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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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Clustrix, provider of a scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud, has been granted two new patents for systems and methods for redistributing and slicing data in relational databases from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. "For years, people have been trying to figure out how to take a relational database and make sure that you can use it across multiple distributed servers and get linear, better performance and that is at essence of what these patents do," said Robin Purohit, CEO, Clustrix in an interview.

Posted October 15, 2013

TIBCO Software introduced the latest version of its data discovery and visualization platform, TIBCO Spotfire 6.0, which includes enhancements and new products that offer greater automation, better contextualization, and expanded deployment opportunities.

Posted October 15, 2013

Software AG announced cloud-based IT and process management technologies at its recent user conference in San Francisco. Portfolios Live is a cloud-based service that provides CIOs the ability to manage and transform IT landscapes based on budget, regulatory, legal and technical information. A sister product, Process Live, is a cloud-based service integrating social collaboration with process improvement. "We've changed our architecture from client/server to an event-driven architecture," Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost said at the keynote kicking off the conference.

Posted October 14, 2013

IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.

Posted October 14, 2013

To augment its product and service offerings both within and outside of the cloud, TransLattice, a provider of a geographically distributed database management system for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has acquired Red Bank, NJ-based StormDB, Inc. The StormDB database is based on PostgreSQL, and TransLattice expects to incorporate proprietary StormDB capabilities and elements of the open source Postgres-XC into the TransLattice Elastic Database.

Posted October 09, 2013

Logi Analytics, a data analytics company, has formed a partnership with Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop technology, to help its customers better address the challenges they are facing as they collect and store more information than ever before. Hortonworks provides the Hortonworks Data Platform, an enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution. Logi Analytics provides web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within applications, systems, and processes. As a result of the new partnership, Logi Analytics customers can connect directly to the Hortonworks Data Platform, allowing them to uncover new insights, distribute valuable information, and improve business decision making.

Posted October 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.

Posted October 02, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted October 02, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted October 02, 2013

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has released a new version of its data replication software intended to address requirements for big data analytics, business intelligence, business continuity and disaster recovery initiatives. Addressing expanding use cases for the solution, Attunity Replicate 3.0, is engineered to provide secure data transfer over long distances such as wide area networks (WANs), the cloud and satellite connections, said Lawrence Schwartz, vice president of marketing at Attunity, in an interview.

Posted September 25, 2013

As part of multi-year strategic initiative with Oracle, Accenture has created a set of solutions incorporating Oracle Engineered Systems into its data center transformation consulting and outsourcing services.

Posted September 18, 2013

Oracle holds an enviable position in the IT marketplace with a wide array of database systems, development tools, languages, platforms, enterprise applications, and servers. Riding the coattails of this industry giant is a healthy and far-flung ecosystem of software developers, integrators, consultants, and OEMs. These are the partners that will help make or break Oracle's struggle with new forces disrupting the very foundations of IT. And lately, Oracle—long known for its own brand of xenophobia and disdain for direct competitors—has been making a lot of waves by forging new alliances with old foes. This is opening up potentially lucrative new frontiers for business partners at all levels.

Posted September 16, 2013

If you look at what is really going on in the big data space it's all about inexpensive open source solutions that are facilitating the modernization of data centers and data warehouses, and at the center of this universe is Hadoop. In the evolution of the big data market, open source is playing a seminal role as the "disruptive technology" challenging the status quo. Additionally, organizations large and small are leveraging these solutions often based on inexpensive hardware and memory platforms in the cloud or on premise.

Posted September 11, 2013

Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) members will be out in force at OpenWorld 2013 - presenting more than 40 sessions on the topics you want to learn about most. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the IOUG represents the independent voice of Oracle technology and database professionals and allows them to be more productive in their business and careers through context-rich education, sharing best practices, and providing technology direction and networking opportunities.

