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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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Be sure to nominate your favorite vendors' products now. The nominating process for the Database Trends and Applications' Readers' Choice Awards is well underway, and will conclude on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Posted March 24, 2014

Alyssa Johnson, who became president of the OAUG in January, recently spoke with DBTA about the challenges and choices facing OAUG members. A major topic of discussion for Oracle users at the upcoming COLLABORATE 14 conference will be how and when to migrate to E-Business Suite 12, says Johnson. Covering a range of business areas, including CRM, financial management, supply chain management, EBS is a backbone suite of ERP applications on which many companies rely to run their businesses. End of support is looming for 11i, Johnson says, and it's time to decide on 12.1.3 or 12.2 and start planning that upgrade now.

Posted March 24, 2014

Newton, Mass.-based ScaleBase has announced the 3.0 version of its Distributed Database Platform. ScaleBase also introduced a beta program for a new product called Analysis Genie that helps companies determine the best way to scale out a database from a single MySQL instance to a distributed cluster by analyzing their schema and queries.

Posted March 20, 2014

Oracle announced that fiscal 2014 Q3 total revenues were up 4% to $9.3 billion. In constant currency, Oracle's Cloud Software subscriptions revenues grew 25% and its Engineered Systems revenue grew more than 30% in the quarter, said Oracle president and CFO Safra Catz in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 19, 2014

Today, businesses are ending up with more and more critical dependency on their data infrastructure. If underlying database systems are not available, manufacturing floors cannot operate, stock exchanges cannot trade, retail stores cannot sell, banks cannot serve customers, mobile phone users cannot place calls, stadiums cannot host sports games, gyms cannot verify their subscribers' identity. Here is a look at some of the trends and how they are going to impact data management professionals.

Posted March 19, 2014

You have until April 11 to take advantage of special pricing for DBTA's Data Summit, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. Providing an intensive 2-day immersion into critical technologies for becoming a data-driven enterprise, IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike will benefit from Data Summit.

Posted March 18, 2014

Embarcadero, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, is acquiring CA Technologies' ERwin Data Modeling solution. The acquisition will provide Embarcadero additional channel partners. ERwin is sold almost exclusively through more than 500 partners in over 70 countries.

Posted March 17, 2014

Cloud Technology Partners has announced the GA of PaaSLane 2.0. Previously available only in beta, the PaaSLane software solution analyzes Java and .NET application source code to reveal problems that could impact cloud readiness, and accelerates the migration of applications to public or private clouds.

Posted March 13, 2014

As the deployment of big data analytics becomes part of a business' "must-do" list, cloud platforms offer the scalability, flexibility, and on-demand ability to handle workload spikes that are hard to come by with on-premises systems. But, as is the case with every system and data environment, it takes careful planning to achieve the desired business value—which is to enable unprecedented opportunities to better understand and engage with key customer segments and markets.

Posted March 12, 2014

Data Summit will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. The advance program is now available and registration is open with a special early bird registration rate when you register before April 11, 2014.

Posted March 12, 2014

Rogue IT practices have grown exponentially with the use of public cloud services. Will these herald the end of internal IT or a means for healthy IT transformation? The risk exists for either outcome. It all depends on how IT organizations approach it.

Posted March 12, 2014

To recognize the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. The nominations period will conclude on March 28, 2014, and voting will begin on April 11.

Posted March 12, 2014

SAP underscored the company's strategy which focuses squarely on HANA and the cloud in a webcast presented by Jonathan Becher, chief marketing officer of SAP, and Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Products & Innovation. The company rolled out new and enhanced offerings for the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the SAP HANA Marketplace, HANA's new pricing, innovations on top of HANA, and also announced that HANA had broken the Guinness World Record for the largest data warehouse ever built - 12.1PB.

Posted March 05, 2014

Informatica Cloud Spring 2014, the latest Infomatica software release, introduces Informatica Cloud Designer which brings Informatica's integration design tools into a 100% cloud-based design environment.

Posted March 04, 2014

IBM announced a new development environment and capabilities-as-a-service, intended to help clients and developers speed the adoption of hybrid clouds. To support this initiative, IBM has invested more than $1 billion for software cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer.

Posted March 03, 2014

AvePoint Compliance Guardian Service Pack (SP) 2, the latest release of AvePoint's enterprise platform for managing information, availability, risk, and compliance adds support for cloud and social platforms, improved incident tracking and management and encryption and redaction.

Posted February 28, 2014

The explosion of virtual machines (VMs) has propelled the growth of data storage across all industries. Yet, despite the clear benefits, the popularity of virtual servers is placing strain on traditional data center infrastructure and storage devices. What's the solution?

Posted February 27, 2014

The popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" outlined, in an entertaining fashion, the core question of big data, to find the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything." Today, big data describes our development along this path to answer all the questions by collecting and interpreting all the data, but not all data is equal and not all the answers are worthwhile computing.

Posted February 26, 2014

After almost two decades of delivering technology training and education to customers, partners, consultants, and employees through the SAP TechEd conference series, SAP is changing the conference name to SAP d-code.

Posted February 26, 2014

A new offering from Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud) is designed to help companies migrate their existing implementations of the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse application to the SAP HANA platform in a private cloud managed by WFT Cloud. The service by WFT Cloud includes an upgrade at no additional charge of the customer's existing implementation of SAP NetWeaver BW to version 7.3.

Posted February 26, 2014

Pick Cloud CEO Mark Pick and Pete Schellenbach, owner of AccuSoft Enterprises, will present a webinar highlighting the capabilities of the latest version of the terminal emulator for the PICK/MultiValue market and reveal 10 things the audience may not know about it.

Posted February 26, 2014

In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the array of choices for not only managing relational and unstructured data but also protecting it and extracting value from it. To shine a spotlight on the best data management offerings, DBTA will soon open nominations for our first-ever Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted February 26, 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 26, 2014

IBM has agreed to acquire Cloudant, Inc., a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create mobile and web apps. Following the close, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014, Cloudant will join IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group led by Senior Vice President Bob Picciano, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group.

Posted February 24, 2014

To help organizations take advantage of integrated financial planning and budgeting quickly and cost-effectively, Oracle has released its first enterprise performance management (EPM) solution offered in the cloud - Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. The new service provides pre-built starter kits, intuitive application creation wizards, best practice design guides, interactive online help/tutorials, and migration tools to help organizations accelerate time-to-value.

Posted February 19, 2014

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

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

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