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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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In 2014, we continued to watch big data enable all things "big" about data and its business analytics capabilities. We also saw the emergence (and early acceptance) of Hadoop Version 2 as a data operating platform, with cornerstones of YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). In 2015, the mainstream adoption with enterprise data strategies and acceptance of the data lake will continue as data management and governance practices provide further clarity. The cautionary tale of 2014 to ensure business outcomes drive big data adoption, rather than the hype of previous years, will likewise continue.

Posted January 12, 2015

For the 22nd consecutive year, IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients. The company just announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014, and that on average, IBM inventors earned more than 20 patents a day. After IBM, the next top patent earner in 2014 was Samsung with 4,952. During IBM's 22 years at the top of the patent list, IBM inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

Posted January 12, 2015

CloudLink Technologies, a provider of cloud security and data encryption management solutions has added CloudLink SecureVM support for Microsoft Azure Key Vault, a cloud-hosted HSM-backed service for managing cryptographic keys and other secrets used in your cloud applications. According to the companies, with this solution, the cloud provider is responsible for key generation and storage. The customer, as the data owner, controls the security policy that regulates encryption key access and use.

Posted January 09, 2015

The old models of data architecture aren't enough for today's data-driven business demands. An architecture designed a decade ago, that rapidly and seamlessly moves data from production systems into data warehouses, for example, may not be capable of meeting the needs of today's real-time enterprises. Here are the 8 essential components to building a modern data architecture.

Posted January 08, 2015

HP, a member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN), has introduced HP Digital Customer Experience services for Oracle to help companies plan, build and manage customer experience business solutions for more personalized, consistent interaction with their customers across store, web, mobile and social channels. "Consumers increasingly associate their digital experience with a company's overall brand and reputation, making it even more important to exceed their service expectations and rise above the competition," observed Robert Hildenbrand, vice president, worldwide Oracle Applications Services, HP Enterprise Services.

Posted January 07, 2015

In 2014, the big data drumbeat continued to pound, major DBMS vendors expanded their product offerings, Microsoft hired a new CEO, and a range of new technology offerings were introduced. In retrospect, what stands out?

Posted January 07, 2015

IBM announced that it has "radically simplified" cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed.

Posted January 05, 2015

IBM is partnering with Equinix, Inc., an interconnection and data center company, to help provide enterprises direct access to the full portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Equinix also announced Cloud Exchange enhancements, including API functionality that makes it easier for service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near real-time provisioning.

Posted January 05, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted December 29, 2014

As analytics continues to play a larger role in the enterprise, the need to leverage and protect the data looms larger. According to the IDC, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide in 2015. Here are 10 predictions from industry experts about the data and analytics in 2015.

Posted December 19, 2014

Cloud Foundry Foundation, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) open source project, has been launched as an independent non-profit foundation.

Posted December 18, 2014

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and provider of IT consulting and managed services, is now a SAP-certified provider of hosting services for SAP solutions and operations services for the SAP HANA platform. The companies say the certifications complement the existing Hitachi Consulting Cloud Framework for SAP solutions and serve to confirm the ability of Hitachi Consulting to deliver comprehensive IT operations services for customers running SAP solutions or applications running on the SAP HANA platform.

Posted December 17, 2014

SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, running on AWS combines the flexibility of the cloud with powerful in-memory technology from SAP and helps companies of all sizes streamline their overall business execution through accessible, easy-to-use, real-time data that provide clear insights. According to SAP, this AWS pay-as-you go, subscription-based model will help reduce total cost of ownership for the solution.

Posted December 17, 2014

Oracle has opened its latest cloud development facility in Toronto's downtown tech center. The company plans to increase its Toronto cloud software development team by 30% with a focus on advancing Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Posted December 17, 2014

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Posted December 17, 2014

Data is increasingly being recognized as a rich resource flowing through organizations from a continually growing range of sources. But to realize its full potential, this data must be accessed by an array of users to support both real-time decision making and historical analysis, integrated with other information, and still kept safe from hackers and others with malicious intent. Fortunately, leading vendors are developing products and services to help. Here, DBTA presents the list of Trend-Setting Products in Data and Information Management for 2015.

