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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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Big data-as-a-service vendor Qubole has closed a $25 million strategic round of funding led by Singtel Innov8 and Harmony Partners with participation from existing investors Charles River Ventures (CRV), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).

Posted November 30, 2017

IBM announced a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend cloud-native tools across public and private clouds. IBM Cloud Private software is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development.

Posted November 30, 2017

Baffle, Inc., a developer of a database encryption solution, is launching a comprehensive data protection service that enables cloud applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and Microsoft's Azure Marketplace to operate on encrypted data. The platform, BaffleManager, enables secure compute for cloud applications while delivering dynamic access control and enhanced data access monitoring. 

Posted November 30, 2017

Built.io Flow, an integration-as-a-service (iPaaS) platform that unifies and automates disparate IT systems and cloud applications integrations through APIs, and Zilkr are partnering to offer a new integrated platform for telecommunications clouds. Together Built.io Flow and Zilkr extend workflow innovation by bringing telecommunication services and enterprise application products into integrated, automated business processes.

Posted November 30, 2017

Percona has introduced version 1.5 of its free and open source platform for managing and monitoring MySQL and MongoDB performance. This new release improves support for MySQL on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and Amazon Aurora, which simplifies configuration and usage, provides more efficient data collection and delivers faster resolution of Percona Support tickets.

Posted November 30, 2017

Confluent, provider of the streaming platform based on Apache Kafka, is releasing Confluent Cloud, allowing users to manage large streaming environments. The fully managed service helps companies deploy their Customer 360, fleet management, fraud detection, and other real-time, large-scale initiatives.

Posted November 29, 2017

Trifacta is expanding support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with releasing Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise on AWS Marketplace. Wrangler Edge and Wrangler Enterprise provide an intuitive, efficient way for teams and organizations to wrangle data across AWS services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Redshift for ML and visualization in applications including Amazon QuickSight.

Posted November 29, 2017

Amazon has introduced GuardDuty, a managed threat detection service that continuously monitors for malicious or unauthorized behavior to help protect AWS accounts and workloads.

Posted November 29, 2017

Snowflake Computing has announced the public preview of Snowpipe, an automated service to load data into the Snowflake cloud data warehouse, that is built using Amazon SQS and other Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions.

Posted November 29, 2017

One of the biggest challenges IT professionals responsible for corporate data will face in 2017 comes from a law passed by the European Union due to take effect in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A metadata-driven approach is important for ensuring compliance with this new data privacy law.

Posted November 28, 2017

Cloudera has announced the upcoming beta release of Cloudera Altus Analytic DB, a data warehouse cloud service that aims to bring the warehouse to the data through a cloud-scale architecture to eliminate costly data movement.

Posted November 28, 2017

Data integration can seem like a never-ending quest as organizations try to combine and access data from disparate applications and sources. But as we move beyond relational as the only DBMS type that matters and embrace NoSQL and Hadoop data platforms, data integration can become more challenging and require new tools and approaches to achieve success.

Posted November 28, 2017

SAP is updating the S/4HANA Cloud, making advances in machine learning, user experience, extensibility, and more. As announced in September at SAP TechEd, this latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud also includes the launch of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud software development kit (SDK), which provides a simple end-to-end development experience that enables SAP customers, partners, and independent software vendors (ISVs) to easily develop custom applications, extending the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Posted November 22, 2017

Solution4strategy recently used BlueFinity's Evoke Platform to help roll out cloud-based apps for its customers. Solutions4strategy a provider of innovative software and consultancy services serving the Australian, U.K. and U.S. markets used the platform to launch a series of business apps that is helping drive its international business expansion.

Posted November 22, 2017

In the latest installment of their Cloud Currents column for Big Data Quarterly, Michael Corey and Don Sullivan look at the EU's upcoming GDPR: Tic toc, tic toc—back and forth swings the privacy pendulum. While we in the U.S. continue to regress on issues of data privacy, the European Union (EU) is proceeding with bold steps to protect the privacy of its citizens. On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes the law of the land in the EU. It applies to any company that processes or holds data on EU residents, regardless of where it is located in the world. Popular applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb are among the companies that will be directly impacted by this law. If you do business with EU residents, regardless of geographic locality, this law directly applies to you.

