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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

Strengthening its cloud message, SAP AG has announced a unified strategy and vision for its cloud portfolio, combining enterprise solutions with the simplicity of cloud on SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the real-time enterprise. SAP HANA Cloud Platform will serve as the foundation for the full portfolio of cloud solutions from SAP. The announcement of the integrated approach, builds on SAP recent launch of the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Posted May 29, 2013

SAP AG has announced the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service. With the new offering, running mission-critical SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and new applications powered by the SAP HANA in-memory platform, will be possible as a managed cloud service with elastic petabyte-scale.

Posted May 29, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, announced the expansion of the OpenText ECM Suite for SAP Solutions in support of SAP's latest technologies, including the SAP HANA platform, and cloud and mobility solutions. This support builds on a partnership that spans more than two decades and is growing every year, says Patrick Barnert, senior vice president, Partners and Alliances, OpenText. OpenText, he adds, is the first SAP ISV partner to have its products fully tested and confirmed by SAP to be integrated with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA.

Posted May 29, 2013

Software AG has launched a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) suite, intended to support the building of cloud-based applications. The Software AG Live suite, now available, includes integration and business process management capabilities. In addition, Software AG says it will be releasing a new version of Software AG's webMethods Integration Server that supports elastic scaling across hybrid deployments - public cloud, private cloud and on-premise. The new release, branded as Dynamic Cloud Scaling, will be available in the second half of 2013.

Posted May 28, 2013

NuoDB, Inc., a provider of a cloud data management system offering SQL compliance and guaranteed ACID transactions, has introduced the NuoDB Starlings Release 1.1. Following on from its 1.0 release in January, NuoDB's Starlings Release 1.1 focuses on overall usability in three key areas, Seth Proctor, NuoDB chief architect, tells DBTA. The enhancements focus on greater Microsoft Windows support, general performance and stability, and an improved development and management experience in the web console, says Proctor.

Posted May 23, 2013

Entrinsik has signed a partnership agreement with Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of hosting, cloud computing, system backups and disaster recovery, professional services, and monitoring for MultiValue applications. The agreement enables Pick Cloud to offer Informer as a reporting and data analysis solution.

Posted May 22, 2013

Pick Cloud, Inc., a provider of managed hosting solutions for the MultiValue market, has signed a reseller agreement with Synergetic Data Systems, Inc. (SDSI) to integrate CirrusPrint, SDSI's cloud and network printing solution.

Posted May 22, 2013

EMC has announced new solutions and services that enable customers to move workloads of SAP solutions to private cloud infrastructures. EMC is expanding its relationship with SAP and VMware by integrating their services capabilities and helping customers accelerate full-lifecycle transformation of SAP applications to virtualized x86 environments. These new additions simplify the design, planning and operation of on-premise cloud computing infrastructures that take advantage of the latest EMC, SAP and VMware technologies.

Posted May 21, 2013

Cloudant, a provider of a globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS), has announced $12 million in series B funding from Devonshire Investors, the private equity firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments; RackspaceHosting, the open cloud leader; and Toba Capital. The company also announced that current investors — Avalon Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation — purchased additional shares. The funding will be used to support Cloudant's global expansion and grow the company's support, service, and go-to-market strategies.

Posted May 21, 2013

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has introduced Informatica Cloud Summer 2013, the latest release of its cloud-based integration and data management software as a service (SaaS) solutions. Cloud Summer 2013 features the new Informatica Cloud SAP Connector, new Informatica Cloud Extend capabilities, new cloud connectors and integration templates, as well as general availability of the Informatica Cloud Data Masking service.

Posted May 14, 2013

BI software vendor Yellowfin has signed an agreement with DIKW, a Dutch provider of business intelligence consulting, training and services. Through this reseller agreement, DIKW will make Yellowfin's solution, and associated training and implementation services, available to its clients and businesses throughout Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).

Posted May 14, 2013

IBM unveiled new business process and integration software and services that will help organizations accelerate adoption of big data, cloud, mobile and social business technologies. At the cornerstone of this strategy is IBM MessageSight, a new appliance designed to help organizations manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances.

Posted May 13, 2013

IBM announced new enhancements to its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems. New capabilities enable organizations that are simplifying and accelerating cloud deployments using IBM PureApplication System to get disaster recovery services up and running in four clicks. Additional enhancements include increased security capabilities with advanced encryption options, greater system scalability and significantly reduced application response times during unplanned spikes in demand, and new support for Microsoft Windows applications.

