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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

Oracle and Pluribus Networks have formed a technology access agreement. The arrangement is intended to offer customers the ability to use OpenStack plug-ins to manage their cloud environments based on Oracle Solaris and Pluribus Networks' Netvisor. This builds on the newly completed certification of Oracle Solaris 11 on Pluribus Networks' Freedom series Server-Switch platform, which is already allowing customers to take advantage of the unique performance, scalability, efficiency and security advantages of Oracle Solaris in their network infrastructure.

Posted February 19, 2014

SOA Software has announced support for IBM WebSphere MQ. According to SOA, the combination of IBM WebSphere DataPower and WebSphere MQ, managed by SOA Software's SOA and API management solutions, means end users can employ their robust WebSphere MQ messaging backbone for the challenges of mobile, cloud, and new market channels.

Posted February 18, 2014

Extending Imperva's data center security strategy across the cloud, the company is acquiring cloud security gateway startup Skyfence, and also intends to acquire the remaining shares of cloud-based web application security company Incapsula. Imperva's new strategy is intended to address security gaps within various cloud deployment models.

Posted February 18, 2014

Oracle has announced the fifth generation database machine, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, which adds enhancements to improve performance and quality of service for OLTP, DBaaS (database as a service), and data warehousing. Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle, shared his views on the update in an interview. "There is no price change with this generation. It is the same price as before. We are just giving customers more capacity and more performance," said Shetler.

Posted February 14, 2014

Mission-critical applications in the banking, education, retail, healthcare, oil and gas, government, and travel industries depend on trusted MultiValue database systems. Yet, new requirements are emerging for MultiValue technology vendors to support integration with other enterprise data sources, enable mobile and web access, provide comprehensive business intelligence, and enforce greater security. In this special report, executives of seven leading MultiValue companies discuss how they are responding to their customers' evolving needs.

Posted February 10, 2014

When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you're generally going to consider three approaches, one of which is a cloud implementation. SQL Server 2012, and even more so in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release, has built out a very strong Apache Hadoop infrastructure on Windows Azure called HDInsight. Despite all its goodness, it is in the cloud—and a lot of people aren't ready to go there yet.

Posted February 10, 2014

A new Virtual Appliance from Axcient enables organizations to protect data and replicate to the cloud without the need to purchase onsite hardware. The new virtual appliance is designed for VMware environments, and gives businesses access to Axcient's recovery-as-a-service cloud for rapid recovery of information, applications, and IT infrastructures.

Posted February 10, 2014

Hortonworks and Red Hat have announced an expanded partnership, as well as the introduction of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) plug-in for Red Hat Storage, now available through a beta program.

Posted February 10, 2014

DocuSign and Badgeville have created new business applications using Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) and listed them in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Launched at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, the Oracle Cloud Marketplace features hundreds of business applications developed by Oracle partners.

Posted February 05, 2014

To help organizations better leverage data for business intelligence and customer insight, Experian Data Quality has launched a new data quality grader app on Salesforce1 AppExchange. The app will provide organizations with a letter grade for their overall data quality score and a drill-down on specifics selected for analysis.

Posted February 04, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

Emulex Corporation, a provider of network management products has introduced the next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions for virtualized, enterprise and cloud data centers. The OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters, based on the Emulex Engine 100 series of I/O controllers, is optimized to meet the needs of enterprises, cloud providers and telcos.

Posted February 03, 2014

Along with InterCloud, a new hybrid cloud solution intended to facilitate more interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds, Cisco is shipping a range of cloud management products that extend its cloud portfolio with new products and services.

Posted February 03, 2014

Nearly half of the businesses using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are achieving competitive advantage, rather than simply reducing costs, a recent IBM study finds.

Posted February 03, 2014

Cloudera introduced simplified packaging and pricing for its product line-up to align closely with the way customers use Hadoop. At the top of the stack is Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition which gives customers everything they need to build an enterprise data hub, including unlimited supported use of all Cloudera's advanced components.

