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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

Data Lake Hadoop, a new bundle from Pivotal and EMC, combines scale-out enterprise storage and big data and analytics to offer a production-grade HDFS solution. The bundle consists of pre-configured EMC Isilon X410 nodes, HAWQ subscriptions and Pivotal HD, Pivotal's enterprise version of Apache Hadoop.

Posted July 08, 2014

MicroStrategy's full feature set, previously split into 21 discrete offerings, has been reduced to four packages that the company says will allow developers, analysts, power users. MicroStrategy also announced that it is extending free upgrades for existing clients to the premium capabilities included in the new product packaging, offering greater value to clients and new users to take advantage of the comprehensive MicroStrategy platform with simplified value-based pricing.

Posted July 08, 2014

Bluemix, IBM's open cloud development platform, is now generally available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, and includes more than 50 services for building cloud-based business applications.

Posted July 07, 2014

The big challenge of managing data today is not simply the high volume or the fact that much of it is unstructured. It is the variety of data and the need to integrate it all in order to leverage its value, said MongoDB CEO Max Schireson during a keynote at the NoSQL database vendor's NYC conference, MongoDB World. "It is no longer good enough to just look at your data in silos," said Schireson.

Posted July 01, 2014

Pythian, a provider of data management consulting and services, has acquired Blackbird.io, which has expertise in expertise in cloud, infrastructure as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), big data, MySQL, NoSQL, and enterprise infrastructure ecosystems, as well as a focus on operational essentials, including orchestration, configuration management, operational visibility, continuous delivery, and 24/7 operations management.

Posted June 26, 2014

NoSQL database vendor Couchbase has added on a $60 million series E-round of financing, led by two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund. According to the company, the new investment is further evidence of the growth of the global big data market.

Posted June 26, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted June 26, 2014

To provide a more flexible way to build, scale and deploy applications and reduce the time and expense of cloud, IBM is working on an open integration model with Docker and the open source Docker project community.

Posted June 25, 2014

The operating system most relied upon by OpenStack users is Linux from a variety of distributors, and the hypervisor in greatest use is KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization Machine), according to the OpenStack 2014 Spring User Survey. The survey was conducted during April 2014 to gather information and feedback from organizations using OpenStack for development/QA, proofs-of-concept, and in production.

Posted June 25, 2014

With the introduction of Oracle Database In-Memory, Oracle PartnerNetwork's Oracle Database Ready certification now also includes Oracle Database In-Memory.

Posted June 25, 2014

Co-engineered with Oracle software, Oracle's new workload-specific servers, the Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8, are the first to include elastic computing features, maximizing performance by adapting to different demands in real time. The Sun Server X4-4 is designed specifically for business intelligence and analytics and server consolidation, while the Sun Server X4-8 is designed for the Oracle Database In-Memory option and scale-up applications.

Posted June 25, 2014

Sofbang, a solutions provider, and a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) with expertise spanning key Oracle Fusion Middleware areas, has has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has made enhancements to the SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development, its program enabling partners to build software applications on top of SAP platforms. "With these program enhancements, we support our ecosystem's move to the cloud powered by SAP HANA and increase our partners' choices to grow their business by innovating on top of our platform," said Bernd-Uwe Pagel, senior vice president, Platform Ecosystem & eChannels, SAP.

Posted June 25, 2014

WFT Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud services provider, is extending its solution portfolio to offer customers virtualized instances of the SAP HANA platform for use in production landscapes. "WFT Cloud has virtualized multiple non-production landscapes running SAP HANA. We are now able to deliver value to customers by virtualizing SAP HANA in production landscapes," said Mahesh Reddy, CTO of Wharfedale Technologies.

Posted June 25, 2014

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances, has announced the availability of the Violin 6200 Series All Flash Array for the SAP HANA platform. Certification for the solution with SAP HANA was achieved by working in conjunction with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Violin for SAP IQ software and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE).

Posted June 25, 2014

Dell has extended its longstanding collaboration with SAP. As part of the extended partnership, Dell is introducing new non-disruptive migration and modernization services for the SAP HANA platform and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE), and has also worked with SAP to certify Dell PowerEdge R920 for running SAP HANA with with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has launched Simple Finance, a new set of solutions powered by the HANA Enterprise Cloud. The company also announced that SAP Fiori, which provides an enhanced user experience, will now be included at no additional charge in all SAP software.

Posted June 25, 2014

Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. The new certification enables Fusion-io to participate in SAP's program for SAP HANA-tailored data center integration using its certified solution.

Posted June 25, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 25, 2014

Pentaho has announced version 5.1 of its business analytics and data integration platform. The new release enables code-free analytics directly on the NoSQL database MongoDB, simplifies the data preparation process for data scientists, and offers full support for MapReduce 2.0 (YARN).

Posted June 24, 2014

Splunk, aprovider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Syncsort, a provider of big data software, have formed a technical alliance aimed at unlocking insights from machine data generated by mainframe systems, a critical and major source of corporate data. The companies say they have joint customers, including top telcos, retailers, insurance, healthcare and financial organizations, who rely heavily on mainframes for critical business operations, but have had difficulty leveraging mainframe data for business insights.

Posted June 24, 2014

Embarcadero has introduced the latest release of Appmethod, which enables developers to use C++ to create complete apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac OS X. The latest release of Appmethod now includes a "Free Forever" subscription plan that C++ developers can use to create Android apps to be published on any public app store such as Amazon App Store and Google Play.

