Cloud Computing

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

Syncsort has introduced its new ETL Hadoop offering for the cloud on Amazon Web Services. Syncsort Ironcluster brings Hadoop ETL to Amazon Elastic MapReduce in the cloud with the aim of enabling customers to quickly and cost-effectively process large amounts of data in the cloud.

Posted November 26, 2013

With the introduction of two new products, Treasure Viewer and Treasure Query Accelerator, Treasure Data says it is now making big data analytics accessible to any user with new capabilities and monthly pricing.

Posted November 26, 2013

New technology from CA is aimed at helping organizations lower the cost of storing data processed on IBM System z by backing up the data and archiving it to the cloud. According to CA, by using its Cloud Storage for System z with Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage in conjunction with the Riverbed Whitewater cloud storage appliance from Riverbed Technology, organizations can decrease storage costs while also improving disaster recovery readiness.

Posted November 25, 2013

Oracle is adding new data centers in Canada and Germany to bring its total number of data centers to 17. The additional data centers provide customers with more options for data residency and regulatory compliance and are expected to go online by Q2 2014.

Posted November 20, 2013

IBM announced new business analytics and cloud software solutions to help zEnterprise clients take advantage of new workloads. These include a new version of the DB2 and IMS databases, and Cognos analytics tools configured for zEnterprise.

Posted November 13, 2013

Pick Cloud and Ladybridge Systems have announced a database as a service (DBaaS) offering, enabling customers to purchase a fully managed hosted OpenQM license.

Posted November 13, 2013

AFORE has announced a portfolio of Amazon Web Services (AWS) security solutions. The data security suite is targeted at enterprise customers and service providers planning to offer EaaS and enables them to take control of securing sensitive data within the AWS. Built for cloud and virtualized environments, the security suite delivers data protection that eliminates traditional costs and deployment complexity barriers, according to AFORE.

Posted November 12, 2013

Birst, a provider of a cloud-based business intelligence platform, has launched its new Recurring Revenue Solution Accelerator targeted at businesses offering SaaS, ongoing maintenance contracts, and other subscription-based products and services. The solution allows organizations to gain insight into product and revenue performance and trending customer data, based on industry best practices.

Posted November 12, 2013

Two new programs from BMC are aimed at making it easier for companies to adopt cloud computing platforms. BMC's ZipKit program includes a library of pre-built application components for the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management and BMC Bladelogic Server Automation management systems. BMC's Express Cloud,designed as a "starter cloud," includes 250 managed server licenses, hybrid over VMW and AWS, and an implementation/education services bundle.

Posted November 11, 2013

SHI International Corp., an IT solutions provider, is opening an online portal designed to help customers source, procure, and manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions from leading cloud service providers. According to the company, the new service addresses the challenge fo finding the best option which for many organizations can be a time-consuming and expensive process, the vendor says.

Posted November 11, 2013

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, announced the next release of its cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms 3.0. This latest offering is targeted at both the deployment and management of public and private clouds based on OpenStack, and also expands support for AWS.

Posted November 11, 2013

The database as a service (DBaaS) delivery model has started to take hold in IT, according to a new research report that provides information for IT managers and decision makers who are facing increasing data volumes coupled with greater demand for database services. According to the report, nearly two-fifths of enterprises have or are considering running database functions within a private cloud.

Posted November 06, 2013

To support customers taking advantage of the multitenant architecture for pluggable databases available with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has added new automation capabilities to enable quick provisioning of database clouds through self-service

Posted November 06, 2013

CodeFutures has introduced dbShards/Migrate, a new continuous replication technology that is aimed at solving the problem of extended downtime when migrating a large database for an application across data centers or cloud environments.

Posted November 05, 2013

Clustrix, a provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has just released ClustrixDB as a software download. The software enables companies to perform complex analytic at the same time as high transaction volumes on the same database with the need for an additional analytic database.

Posted October 31, 2013

Melissa Data has announced that MD Property, its cloud-based data solution, now integrates with's CRM software to enable users to enhance their information with up-to-date property and mortgage information.

Posted October 29, 2013

With expanded cloud management solutions that enable IT as a service, VMware is sending a message that it supports not only vSphere but also heterogeneous environments.

Posted October 28, 2013

SAP is advancing HANA on three fronts, all aimed at improving the overall experience with the platform. The enhancements include a more visually appealing and intuitive user experience, powerful new features, and simplified cloud-based deployment.

Posted October 24, 2013

If you look at what is really going on in the big data space it's all about inexpensive open source solutions that are facilitating the modernization of data centers and data warehouses, and at the center of this universe is Hadoop. In the evolution of the big data market, open source is playing a seminal role as the "disruptive technology" challenging the status quo. Additionally, organizations large and small are leveraging these solutions often based on inexpensive hardware and memory platforms in the cloud or on premise.