Posted February 03, 2014

To better reflect the company's position as a leading database-as-a-service provider in the Redis ecosystem, as well as its ongoing dedication advancing Redis, Garantia Data has changed its name to Redis Labs. With the evolution of Redis, and with Redis becoming one of the three databases chosen by developers for new applications, the company says that the re-branding more appropriately describes its commitment to the NoSQL database and to making this database one of the leading databases in years to come.

Posted February 03, 2014

With demand growing for easy-to-use analytical applications that can make big data actionable for more users, MicroStrategy has launched MicroStrategy PRIME, a cloud-based, in-memory analytics service. The company says it has been built from the ground up to support the engineering challenges that are associated with development of powerful new information-driven apps.

Posted January 28, 2014

EnterpriseDB has expanded its Postgres Plus Cloud Database to support Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud, a web service that enables users to launch AWS Cloud resources in a user-defined virtual private network.

Posted January 28, 2014

To address the technical requirements of big data analysis, organizations are deploying new data platforms, tools and techniques. Concurrently, more organizations are interested in moving data workloads to the cloud to capitalize on cost-efficiencies and rapid time-to-value. A recent DBTA roundtable webcast explored how these two trends are converging to present organizations with new opportunities for fast, cost-effective business analysis.

Posted January 28, 2014

DocAve Online, AvePoint's software-as-a-service platform for Microsoft Office 365 management, has added enhanced data protection, governance, and reporting to help companies improve the protection and control of their cloud-based assets. The company says the policy enforcement enhancements in DocAve Online Service Pack (SP) 3, hosted on Windows Azure, enable companies to have comprehensive governance policies that will address all-in cloud, hybrid, or on-premises deployments.

Posted January 27, 2014

Attivio and Quant5 have joined forces to create a Predictive Customer Analytics Suite. Despite the increased focus on corporate "data-centricity," many large companies are struggling to effectively use customer data. According to the companies, the Quant5-Attivio partnership addresses this challenge by making data accessible with cloud-based solutions that provide immediate value to non-technical users, without requiring a team of data scientists.

Posted January 27, 2014

Oracle has introduced Oracle Cloud Adapters to help organizations easily integrate applications regardless of deployment location - in the cloud or on-premise. Oracle Cloud Adapters are supported by Oracle SOA Suite, a unified application integration solution..

Posted January 22, 2014

In the past two weeks, IBM made two huge announcements regarding both the big data and cloud fronts - committing more than $1 billion to its new Watson Group, dedicated to boosting artificial intelligence-based solutions, and another $1.2 billion to enlarge its cloud footprint.

Posted January 21, 2014

The newest generation of IBM's enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers provides improvements for analytics and cloud. The new architecture increases application performance by providing the low system write latency, essential for analytics applications. Memory and storage features also are designed to boost virtual machine capacity to enable SaaS delivery of applications.

Posted January 21, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers who possess unique insight into leading technologies, and experience with successful IT and business strategies for the Data Summit conference in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2014.

Posted January 20, 2014

Garantia Data has launched Redis Cloud for IBM SoftLayer, enabling developers using Redis Cloud to be free from the complexity of infrastructure development.

Posted January 17, 2014

Big data and cloud technologies are converging to create a cost-effective delivery model for fast, easily-accessible business analytics. On Thursday, January 23, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET, join DBTA for a "Big Data Analytics in the Cloud" roundtable webcast to explore the key technologies and approaches that are being deployed to enable big data analytics.

Posted January 17, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) has announced that Alyssa Johnson is its 2014 president. Johnson who is also practice director at Alpharetta, Ga.-based Rolta Americas, was elected by the OAUG board in 2013 to serve as president-elect, is the first OAUG president to take part in a formal succession planning program.

Posted January 14, 2014

Oracle is acquiring Responsys, Inc., a provider of enterprise-scale cloud-based B2C (business to consumer) marketing software, for approximately $1.5 billion. According to Oracle, by bringing together Responsys and Oracle Eloqua in the Oracle Marketing Cloud, organizations will be able to drive better customer experiences across marketing interactions and throughout the customer lifecycle from a single platform.