Posted June 24, 2014

Rackspace and ObjectRocket have announced the NoSQL Mobile App Challenge to foster developer creativity in architecting applications that solve pressing problems.

Posted June 24, 2014

Cloud management provider SoftLayer has launched a service designed to enable enterprises to establish a dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to SoftLayer private network and cloud services. The new service, Direct Link, provides a hybrid cloud solution.

Posted June 23, 2014

To accelerate the adoption of open technologies for cloud computing, IBM said it is working on an open integration model with Docker, an open source platform for developers and systems administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications, and the open source Docker project community.

Posted June 23, 2014

The next generation of Power Systems servers from IBM incorporate its Power8 processor, which is available for license and open for development through the OpenPower Foundation. IBM said it designed the new servers specifically for a new era of big data.

Posted June 23, 2014

CloudFactory 8.0, the latest version of ASG Software's cloud orchestration suite, is designed to provide enterprises a single tool to manage all existing IT environments and resources, including mainframes, distributed and virtualized workloads - alongside public cloud resources and software investments under one management platform.

Posted June 23, 2014

To speed up deployment of software as a service-based projects. CA Technologies has introduced a mobile-ready, SaaS-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solution called CA Cloud Service Management.

Posted June 23, 2014

MICROS Systems, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2014, with a purchase price that represents a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $5.3 billion, or $4.6 billion net of cash.

Posted June 23, 2014

Data security specialist Dataguise has introduced Dataguise for Data Governance suite, a solution suite for big data governance that will initially support Oracle, IBM DB2, SQL Server, Teradata, Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Pivotal HD.

Posted June 20, 2014

Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and data integration solutions, has formed a strategic relationship with EXTOL International Inc., a provider of end-to-end business integration software and services, to enable data quality operations in tandem with electronic data interchange (EDI) and other integrated business processes. Melissa Data also announced Listware for Salesforce, a data quality plug-in that integrates data cleansing, validation, and enrichment directly into Salesforce.com's CRM software.

Posted June 17, 2014

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president John Fowler showcased Solaris 11.2 during a recent event in New York City. A complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale cloud environments, Solaris 11.2 combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with an enterprise-class OS. Oracle Solaris is one of two operating system options for Oracle Exadata, and is described by Oracle as a key building block that provides mission-critical reliability, performance, and security that are essential for database consolidation. According to Hurd, cloud and engineered systems are both driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently.

Posted June 11, 2014

Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner, and leader in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle database administration and development, has been acquired by Oracle. "With Oracle Engineered Systems, our clients see an opportunity to significantly improve the performance of their business applications running on Oracle database technology while dramatically reducing operating costs, increasing productivity and simplifying and standardizing their IT landscape," says Derek Steelberg global managing director of Oracle business for Accenture.

Posted June 11, 2014

MySQL Fabric is now generally available, providing an integrated system that makes it simpler to manage groups of MySQL databases. It delivers both high availability - via failure detection and failover - and scalability through automated data sharding.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has joined the OpenDaylight Project as a Silver Member, and is expanding its application-driven software defined networking (SDN) capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11.2 with plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN. The aim with the new integration is to help customers improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 which includes a richer service catalog for database as a service, enhanced database and middleware management, and automation for broader cloud services.

Posted June 11, 2014

The "Accelerate your insights" webcast presented by a boatload of Microsoft's top executives, including CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and CVP Quentin Clark included lots of useful information and demos, but a few other items of note about Azure SQL Databases may have dropped under your radar because they came to light a few days after the big dog-and-pony show/webcast. The first thing to note is ...

Posted June 11, 2014

Pick Cloud and Ladybridge Systems are presenting a series of web events to showcase the new features of OpenQM including exception handling and data collections.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 adds features to support rapid enterprise-wide adoption of database, middleware and infrastructure services in the private cloud, driven by an enhanced API-enabled service catalog. Since Enterprise Manager 12c was released in October 2011, the focus has been in three key areas - cloud lifecycle management, integrated stack management capabilities, and scaling up the Enterprise Manager framework itself for use in high scale, highly secure environments, noted Dan Koloski, senior director of product management and business development in Oracle's Systems and Applications Group, in a recent interview. "This release, 12c Release 4, contains improvements in all three of those areas."

Posted June 10, 2014

Cloudera has acquired Gazzang to add enterprise-grade data encryption and key management. The move is designed to address the challenges associated with securing and processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem, and also fulfill a requirement posed by compliance regulations such as HIPAA-HITECH, PCI-DSS, FERPA and the EU Data Protection Directive.

Posted June 10, 2014

IBM is supporting the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service and other SAP applications on IBM's SoftLayer solution set. SAP has verified the SoftLayer platform to run SAP applications, including SAP Business Suite software and SAP BusinessObjects solutions.

Posted June 09, 2014

New services have been added to Bluemix, IBM's open cloud platform. New Bluemix services include AppScan, designed to build security by design via rapid testing in multiple environments and shared results, as well as embeddable reporting services to build advanced analytics within an app from the moment it is provisioned - turning volumes of big data into actionable feedback.

Posted June 09, 2014

Progress has acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) vendor Modulus, a privately-held company that provides a Node.js and MongoDB cloud platform that is designed to simplify and speed development of business and consumer apps.

Posted June 09, 2014

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