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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 announced that it has acquired Gravitant, Inc., a privately held company that develops cloud-based software to help organizations plan, buy and manage, or "broker," software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid clouds. With such capabilities, mixed environments of private and public clouds can begin to be integrated and digitally managed as one for greater performance and efficiency.

Posted November 09, 2015

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Enterprise Cluster with MaxScale platform is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The move will enable Azure customers to deploy a MariaDB cluster and MaxScale with minimal effort, benefit from the wide range of services provided by MaxScale for security, scaling and maintenance, and leverage the breadth and flexibility of the Azure cloud.

Posted November 06, 2015

Microsoft and Linux software provider Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide Red Hat solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Posted November 04, 2015

Trove is the database as a service component of OpenStack that lets administrators and DevOps manage multiple instances of different database management systems (DBMS), both relational and NoSQL, using a common infrastructure. It makes database capacity available that can be consumed on-demand. This makes it much easier and faster to select and operate a database - while retaining all its capabilities - in a secure private or public cloud. The result is that routine tasks like provisioning, and managing regular administrative tasks like clustering, replication, backup and restore are handled in a simple, unified way.

Posted November 04, 2015

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

Posted November 04, 2015

Oracle has announced that the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-8, the latest in the X5 family of engineered systems which integrate hardware and software, is now available. The new Exadata X5-8 offers up to 576 CPU cores, more than 1.3 petabytes of disk storage or 180 terabytes of PCIe flash, and up to 24 terabytes of memory. The Oracle Exadata X5-8 is the new companion model to Oracle Exadata X5-2 and incorporates the same storage and networking capabilities of Oracle Exadata X5-2, which was announced in January 2015.

Posted November 04, 2015

Each year at Oracle OpenWorld, new products are introduced and existing ones updated during keynotes and presentations. Along the way, top executives make observations about how IT is changing overall and at customer deployments. This year, the impact of cloud is being felt strongly.

Posted November 04, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted November 04, 2015

To kick off Oracle Open World 2015, Oracle's annual user conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison detailed the steps that led Oracle be positioned in "every layer of the cloud." Ellison outlined the top design goals for the company in all three layers of the cloud - SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. These are cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility - as well as security, which he said is increasingly becoming a more critical concern.

Posted November 04, 2015

Pivotal is releasing an update to its cloud platform that will expand support for Spring Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure, .NET applications, Docker images, and application lifecycle management.

Posted November 03, 2015

MongoDB is releasing an enhanced version of its platform, giving the company the opportunity to expand its capabilities to more users. "We're opening up MongoDB to a bigger audience in the enterprise, which is to say that traditionally the people that have used MongoDB were developers building modern applications and, with this release, we are building specific tools and capabilities targeted at data scientists, business analysts, and the C suite in terms of integration to business intelligence and visualization tools," said Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB. "We're also expanding MongoDB to DBAs and operations teams with specialized interfaces that make it easier to run MongoDB at any scale."

Posted November 03, 2015

Following its separation from Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise made its debut today as an enterprise technology provider with $53 billion in annual revenue and a comprehensive product portfolio. HP announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded companies a year ago with one including HP's enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, doing business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and the other comprising HP's personal systems and printing businesses, operating as HP Inc. and retain the current logo.

Posted November 02, 2015

SAP is ushering in a new way to master analytics in the cloud with the SAP Cloud for Analytics solution. The planned software as a service (SaaS) offering aims to bring all analytics capabilities into one solution for an unparalleled user experience.

Posted October 28, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 28, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 28, 2015

SearchYourCloud (SYC), a provider of a patented federated search and security application, is entering an OEM agreement with SAP, allowing SYC to integrate and offer the capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform with the SearchYourCloud Server.

Posted October 28, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 28, 2015

Oracle has announced new services - Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service and Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service - that complement Oracle's Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, to form a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for big data in the cloud.

Posted October 28, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted October 28, 2015

TeamQuest, a global leader in IT capacity planning and performance monitoring, is adding advanced capacity management and application health capabilities for the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. The TeamQuest solution is already available for Amazon EC2, and with the addition of Azure, TeamQuest software will now cover the two most popular infrastructure-as-a-service providers, the company said.

Posted October 27, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld today Oracle announced a suite of integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions for IT organizations. "There is unprecedented pressure to deliver features, functionality, and updates much faster than they have ever been done before," said Prakash Ramamurthy, Oracle senior vice president, Systems & Cloud Management, in an interview. But, at the same time there is less patience than ever for slow-performing applications. As a result, there is a greater need to reduce critical errors and reduce the time to troubleshoot problems when they occur.

