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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

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 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

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 08, 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 08, 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

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 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

VMware has announced the expansion of VMware vCloud Air in Europe with the general availability of service in Frankfurt, Germany. Complementing VMware's U.K. location and the vCloud Air Network of service providers, the new VMware-operated German data center provides customers with a Central European location that helps to address German and EU compliance and data protection regulations, while using VMware's enterprise-class cloud.

Posted March 25, 2015

Enterprise data security has become not only a major focus of attention in the tech industry, but has also become a concern for the mainstream public. With the steady stream of data breaches at companies such as the retail giant Target, the tech and media leader Sony, and most recently medical insurer Anthem, Inc., many organizations are now beginning to appreciate the importance of data security and just how much a financial toll a hack can cause. According to many executives, a turning point has been reached.

Posted March 25, 2015

Youredi, a Finland-based provider of data integration solutions for global e-commerce, is launching its iPaaS (integration platform as a service) data integration solution in the U.S. and establishing a North American subsidiary.

Posted March 24, 2015

Cambridge Technology Enterprises, a provider of IT services focused on the convergence of big data and cloud, has achieved Gold Partner status in Oracle Partner Network (OPN). The company, which has multiple locations in North America, with offshore development offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India, offers an end to end approach in designing and implementing enterprise IT strategies leveraging the cloud where it is possible and necessary.

Posted March 24, 2015

Axxana's Phoenix System for Oracle version 1.2 has achieved Oracle Exadata Ready, Oracle Big Data Appliance Ready, and Oracle Linux Ready status through Oracle Partner Network (OPN). Axxana's Phoenix System for Oracle provides a disaster recovery solution for Oracle environments.

Posted March 18, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle Data as a Service (DaaS) for Customer Intelligence. The new Oracle Data Cloud product is designed to help organizations increase customer understanding and extract insights from unstructured data assets. This information can then be used to create a complete view of customer input across social and unify and enterprise channels, identify and manage customer issues, understand how customer voice is impacting sales, and ultimately arm businesses with the intelligence to create happier customers.

Posted March 18, 2015

Oracle announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 total revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. Without the currency headwinds caused by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, the company said total revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. "Oracle now has a cloud revenue run rate of well over $2 billion a year. We are already the world's second largest SaaS and PaaS company," said Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during a conference call discussing Oracle's third quarter financial results.

Posted March 18, 2015

COLLABORATE 15 - Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (hashtag #C15LV) is back in Las Vegas April 12-16, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, offering a wide variety of education and valuable opportunities for collaboration among peers. The more than 1250 planned education sessions in 17 tracks were sourced through the user communities of IOUG, OAUG and Quest and selected through a competitive process. The result is an agenda packed with relevant insights for functional as well as technical users, beginner to advanced.

Posted March 17, 2015

The 55,000+ member Quest International Users Group supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers and offers tons of resources to make your job easier. Here are just a few reasons you should go Quest green at COLLABORATE 15.

Posted March 17, 2015

SoftLayer will offer OpenPOWER-based servers as part of its portfolio of cloud-based services. With the new offering, clients will be able to select OpenPOWER-based "bare-metal" servers when configuring their cloud-based IT infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company.

Posted March 16, 2015

SOA Software, a provider of API Management, service-oriented architecture governance and cloud integration solutions, is changing its name to Akana. "Enterprises today need a ‘digital glue' to securely extend their data to their ecosystem, build efficient partner networks and digital value-chains, and extract intelligent insights into their business through analytics," said Paul Gigg, CEO of Akana. "Akana remains committed to providing innovative and flexible solutions to address the continuously evolving needs of both our customers and the market as a whole."

Posted March 16, 2015

SUSE has introduced the latest version of its OpenStack distribution for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Formerly called SUSE Cloud, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 is based on the latest OpenStack release (Juno) and provides increased networking flexibility and improved operational efficiency to simplify private cloud infrastructure management.

Posted March 16, 2015

VMware, in partnership with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), is sponsoring a special DBTA webcast, "Straight Talk on Oracle on VMware Licensing," on Thursday, March 19, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. The webcast will feature moderator Don Sullivan, Oracle Certified Master VMware vExpert, and VMW CTO Ambassador; and presenters Dave Welch, CTO & chief evangelist, House of Brick Technologies; Daniel Hesselink, managing partner, License Consulting; and Dan Young, chief data architect, Indiana University.

Posted March 13, 2015

1010data, Inc, a big data discovery platform that combines a complete analytical platform with clients, is partnering with R to release R1010, a new R package that integrates directly with 1010data's platform. "R is a very popular programming language that allows analysts to do statistical analysis and modeling," said Sandy Steier, CEO and co-founder of 1010data. "It's open source, which means it's free which certainly explains part of its popularity but it's clearly effective and usable. It's a good way for our customers to analyze data in conjunction with 1010data."

Posted March 12, 2015

Paxata is partnering with Carahsoft Technology Corp, a government IT solutions provider, to bring the Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation application and platform to government agencies to help them automate, collaborate and govern data integration, data quality and the enrichment process. "Paxata fills a critical technology gap between the industry-leading data management capabilities provided by Cloudera and innovative data visualization functionality pioneered by Tableau," said Michael Shrader, vice president, Intelligence and Innovative Solutions, at Carahsoft.

Posted March 12, 2015

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