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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

A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker delivered the welcome keynote at Data Summit 2019, titled "Big Data, Technological Disruption, and the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Corner."

Posted May 21, 2019

Whether the enterprise is completely new to machine learning (ML) or it has already trained and deployed a model from scratch, Google Cloud Platform has a variety of tools to help the company start using ML right now. Sara Robinson, developer advocate, Google, centered her presentation around the basics of machine learning during her Data Summit 2019 presentation, "Exploring Machine Learning on the Google Cloud Platform."

Posted May 21, 2019

Data is flowing into organizations from a previously unimaginable array of sources and at unprecedented speed and volume. This means that the challenges of cleaning, deduplicating, and integrating data are increasing.

Posted May 21, 2019

With edge computing becoming the next big thing, AI on-the-edge is quickly following suit. It unlocks a whole new world of possibilities, including predicting customer needs before they even know them. To tap into this opportunity, organizations don't need to choose a risky "all in" approach; a small iterative approach reduces the risk while ensuring edge AI projects aligns the overall business strategy.

Posted May 21, 2019

The customer experience (CX) is prime territory for employing AI technologies. Built upon mobile use and location data, bot services help customers with a variety of services, ranging from in-room amenities and dinner reservations to event tickets.

Posted May 21, 2019

The world of data management and administration is rapidly changing as organizations digitally transform. In a presentation at Data Summit 2019, Craig S. Mullins, Craig S. Mullins, president & principal consultant, Mullins Consulting, Inc., looked at how database management systems are changing and adapting to modern IT needs.

Posted May 21, 2019

Depending on who you talk to, AI will either enable massive productivity gains from your employees or replace them entirely. All the debating aside, AI is coming, and companies need to understand how to harness it.

Posted May 21, 2019

It was hard enough to manage IT infrastructures when everything was on-premise only. But today, with combined on-premise deployments, say Michael Corey, co-founder, LicenseFortress, and Don Sullivan, system engineer database specialist, VMWare. In their Data Summit 2019 presentation, "Straight Talk on the Cloud License Landscape," Corey and Sullivan walked attendees through the steps to take to help stay compliance with software licensing rules, how to avoid and audit, and what to do if it happens.

Posted May 20, 2019

Data science, the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends, may be in demand, but it requires an understanding of many different elements of data analysis. Extracting actionable knowledge from all your data to make decisions and predictions requires a number of skills, from statistics and programming to data visualization and business domain expertise.

Posted May 20, 2019

Security operation centers (SOCs) are grappling with the demands of a growing threat landscape.

Posted May 16, 2019

Data architectures are becoming more complex and changing more frequently, requiring that a new operational mindset be applied to data management. In particular, automating the building and maintenance of data pipelines is needed, as is instrumenting and continuously monitoring pipeline performance to ensure reliability and quality for data consumers. We call this practice "DataOps."

Posted May 16, 2019

Datrium is releasing the Automatrix platform, a secure multicloud data platform for the resilient enterprise designed to deliver best-in-class compute, primary storage, backup, disaster recovery, encryption, and data mobility capabilities. Automatrix will offer a suite of autonomous data management applications, built on its new SaaS application framework, which leverages machine learning to simplify and automate complicated IT tasks.

Posted May 15, 2019

RavenDB, a provider of database infrastructure solutions has released a new version of its open source NoSQL document database product, RavenDB 4.2, adding new pull replication and distributed counters along with cluster-wide transactions and graph queries.

Posted May 15, 2019

AI on-the-edge is an emerging development, unlocking a whole new world of possibilities, including predicting customer needs before they even know them. But edge AI seems like it's only a game for the most cutting-edge companies like Apple, Amazon, or Tesla, to name a few. Traditional enterprises aren't really embracing it out of fear it may cost too much or due to uncertainty about the potential ROI.

Posted May 15, 2019

Oracle has launched a new Oracle Cloud Solution Hub in Kuala Lumpur, and has been recruiting to fill close to 150 new positions for the new facility with experienced and highly trained cloud consultants.

