator and decanter machinery with the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, cloud edition. Based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the solution aims to bring together technology, sensors, and machine data with business processes, applications, and practices.

Posted April 22, 2015

SAP has announced it has certified its products on Oracle Database 12c. "More than two-thirds of all SAP customers run their SAP applications on the Oracle Database today. There is a strong overlap," said Sohan DeMel, vice president, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle. "These joint customers are looking to leverage Oracle's best database technology."

Posted April 22, 2015

While the new data stores and other software components are generally open source and incur little or no licensing costs, the architecture of the new stacks grows ever more complex, and this complexity is creating a barrier to adoption for more modestly sized organizations.

Posted April 22, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. This year, there are more than 300 nominees across 29 categories. Unlike other awards programs which rely on our editorial and publishing staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them.

Posted April 22, 2015

To help organizations answer questions with data spread across disparate analytics systems and data repositories, Teradata has expanded its QueryGrid technologies. "With this announcement we have our foot on the gas pedal," Imad Birouty, director of product marketing, Teradata. "We have seven updates. We are announcing new connectors that are on their way, announcing that we have delivered on the connectors that we previously announced, and we are refreshing previously-released connector versions of the technologies."

Posted April 20, 2015

Perhaps no other technology is more intertwined with the promise of big data than Apache Hadoop, the open source framework that emerged 10 years ago. Hadoop was first leveraged at big web companies for its ability to process large quantities of varied-format data using affordable commodity servers. Today, the Hadoop ecosystem is expanding swiftly, and its value in the enterprise is being recognized.

Posted April 15, 2015

Tape may seem archaic in the age of cloud-based and solid-state disk storage, but it still has a valuable role to play. IBM says its scientists have set a new world record in tape.

Posted April 13, 2015

Delphix, a data as a service (DaaS) provider, has updated its DaaS Platform to support Amazon GovCloud, OpenStack, and KVM hypervisor environments for simple migration to both private and public clouds. "Getting data from the data center to private and public clouds is a major obstacle for cloud initiatives, both for migrations and continuing operations," said Dan Graves, VP of product management for Delphix.

Posted April 13, 2015

Dimension Data, a solutions and services provider, has launched a new maturity tool that helps organizations assess their capabilities and prioritize initiatives for building a next-generation data center. Dimension Data's Data Center Development Model is intended for organizations that need to understand the requirements of building a future-state data center.

Posted April 13, 2015

Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SequenceIQ. "This acquisition complements our strategy of providing enterprise customers the broadest choice of consumption options for Hortonworks Data Platform, from on-premise deployments to cloud architectures,"said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer of Hortonworks.

Posted April 13, 2015

To fully take advantage of big data tools and architectures, businesses need to adapt a different mindset, according to Edd Dumbill, who contends that looking at the data value chain is the first step to understanding the value of data.

Posted April 08, 2015

Many companies are transforming themselves from companies that ingest data from the cloud to companies that live and breathe in the cloud, further helping to fuel the "cloudification" of data. But living in a world in which all of a company's databases and infrastructure reside in the cloud creates new challenges for the DBA to overcome and is transforming these DBAs out of necessity into cloud DBAs.

Posted April 08, 2015

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Oracle SVP and CIO Mark Sunday are confirmed as keynote speakers for COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, which runs April 12 - 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. COLLABORATE 15 is jointly hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest).

Posted April 07, 2015

Software licensing can be a tricky issue, especially with all of the different software policies and the high number of moving parts involved in a licensing agreement. To help customers correctly license their Oracle environments while optimizing their architecture, a recent DBTA webcast provided a frank and direct conversation about how to properly adhere to a customer's existing contract in order to correctly license virtualized infrastructure for Oracle.

Posted April 06, 2015

Using StretchDB, an enterprise can "stretch" an on-premises database into the cloud, such that "hot," heavily used data is stored in the on-premises instance of SQL Server, while "cold" and infrequently used data is transparently stored in Azure. A stretched database automatically and transparently manages synchronization and movement of aging data from on-premises to the cloud.

Posted April 06, 2015

Four years ago, moving a database to the cloud required courage, optimism, and confidence (or ignorance). Cloud platforms were young, and fundamental security, performance, and management issues were far from solved. How much things have changed.