Posted December 17, 2014

BlueData, which provides EPIC Enterprise, software to enable enterprises to create a self-service cloud experience on premise, has announced the growth of its big data partner ecosystem. Thirteen new companies spanning infrastructure, big data distributions, ETL/BI applications and system integrators have joined the partner program to accelerate the adoption of big data private cloud on-premises.

Posted December 16, 2014

Rackspace has announced its affiliation with the OpenPOWER Foundation, and is now an official member. Rackspace announced its affiliation with OpenPOWER in a blog authored by Aaron Sullivan, senior director and distinguished engineer at Rackspace. According to Sullivan, Rackspace has already been involved with OpenPOWER for more than 18 months. "We worked amongst the founders for months before the foundation launched, and remained engaged after launch, but chose to remain quiet. We've been evaluating the technology and the movement for quite some time," noted Sullivan.

Posted December 16, 2014

Big data continues to have an impact on business, government, and society at large. Here's a look back at 10 noteworthy blog posts from 2014. These blog posts explore the benefits and downsides of advancements in big data technologies.

Posted December 15, 2014

Oracle has announced its latest-generation NAS storage system, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, the ZFS Storage ZS4-4 provides analytics for pluggable databases, doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence, and also provides high-level protection against security breaches with fine-grained encryption capabilities. The OS 8.3 adds over 30 enhancements and three new innovations that expand Oracle's leadership in NAS performance, efficiency, and application-engineered storage, said Oracle executive vice president John Fowler.

Posted December 10, 2014

CA Technologies has announced what it calls its "Management Cloud" - a portfolio of applications, delivered from the cloud, that enable customers to make portfolio decisions, deliver service experiences and empower mobile workforces. "The Management Cloud portfolio was developed to manage complexity and transform IT investments into business value rapidly and effectively," said James Harvey, general manager of IT Business Management at CA Technologies.

Posted December 08, 2014

IBM and Docker, Inc., a provider of application container solutions, have formed a strategic partnership intended to help customers more efficiently build and run applications that can be moved between cloud and on-premises systems. "As enterprises demand tools that allow them to develop applications in a consistent and easy manner, Docker containers have quickly become the de facto building block for doing so," said Angel Diaz, vice president of open technology and cloud performance solutions at IBM.

Posted December 08, 2014

There is still time to submit a speaking proposal for DBTA's Data Summit 2015, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015.

Posted December 08, 2014

Watson Analytics, IBM's natural language-based cognitive service is now open for business and available in beta.

Posted December 04, 2014

Cloud solutions are rapidly expanding, and consumers and businesses are being offered these solutions at almost every turn. This reality is bringing to light one of the major concerns about cloud: IT security/privacy. It seems we are hearing about breaches into server systems, leaks in social media networks, industrial espionage, and other security incidents almost on a daily basis. So the cloud can't be secure, right?

Posted December 03, 2014

Exploding data assets and the need for greater agility are helping to drive the move to virtualization. More than two-thirds of organizations in a recent Unisphere Research survey among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group indicate that the number of Oracle databases they manage is expanding. At the same time, many managers admit that their IT departments are sluggish when it comes to responding to new business requirements. For more than 50% of organizations, it takes their IT department 30 days or more to respond to new initiatives or deploy new solutions. For one-quarter of organizations, it takes 90 days or more.

Posted December 03, 2014

Pick Cloud is leasing servers on a short-term basis as part of their cloud suite offerings. According to Mark Pick, CEO and founder of Pick Cloud, Inc., "There is now a cost-effective alternative for MultiValue application providers and users to spending a lot of time and money to configure, purchase, and set up a server on-premise for short-term use."

Posted December 03, 2014

Revelation Software has announced that the keynote speaker for the Revelation Software Users' Conference will be Dan Lier, a best-selling author, sales and leadership expert and internationally recognized motivational speaker. The conference for Revelation's customers, partners, end users, and resellers globally will take place Tuesday, March 24, through Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Omni Houston Hotel in Texas.