Posted October 24, 2013

Glassbeam has released SCALAR, a new cloud-based platform to organize and analyze multi-structured machine data, as well as Glassbam Explorer, a cloud-based search and log management application, and Glassbeam Studio, a tool that enables uses advanced ETL and semantics to map unstructured logs.

Posted October 24, 2013

Clustrix, provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has been granted two new patents for systems and methods for redistributing and slicing data in relational databases from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "For years, people have been trying to figure out how to take a relational database and make sure that you can use it across multiple distributed servers and get linear, better performance and that is at essence of what these patents do," said Robin Purohit, CEO, Clustrix in an interview.

Posted October 23, 2013

Pick Cloud and Ladybridge Systems have announced a MultiValue database-as-a-service offering (DBaaS), enabling customers to purchase a fully managed hosted OpenQM license.

Posted October 23, 2013

Calpont Corporation, a provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, has announced InfiniDB 4.0 and InfiniDB for the Cloud. In addition, the core product will be available under the General Public License version 2.0 to enable more users to have access to its MPP, column-oriented data technology.

Posted October 22, 2013

TIBCO Software introduced the latest version of its data discovery and visualization platform, TIBCO Spotfire 6.0, which includes enhancements and new products that offer greater automation, better contextualization, and expanded deployment opportunities.

Posted October 15, 2013

Software AG announced cloud-based IT and process management technologies at its recent user conference in San Francisco. Portfolios Live is a cloud-based service that provides CIOs the ability to manage and transform IT landscapes based on budget, regulatory, legal and technical information. A sister product, Process Live, is a cloud-based service integrating social collaboration with process improvement. "We've changed our architecture from client/server to an event-driven architecture," Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost said at the keynote kicking off the conference.

Posted October 14, 2013

IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.

Posted October 14, 2013

To augment its product and service offerings both within and outside of the cloud, TransLattice, a provider of a geographically distributed database management system for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has acquired Red Bank, NJ-based StormDB, Inc. The StormDB database is based on PostgreSQL, and TransLattice expects to incorporate proprietary StormDB capabilities and elements of the open source Postgres-XC into the TransLattice Elastic Database.

Posted October 09, 2013

Logi Analytics, a data analytics company, has formed a partnership with Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop technology, to help its customers better address the challenges they are facing as they collect and store more information than ever before. Hortonworks provides the Hortonworks Data Platform, an enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution. Logi Analytics provides web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within applications, systems, and processes. As a result of the new partnership, Logi Analytics customers can connect directly to the Hortonworks Data Platform, allowing them to uncover new insights, distribute valuable information, and improve business decision making.

Posted October 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.

Posted October 02, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted October 02, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted October 02, 2013

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has released a new version of its data replication software intended to address requirements for big data analytics, business intelligence, business continuity and disaster recovery initiatives. Addressing expanding use cases for the solution, Attunity Replicate 3.0, is engineered to provide secure data transfer over long distances such as wide area networks (WANs), the cloud and satellite connections, said Lawrence Schwartz, vice president of marketing at Attunity, in an interview.

Posted September 25, 2013

As part of multi-year strategic initiative with Oracle, Accenture has created a set of solutions incorporating Oracle Engineered Systems into its data center transformation consulting and outsourcing services.

Posted September 18, 2013

Oracle holds an enviable position in the IT marketplace with a wide array of database systems, development tools, languages, platforms, enterprise applications, and servers. Riding the coattails of this industry giant is a healthy and far-flung ecosystem of software developers, integrators, consultants, and OEMs. These are the partners that will help make or break Oracle's struggle with new forces disrupting the very foundations of IT. And lately, Oracle—long known for its own brand of xenophobia and disdain for direct competitors—has been making a lot of waves by forging new alliances with old foes. This is opening up potentially lucrative new frontiers for business partners at all levels.

Posted September 16, 2013

Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members will be out in force at OpenWorld 2013 - presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the IOUG represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals and allows them to be more productive in their business and careers through context-rich education, sharing best practices, and providing technology direction and networking opportunities.

Posted September 10, 2013

Oracle has announced the Oracle executive keynote schedule for Oracle OpenWorld. CEO Larry Ellison leads the keynote lineup with a welcome presentation, "Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine," on Sunday evening, Sept. 22, at 5 pm. Ellison will also present a second keynote during OpenWorld titled, "The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service," on Tuesday, September 24, at 1:30 pm.

Posted September 04, 2013

IBM has also completed the acquisition of CSL International, a privately held provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise System. The software will become part of the IBM zEnterprise portfolio in early 2014.

Posted September 03, 2013

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new initiatives within Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, including the introduction of the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering. The move to OpenStack, the open source private cloud infrastructure, represents a new approach to enterprise cloud computing, Andrew Cathrow, senior product manager at Red Hat, told 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 03, 2013