Posted November 22, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 21, 2017

MapR Technologies, a pioneer in delivering one platform for all data, across every cloud, has announced the availability of the MapR Converged Data Platform 6.0, with new advancements to help organizations achieve greater value from their data through DataOps teams.  The major system update from MapR includes innovations that automate platform health and security, and a database for next-generation applications.

Posted November 21, 2017

Hackolade has announced that its data modeling software tool has been granted certification for MongoDB Enterprise versions 2.6 through 3.4. This includes MongoDB instances deployed on premise, on the cloud, or with the MongoDB Atlas database service. The certification comes on the heels of Hackolade's recent announcement to support the latest version of MongoDB and MongoDB Atlas. 

Posted November 21, 2017

IBM says that customers will have access to its first commercially available quantum computing systems before the year is out. The company announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. These upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware. The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) average 90 microseconds, and enable high-fidelity quantum operations.

Posted November 20, 2017

Intel has announced the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series, a data center solid state drive, now available in a new 750GB capacity in both half-height, half-length add-in card and a hot-swappable 2.5-inch U.2 form factor. Both form factors and capacities will be broadly available this month.

Posted November 20, 2017

Oracle has announced the general availability of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute options to provide customers with high compute performance based on its recently announced X7 hardware.

Posted November 20, 2017

Veeam Software has extended its portfolio of availability solutions to support Oracle Solaris and IBM AIX and operating environments, enabling enterprise customers to replace their legacy backup solution with a comprehensive data protection and availability solution to protect mission-critical applications, systems and data.

Posted November 20, 2017

Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases, is unveiling new features for its Citus Cloud product, making it easier for fast-growing SaaS businesses to scale out without having to re-architect their application. Citus Cloud's suite of new features close the gap with NoSQL and are all about empowering developers from migration tools like Citus Warp, to the zero-downtime shard rebalancer, to offering fork and followers features in a distributed database.

Posted November 17, 2017

Google has announced that the Google Cloud Platform's BigQuery Data Transfer Service is now publicly available. First introduced at Cloud Next, the Google BigQuery Data Transfer Service was created to automate data movement from SaaS applications to BigQuery on a scheduled, managed basis.

Posted November 16, 2017

Raytheon and MetTel have announced a global security alliance aimed at protecting government and commercial communications networks against growing cybersecurity threats, including those that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT). The companies plan to provide cybersecurity offerings and support the migration from legacy technologies to ensure cybersecurity is designed into the government's telecom infrastructure.

Posted November 16, 2017

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage, is partnering with Data Dynamics, a provider of intelligent file management. The combination of Data Dynamics' StorageX solution and Compuverde provides a modern platform to manage data assets from migration to file tiering to archival. The goal is to offer enterprise customers the freedom to choose their future storage and cloud direction, eliminating technology lock-in while supporting business transformation with greater speed and agility.

Posted November 16, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics technologies has acquired Alpine Data, a cloud-based data science and social collaboration platform. TIBCO says the addition will bolster its data science technology and analytics portfolio, complementing solutions such as Statistica, Spotfire, and StreamBase to help companies accelerate insights and action.

Posted November 16, 2017

Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems - including Oracle - to the Microsoft data platform.

Posted November 15, 2017

erwin, Inc. has introduced erwin DG, a SaaS solution that expands data governance beyond IT, to enable all organizational stakeholders to discover, understand, govern, and socialize data to mitigate risk, improve organizational performance and accelerate growth. The solution is aimed at helping to mitigate a wide range of risks, from GDPR to cybersecurity, in order to protect customer trust and prevent reputational damage.

Posted November 14, 2017

No longer the stuff of science fiction, the business uses for cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning today include fields as diverse as medicine, marketing, defense, energy, and agriculture. Enabling these applications is the vast amount of data that companies are collecting from machine sensors, instruments, and websites and the ability to support smarter solutions with faster data processing.

Posted November 13, 2017

Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration solutions, has acquired all outstanding shares of Restlet SAS, a cloud-based API design and testing platform. Restlet uses the cloud to provide API design, documentation, testing, and hosting capabilities to developers.

Posted November 13, 2017

Fluree has introduced FlureeDB, a scalable, blockchain cloud database, for public beta use. According to the company, the new offering combines the interoperability and features of traditional graph and document databases with immutable, decentralized blockchain technology to provide enterprise-grade, developer-ready, cloud-hosted database tools.