Posted September 10, 2013

Oracle has announced the Oracle executive keynote schedule for Oracle OpenWorld. CEO Larry Ellison leads the keynote lineup with a welcome presentation, "Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine," on Sunday evening, Sept. 22, at 5 pm. Ellison will also present a second keynote during OpenWorld titled, "The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service," on Tuesday, September 24, at 1:30 pm.

Posted September 04, 2013

IBM has also completed the acquisition of CSL International, a privately held provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise System. The software will become part of the IBM zEnterprise portfolio in early 2014.

Posted September 03, 2013

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new initiatives within Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, including the introduction of the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and a Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering. The move to OpenStack, the open source private cloud infrastructure, represents a new approach to enterprise cloud computing, Andrew Cathrow, senior product manager at Red Hat, told 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted September 03, 2013

Ramping up for Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Oracle today announced the Oracle executive keynote schedule. Leading the lineup, CEO Larry Ellison will present the welcome keynote, "Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Database and M6 Big Memory Machine," on Sunday evening, Sept. 22, at 5 pm. Oracle OpenWorld 2013 takes place September 22 - September 26, 2013 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Posted August 27, 2013

Birst Inc., a provider of an enterprise-class cloud BI platform, announced it has completed a $38 million investment led by Sequoia Capital. All other existing investors participated in the round and were joined by new investors including Northgate Capital. The new funding will be used to further expand internationally, grow sales and marketing and invest in new product capabilities.

Posted August 27, 2013

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Cordys, a provider of business process management (BPM) software. The move is aimed at enabling OpenText to take a leadership position in cloud-based BPM and PaaS technologies, which due to the flexibility of systems development, are considered to be the fastest growing segment of the BPM market.

Posted August 27, 2013

Keste, an Oracle software solutions and development company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and a platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, an integrated, flexible, and proven middleware platform that provides a foundation for cloud computing and includes the core products Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence. Following recent Specializations in Oracle Cloud Builder 2012 and Oracle Linux 6, Keste now becomes one of a select number of Oracle partners to have achieved 20 specializations.

Posted August 21, 2013

To help developers and administrators better manage their dynamic data environments, Oracle has released MySQL Workbench 6.0. MySQL Workbench is a unified visual tool that provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration for server configuration, user administration, and migration. The new release is a major update that addresses over 200 inputs and requests from the community and is intended to make it easier for administrators and developers to design, develop, and manage their MySQL databases.

Posted August 21, 2013

IBM announced its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe, designed for enhanced analytics, cloud, and mobile computing. Priced at $75,000 for the base model, IBM says it is targeting smaller organizations. The computer giant says it is also adding new industry solutions and software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio, designed for financial services and government operations.

Posted August 21, 2013

GenieDB has announced the launch of the GenieDB Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service. The DBaaS offering allows organizations to take advantage of GenieDB's automated platform to build web-scale applications that gain the benefits of geographical database distribution, continuous availability during regional outages, and better application response time for globally distributed users.

Posted August 20, 2013

Dimension Data, a data center solutions and services provider, is making an optional backup and recovery service available as an add-on to its line of public, private and hosted private cloud offerings. The new service, Cloud Backup, enables organizations to back up files, folders, systems, applications and data to Dimension Data's cloud data centers to ensure business continuity and protection for enterprise workloads.

Posted August 19, 2013

CSC, a provider of IT services and solutions has acquired Infochimps, a provider of big data platform-as-a-service for enterprise businesses. CSC says the addition of Infochimps' team will accelerate the development of CSC's data services platform, enabling CSC to quickly scale its big data business and offering customers as-a-service access to advanced data analytics.

Posted August 09, 2013

Database Trends and Applications has launched a special "Who to See at Oracle OpenWorld" section online where you can find information on what to expect at this year's conference and premium vendors that offer products and services to serve your needs as an Oracle technology professional.