Posted January 08, 2014

You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the growth and uptake of cloud computing. Most enterprises are still exploring cloud computing for their relational databases, but there is no doubt that cloud computing is growing due its many benefits. Here's a look at what SQL Server 2014 will do for you with regard to business cloud computing.

Posted January 07, 2014

HP has introduced new solutions and services that bridge traditional IT with private, public and managed clouds. Applications will continue to live across multiple environments, and hybrid delivery becomes an imperative, says HP.

Posted January 06, 2014

New cloud storage software developed by IBM offers a simple interface for clients to dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds. The method, dubbed a "cloud-of-clouds" approach, is aimed at alleviating alleviate concerns about data resiliency, security and service continuity.

Posted January 06, 2014

A new cloud-based app store has been launched by BMC Software for companies who want to deploy their own "Amazon-like" branded marketplace to market and sell private-label mobile, cloud, custom and desktop applications. Speed-to-market in the cloud is critical, says BMC.

Posted January 06, 2014

Garantia Data has announced general availability of its Memcached Cloud fail-safe caching solution for the Heroku, AppFog and AppHarbor platforms. Previously in beta with early adopters, the new add-ons will enable developers who run their applications on the platforms to enhance their caching engines with higher availability, and better performance and scalability.

Posted December 23, 2013

The data-driven demands on organizations have never been greater. Two of the most pressing concerns that organizations face today are the need to provide analytic access to newer data types such as machine-generated data, documents and graphics, and the need to control the cost of information management for growing data stores. DBTA's new list of Trend-Setting Products in Data for 2014 highlights the products, platforms, and services that seek to provide organizations with the tools necessary to address rapidly changing market requirements.

Posted December 20, 2013

Oracle's just-released Exalogic Elastic Cloud provides new enhancements to help customers attain greater levels of data center consolidation and efficiency. Compared to the last release, Oracle Exalogic X4-2 provides higher throughput and, coupled with Oracle Exabus technology, delivers near-native response times for virtualized applications, resulting in greater consolidation benefits. In addition, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 hardware, powered by Intel Xeon processors, provides 50% more cores per node, large amounts of memory and significantly increased flash and disk storage capacity.

Posted December 18, 2013

As it becomes a corporate sponsor of OpenStack, Oracle says it plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a range of products and services including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom Storage Systems and StorageTek Tape Systems, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Posted December 18, 2013

Rackspace has introduced a new DevOps Automation Service that aims to help developers automate the process of deploying and scaling hybrid cloud infrastructure for fast-growing applications, while advancing the adoption of the DevOps methodology among software and IT teams. According to Rackspace, the new service will help to improve the quality of software deployments and to create more frequent software releases, since automating processes will allow organizations to provision servers consistently and avoid mistakes typically caused by manual installation and configuration.

Posted December 12, 2013

DataStax and Google engineers have collaborated on testing and validation of the scalability, reliability and performance of mission-critical online applications that are built on DataStax Enterprise with Google Compute Engine. In addition, DataStax and Google intend to continue with performance and stress testing, and also to expand testing to include a current customer in order to gain real-life experience.

Posted December 10, 2013

IT organizations see benefit in providing cloud services and database as a service in consolidation environments and in being able to deliver the needed business solutions quickly and cost-effectively. A first step to starting the journey to providing databases as a service is to consolidate database environments, and the Oracle Database 12c actually provides a great way to do just that.

Posted December 04, 2013

While there have always been many database choices, it's only recently that enterprises have been embarking on new journeys with their data strategies. Today's database landscape is increasingly specialized and best of breed, due to the expanding range of new varieties of databases and platforms—led by NoSQL, NewSQL, and Hadoop. This is complicating the already difficult job of bringing all these data types together into a well-integrated, well-architected environment.

Posted December 04, 2013

DBTA will host a special roundtable webcast to highlight emerging new database technologies and approaches and how companies are using them to build geo-distributed databases for their global applications. These geo-distributed databases ensure high availability, low latency and data consistency while also helping to address the growing challenge related to cost and complexity. The webcast, sponsored Continuent, TransLattice, and Cloudant, will be broadcast live on Thursday, December 5, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

Posted December 03, 2013

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

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