Posted May 15, 2019

There is an old saying in real estate, "Location, location, location." This applies geographically and metaphorically. Between China and the U.S. sits the continent of Africa. The location of "the continent," coupled with a few other attributes of Africa, creates a confluence of conditions under which that somewhat-forgotten land has incalculable value. Sometime in the near-future, one of the great African cities will become the next sister city of Silicon Valley.

Posted May 15, 2019

Oracle has launched a new Cloud Infrastructure data center region in Tokyo. The new region was announced in a blog post by Andrew Reichman, director of product management.

Posted May 15, 2019

When it comes to cloud technology, more and more businesses are realizing the benefits that cloud can provide them and are beginning to seek more cloud computing options to conduct their business activities. And obviously, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, and Oracle plan to capture this spend by providing a dizzying array of IaaS and PaaS offerings to help enterprises build and run their services.

Posted May 15, 2019

Syncsort has announced data integration with Snowflake, a provider of a data warehouse built for the cloud. The new integration will enable mutual customers to access, transform, and deliver customer and financial data from the mainframe to Snowflake for advanced analytics.

Posted May 14, 2019

Following up on IBM's announcement of Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z, John McKenny, VP of Strategy for ZSolutions Optimization at BMC, commented on the significance of the new offerings in a BMC blog post. BMC supports the new Tailored Fit Pricing model because it will help an increasing number of enterprises continue to grow and build new services on top of their mainframes as well as re-ignite interest in using the platform as an integral part of today's hybrid cloud strategies, McKenny noted.

Posted May 14, 2019

IBM has unveiled new services and capabilities for IBM Z, which, the company says, will further position it as a center point of a secured hybrid cloud strategy. According to Ross Mauri, general manager for IBM Z, who made the announcement in an IBM Infrastructure blog post, the new offerings include three major elements. IBM sees "secured hybrid and multicloud as the future of enterprise IT, and IBM Z is at the center," said Mauri.

Posted May 14, 2019

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification for the Insight Edge In-Memory Computing Platform. Red Hat OpenShift's cloud-agnostic support combined with GigaSpaces multi-region and cloud replication module can improve the efficiency of enterprises' cloud and multi-cloud migration initiatives by helping to optimize bandwidth and reduce data transfer costs between regions and cloud providers. 

Posted May 13, 2019

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud data services, is releasing NetApp ONTAP 9.6, the new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and an expanded portfolio of services.

Posted May 13, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice has given its approval for the $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, according to a regulatory filing. IBM continues to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2019.

Posted May 13, 2019

Red Hat and Microsoft have announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, which brings a jointly-managed enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution to Microsoft's public cloud, Microsoft Azure.

Posted May 13, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted May 13, 2019

Instaclustr, the leading provider of fully managed solutions for scalable open source technologies, is introducing its certification program for open source technologies. Following a certification process across several critical variables, enterprises can build applications with even greater confidence - leveraging Instaclustr's expertise and management supporting 100% open source deployments of technologies including Apache Cassandra, that are fully scalable, performant, optimized, and secure.

Posted May 10, 2019

The location of Africa, between the U.S. and China, makes it an ideal place to develop robust manufacturing capabilities with easy access to the world's largest economies. It's just a matter of time before an African city emerges as a bonafide sister city to Silicon Valley itself.

Posted May 09, 2019

Accenture's Bhaskar Ghosh recently reflected on how systems have and will change and the forces driving this transformation. "Boundaries between applications and infrastructure are blurring to the point they're nearly indistinguishable," noted Ghosh.

Posted May 09, 2019

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Kubernetes Operator is available in the Red Hat Container Catalog and has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification. The MariaDB Operator enables customers to deploy MariaDB Platform in a variety of database configurations in a Kubernetes environment and is a key technology for MariaDB's cloud strategy.