Posted August 09, 2013

I was recently chatting with a good friend of mine who's very highly placed in the Microsoft SQL Server team. Our conversation was wide ranging and covered a lot of topics, such as internal features and upcoming announcements. (I'm under at least three different NDA's. So don't expect me to give up anything too juicy or gossipy.) For example, we spent quite a while discussing the ton of great new features and improvements just over the horizon with the recent release of SQL Server 2014 CTP1.

Posted August 07, 2013

NuoDB, provider of a NewSQL database, has announced the beta program for a new tool that facilitates migration from MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, PostgreSQL and Oracle RDBMSs. The migration tool is open source and available for free download on the NuoDB DevCenter or on GitHub.

Posted July 30, 2013

IBM says it is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open cloud environment. According to IBM, the new PowerLinux 7R4 server, built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's Watson cognitive computing solution, can provide clients the performance required for the new business-critical and data-intensive workloads increasingly being deployed in Linux environments. IBM is also expanding the portfolio of software for Power Systems with the availability of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and EnterpriseDB database software, each optimized for Linux on Power.

Posted July 30, 2013

After four years of operating BigCouch in production, Cloudant has merged the BigCouch code back into the open source Apache CouchDB project. Cloudant provides a database-as-a-service and CouchDB serves as the foundation of Cloudant's technology. The company developed BigCouch, an open source variant of CouchDB, to support large-scale, globally distributed applications.There are three main reasons Cloudant is doing this, Adam Kocoloski, co-founder and CTO at Cloudant, told 5 Minute Briefing in an interview.

Posted July 30, 2013

Oracle announced the 12c releases of Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), Oracle JDeveloper, and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. Enhancing the productivity of developers and allowing them to better leverage the Oracle platform, the new releases support Cloud Application Foundation product family 12c releases - Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Oracle Coherence 12.1.2.

Posted July 17, 2013

Oracle has announced the latest 12c releases of its Cloud Application Foundation, which integrates application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a foundation for cloud computing, representing "a major release of our middleware infrastructure," Mike Lehmann, Oracle vice president of product management, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The focus for the products is to provide mission-critical cloud infrastructure and a lot of work has been done around native cloud capabilities, says Lehmann.

Posted July 17, 2013

Big data analytics provider Actian is putting assets from the recent acquisition of ParAccel, Pervasive Software and Versant Corporation to work. The company announced plans to offer two new platforms, the Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms. The Actian DataCloud and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms are designed to provide end-to-end capabilities, from data connection through preparation and analytics, all the way to automated action. Built on technology that takes advantage of advances in chips, cores and clusters, the company says the platforms provide clients with integration and analytics on any data.

Posted July 16, 2013

Cloud BI company Birst and 3coast, a business analytics and CRM solutions provider, have formed a partnership to provide organizations custom business intelligence and analytics solutions. 3coast's IT consultants work closely with organizations to develop custom business intelligence solutions based on their unique needs. With Birst's enterprise-caliber Cloud BI platform, 3coast can now offer customers a complete cloud-based solution that is quick to deploy and easy to use.

Posted July 16, 2013

Oracle Database 12c is available for download from Oracle Technology Network (OTN). First announced by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison during his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multi-tenant architecture that simplifies the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud; enabling customers to manage many databases as one - without changing their applications. During the OpenWorld keynote, Ellison described Oracle Database 12c as "the first multi-tenant database in the world" and said it provides "a fundamentally new architecture" to "introduce the notion of a container database" with the ability to plug in multiple separate, private databases into that single container.

Posted July 09, 2013

IBM says that it has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure company based in Dallas, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. The initial acquisition agreement was announced on June 4th, and is the basis of IBM's new cloud services division, which combines SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud.

Posted July 08, 2013

Introducing capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 is now available for download. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 also fully supports Oracle Database12c, including new multi-tenant capabilities.

Posted July 03, 2013

Oracle expanded its partnerships with key cloud vendors. Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have formed a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle. In addition, Salesforce.com and Oracle also announced a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

Posted July 03, 2013

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