Posted April 06, 2015

Datawatch Corporation has unveiled a new solution aimed at managing self-service data preparation and visual data discovery. Dubbed the "Datawatch Managed Analytics Platform," the new solution includes self-service data preparation, advanced data enrichment, automation without scripting, access to multi-structured data, synchronous visual authoring, visual data discovery, and frictionless governance. The platform is geared toward larger enterprises, IT organizations, and the line of business users.

Posted April 06, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Groups (IOUG) has been serving Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are very pleased with how much the community has grown as well as how much IOUG has accomplished. Having said this, we will not rest on our laurels. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead of us. While we set the bar pretty high in 2014 with the establishment of the content-rich blog #IOUGenius, an increased number of Master Classes offered across the nation and a truly inspirational COLLABORATE 14, you'll be very pleased with what IOUG has in store for 2015.

Posted April 01, 2015

Oracle unveiled the sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine during a launch event led by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison. In a recent interview, Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata Product Management at Oracle, and Juan R. Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technologies, discussed the significance of key innovations, including elastic configurations, the new Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and new capacity on demand licensing, that make it one of the most important releases in the history of Exadata.

Posted April 01, 2015

Data science, famously described as the sexiest job of the 21st century in the Harvard Business Review, represents the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends and actions. The catch is that it requires an understanding of many elements of data analytics. To help provide information on how to harness the vast potential this data represents, Joe Caserta, president and founder of Caserta Concepts, will present an "Introduction to Data Science" workshop at the Data Summit 2015 conference in New York City and also participate in a panel discussion titled "The Data Lake: From Hype to Reality."

Posted March 31, 2015

Dell Software has announced that Dell Boomi has released full API lifecycle management. This single platform makes it easy for customers to move, manage and govern data using a single interface, increasing productivity and reducing complexity. "We believe this single vendor solution provides an economy of skill. You teach the developer one skill and it is now applicable to multiple areas in the enterprise," said Chris McNabb, GM of Dell Boomi.

Posted March 31, 2015

After the recent 2015 SHARE event in Seattle wrapped up, SHARE President James Vincent (Nationwide Insurance) sat down with us to reflect on the education, as well as the goals and challenges that lie ahead for the user group, and the role of the mainframe in the enterprise."The mainframe is at the heart of SHARE and its Member companies, so I do not see SHARE moving away from the mainframe environment. I do, however, see SHARE expanding to include a more enterprise technology focus," Vincent told 5 Minute Briefing: Data Center.

Posted March 30, 2015

We are increasingly living in a "sensors world," where data is constantly gathered by smartphones, smart watches, sport trackers, smart devices, and even smart houses. Service providers collect this data for research, marketing campaign effectiveness analysis, proactive solutions, and more. All these "sensors" generate a constant flow that needs to be stored, processed and analyzed in order to bring value.

Posted March 26, 2015

The deadline for nominating products and services for the Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards is coming soon. This is a unique opportunity because the DBTA 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards is a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you.

Posted March 26, 2015

The age of big data is here and with it comes a unique set of problems. Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, hopes to help companies avoid those pitfalls by showing the importance of virtualizing data environments or taking advantage of cloud technologies.

Posted March 26, 2015

The ability to transform data into a competitive edge and financial benefit requires organizations to pay attention to the evolving trends in analytics across mobile and cloud applications, new data platforms and data discovery tools.

Posted March 26, 2015

COLLABORATE is the single event that delivers the full range of Oracle applications and technology from three independent Oracle users groups. This year, COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum will provide the Oracle Community with more than 1,000 sessions and panels covering first-hand experiences, case studies, how-to content, news and information from Oracle executive management, opportunities for networking, SIG meetings, a Women in Technology Forum, and an exhibitor showcase highlighting products and solutions that can help solve real-world challenges.

Posted March 26, 2015

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a provider of database technology that marries NoSQL with ACID attributes, according to news reports that swirled in the tech industry. Commenting on the acquisition, Adam Wray, CEO of Basho Technologies, a developer of distributed systems including the Riak NoSQL database, observed that "NoSQL databases are an increasingly critical part of enterprises' ability to derive real business value from the massive amounts of data that users, devices and online systems generate."

Posted March 25, 2015

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