Posted May 08, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

Posted May 08, 2019

BackOffice Associates, a global data solution provider, has revealed a new name as part of its on-going transformation. Syniti is a blend between synergy and infinity, evoking infinite potential unlocked for clients through mindful synergy between data and business.

Posted May 08, 2019

SQL Server expert Kevin Kline has kicked off a multi-continent roadshow, sharing his deep SQL knowledge and best practices at a series at a series of SQL Saturdays and SQL Server User Group meetings. "Despite the fact that data management is more important than ever to businesses of all sizes, we see a widespread shortage of workers with the right skills," said Kline. "Now more than ever, thought leaders in our industry need to promote learning and the advancement of skills to help fill those skill gaps, especially since cloud adoption is driving a bit of a shift in what skills are most needed."

Posted May 07, 2019

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

Posted May 06, 2019

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is introducing its enterprise data streaming and ingestion solution for hybrid deployments, enabling enterprises to make insightful, data-driven business decisions in real-time. The single solution allows users to adapt to emerging and rapidly changing streaming technologies to process massive amounts of data, manage complex deployments, and make decisions at the speed of business.

Posted May 06, 2019

Arcserve, a data protection provider, has announced the newest version of Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP). Powered by heterogeneous, image-based technology, this release was specifically designed to remove the multiple points of failure typically introduced into IT environments through a piecemeal, "do-it-yourself" approach to data backup and disaster recovery (DR), including those with hyperconverged and SaaS-based applications.

Posted May 03, 2019

Trustwave is introducing a new database security scanning and testing software that helps organizations better protect critical data assets hosted on-site or by major cloud service providers. Trustwave DbProtect is a highly-scalable comprehensive database security platform that delivers real-time visibility and protection to data housed across an organization's entire footprint no matter where the data traverses or resides.

Posted May 02, 2019

If you have been wondering whether the tipping point for database-as-a-service (DBaaS) has arrived, it's instructive to look at the success of MongoDB Atlas. 

Posted May 01, 2019

Will the DBA disappear? No, far from it. But specific skills needed by DBAs and certain job roles fulfilled by DBAs will certainly change as we move to the cloud.

Posted May 01, 2019

At its Think 2019 conference in San Francisco, IBM emphasized approaches for enterprises beginning the next chapter of their cloud journeys. Hybrid cloud—which IBM CEO Ginny Rometty recently estimated will become a $1 trillion market by 2020—is viewed as a key approach for migrating and managing more difficult scenarios. IBM's GM of GTS Cloud Services Jim Comfort recently reflected on why hybrid cloud and open source are becoming a strategic part of today's business environment.

Posted May 01, 2019

Data pipelines speed IoT, predictive analytics, and machine learning projects to their final destination. The new generation of data pipelines also supports governance, which is sure to be in the spotlight during 2019. Enterprises will need to be much more stringent about their data usage and lineage, based on new regulations such as GDPR and consumers' higher expectations of security and privacy.

Posted May 01, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted May 01, 2019

Machine learning can be used for a variety of roles such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and performance analysis. Businesses can use machine learning to understand seasonality for trending and forecasting capabilities or view dashboards on data already collected. 

Posted May 01, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 29, 2019

New technology trends continue to reshape the practice of database management as cloud computing, AI, and automation continue to change how data is acquired and insights gleaned. As a result, database professionals are faced with new challenges and opportunities. Today, database teams are tasked with managing more databases, bigger databases, and a greater variety of databases — on premises and in the cloud.

Posted April 29, 2019

SHARE has announced that Robyn Benincasa will deliver the opening keynote presentation at SHARE Pittsburgh, August 4-9, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Posted April 29, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 25, 2019

Cloud computing—and everything that goes with it—is dramatically changing the roles and aspirations of database administrators. No longer do DBAs need to be chained to their databases, wrestling with managing updates, applying security patches, and dealing with capacity issues. Moving to a cloud data environment is steadily shifting DBAs' roles from hands-on database overseers to value-drivers for their businesses—and enabling a range of career advancement opportunities not seen since the dawn of relational databases.

Posted April 25, 2019

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