Posted May 13, 2013

Dimension Data has acquired Earthwave Corporation Pty Limited, a privately-owned Australian managed security services provider. Dimension Data says the acquisition extends and strengthens its managed security services, and supports its growth in the areas of cloud services, IT outsourcing and enterprise mobility.

Posted May 10, 2013

PerspecSys Inc., a provider of cloud data protection solutions for the enterprise, announced it has raised $12 million in funding co-led by new investors Paladin Capital Group and Ascent Venture Partners, and joined by return backer Intel Capital and other existing institutional investors. The new round of financing, combined with Series A funding, brings the total investment in PerspecSys to over $20 million. With offices in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, PerspecSys aims to remove what it says are primary barriers to cloud adoption at the enterprise level - security and control.

Posted May 10, 2013

Pick Cloud, Inc. has signed a reseller agreement with AccuSoft Enterprises to sell its line of AccuTerm terminal emulation products. According to Pick Cloud, the reseller agreement enables Pick Cloud to offer and leverage AccuSoft's GUI development tools as well as their connectivity and terminal emulation products.

Posted May 09, 2013

Cloud computing has become a mainstream business technology strategy that is delivering the agility and flexibility that businesses need to move forward. To meet the requirements cloud brings to enterprises, new breeds of databases are emerging—either running in the cloud, or designed to optimize enterprise cloud computing.

Posted May 07, 2013

OpTier, an application performance management (APM) and big data analytics provider, has launched OpTier SaaS, a lightweight, cloud-based version of its on-premise APM and ITOA solution. OpTier SaaS features advanced operations analytics capabilities, leveraging end-to-end transaction tracing capabilities to provide problem resolution that is easy to deploy and use.

Posted May 01, 2013

10gen, the MongoDB company, has introduced MongoDB Backup Service, providing a monthly pay-as-you-go service. MongoDB Backup Service, available as a limited release, joins the free, cloud-based MongoDB Monitoring Service, which has more than 17,000 users. General availability of the new backup service is anticipated later this year.

Posted April 30, 2013

Adaptive Planning, provider of cloud-based business analytics solutions, has introduced Adaptive Consolidation, a cloud-based solution for comprehensive close-and-disclose financial consolidations and analysis. The solution provides a complete, integrated cloud-based suite of products spanning corporate performance management and business intelligence.

Posted April 23, 2013

Extending its commitment to the OpenStack community, HP's new and enhanced Converged Cloud solutions enable enterprises to increase agility, drive innovation and reduce costs. By integrating OpenStack technology, HP seeks to deliver enterprise-grade solutions across its private, public and hybrid cloud portfolio.

Posted April 16, 2013

Avaya, a provider of business communications solutions, announced a bundled toolset designed to help deploy real-time virtualized communication and collaboration applications for public and private clouds. The Avaya Collaboration Pod for Avaya Aura Virtualized Environments is intended to provide enterprises and cloud service providers with a full stack, plug-and-play communications and collaboration solution that can be rapidly deployed.

Posted April 15, 2013

Cisco has announced a range of new joint technologies and integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft's Cloud OS technologies. The solutions are based on the combination of the CiscoUnifiedDataCenter architecture with Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architecture solutions.

Posted April 15, 2013

GenieDB, a provider of distributed relational database technology, has announced the availability of its "Worldwide Database" in the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace. GenieDB works alongside standard MySQL to provide a cloud-enabled platform, distributed across multiple geographies and clouds, and delivering high availability and local performance levels to users anywhere in the world.

Posted April 09, 2013

Cloud computing continues gaining strength in the enterprise, according to a new survey of 262 data managers and professionals, most of whom are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The IOUG survey, which explores the opportunities and challenges presented by cloud computing, was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted April 09, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced a complete refresh of Oracle's midrange and high-end SPARC server lines. Unveiled during a live webcast, the new SPARC T5 and M5 servers join the SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle's SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end.

Posted April 02, 2013

Borland, a Micro Focus company, has launched a set of test automation tools for cloud, web and mobile platforms. Working with existing development and testing frameworks, the Borland Silk Portfolio helps developers apply component-based test automation to uncertain and risky technology platforms and multiple devices, networks and operating systems.