Posted November 13, 2017

To meet increasing demands for cloud archiving, compliance and analytics, Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, has acquired privately held Sonian, a provider of public cloud archiving and business insights.

Posted November 09, 2017

Some analysts are now predicting that within the next two years, a majority of IT workloads - at least 60% -- will run in the cloud. The three pillars of cloud - Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service - continue to gain ground.

Posted November 06, 2017

OpenStack community leaders announced a plan to overcome the hardest problem in open source today: integrating and operating open source technologies to solve real-world problems. The OpenStack Foundation and community are investing significant financial and technical resources in a four-part strategy to address integration of OpenStack and relevant open source technologies: documenting cross-project use cases, collaborating across communities, including upstream contributions to other open source projects, fostering new projects at the OpenStack Foundation, and coordinating end-to-end testing across projects.

Posted November 06, 2017

VMware has signed an agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018.

Posted November 02, 2017

A new Oracle study reveals that enterprises view in-application communications technologies as critical to enhancing customer experiences and gaining a competitive edge and higher growth. While 65% of enterprise IT decision makers polled noted that embedded communications will become the dominant way of communicating with employees, suppliers and customers moving forward, nearly half (46%) noted they lack the expertise to deploy new communications technologies. 

Posted November 01, 2017

According to our friends at Quest International Users Group, in parallel with its discussions about cloud applications, Oracle delivered many OpenWorld presentations and announcements about cloud platforms and infrastructure.

Posted November 01, 2017

At this year's Microsoft Ignite, a variety of executives made a host of announcements that are important and relevant to data professionals. It is worth noting that there were actually four areas of focused innovation discussed at the keynote level: enabling IT and developer productivity, providing a consistent hybrid cloud, unlocking intelligent solutions (read: AI), and ensuring trust through security, privacy, and cost controls.

Posted November 01, 2017

Entrinsik Inc., developer of Informer, is being recognized for its self-service, embedded BI, and ease of use. The company received top rankings in the BI Survey 17, the world‘s largest and most comprehensive survey of business intelligence end users, for these areas.

Posted November 01, 2017

Real-time data delivery represents the next frontier of intelligent enterprises, and there is great potential value in the ability to immediately sense and respond to opportunities and threats. At the same time, enterprises are encumbered by existing or legacy technologies and methodologies that may add latency to their data-delivery efforts. What will a real-time enterprise look like?

Posted November 01, 2017

The staid relational database has been under attack from all quarters—it's too inflexible, it's too siloed, it's too slow for today's real-time requirements. However, relational databases still power many of the most critical data environments across enterprises—both core legacy systems as well as new-age systems of engagement. In today's enterprises, then, the question becomes: How are new technologies—especially the cloud and NoSQL databases—affecting relational database adoption?

Posted November 01, 2017

Attunity and Microsoft have formed an expanded strategic partnership for enabling data migration and replication initiatives. With this partnership, Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems to the Microsoft data platfor

Posted November 01, 2017

CorpInfo, an IT services company has announced the formation of Onica, with a $20 million growth equity investment from Sunstone Partners. Onica will focus solely on the growth of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting and managed services business.

Posted October 31, 2017

Hortonworks, which recently announced DataPlane Service (DPS), a product designed to address the new paradigm of data management, has announced the first generally available extensible service that DPS will support—Data Lifecycle Manager (DLM). DLM 1.0 is a hybrid cloud-focused solution that offers disaster recovery and replication with auto-tiering and backup and restore.

Posted October 31, 2017

Dell Technologies is embarking on a new Internet of Things (IoT) vision and strategy, creating an IoT division as well as IoT-specific products, labs, partner program, and consumption models. This announcement, the company says, underscores its commitment to helping customers realize their digital future by safely navigating the complex and often fragmented IoT landscape.

Posted October 30, 2017

Cisco and Google Cloud are forming a partnership to deliver a hybrid cloud solution that helps customers maximize their investments across cloud and on-premises environments. Together the companies will provide a unique and open hybrid cloud offering that enables applications and services to be deployed, managed, and secured across on-premises environments and Google Cloud Platform. The solution delivers cloud speed and scale, with enterprise-class security.

Posted October 27, 2017

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