Posted December 03, 2014

To many observers, the cloud has been ill-defined and even hijacked as a viable term by vendors. However, all can agree on the solid definition of cloud provided by the U.S. National Institute of Standards (NIST). Recently, NIST came out with additional guidelines detailing what elements should go into cloud computing.

Posted December 03, 2014

GoGrid, an infrastructure-as-a-service provider specializing in multi-cloud solutions, is partnering with Cloudera, a provider of Hadoop-based software and services. The partnership will allow companies to evaluate and run the platform for big data through Cloudera Live. Traditional methods of deploying Hadoop require on-premise work to be done to just test potential solutions. The GoGrid-Cloudera partnership allows customers to run Cloudera with GoGrid's cloud infrastructure. What makes GoGrid unique is its 1-Button Deploy orchestration process, according to John Keagy, founder and CEO of GoGrid.

Posted December 02, 2014

To help IT and business stakeholders take action to benefit from the emerging technologies and trends in information management, Database Trends and Applications has just published the second annual Big Data Sourcebook, a free resource.

Posted November 25, 2014

New cloud-based DevOps services, software and infrastructure from IBM is designed to help organizations develop and deliver quality software faster. "Software success is increasingly indistinguishable from business success," said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM's Rational Software Group.

Posted November 24, 2014

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced the Amazon EC2 Container Service, a container management service intended to make it easier to run and manage distributed applications using containers on AWS. Initially, the EC2 Container Service supports Docker, enabling customers to easily launch, manage, and scale from one container to hundreds of thousands of containers across a managed cluster of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances.

Posted November 24, 2014

Host Analytics, a provider of cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), has completed a financing round of $25 million led by Centerview Capital Technology with participation from existing investors Advanced Technology Ventures, Next World Capital, StarVest Partners, and Trident Capital. The new funding brings the total capital invested in the company to $77M across five rounds

Posted November 24, 2014

IBM is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, the company's platform-as-a-service. The new platform allows developers to build applications around their most sensitive data and deploy them in a dedicated cloud environment while avoiding the compliance, regulatory and performance issues that are presented with public clouds.

Posted November 21, 2014

Early bird registration for the ISUG-TECH 2015 conference in Atlanta is now open. The conference will be held March 29 - April 2, 2015, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is now available through the IBM Cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers, which the companies say, will help customers to deploy their SAP software in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM's cloud capabilities.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP partner Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT), a professional IT services consulting firm specializing in cloud system infrastructure integration and operational management services for enterprise customers, has announced new implementation services for high-availability and disaster-recovery capabilities for SAP HANA tailored data center integration.

Posted November 20, 2014

Virtustream, an enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, has formed a joint partnership with Infosys and NetApp to deliver assured Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) for applications built on the SAP HANA platform. The goal with the TaaS Powered by xStream offering is to enable QA teams to reduce both the time to bring a solution to market and the resources required to test SAP applications for issues or implement new functionality, modules and enhancement packs.

Posted November 20, 2014

Oracle has announced an updated version of Oracle GoldenGate 12c. With GoldenGate 12c, customers can implement real-time data integration and transactional data replication between on-premises and cloud environments and across a broader set of heterogeneous platforms, achieving faster time to value and a greater return from their data assets. "Inherent in the concept of integration is that we can effectively cover both like and unlike platforms, and that we offer our customers the ability to effectively capture and move their data regardless of which systems, platforms, and vendors their data originates from," said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted November 19, 2014

Splice Machine today announced the general availability of its Hadoop RDBMS, a platform to build real-time, scalable applications, that incorporates new features that emerged from charter customers using the the beta offering. With the additional new features and the validation from beta customers, Splice Machine 1.0 can support enterprises struggling with their existing databases and seeking to scale-out affordably, said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine.

Posted November 19, 2014

The call for speakers for Data Summit 2015 at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015, is now officially open. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 5, 2014.

Posted November 19, 2014

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