Posted April 01, 2013

BluePhoenix, a legacy application lifecycle vendor, announced the release of a proprietary code base that enables mainframe processes to be run from off-mainframe infrastructure. The vendor's Cloud Transaction Engine (CTE) is a module of the company's soon-to-be-released ATLAS Platform. The vendor also now offers a "Batch In The Cloud" service as the first formal offering leveraging CTE capabilities.

Posted April 01, 2013

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will celebrate its 20th anniversary at COLLABORATE 13, a conference on Oracle technology presented jointly by the IOUG, OAUG (Oracle Applications User Group) and the Quest International User Group. The event will be held April 7 to 11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. As part of the conference, the IOUG will host the COLLABORATE 13-IOUG Forum with nearly 1,000 sessions providing user-driven content. The theme of this year's COLLABORATE 13-IOUG Forum is "Elevate - take control of your career and elevate your Oracle ecosystem knowledge and expertise," says IOUG president John Matelski.

Posted March 27, 2013

IBM announced that all cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture. As the first step, IBM unveiled a new private cloud offering based on the open sourced OpenStack software that it says speeds and simplifies managing an enterprise-grade cloud. The offering provides businesses with a core set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments. The IBM announcement "goes a long way" to position OpenStack against other more proprietary solutions, Jim Curry, senior vice president and general manager of Rackspace's Private Cloud business, tells DBTA.

Posted March 27, 2013

Application Security, Inc., a provider of enterprise database security solutions, has released a new, built-in policy for FedRAMP in the SHATTER Knowledgebase KB 4.25 release. This will provide cloud service providers with a simplified process to become part of the Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP).

Posted March 26, 2013

Oracle has agreed to acquire Nimbula, a provider of cloud infrastructure management software, headquartered in Mountain View, California. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013.

Posted March 20, 2013

Early bird registration is now open for the Big Data Boot Camp, a two-day intensive dive into the world of big data. The conference, produced by Database Trends and Applications, will be held Tuesday, May 21, through Wednesday, May 22, at the Hilton New York. The agenda of the Big Data Boot Camp has been designed to bring together thought leaders and practitioners who will identify emerging technologies and provide case studies and best practices in big data management.

Posted March 12, 2013

Rackspace has made updates to its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software which was first introduced in August 2012. Among the key new additions is OpenCenter, a single interface for deploying, configuring and operating clouds at scale in an enterprise data center.

Posted March 08, 2013

Heirloom Computing Inc. announced a scheduler designed to run batch jobs on ELPaaS, Heirloom's Platform-as-a-Service for moving mission-critical enterprise applications to the cloud. The Heirloom Job Scheduler works with Heirloom's Job Entry Subsystem (JES) to enable IT managers to manage legacy applications in the cloud.

Posted March 04, 2013

Rackspace Hosting has acquired ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database as a service (DBaaS) provider. Through the acquisition, Rackspace says it will broaden its OpenStack-based open cloud platform to provide a NoSQL DBaaS, and establish a strong presence within the high-growth NoSQL database market.

Posted March 04, 2013

HP announced two new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions intended to speed application delivery and improve visibility, collaboration and agility across often siloed or geographically dispersed application development and operations teams. HP Agile Manager accelerates application time to market with an intuitive, web-based experience that offers visibility for planning, executing and tracking Agile development projects; and HP Performance Anywhere helps resolve application performance issues before they impact business services by providing visibility and predictive analytics.

Posted February 27, 2013

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president of product development Thomas Kurian recently hosted a conference call to provide an update on Oracle's cloud strategy and recap of product-related developments. Oracle is trying to do two things for customers - simplify their IT and power their innovation, said Hurd.

Posted February 27, 2013

SAP and NetApp say they are tightening their collaboration with the goal of better supporting solutions such as SAP's HANA platform and SAP's NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management software. According to the companies, by complementing database solutions from SAP with NetApp storage and data management solutions, they can provide customers an agile data infrastructure for SAP applications that can help them be more competitive and reduce cost of ownership.

Posted February 27, 2013

SAP is offering a new solution to help customers quickly adopt SAP cloud solutions by using a phased and non-disruptive approach. The SAP ERP HCM Integration to SuccessFactors rapid-deployment solution is intended to enable customers to keep their implementation on track, on time and on budget. The approach is comprised of integration tools based on standard APIs and pre-packaged integration content — both on premise and cloud-based — with the end goal of lowering cost, and increasing speed and simplicity for customers running hybrid deployment scenarios.

Posted February 27, 2013

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