Posted October 27, 2015

While cloud computing grows and mainframe users continue to rely on existing architecture and networks, connecting mainframe applications to new cloud services as well as existing infrastructures will become increasingly important. During SHARE in Orlando, Chris Leonard and Mayur Raga of IBM UK Laboratories Limited addressed the impact of this convergence on MQ networks.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM said it had a tough third-quarter, with net income of $3.0 billion, down from $3.5 billion during the same period a year ago, a decrease of 14%. Total revenues for the third quarter were $19.3 billion, down 14% from the third quarter of 2014.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM is collaborating with Twitter and The Weather Company to help companies cut through the noise of unstructured data, turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes across industries such as retail, insurance, and media & entertainment. The solution, IBM Insight Cloud Services, employs open data sets and business-owned data.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM has redesigned more than 15 of the company's core analytics and commerce solutions with Apache Spark - helping to accelerate their real-time processing capabilities. IBM also announced the availability of its Spark-as-a-Service offering - IBM Analytics on Apache Spark - on IBM Bluemix following a successful 13-week beta program with more than 4,600 developers using it to build intelligent business and consumer apps fueled by data.

Posted October 26, 2015

Digital Performance software company Dynatrace has announced a series of new solutions and services that offer performance, competitive and user analytics powered by collective intelligence; new automation for cloud and continuous delivery environment; support for next-generation virtual network environments; and a complimentary version of Dynatrace Application Monitoring and User Experience Management (UEM) for developers and testers.

Posted October 26, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, announced its integration to IBM Cloud Orchestrator. IBM Cloud Orchestrator customers will now be able to leverage Cirba's predictive, policy-based analytics to gain software-defined control over their environments, in order to automate and safely optimize application hosting, workload placement and VM sizing decisions.

Posted October 26, 2015

Oracle kicked off the beta program for an updated release Oracle Database 12c which provides a multitenant architecture and dual format in-memory database technology. According to Oracle, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 further simplifies the journey to the cloud and enables efficient delivery of database services, with greater consolidation density and more administrative agility at cloud scale.

Posted October 26, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle announced new Oracle Database Cloud offerings, expanding its portfolio of Oracle Cloud Platform, services that enable organizations to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure database-driven solutions and applications in the cloud.

Posted October 26, 2015

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

Posted October 21, 2015

Enterprise data security provider Protegrity has announced that it has earned Oracle Exadata Optimized status through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Protegrity Database Protector for Oracle Exadata is recognized as having been tested and tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers.

Posted October 21, 2015

In the 1989 movie, "Back to the Future Part II," actor Michael J. Fox's character traveled in time to October 21, 2015. And today, October 21, 2015, in his keynote at Dell World 2015 in Austin, Michael S. Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, expanded on what it means for organizations to be future-ready, and what Dell is doing to help. Referring to the recently announced plans for Dell to acquire EMC in a deal valued at $67 billion, Dell said, "I started this company 32 years ago, just a few blocks from here in my dorm room, building PCs. And as I speak to you here today with this agreement in place Dell is set to become an enterprise solutions powerhouse."

Posted October 21, 2015

Being able to keep a database running at peak performance is important for obvious reasons, but it may be surprising how difficult a task that can be. In a recent webinar Joseph McKendrick, lead analyst with Unisphere Research, and Robert Wijnbelt, senior product manager with Dell Software, discussed how to identify, prioritize and resolve database performance problems to ensure peak performance in an ever-changing data landscape.

Posted October 20, 2015

At IBM Insight 2015, October 25-29 in Las Vegas, attendees can explore the newest innovations, industry breakthroughs, and hottest trends in analytics, cloud, mobile, the Internet of Things and Watson that can't be found anywhere else. Don't miss the IBM z sessions at the conference.

Posted October 14, 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 October 14, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including big data, security, cloud, and many more.

Posted October 14, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, Attunity announced the release of Attunity Replicate Express, a downloadable edition of its data replication and loading software. The solution, which answers a growing demand for more accessible real-time big data analytics, is freely available to download online. The new solution supports ingesting data to and from Oracle, SQL Server, and Hadoop Data Lakes for test and development environments.

Posted October 14, 2015

TIBCO, a provider of integration, analytics and event processing software has introduced two newly built integration solutions designed to give organizations the ability to immediately leverage the cloud to create, test, deploy, and manage enterprise applications at any scale.

Posted October 13, 2015

As many companies begin to look to other methods of data storage other than traditional methods such as data warehouses, cloud storage has become a popular option that organizations are beginning to use. Cloud offers companies better cost and more flexibility than traditional storage methods and companies are beginning to make use of Cloud and its advantages. When considering cloud storage options, there are lots of different questions that a company must weigh. Sarah Maston, developer advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, covered the move to the cloud in a recent DBTA webinar.

Posted October 13, 2015

In what is being hailed as the biggest tech merger ever, Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. today formally announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell will acquire EMC. The total transaction is valued at $67 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year which ends February 3, 2017 (within the months of May to October 2016). The industry is going through a "tremendous transformation," with the old style of IT being "pretty quickly disrupted" yet this rapid change is also presenting "incredibly rich" opportunities, said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, during a conference call with media and industry analysts.

Posted October 12, 2015

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